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Hi, everyone! I'm here to get some opinions. I have (In my eyes) a beast of a computer, and like I stated in my last post (that no one has still replied to...), I don't think it performs as well as it should. I'm wondering if I should overclock my CPU for a performance in gaming. My i7 has never let me down and the speed on it is ridiculous. I'm pretty sure it's not bottlenecking but I've never checked the CPU load while gaming, but I would be shocked if it was actually holding back my GPU's. I have 2 XFX 7950's in Xfire and they run pretty good, but also not as well as I think they should (I would overclock, but no one will reply to my last post hmmsmiley02.gif). A few games like DayZ tend to run only around 50 FPS in cities and its so frustrating, considering the power of my computer. Most games run at 100 - 200 FPS depending on the game and whats going on during that scene. Still feel I should get easily 120 FPS maxed on most games. Not to mention I have a 120 Hz monitor, so 120 FPS is ideal. So again, will overclocking my CPU pump out any more FPS? Here are my specs:

Intel 3770k Quad with HT @ 3.9 GHz stock (plan to overclock)

Asus Mobo with 3 PCI x16

2x XFX 7950's in crossfire @ 950 MHz core and 1250 mem stock

8 GB 1666 MHz Corsair Ram

128 GB SSD

500 GB HDD

850W PSU

ASUS 24" 1080p 3D 144 hz monitor (Running at 120 with Lightboost)


Any help or even thoughts are greatly appreciated, please feel free to give me your honest opinion.

Thanks again, TJ.

PS: Here is my Firestrike Extreme score


Edited by TJD269 - 9/30/13 at 10:06am
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Honestly, the framerate boost from overclocking your CPU will be minimal at best. If you want a real boost in game, then you need to overclock the GPUs. Or overclock them both for the absolute best performance from your machine. But seriously...its your GPU setup holding your framerate down. Allot of games are not xfire optimized, and that may be why you are getting low FPS, until AMD decides to fix the specific game that you are having problems with, overclocking is about your only option.
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Honestly, the framerate boost from overclocking your CPU will be minimal at best. If you want a real boost in game, then you need to overclock the GPUs. Or overclock them both for the absolute best performance from your machine. But seriously...its your GPU setup holding your framerate down. Allot of games are not xfire optimized, and that may be why you are getting low FPS, until AMD decides to fix the specific game that you are having problems with, overclocking is about your only option.

Would you agree that this performance isn't the best? Like isn't my Firestrike Extreme score kinda low?
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TJD269 If I was you I would try running Dayz with just one of those 7950s in your system and see what FPS you get.

Just double check aswell you have your screen resolution set to 120hz/144hz and that in dayz you can set the fps higher than 50. Im not sire of the settings but for instance on counter strike you can set FPS higher by using fpsmax then putting like 200 in.

You are correct in thinking that you have a decent system, and no a 3770k wont bottleneck those 7950s.
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I'll try one for Dayz. I still think my performance isn't as good as it should be. And I for sure have the FPS on 120 because I've hit at least 100 at some points, but mostly sit at 50 - 35 FPS.
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