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Old May 11, 2012, 07:52 PM
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Hello, got a couple of questions as I have been out of the hardware game for a few years and not quite sure where my slowness is coming from.

I'm noticing some irritating lag in games such as BF3 and Skyrim on medium-high settings and would like to be able to crank it. I'm not sure if its my CPU or GPU that's causing the lag issues.

My CPU is an i3-530 overclocked to 4.2 GHZ and my GPU is a MSI GTX 560 TI twin frozr 2.

I have tried overclocking the GPU but even the slightest overclock gave me crashing issues even if I bumped the voltage. I'm curious if you guys have any input into what my next upgrade should be.

Thanks for looking!
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Both games you mentioned are heavily CPU bound, overclocking your GPU won't do anything.

If you have a capable motherboard and cooling, I would push that i3 530 to the limit and see if you can get enough framerate.

Otherwise you could look for used 1156 quad cores. If you don't want used you'll probably have to buy a new platform or pay a premium for older tech.
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do you have AA on 4x?

for the record, ram is at 8gb?

what resolution are you playing at?

is your power supply at least 500w?
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Old May 11, 2012, 09:29 PM
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Right, should probably include that eh? Ram is 8gb, res is 1920x1080 and a 600 watt p/s. This is as high as i can run this chip oc/temp wise
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Old May 11, 2012, 10:31 PM
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For those games, and that resolution, CPU without question.
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