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I currently feel that my cpu is bottlenecking my GPU. I have considered to go in for the FX6300 but on the other hand I wanted to know if another monitor would make a difference as it would increase the gpu load and thus no bottleneck. I have an AOC monitor with a resolution of 1366x768. So should I get another one or a new cpu? Which would give my gpu a better work out? biggrin.gif
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Tough question!

To figure out if you're CPU bottlenecked, try running a benchmark or playing a game and looking at usage graphs for both your CPU and graphics card. If your CPU usage is pegged at 100% and your GPU usage is consistently lower than 100%, then you're bottlenecked. If that's the case, definitely upgrade the CPU before anything else.

A second monitor won't add much load to your GPU because all it'll ever render is the desktop and windows applications (Multiple-monitor gaming is a bit complicated and expensive.) If you're not bottlenecked, I'd definitely suggest getting a new monitor with 1920x1080 resolution or better-- you'll love the extra screen space! Then just use your current monitor as your secondary.
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Tough question!

To figure out if you're CPU bottlenecked, try running a benchmark or playing a game and looking at usage graphs for both your CPU and graphics card. If your CPU usage is pegged at 100% and your GPU usage is consistently lower than 100%, then you're bottlenecked. If that's the case, definitely upgrade the CPU before anything else.

A second monitor won't add much load to your GPU because all it'll ever render is the desktop and windows applications (Multiple-monitor gaming is a bit complicated and expensive.) If you're not bottlenecked, I'd definitely suggest getting a new monitor with 1920x1080 resolution or better-- you'll love the extra screen space! Then just use your current monitor as your secondary.

I think I am bottlenecked because in a few games my fps drops all of a sudden and at that point I see my cpu usage at 100% and my gpu usage drops significantly. I thought dual monitor meant that I could use both for gaming at the same time.
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U can run dual monitors for gaming. You can game on one and have like IM and bangbros open on the other. I would upgrade to a 1080 monitor and run your other monitor as a secondary for web pages and such. Also what GPU r u running?
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U can run dual monitors for gaming. You can game on one and have like IM and bangbros open on the other. I would upgrade to a 1080 monitor and run your other monitor as a secondary for web pages and such. Also what GPU r u running?
One issue with that is that if you don't run games in a borderless window, you need to minimize your games to click on anything on your other monitor. Unless there is some software solution to this I don't know of, it makes a second monitor less useful.

edit: actual multiple monitors can prevent tabbing out of fullscreen applications.
Edited by Art Vanelay - 7/8/13 at 10:55pm
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Yeah but might as well run it if its there. If someone responds to you on whatever it may be then you can read and thing of something before minimizing... or if its worth ur time. Or if you are on ventrilo or other voip programs you can monitor that. Orrrrr even CPu temps and what not. biggrin.gif
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Yup, that sounds like a bottleneck. Don't spend hundreds of dollars on a new CPU though, it doesn't take insane amounts of processing power to keep a GPU happy.

You CAN use dual monitors for gaming, but you're right it would add a fair amount more stress to the GPU and hurt your frames (though for a lot of games that wouldn't make much difference.) The problem with only 2 monitors is that the split is right down the middle of your screen. Dual monitor gaming works well for multiboxing MMOs, playing supreme commander (native dual monitor support, freaking awesome), or as previously mentioned playing games on one screen while *ahem* doing other stuff on the other. (Windowed games work best. Fullscreen games don't like it when you click out of them on the other screen.)

I love dual monitors, but not so much for gaming. Just for everything else.
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I have an overclocked Gtx 650Ti which would be around the performance of a stock Gtx 570





I recently upgraded from a Radeon 6770 as I was fed up of gaming at 30Fps. The reason I don't want to get a monitor with a resolution of 1920x1080 is because that would again give me 30Fps in games with the Gtx650Ti. Thought dual monitors were good for gaming. If I were to get another monitor I wouldn't be using each of them for separate tasks at a time. Would use both for the same thing.
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Makes sense, if you're not interested in multitasking then there's not much sense in getting dual monitors.

If your frames are suffering, then yeah I'd say definitely upgrade the CPU. I gamed on a 570 for a long time, so if the 650Ti is comperable and you're not cranking AA up to 32x on everything, it shouldn't have any trouble at that resolution.
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Is this an example of a bottleneck? This is Crysis 2 at 1366x768, DX11 mode enabled and even high resolution textures enabled and all other settings on ULTRA. Average FPS is 37-45.


CPU USAGE-100% on both cores
GPU USAGE-59%
GPU MEMORY USAGE-88.7%

Are my frames suffering due to my CPU?
If I get the FX6300 would it pull up my GPU usage to 90%? If it would by how much would my fps increase? In this pic with my GPU usage at 59% my fps was 41.
Edited by jason387 - 7/9/13 at 12:40am
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