CPU bottleneck? How is my build?

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June 17, 2016

Hi everyone,

I have been reading through a bunch of posts and although very useful, i'd like to ask what the bottleneck is with my set up. I am looking first and foremost at the CPU any advice and help on this is greatly appreciated.

CPU: i5 4590

GPU: GTX 960

RAM: 8gb

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June 17, 2016

Those are well matched parts. Every system has a limit somewhere or it would run a bazillion FPS at the speed of light.

What are you using the system for and if gaming, what games?

Some games load the CPU heavily and will struggle on nearly anything (DayZ). If you are trying for 4k or multi-monitor 2K the GPU will limit you.

For 1080p, 60Hz, those are decent parts.

Until we know what you are using the system for and what aspect of it needs to be better we cannot answer your question with any precision.

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June 17, 2016

Your CPU is fine, only upgrades I could recommend would be another 8GB RAM and a GPU upgrade.

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June 17, 2016

That CPu will handle any graphics card and only bottleneck them in fringe cases and not to meaningful levels.

I strongly suggest though that you wait until the end of the month and get the RX 480 coming out for $200 with close to Fury level performance. It's just not a good time to be buying 960s these days.

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June 17, 2016

I also have the i5-4590, and i am looking for a graphics card right now! (because i have HD-5450

:lol:

). Also, taking an R9-380 is a good choice, it uses less power and delivers good performance.

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June 17, 2016

Getting an R9 380 is a bad choice because the 480 is right around the corner.

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June 17, 2016

Seconded. 380s, 960s, everything below a 1070 is a bad investment these days, as the 480 will most likely perform better and cost teh same or less.

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June 17, 2016

Hi DonkeyOatie, thank you for the response on this! I am using this mainly for gaming, here are some games I am playing -

1) Fallout 4 - I am heavily using mods, I could go ultra but there is lag in some areas

2) Witcher 3 - Could go high-ultra mix, any more than that and the game runs slow

3) Total War: Warhammer - really struggles with Ultra so I am opting for Ultra-High-Medium mix, what do you think is lacking in my machine for this? I also

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June 17, 2016

Thank you for the input Mr Kagouris, based on this, I would have around 16gb RAM, would that be needed in gaming i.e for Fallout 4, Total War Warhammer, Witcher 3, and other games like it? For the GPU, I will definitely look into it, is that the potential factor to cause a bottleneck?

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June 17, 2016

Thank you Hlsgsz! I am looking at my CPU and was wondering how this will fare with GTA V?

I am currently playing the below games and I could handle Total War: Warhammer but only with a mixture of Ultra-High-Medium, not Ultra! What do you think may be causing this? Is it the GPU? the RAM perhaps?

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June 17, 2016

GTA V will run flawlessly on that CPU. TW:W is heavily CPU bound as far as i know, but , acording to the benchmarks, your CPU is still enough.

A better GPU is certainly teh way to go, ant the one i mentioned will be about double the performance of the 960.

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June 17, 2016

TW:W is seeing heavily inferior performance from Nvidia cards, that's why I'm guessing it's the only game you're seeing framerate issues with.

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June 17, 2016

As the data above shows, NOTHING give 60FPS+ for TW:W Ultra even at 1080p, using a single GPU. A better GPU will help, as will a much better CPU. All of this is expensive, however. Do you have $1000 to drop into your system for these upgrades?

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June 17, 2016

Thank you DonkeyOatie, considering I may have the funds for it, what do you suggest I do to upgrade? Which parts and any recommendations?

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June 17, 2016

Thank you Hlsgz! This is really very interesting, aside from the R9 480, what recommendation do you have for an Nvidia card?

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June 17, 2016

For Nvidia the only cards worth buying for gaming right now are the GTX 1070 and the GTX 1080 (depending on your budget).

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June 17, 2016

GTX 1070. The 1080 is only 20% more powerful but 50% more expensive.

And that's RX 480, not R9

:)

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