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post #31 of 46
my question is why have such a high end AMD chipset and use a low end CPU solution?

I mean really if u can spend money on a new card you could easily spend like a 50 bucks on a Phenom X3 710 which would run smooth like butter paired with the 460.
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post #32 of 46
Just save money and keep the card
and you also have the Choice of a second hand CPU eBay or even here too
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post #33 of 46
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Originally Posted by JedixJarf View Post
doubt it, monitor your cpu usage while gaming and see if it is peggin out.
This method of looking for cpu BN worked great back in the days of single core processors, but nowadays it's highly inaccurate in terms of being able to rule out bottlenecking. Which is to say, 100% CPU usage still tends to indicate a BN, sure, but <100% doesn't mean you don't have one.
    
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Major CPU bottleneck going on here.
    
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Just save money and keep the card
and you also have the Choice of a second hand CPU eBay or even here too
I think this is what I'm going to do. I have two processors in mind for now, since they are pretty cheap and around the same price, but I'm not sure which is better.

Phenom II 555 vs Athlon II 640. Which would you guys go with?

EDIT: Phenom is dual, and Athlon is quad.
    
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post #36 of 46
Try getting a Phenom II quad. They must have gone down quite a bit in price lately. They are great chips for the price
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post #37 of 46
So I hope by now we all concluded that the cause is a CPU bottleneck.
    
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post #38 of 46
Yeah, I have to agree with what most have been sayin.

Keep that 460, they're fantastic performing card's, especially for the price.
With a simple BIOS upgrade, you can utilise AM3 CPU's in your Mobo without a hitch.

A nice cheapish Athlon II X3 (minimum) from Microcenter deaals will do you good, or a Phenom II X2 at least, to make use of L3 in gaming, you also have SB750 on your Mobo, so it should have Core Unlocking, might be able to squeeze an extra core or two outta a Callisto, but don't count on that alone.

I went from an Athlon 64 X2 4200+, to a Phenom X3 8450. Improvement, but not that noticeable.
Then to my X2 545, very noticeable improvement.

For the performance increase you'll get from a 460 and a CPU replacement, it'll be well worth the small money spent.
 
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AMD 720

70 bucks cheap =] compared to 150
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post #40 of 46
I have a 720 X3 (unlocks to X4) I am using for my backup build.
I had it at 3.6Ghz (X3) for the longest time and it was surprisingly fast for a AM3 triple.

I would look at a 740 X3 or 955 X4...something along those lines...
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