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How to determine a bottleneck ?

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How can you actually tell which one of the components is bottlenecking your rig?

Can the windows generated subscores be used for something like this?

Take my case, i've got a 5.9 on my cpu (stock) but the gpu (stock) has a 4.8(graphics) and a 6.1(gaming graphics). If i overlock the the cpu to 2.8GHz it goes up to 6.1 and if i overclock the gpu it goes up by 0.2 on both subscores. So judging by the subscores, they're almost on the same level, but can it really be used for determining something like this?

If not, what's the best way you know of to determine it?
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post #2 of 5
Until you start getting into benchmarking and high performance computing there is really no need to start playing seek and destroy with bottlenecks.

That aside though, the number 1 bottleneck in almost any average user / gamer is the hard disk.
post #3 of 5
No, that's not the best way to determine a bottleneck.

If you were to throw in a GTX570 then your processor would probably bottleneck your GPU. If you were to Overclock your processor to around 3.4 (not sure if it's possible) then that might be ok.

In short though, your current hardware you'll not be bottlenecking anything.

Best way to know, ask us, It's pretty much an experiance based thing from what I can tell.
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I see now. Thx a lot for clearing that up for me guys
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Another good way is to open MSI Afterburner and the windows processor usage graphs and see which one hits 100% the most when your playing a game. This works best if you have vsync enabled as it will show you which piece of hardware caused your FPS to dip below 60
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