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hello i currently have a AMD FX6300 Black Edition paried with a gtx 960 2gb windforce edition and i cant deciced which one to upgrade

ps can only upgrade one of them

games i play incase it might help
ark
fortnite
pugb
call of duty
battlefield
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  1. Budget for the upgrade?
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  2. hmm like 400 ish
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  3. manddy123 said:
    Budget for the upgrade?


    hmm like 400 ish i was going for a i7 6700k in the furture but that would 100% bottleneck the gpu
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  4. IMHO it would be wiser to move up to a new platform.
    The 960 is still plenty to play games @1080p medium settings, and PUBG, Battlefield are quite CPU bound if i'm not wrong,
    Therefore i'd recommend a step up on the CPU side. It's much easier to swap a GPU later on, and investing in anything below the current gen isn't a smart choice.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($193.44 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($74.33 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($105.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $373.76
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-09 06:09 EST-0500


    EDIT:
    Not as much as you'd think if you're playing at 1080p or 720p. The 960 is able to handle it's own if you're willing to lower a few settings in the newer AAA titles.
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  5. ^Upgrade the cpu now. The gpu prices atm are a mess, Volta and Navi are also coming next year, giving better upgrade options for the gpu.
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  6. Finstar said:
    ^Upgrade the cpu now. The gpu prices atm are a mess, Volta and Navi are also coming next year, giving better upgrade options for the gpu.


    in most games its my gpu thats 100% usage just pllayed a game of fortnite max settings 1080p and cpu was 50-60 on cores odd 70 popped up put gpu was maxed at 99-100 always
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  7. manddy123 said:
    IMHO it would be wiser to move up to a new platform.
    The 960 is still plenty to play games @1080p medium settings, and PUBG, Battlefield are quite CPU bound if i'm not wrong,
    Therefore i'd recommend a step up on the CPU side. It's much easier to swap a GPU later on, and investing in anything below the current gen isn't a smart choice.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($193.44 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($74.33 @ OutletPC)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($105.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $373.76
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-11-09 06:09 EST-0500


    EDIT:
    Not as much as you'd think if you're playing at 1080p or 720p. The 960 is able to handle it's own if you're willing to lower a few settings in the newer AAA titles.

    what i said above this :)
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  8. Maxwell gpus overclock pretty well too, so that's something you could do to improve your performance.
    Go for 16gb of +2666MHz RAM with the 1600 if your budget allows it.
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  9. Finstar said:
    Maxwell gpus overclock pretty well too, so that's something you could do to improve your performance.
    Go for 16gb of +2666MHz RAM with the 1600 if your budget allows it.

    would that cpu not bottleneck the gpu seens its 100% witha 6300 atm ?
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  10. THEHIPPIEPROJECT said:
    Finstar said:
    Maxwell gpus overclock pretty well too, so that's something you could do to improve your performance.
    Go for 16gb of +2666MHz RAM with the 1600 if your budget allows it.

    would that cpu not bottleneck the gpu seens its 100% witha 6300 atm ?


    It is quite normal that the GPU is always lingering next to 100%, more yet if you're putting Max settings in current games...
    With that said, a good upgrade for you would be getting a 1060 or higher, and those are really expensive atm due to mining rampage.

    That's why i recommended the CPU improvement, it will doubtless help you on gaming, but won't do miracles as a fresh new GPU would, but it is a much wiser choice now IMHO.
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  11. manddy123 said:
    THEHIPPIEPROJECT said:
    Finstar said:
    Maxwell gpus overclock pretty well too, so that's something you could do to improve your performance.
    Go for 16gb of +2666MHz RAM with the 1600 if your budget allows it.

    would that cpu not bottleneck the gpu seens its 100% witha 6300 atm ?


    It is quite normal that the GPU is always lingering next to 100%, more yet if you're putting Max settings in current games...
    With that said, a good upgrade for you would be getting a 1060 or higher, and those are really expensive atm due to mining rampage.

    That's why i recommended the CPU improvement, it will doubtless help you on gaming, but won't do miracles as a fresh new GPU would, but it is a much wiser choice now IMHO.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/MSI-GTX-1060-GAMING-DisplayPort/dp/B01IEKYD5U/ref=sr_1_2?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1510227910&sr=1-2&keywords=gtx+1060+6gb


    thats what i was gonna go with as thought it was cheap not brought a gpu or cpu since 960 was released
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  12. THEHIPPIEPROJECT said:
    Finstar said:
    Maxwell gpus overclock pretty well too, so that's something you could do to improve your performance.
    Go for 16gb of +2666MHz RAM with the 1600 if your budget allows it.

    would that cpu not bottleneck the gpu seens its 100% witha 6300 atm ?


    The Ryzen 5 1600 would definitely not bottleneck the gtx 960 as it has over twice the multicore performance over the 6300 and over 50% better singlecore performance.

    The gpu upgrade would also be a possibility but remember that
    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/4fyxFT/zotac-geforce-gtx-1070-8gb-mini-video-card-zt-p10700g-10m
    Would make your cpu a really bad bottleneck and likely cause stuttering + few second freezes as you generally want to be gpu bound in games and not cpu bound.
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  13. Finstar said:
    THEHIPPIEPROJECT said:
    Finstar said:
    Maxwell gpus overclock pretty well too, so that's something you could do to improve your performance.
    Go for 16gb of +2666MHz RAM with the 1600 if your budget allows it.

    would that cpu not bottleneck the gpu seens its 100% witha 6300 atm ?


    The Ryzen 5 1600 would definitely not bottleneck the gtx 960 as it has over twice the multicore performance over the 6300 and over 50% better singlecore performance.

    The gpu upgrade would also be a possibility but remember that
    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/4fyxFT/zotac-geforce-gtx-1070-8gb-mini-video-card-zt-p10700g-10m
    Would make your cpu a really bad bottleneck and likely cause stuttering + few second freezes as you generally want to be gpu bound in games and not cpu bound.


    i meant the 960 bottleneck cpu would be fine just would the 960 hold it back
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  14. THEHIPPIEPROJECT said:
    thats what i was gonna go with as thought it was cheap not brought a gpu or cpu since 960 was released


    Is that brand new?
    It has a very good price on it.

    Might be worth considering then.
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  15. THEHIPPIEPROJECT said:
    Finstar said:
    THEHIPPIEPROJECT said:
    Finstar said:
    Maxwell gpus overclock pretty well too, so that's something you could do to improve your performance.
    Go for 16gb of +2666MHz RAM with the 1600 if your budget allows it.

    would that cpu not bottleneck the gpu seens its 100% witha 6300 atm ?


    The Ryzen 5 1600 would definitely not bottleneck the gtx 960 as it has over twice the multicore performance over the 6300 and over 50% better singlecore performance.

    The gpu upgrade would also be a possibility but remember that
    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/4fyxFT/zotac-geforce-gtx-1070-8gb-mini-video-card-zt-p10700g-10m
    Would make your cpu a really bad bottleneck and likely cause stuttering + few second freezes as you generally want to be gpu bound in games and not cpu bound.


    i meant the 960 bottleneck cpu would be fine just would the 960 hold it back



    Yes, the gtx 960 will hold the Ryzen 5 back. But as i said above, it's always better to have your gpu be the bottleneck than have your cpu be the bottleneck.

    The Ryzen 5 1600 would also remove any cpu related bottlenecks that existed with the FX 6300
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  16. Finstar said:
    THEHIPPIEPROJECT said:
    Finstar said:
    Maxwell gpus overclock pretty well too, so that's something you could do to improve your performance.
    Go for 16gb of +2666MHz RAM with the 1600 if your budget allows it.

    would that cpu not bottleneck the gpu seens its 100% witha 6300 atm ?


    The Ryzen 5 1600 would definitely not bottleneck the gtx 960 as it has over twice the multicore performance over the 6300 and over 50% better singlecore performance.

    The gpu upgrade would also be a possibility but remember that
    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/4fyxFT/zotac-geforce-gtx-1070-8gb-mini-video-card-zt-p10700g-10m
    Would make your cpu a really bad bottleneck and likely cause stuttering + few second freezes as you generally want to be gpu bound in games and not cpu bound.


    yh 1070 would be way to much was thinking of 1060 as been playing at med to low settings alot fortnite started playing max settings i get 40 fps cpu 60% gpu 100% so would i not get a increase in fps due to its already max ?
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  17. THEHIPPIEPROJECT said:
    Finstar said:
    THEHIPPIEPROJECT said:
    Finstar said:
    Maxwell gpus overclock pretty well too, so that's something you could do to improve your performance.
    Go for 16gb of +2666MHz RAM with the 1600 if your budget allows it.

    would that cpu not bottleneck the gpu seens its 100% witha 6300 atm ?


    The Ryzen 5 1600 would definitely not bottleneck the gtx 960 as it has over twice the multicore performance over the 6300 and over 50% better singlecore performance.

    The gpu upgrade would also be a possibility but remember that
    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/4fyxFT/zotac-geforce-gtx-1070-8gb-mini-video-card-zt-p10700g-10m
    Would make your cpu a really bad bottleneck and likely cause stuttering + few second freezes as you generally want to be gpu bound in games and not cpu bound.


    yh 1070 would be way to much was thinking of 1060 as been playing at med to low settings alot fortnite started playing max settings i get 40 fps cpu 60% gpu 100% so would i not get a increase in fps due to its already max ?



    I'm assuming fortnite doesn't utilize all your cpus cores which is causing the 60% load as the spec requirements mention only quadcores and say that the gtx 960 should be well good enough to run it.

    You could download perfmonitor 2:
    https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/perfmonitor-2.html
    Which shows the usage of each of your cpus cores.

    If the usage is hitting 100% on even one of the cores you'll know that your cpu is bottlenecking.
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  18. Finstar said:
    THEHIPPIEPROJECT said:
    Finstar said:
    THEHIPPIEPROJECT said:
    Finstar said:
    Maxwell gpus overclock pretty well too, so that's something you could do to improve your performance.
    Go for 16gb of +2666MHz RAM with the 1600 if your budget allows it.

    would that cpu not bottleneck the gpu seens its 100% witha 6300 atm ?


    The Ryzen 5 1600 would definitely not bottleneck the gtx 960 as it has over twice the multicore performance over the 6300 and over 50% better singlecore performance.

    The gpu upgrade would also be a possibility but remember that
    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/4fyxFT/zotac-geforce-gtx-1070-8gb-mini-video-card-zt-p10700g-10m
    Would make your cpu a really bad bottleneck and likely cause stuttering + few second freezes as you generally want to be gpu bound in games and not cpu bound.


    yh 1070 would be way to much was thinking of 1060 as been playing at med to low settings alot fortnite started playing max settings i get 40 fps cpu 60% gpu 100% so would i not get a increase in fps due to its already max ?



    I'm assuming fortnite doesn't utilize all your cpus cores which is causing the 60% load as the spec requirements mention only quadcores and say that the gtx 960 should be well good enough to run it.

    You could download perfmonitor 2:
    https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/perfmonitor-2.html

    Which shows the usage of each of your cpus cores.
    If the usage is hitting 100% on even one of the cores you'll know that your cpu is bottlenecking.


    would msi after burner work as i have the ingame display on with all cores showing ?
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  19. THEHIPPIEPROJECT said:
    Finstar said:
    THEHIPPIEPROJECT said:
    Finstar said:
    THEHIPPIEPROJECT said:
    Finstar said:
    Maxwell gpus overclock pretty well too, so that's something you could do to improve your performance.
    Go for 16gb of +2666MHz RAM with the 1600 if your budget allows it.

    would that cpu not bottleneck the gpu seens its 100% witha 6300 atm ?


    The Ryzen 5 1600 would definitely not bottleneck the gtx 960 as it has over twice the multicore performance over the 6300 and over 50% better singlecore performance.

    The gpu upgrade would also be a possibility but remember that
    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/4fyxFT/zotac-geforce-gtx-1070-8gb-mini-video-card-zt-p10700g-10m
    Would make your cpu a really bad bottleneck and likely cause stuttering + few second freezes as you generally want to be gpu bound in games and not cpu bound.


    yh 1070 would be way to much was thinking of 1060 as been playing at med to low settings alot fortnite started playing max settings i get 40 fps cpu 60% gpu 100% so would i not get a increase in fps due to its already max ?



    I'm assuming fortnite doesn't utilize all your cpus cores which is causing the 60% load as the spec requirements mention only quadcores and say that the gtx 960 should be well good enough to run it.

    You could download perfmonitor 2:
    https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/perfmonitor-2.html

    Which shows the usage of each of your cpus cores.
    If the usage is hitting 100% on even one of the cores you'll know that your cpu is bottlenecking.


    would msi after burner work as i have the ingame display on with all cores showing ?



    Yes
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  20. Finstar said:
    THEHIPPIEPROJECT said:
    Finstar said:
    THEHIPPIEPROJECT said:
    Finstar said:
    THEHIPPIEPROJECT said:
    Finstar said:
    Maxwell gpus overclock pretty well too, so that's something you could do to improve your performance.
    Go for 16gb of +2666MHz RAM with the 1600 if your budget allows it.

    would that cpu not bottleneck the gpu seens its 100% witha 6300 atm ?


    The Ryzen 5 1600 would definitely not bottleneck the gtx 960 as it has over twice the multicore performance over the 6300 and over 50% better singlecore performance.

    The gpu upgrade would also be a possibility but remember that
    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/4fyxFT/zotac-geforce-gtx-1070-8gb-mini-video-card-zt-p10700g-10m
    Would make your cpu a really bad bottleneck and likely cause stuttering + few second freezes as you generally want to be gpu bound in games and not cpu bound.


    yh 1070 would be way to much was thinking of 1060 as been playing at med to low settings alot fortnite started playing max settings i get 40 fps cpu 60% gpu 100% so would i not get a increase in fps due to its already max ?



    I'm assuming fortnite doesn't utilize all your cpus cores which is causing the 60% load as the spec requirements mention only quadcores and say that the gtx 960 should be well good enough to run it.

    You could download perfmonitor 2:
    https://www.cpuid.com/softwares/perfmonitor-2.html

    Which shows the usage of each of your cpus cores.
    If the usage is hitting 100% on even one of the cores you'll know that your cpu is bottlenecking.


    would msi after burner work as i have the ingame display on with all cores showing ?



    Yes


    then mixes from 60-75 i saw
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  21. tried pubg as well gpu 100 cpu 80 ish but game runs really bad on good systems due to not optimzed yet
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  22. Your old cpu and gpu are so well on level with each other that you'd pretty much need to upgrade both to see major impact in game performance.
    I'm just suggesting you start with the cpu as it's the more logical choice as of now.
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  23. Finstar said:
    Your old cpu and gpu are so well on level with each other that you'd pretty much need to upgrade both to see major impact in game performance.
    I'm just suggesting you start with the cpu as it's the more logical choice as of now.


    hmm all am wanting really is more fps with better graghics as used to playing on muh and some games look really bad on low-medium
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    THEHIPPIEPROJECT said:
    Finstar said:
    Your old cpu and gpu are so well on level with each other that you'd pretty much need to upgrade both to see major impact in game performance.
    I'm just suggesting you start with the cpu as it's the more logical choice as of now.


    hmm all am wanting really is more fps with better graghics as used to playing on muh and some games look really bad on low-medium


    Well, just go for the gtx 1070 i linked then, it's the best gpu that fit's your budget and will definitely allow higher graphic settings than your old gtx 960.
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  25. Finstar said:
    THEHIPPIEPROJECT said:
    Finstar said:
    Your old cpu and gpu are so well on level with each other that you'd pretty much need to upgrade both to see major impact in game performance.
    I'm just suggesting you start with the cpu as it's the more logical choice as of now.


    hmm all am wanting really is more fps with better graghics as used to playing on muh and some games look really bad on low-medium


    Well, just go for the gtx 1070 i linked then, it's the best gpu that fit's your budget and will definitely allow higher graphic settings than your old gtx 960.


    hmm will think about it watch some benchmarks as end of novemeber/dec i can get the other one thank you for helping me :)
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  26. Finstar said:
    THEHIPPIEPROJECT said:
    Finstar said:
    Your old cpu and gpu are so well on level with each other that you'd pretty much need to upgrade both to see major impact in game performance.
    I'm just suggesting you start with the cpu as it's the more logical choice as of now.


    hmm all am wanting really is more fps with better graghics as used to playing on muh and some games look really bad on low-medium


    Well, just go for the gtx 1070 i linked then, it's the best gpu that fit's your budget and will definitely allow higher graphic settings than your old gtx 960.


    hmm dont suppose u could help me with amd northbridge error pc reboots no erro msg or anything event viewer says amd northbridge was the cause
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