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Hi guys, I am looking for an upgrade to my system as I am not really getting the performance that Is up to my standard.

I have an E-GPU setup which will get me approx 85% of the performance of any single chip nVidia optimus compatible desktop graphics card,
I am using an i5 3210m 2.5ghz, Dual core with HT and a gtx 560ti 1gb
I play BF4 at 1680x1050 on all low settings and I get around 40-60fps but it feels more like 30-40 fps
and for the life of me I cannot figure out if I am being held back by my CPU or my GPU

There are 2 Options for me, $200nz I can get a i7 3632QM 2.2ghz quad core with HT
Or for $360nz I can get a gtx 670 2gb
EDIT(when I upgrade gpu, 560ti goes to my girlfriend )kookoo.gif

I also play games like: Arma 3, DayZ, Arma 2, BF2 Project Reality
What should I do?
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Have you checked the CPU load when playing battlefield 4? If it's reaching 80-100% then it's the CPU bottlenecking your Graphics card, meaning that your CPU is limiting the FPS of your graphics card. I would say get the i7 3632QM 2.2 GHz Quad core with HT if the CPU is truly bottlenecking the GPU, provided that you have sufficient cooling to cool the CPU in the laptop because you may need to modify the heatsink and cooling to get it cooled properly.

Oh for DayZ, you may want a better graphics card.
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Have you checked the CPU load when playing battlefield 4? If it's reaching 80-100% then it's the CPU bottlenecking your Graphics card, meaning that your CPU is limiting the FPS of your graphics card. I would say get the i7 3632QM 2.2 GHz Quad core with HT if the CPU is truly bottlenecking the GPU, provided that you have sufficient cooling to cool the CPU in the laptop because you may need to modify the heatsink and cooling to get it cooled properly.

Oh for DayZ, you may want a better graphics card.


Oh the laptop can certainly take it. This specific cpu has the same TDP as the duals, (35w) and the laptop will take a 55w Quad

Just re-checking my cpu usage, I do believe it was around 90-100%
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Yeah 92% Usage on flood zone.
GPU usage seems to spike when cpu is not so heavily loaded, Thanks for the input, i guess i just needed someone else to tell me smile.gif
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Edited by jakethesnake438 - 3/5/14 at 10:58pm
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I think upgrading the CPU is the best option. CPU bottlenecks are worse than GPU bottlenecks , which might be the reason why "it feels more like 30-40 fps".
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Seems to have worked smile.gif no lag and its down around 30-40% utilization
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Ok, what external adapter are you using for external GPU? i'm curious.
     
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Ok, what external adapter are you using for external GPU? i'm curious.

PE4L 2.1 From BPlus
I get PCI-E x1 2.0 with Optimus Compression since I have a nVidia gpu and intel HD Graphics.
See the forum http://forum.techinferno.com/diy-e-gpu-projects/2109-diy-egpu-experiences-%5Bversion-2-0%5D.html

Im getting 21333 in 3DM06 with the 560ti
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