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System bottleneck -gaming

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February 9, 2013 2:52:59 PM

Hi I was wondering what my gaming bottleneck would be.

i5 2500k @ 4.4ghz
msi z68 g43-g3
sapphire hd radeon 7970
8GB Kingston HyperX Genesis 1600mhz CL9
1TB SATAIII 7200rpm + caching SSD
750w 80 plus psu
Thermaltake Element T Case
Windows 8 64 bit

Obviously an SSD as my main drive would help but not for all games and really it'd be when loading them up only.

I expect my processor is holding me back on games like battlefield 3, although another 7970 would definitely help.

Was wondering what the cheapest upgrade would be too.

Thanks in advance
February 9, 2013 2:57:03 PM

Nothing is holding you back in the least bit. A bottleneck on this computer is nonexistent.
February 9, 2013 3:21:31 PM

So there's nothing I could upgrade to get a little bit more performance?

I'm thinking that an aftermarket gpu cooler would reduce the noise and so probably be a wise decision.
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February 9, 2013 3:27:50 PM

If it really bothers you then upgrade the cooler but the stock Sapphire ones are by no means bad.
February 9, 2013 3:46:11 PM

Think the case is a bit of a hold back?
February 9, 2013 3:54:21 PM

Case is personal preference.
February 9, 2013 5:45:38 PM

Cooling is very very important to me
February 21, 2013 8:41:24 AM

My computer just went up in smoke. I think my motherboard is dead and maybe my cpu
February 21, 2013 3:16:31 PM

Before the upgrade?
What is the PSU? That's the most common point of failure.
February 21, 2013 3:24:35 PM

It was the motherboard that got incinerated. My cpu seems to have survived. I had a powercool 750w 80+. I have a corsair 80+ gold 850w on the way.
February 21, 2013 6:15:08 PM

Well that explains it. Your PSU went and took the motherboard with it. Anyways I'd bet that 80+ is fake.

What is your budget for a new one and do you want one that supports CF?
February 22, 2013 5:54:09 AM

Ah I have an AsRock Extreme4 on the way
February 22, 2013 11:33:51 AM

Okay, that's another good board.