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Bad GPU or CPU bottelneck

post #1 of 36
Thread Starter 
Hi all

I need some advice on what is wrong with my Rig.
AMD Phenom 9500 Quad-Core 2.2 GHz
ATI Radeon HD 5770
ASUS Motherboard - M4A78-E
Raid 0 - 2x300GB

When i play games my FPS is really bad and it is destroying the game experience.

Please look at the below pics.
The OSD is as follows.
Load: CPU 1 - CPU 2 - CPU 3 - CPU 4 - CPU Total
Load: GPU – Fanspeed

My GPU doesn’t seams to be do anything, but the screen I almost black and the buildings is not rendered. But my CPU load I only around 50%.

On the other picture the buildings have been rendered and I can run around in the city with a FPS around 20, but it sometimes drops below 10 FPS.

I am play in 1280*720 with all on low.

Can any one telle me what is wrong with my system?

Pleas telle me if you need more info.
post #2 of 36
I think that this is more of a CPU issue as your saying your GPU isn't doing much, but you CPU is averaging at 50%. It could be just the game your playing has really bad coding for your CPU. It also might be a driver issue. Which driver version are you on? Have you tried other games?
post #3 of 36
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply.

My driver should be up to date.
Radeon Driver: 2012.0806.1213.19931

I have the same problem with other games.

When I play in 1900*1080 with all on max, my GPU I maxing out around 95% load with FPS of 2-10.

What is the best CPU for gaming?
post #4 of 36
Yep, thats your CPU problem definitely. Best CPU eh? I'll need your budget and are you will to change your motherboard?
post #5 of 36
Wait, forget what I just said about changing motherboards, something like a Phenom II 965 Black Edition would do nicely. Plus you can overclock the ***** out of it and turn it into a Phenom II 980. As I just said, I'll need your budget for this one.
post #6 of 36
Thread Starter 
Well regarding the budget, what would a low budget solution look like and what would a high budget solution look like?

I thought about buying a new machine to fix the problem. rolleyes.gif

Should I look for GHz or number of cores?
post #7 of 36
That really depends on what your doing. For example, if you were to be doing something like movie rendering and editing and photoshopping, then the higher the cores the better. But if you were to be doing something like BF3 and Crysis 2, not so much on movie rendering I'd suggest something like a Intel solution. When choosing a CPU upgrade never focus on the number of cores as your deciding point. Think about what you are going to need it for and choose your CPU out of that. My recommendation if you are just a gamer would be a Phenom II 965 Black Edition. Be sure to get a better cooler if your going to overclock. Something like a Hyper 212 would do. Here's the link http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727 $99.99 Free shipping
post #8 of 36
Thread Starter 
It is only for gaming.
With that solution will I be able to run games in 1080p and max settings? biggrin.gif
Why should i not look at the number of cores?
What about the speed of RAM I believe that the one that I have is running 800MHz?

Regarding overclocking the Phenom II 965 BE should I change my motherbord to get the best performanc with overclocking?
Edited by Thomsen - 10/15/12 at 10:38am
post #9 of 36
Thread Starter 
What Intel CPU will you recomend, if I should change the motherbord and CPU?
post #10 of 36
If you want to go Intel, then look at either a 2500K or 3570K, paired with a Z77 motherboard. Normal DDR3-1600 is fine for Intel CPUs, as there is little to no performance gain from faster RAM. Add a Hyper 212+ EVO cooler and you can do 4.4-4.5 on the 2500K or 4.2-4.3 on the 3570K easy.

However, if you want to game at 1080p you should budget for a new GPU as well. A 5770 is really going to limit a 2500K/3570K.
Edited by Forceman - 10/15/12 at 11:47am
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