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My CPU is in my sig. Should I upgrade to the AMD Althon X4?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103871
When I play RIFT on Med-High FPS is at 30-35. When I play it at MAX it remains the same.
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you could just overclock it?

but a quad/tri core would be a sweet upgrade anyway
    
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the way you can spot it is look at usage, if CPU usage is at 100% and gpu usage is at lets say 60% then yes, your being cpu bottlenecked, GPU usage should be higher than CPU usage when gaming, if not, you need to overclock to see if it resolves it, or upgrade cpu or platform.
    
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@ title: Yes. Believe me, I have the card and I had a dual core.
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you should run afterburner or some other on screen display software, so you can see your GPU usage while you play the games. if the usage dosent get very high with high graphics settings then you have a CPU bottleneck.

*Just looking at your rig, i say yes to the CPU bottleneck, grab a quad*
 
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post #6 of 18
get a quad or a tri-core or yet if you can shift to intel even an i3 sandy bridge chip can drive that card for sure with top usage..

you can yet try to OC the chip but for sure there won't be much gains..
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A Quad would do you fine for any games and plenty of on tap powah for messing around.
DSF is right tho,clock it first to see if you get better fps.
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yeah, overclocking will improve it to some extent, you may be able to raise the gpu usage to a level your happy with, and see the gains you want, but in the long term, time to dig in your pockets and buy a new cpu!
    
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yes it probably is. depending on your budget I would go for a phenom II 4 cores. they are cheap has hell now and you can overclock it.
    
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Thanks for the help guys. But when I OC my CPU it always says "CMOS Checksum Bad"
The highest stable OC I had was around 3.8 on AIR, but I always get that CHECKSUM bad thing.
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