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What is bottlenecking my pc more? My Cpu or Gpu

Hello everyone,

I have been thinking about upgrading my pc but I am not sure if my Cpu or Gpu needs an upgrade for max performance.
My Cpu: i5-4590 3.3 ghz
My Gpu: Gigabyte Gtx 970 Gaming 4GB

All advice and suggestions are appreciated!
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  1. No real bottleneck there. But the i5-4590 can handle a faster gfx card, if that is your question.
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  2. It really depends on the situation.

    If you are gaming at low resolutions on CPU-intensive AAA games and at the same time running a lot of background apps or multi-tasking, then, your CPU would be hindering the performance of your rig.

    If you are gaming at higher resolutions on GPU-intensive AAA games on maxed out/Ultra eye-candy graphics settings, then, your GPU would be hindering the performance of your rig.
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  3. clutchc said:
    No real bottleneck there. But the i5-4590 can handle a faster gfx card, if that is your question.


    I always feel like my pc does really bad on cpu heavy games like arma thats why I was looking for some upgrade advice.
    So you are saying that I should upgrade my Gpu?
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  4. raisonjohn said:
    It really depends on the situation.

    If you are gaming at low resolutions on CPU-intensive AAA games and at the same time running a lot of background apps or multi-tasking, then, your CPU would be hindering the performance of your rig.

    If you are gaming at higher resolutions on GPU-intensive AAA games on maxed out/Ultra eye-candy graphics settings, then, your GPU would be hindering the performance of your rig.


    Thanks for the clarification, I usually play rainbow six siege on ulta/high settings and get 120 fps, but whenever I play arma or pubg I get super bad frames (pubg optimisation is a problem aswell). So I feel like I could upgrade my cpu to a i5 7600k and leave my gpu for maybe another year, but I don't want to spent all my money to be dissapointed in performance :P.
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  5. Rubdej said:
    clutchc said:
    No real bottleneck there. But the i5-4590 can handle a faster gfx card, if that is your question.


    I always feel like my pc does really bad on cpu heavy games like arma thats why I was looking for some upgrade advice.
    So you are saying that I should upgrade my Gpu?


    Short of upgrading both, I would go for a faster gfx card myself. Besides, you can't put a i5-7600K in that board.
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    Note that upgrading to a 7th-gen i5-7600K (coming from a 4th-gen i5-4590) means replacing your motherboard and RAM kit as well, which will cost a LOT.

    Have you considered just sticking with your 4th-gen platform, updating the mobo's BIOS, and changing just the CPU to a Haswell-Refresh 4th-gen i7-4790 (or i7-4790K if you do have a Z-chipset mobo)? This will cost you less and would alleviate issues on CPU-intensive games.

    If you really want to overhaul your rig, consider also migrating to the Ryzen platform, such as the Ryzen 5 1600 (6-core/12-thread CPU and unlocked/OC'able) instead of the i5-7600K, at $30 less (for the CPU). You'll also gain some savings in choosing a B350-chipset Ryzen motherboard, which is already overclockable, compared to the more expensive Z270-chipset Intel mobo for the i5-7600K.
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