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Old December 27, 2012, 07:23 PM
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Default What is bottlenecking my rig?

Hi guys,

My main gaming rig now has a few years under its belt, although it has received a few upgrades since it was first built. However, I have noticed that on some recent games (and I'm not even talking about cutting edge graphics here), the cutscenes & gameplay can suffer some minor framerate drops or slow cursor movement (e.g. mouse cursor in Witcher 2 moves a little slow, not laggy, but just slow). I'm not exactly sure what's bottlenecking my system, so I'd like to get some feedback from the people who have more experience & knowledge than I do.

Processor: i5-750 @ ~2.67GHz (possible bottleneck)
RAM: G. Skill Ripjaws 8GB (probably not here)
Main HDD: WD Caviar Black 2TB (could upgrade to SSD, but with OS + games I'd need around 800GB worth of space)
GPU: Asus Radeon HD 6970 DirectCU II 2GB (maybe running games at 1920x1200 is a bit too much to ask? Not sure).

Right now, upgrading HDD & GPU seem more doable than getting a new CPU, which I might do when I build a new rig in a year or so. But as it stands, would switching to a nVidia GPU help me out at all? I'm thinking about a GTX 660 or 670. However, if the GPU isn't what's bottlenecking my rig, than I might just wait a build a new rig altogether in about a year.

Photography/Gaming build: i7-4770K, NH-D14, Z87 Sabertooth, 16GB Ripjaws X, GTX 780 OC DirectCU II 3GB, M500 480GB, Caviar Black 2TB, Dual Red 4TBx2 (RAID 1), XFX Pro 850W 80+ Gold, Graphite Series 600T SE White
HTPC build: i5-750, Hyper 212+, P7P55D Pro, 8GB Ripjaws X, R6970 DirectCU II 2GB, Caviar Black 640GB/2TB, Caviar Green 3TB, Seagate Barracuda 3TB, Strider Plus 750W, CM 690 II Advanced
Mobile Media: Asus Transformer Infinity 32GB w/ keyboard dock
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