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Started lagging in almost every game

Would this be a CPU issue? This all started about six months ago. Every game auto-detects the settings to the lowest. I've use ccleaner and the usual spyware/malware cleaners. Also while alt-tabbed from a game, firefox and video player was also extremely laggy. My pc was built in 2012 so I know the parts are outdated but I don't have the budget to do a complete rebuild if I can just replace the CPU.

I searched other threads and none matched my issue exactly so sorry if this has been answered.

CPU: Intel(R) Core™ i7-3820 Quad-Core 3.60 GHz 10MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011
MEMORY: 16GB (4GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Quad Channel Memory
MOTHERBOARD: (SLI/CrossFireX) Asus P9X79 Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX w/ UEFI BIOS, 7.1 HD Audio, Intel GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 3 Gen3 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI
VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 2GB 16X PCIe Video Card
POWERSUPPLY: 700 Watts - Standard Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready
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  1. It would really be helpful if you said what your build consists of.

    Generally speaking though. Getting a better gpu would help any gaming situation if you are only playing at 1080p. That is unless you have a cpu that would severely bottleneck it. Really hard to say though since you gave no information to work with.
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  2. urbancamper said:
    It would really be helpful if you said what your build consists of.

    Generally speaking though. Getting a better gpu would help any gaming situation if you are only playing at 1080p. That is unless you have a cpu that would severely bottleneck it. Really hard to say though since you gave no information to work with.


    Sorry about that. Updated to include system specs.
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    That cpu while old is still pretty good. Apparently you can go as high as an i7 4930k or x on that motherboard. They are both quite expensive new. I don't think I would trust to buy one of those two cpus old.

    I think a better idea would be to get a new video card. Your card is so old. You could get a 1050ti for around 150 dollars. You could also get a gtx 1080 for around 550 dollars. An example. https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814137084

    Another thought would be to get a new Ryzen setup and the card for less then the cost of a new i7 4930k. It would surely be much faster. Though not faster then getting the gtx 1080 alone, if it is just for gaming.
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