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I think the CPU is bottle-necking the GPU, I need help to exactly now whats wrong and what to do without changing hardware.
Specs:
Gigabyte 880GM_USB3
XFX HD 5870 Triple X edtion.
6GB HyperX DDR3 1600MHz
AMD Athlon II 640 (stock clock, stock cooling)

Whenever I play any heavy duty games, the cpu fan runs mad fast! it gets hot as well, really hot. But not hot enough to become unstable or restart or BSOD.

What is the best method to get the best from this build ?
I considering OCing the CPU, But I have no experience in OC AMD. They are kind of different than Intel if Im not mistaken.
Thanks
post #2 of 10
When you run just the game can you check Task manager and see what CPU usage percentage is ?

AMD is easy to overclock. Go into bios and up the FSB and watch your temps. With stock cooling I'd be careful though
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You're using the stock cooler? Can you afford about $20 to upgrade to, say, a Hyper 212+? Once you get heat and noise under control, you probably can do some overclocking to boost performance a bit.

Edit: Ignore the Newegg link, I suppose. The point is that a decent cooler would do wonders to reduce both heat and noise, which seem to be your main issues.
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Originally Posted by VoidByte View Post

I think the CPU is bottle-necking the GPU, I need help to exactly now whats wrong and what to do without changing hardware.
Specs:
Gigabyte 880GM_USB3
XFX HD 5870 Triple X edtion.
6GB HyperX DDR3 1600MHz
AMD Athlon II 640 (stock clock, stock cooling)
Whenever I play any heavy duty games, the cpu fan runs mad fast! it gets hot as well, really hot. But not hot enough to become unstable or restart or BSOD.
What is the best method to get the best from this build ?
I considering OCing the CPU, But I have no experience in OC AMD. They are kind of different than Intel if Im not mistaken.
Thanks


my friend has a 640 with a 5770+5750 in Crossfire(basically a 5870) and he has reported no noticeable errors or bottleneck.

However the fan that comes with the 640 is basically garbage meant to a dual core processor in my opinion. Maybe upgrading a to a Phenom II Heatpipe cooler might help.

if you want to overclock however....

when you increase the FSB, you increase the stock ram speed which needs to be downclocked first for overclocking.Since your ram is 1600, then go down to 1333 and work your way up via the FSB. You get that speed back so don't worry about unclocking the ram.

also set the cpu voltage to 1.375 for a stable overclock. don't go past 1.4v IMHO. Some people do 1.5v, but that is better for higher end boards.

also make sure the HT speed stays around its default setting, it will go up when you overclock, but look in the program CPU-Z and bring it back down one notch after you have completed the overclock to make sure it matches up to around what it was to begin with.

I forgot what a good NB-V is for AMD CPU's, but you can usually leave that stock unless your doing a heavy OC.
    
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Thanks guys! that was really helpful
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i stuck a phenom 2 cooler on mine to OC it..what you need is better cooler + Overclockness biggrin.gif
 
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hello,
i stuck a zalman performa on mine and it runs bf3 fine on stock speeds.thumb.gif
mines @ 21 c.maxs 32c
Edited by MrPerforations - 1/23/12 at 12:39pm
    
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a quadcore athlon will have full load temps of 60c on a room temperature of 30c.

I suggest just get an aftermarket cooler, the stock athlon coolers are no good for triple/quadcores
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forget this post,its wrong ,sorry
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I graduated from the Athlon 640 to the Phenom 1090T. There was a noticable frame increase in EVERY game by 10+ FPS. The 1090T is also extremely easy to overclock. My Athlon chip was a binned one and wouldn't OC above 3.1ghz frown.gif
     
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