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November 3, 2012 6:19:13 PM


Hey guys, its nearly christmas and i want to upgrade my PC because im not getting as good fps as i think i should be getting and drops quite often sometimes in games,
My rig:
BENQ Monitor
graphics card - GTX 560 TI
processor - AMD Phenom(TM) II X6 1055T Six-Core CPU
fan - ARCTIC FREEZER 13 CPU FAN with 4 direct heatpipes,
harddrive - 500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache HDD (Single Hard Drive)
ram - 4GB (2x2GB) PC10666 DDR3/1333mhz
motherboard - ASUS M4N68T-M V2 NF630A AM3 DDR3/1066
750 watt psu.


really dont know what couple of things id need to go for next to boost my fps in games

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November 3, 2012 6:41:54 PM

The number one thing people fail to mention when asking about upgrades is their current monitor resolution. Makes a big difference in recommendations.
November 3, 2012 6:44:32 PM

buzznut said:
The number one thing people fail to mention when asking about upgrades is their current monitor resolution. Makes a big difference in recommendations.

1920x1080 120 hz
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November 3, 2012 6:47:52 PM

I would suggest getting a 7950. Then overclocking.
November 3, 2012 6:50:46 PM

Limerick said:
I would suggest getting a 7950. Then overclocking.

I would but i just got this gfx card and psu so something else
November 3, 2012 6:53:11 PM

riccardojayhillier said:
I would but i just got this gfx card and psu so something else



Not much else is going to improve it other than turn down your resolution or settings in a game. You get a new cpu/motherboard, your gpu is probably going to bottleneck it. If you just got the card, you should have looked around because you bought a card that is well over a year and old technology.
November 3, 2012 7:05:17 PM

What games, settings and performance you'd like and you're getting today?
November 3, 2012 7:11:45 PM

Sunius said:
What games, settings and performance you'd like and you're getting today?

well on need for speed most wanted 2012 i have high res textures on and the rest on medium and its normally like 30-60 but about 40ish but id like to get that on max
November 3, 2012 7:13:55 PM

The motherboard is likely holding you back.
You want a good overclocking board (unless you have the budget the upgrade to INTEL i5 processor/motherboard.

RAM is RAM to a point, but I would expect DDR3 1600 CAS9 or better would help, though you would need a new motherboard for it to matter.

What is your 750 watt power supply?

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asrock-970-extreme-4-am3...

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-m5a97-r20-amd-970-s...(x16)-atx

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-m5a99x-evo-rev-2-am...(x16)-atx
November 3, 2012 7:18:55 PM

walterm said:
The motherboard is likely holding you back.
You want a good overclocking board (unless you have the budget the upgrade to INTEL i5 processor/motherboard.

RAM is RAM to a point, but I would expect DDR3 1600 CAS9 or better would help, though you would need a new motherboard for it to matter.

What is your 750 watt power supply?

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asrock-970-extreme-4-am3...

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-m5a97-r20-amd-970-s...(x16)-atx

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-m5a99x-evo-rev-2-am...(x16)-atx


i cant remember but its 650w not 750, forgot.. and uhmm yeah i was thinking motherboard but dont know what to get and how much it would cost, what 3 would you recommend
November 3, 2012 7:20:57 PM

riccardojayhillier said:
well on need for speed most wanted 2012 i have high res textures on and the rest on medium and its normally like 30-60 but about 40ish but id like to get that on max


My GTX 560 Ti handles the game on max without any problems. Did you try just cranking the settings up and seeing what happens?
November 3, 2012 7:23:03 PM

walterm said:
The motherboard is likely holding you back.
You want a good overclocking board (unless you have the budget the upgrade to INTEL i5 processor/motherboard.

RAM is RAM to a point, but I would expect DDR3 1600 CAS9 or better would help, though you would need a new motherboard for it to matter.

What is your 750 watt power supply?

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asrock-970-extreme-4-am3...

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-m5a97-r20-amd-970-s...(x16)-atx

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-m5a99x-evo-rev-2-am...(x16)-atx

Ahh didnt see this, il probs buy one of them, thank you!
November 3, 2012 7:23:55 PM

Sunius said:
My GTX 560 Ti handles the game on max without any problems. Did you try just cranking the settings up and seeing what happens?

Yeah i put it all to max and it was 30-50 but mainly around 30 and dropped to 25 sometimes which was really annoying, and im a fps freak like i cant handle anything below like 60ish.
November 3, 2012 7:44:45 PM

Disable all but two CPU cores in BIOS and check CPU usage at max settings. I suspect a CPU bottleneck.
November 3, 2012 11:04:06 PM

Sunius said:
Disable all but two CPU cores in BIOS and check CPU usage at max settings. I suspect a CPU bottleneck.

Hey i changed it from automatic to manual and turned all 6 cores on and fps has greatly improved!
November 4, 2012 8:13:09 AM

walterm said:
The motherboard is likely holding you back.
You want a good overclocking board (unless you have the budget the upgrade to INTEL i5 processor/motherboard.

RAM is RAM to a point, but I would expect DDR3 1600 CAS9 or better would help, though you would need a new motherboard for it to matter.

What is your 750 watt power supply?

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asrock-970-extreme-4-am3...

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-m5a97-r20-amd-970-s...(x16)-atx

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-m5a99x-evo-rev-2-am...(x16)-atx

i just read up that motherboard doesnt really make much difference with fps and such so i dont know what to go for, im definitely getting 8gb ram.
November 4, 2012 8:26:05 AM

riccardojayhillier said:
Hey i changed it from automatic to manual and turned all 6 cores on and fps has greatly improved!


So you're able to max it out now? Great to hear it ;) .
November 4, 2012 9:38:35 AM

Sunius said:
So you're able to max it out now? Great to hear it ;) .

Yeah but still not to the fps i want, i might go for buying another 560 ti and 850w psu,
November 4, 2012 9:51:30 AM

What kind of performance are you getting?
November 4, 2012 11:16:26 AM

Sunius said:
What kind of performance are you getting?

its playable but i just want to be able to play everything on max with no problem at all and i think my problem is my ram which im getting sorted, and my motherboard and processor, my processor is only 2.8ghz and my motherboard is pretty old
November 4, 2012 11:29:40 AM

You should try overclocking the CPU before replacing it. If by overclocking you can fix your lag issues, you may not have to upgrade after all. If you do decide to upgrade, I'd suggest this combo:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.22 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $411.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
November 4, 2012 1:52:47 PM

Sunius said:
You should try overclocking the CPU before replacing it. If by overclocking you can fix your lag issues, you may not have to upgrade after all. If you do decide to upgrade, I'd suggest this combo:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($26.22 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $411.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

Okay man, il overclock it now, thanks for thatt
!