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I'm trying to figure out my next upgrade (I know, I need multiple ones, but we have to do these things one at a time).

CPU is an old Regor, OC'ed up to 3.6
GPU is an old 5770.

Given that I primarily use this machine for gaming, which upgrade would yield the largest performance increase; new GPU, new CPU, or Xfiring another 5770 into my current rig? (I worry if I Xfired another GPU that my CPU wouldn't be able to handle the extra). The rest of my system details are in my sig below.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Find your bottle neck. When you play games is it your GPU that mostly gets 100% usage? If yes upgrade it first.
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Find your bottle neck. When you play games is it your GPU that mostly gets 100% usage? If yes upgrade it first.
Well, see, that's kind of my pickle. I've found times when the CPU hits 100% on load, and other times it seems that the CPU isn't maxed, yet I'm getting horrible FPS and laaaaaaagggggggggggg.

Finding the bottleneck seems difficult, or I'm just missing something that I shouldn't be. (or maybe they both suck.)
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Take new CPU+Mobo . Cpu is the main Bottleneck .
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Well, see, that's kind of my pickle. I've found times when the CPU hits 100% on load, and other times it seems that the CPU isn't maxed, yet I'm getting horrible FPS and laaaaaaagggggggggggg.

Finding the bottleneck seems difficult, or I'm just missing something that I shouldn't be. (or maybe they both suck.)
use rivaTuner to measure GPU and CPU usage during gaming. It has very nice graphs for that...

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Honestly I think your current CPU and GPU are a good match, meaning whichever option you pick to upgrade will immediately make the other the bottleneck. I would probably choose to upgrade CPU first.
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use rivaTuner to measure GPU and CPU usage during gaming. It has very nice graphs for that...
Task Manager/Resource manager anyone? No download simple interface.

XP, Vista----> Start/Run/taskmgr

Windows 7------> Right Click the Toolbar and select Task Manager




For Windows Resource Monitor follow the above direction then navigate over to the performance tab of the Task Manager and click the resource monitor button.






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Honestly I think your current CPU and GPU are a good match, meaning whichever option you pick to upgrade will immediately make the other the bottleneck. I would probably choose to upgrade CPU first.
I am thinking the same, maybe more GPU side bottle neck. But I would measure it anyway if I was him.

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Task Manager/Resource manager anyone? No download simple interface.
RivaTuner's hardware monitor is a much better option...
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I am thinking the same, maybe more GPU side bottle neck. But I would measure it anyway if I was him.



RivaTuner's hardware monitor is a much better option...
yes but it has major trouble running on Windows 7. Unless you're an advanced user you'll be lucky to get it to work. I've Dealt with Rivatuner before and I've never been able to get it to work on windows 7 however Vista is a different story and it was good when it worked.

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IDK he is running XP 64 so it should work perfect for him.
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Honestly I think your current CPU and GPU are a good match, meaning whichever option you pick to upgrade will immediately make the other the bottleneck. I would probably choose to upgrade CPU first.
Agree. If you really had to upgrade, upgrade to a phenom ii x4.
    
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