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New to PC gaming; what is my bottleneck?

#1xenoswugPosted 6/18/2014 8:04:37 AM
Just noticed that I get stuttering with Dolphin (Xenoblade and Fragile Dreams, specifically).

AMD II X4 945 3.0GHz
2GB GTX 750Ti
8GB RAM

I just picked up the 750Ti, so please don't tell me that's the issue!
And I've never changed a CPU, so i woudn't know what's involved :(
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#2Xtreme-VoidPosted 6/18/2014 8:07:42 AM
the processor.
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#3wippit88Posted 6/18/2014 8:08:04 AM
Really depends on the game.

Your GPU is pretty decent, as long as your not expecting max settings you should be able to have a pretty good time with it. Decent amount of ram. Old CPU, this is most likely to be your bottleneck, overclock it and see if that helps.
#4xenoswug(Topic Creator)Posted 6/18/2014 8:13:21 AM
In general, what clock speed am I shooting for HIGH/MAX settings?

Also, is there a NOOB guide to overclocking that includes:

- How To
- Dangers/Risks
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#5WygunPosted 6/18/2014 8:17:09 AM
Dolphin uses a LOT of cpu and yours is old. If you plan on playing emulators for wii or ps2 you better upgrade to intel. I have fx-6300 myself and barely hit 60fps on fire emblem even on minimim settings.
#6vashtrichamPosted 6/18/2014 8:19:32 AM
Wygun posted...
Dolphin uses a LOT of cpu and yours is old. If you plan on playing emulators for wii or ps2 you better upgrade to intel. I have fx-6300 myself and barely hit 60fps on fire emblem even on minimim settings.


Get 60 fps easily with amd 8350 on dolphin
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#7xenoswug(Topic Creator)Posted 6/18/2014 8:19:50 AM
Wygun posted...
Dolphin uses a LOT of cpu and yours is old. If you plan on playing emulators for wii or ps2 you better upgrade to intel. I have fx-6300 myself and barely hit 60fps on fire emblem even on minimim settings.


How do I know if I CAN upgrade to Intel??

I know that's a dumb question, but what considerations are there?

For example, when I bought a gfx card, I was told to watch my power watter and PCI slots. Can I just plug n' play an Intel chip?
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#8g7g7g7g7Posted 6/18/2014 8:21:43 AM
For dolphin your really need a high clocked Intel processor to get stable framerates.

If you are looking to overclock your 945 you will need a hyper 212 and then your should hit 4ghz.

If you go to overclockers UK forums OCUK.org you will find phenom specific guides that helped me when I first overlclocked my phenom.
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#9Xtreme-VoidPosted 6/18/2014 8:22:19 AM(edited)
xenoswug posted...
Wygun posted...
Dolphin uses a LOT of cpu and yours is old. If you plan on playing emulators for wii or ps2 you better upgrade to intel. I have fx-6300 myself and barely hit 60fps on fire emblem even on minimim settings.


How do I know if I CAN upgrade to Intel??

I know that's a dumb question, but what considerations are there?

For example, when I bought a gfx card, I was told to watch my power watter and PCI slots. Can I just plug n' play an Intel chip?


you need a compatible motherboard for the CPU.
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#10xenoswug(Topic Creator)Posted 6/18/2014 8:25:13 AM
Xtreme-Void posted...
xenoswug posted...
Wygun posted...
Dolphin uses a LOT of cpu and yours is old. If you plan on playing emulators for wii or ps2 you better upgrade to intel. I have fx-6300 myself and barely hit 60fps on fire emblem even on minimim settings.


How do I know if I CAN upgrade to Intel??

I know that's a dumb question, but what considerations are there?

For example, when I bought a gfx card, I was told to watch my power watter and PCI slots. Can I just plug n' play an Intel chip?


you need a compatible motherboard for the CPU.


Manufacturer: Foxconn
Form factor: uATX
Chipset: AMD 785G
Memory sockets: 4 x DDR3
Front side bus speeds: 1333/1066/800MHz
Processor socket: AM3
Expansion Slots
1 PCI Express x16 slot for graphics card
3 PCI Express x1 slots
1 PCI Express x1 minicard slot

These are my motherboard specs. What do I need from this list that tells me which CPUs I can get?

Also, overall, would y'all recommend overclocking or new CPU?
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