[SOLVED] Bottleneck Identification/Upgrade Questions

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Hello all,

I'm ready to start upgrading, or perhaps more accurately, starting a new build around my GPU, and so I'd like to understand better what exactly is holding my system back at the moment. My system looks like this. I've just run benchmarks on UserBenchmark to get these results:

UserBenchmarks: Game 115%, Desk 88%, Work 90%
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K - 84.3%
GPU: Nvidia GTX 1080-Ti - 138.4%
SSD: Intel 530 Series 240GB - 86.9%
RAM: G.SKILL RipjawsZ DDR3 1600 C10 2x8GB - 60.7%
MBD: Asus MAXIMUS VI IMPACT

According to these results, it would suggest that my rig is capable of gaming rather competently, however I'm currently attempting to play God of War on Ultra settings at 1080p, and I'm getting constant frame drops and cannot even keep a steady 60 FPS. I have noticed that my CPU usage is constantly maxed out while playing, so I'm wondering if this is where the major bottlenecking is occurring.

I'm aware that to build a new rig with a significant improvement in CPU and RAM that I'd need to purchase a new motherboard as well, so I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for decent upgrades that would help me get the most out of my GPU. I don't really want to built a rocket ship, but I'd at least like to have something that can game comfortably at 1080p.

Thanks in advance.
 
I'm in Canada. I'd probably only use the GPU, SSD (for now), and PSU. Budget isn't that much of a concern, but I'm not trying to build a 4k gaming machine or do any kind of rendering or any such thing. Gaming comfortably at 1080p is fine for me, so I'm not looking to get a 12900K or anything like that. Just a system that wouldn't hold back my GPU so much. I'm fine with it not all being current gen. For reference, I've been looking at CPUs around 5600X/11600KF area.
As @InvalidError pointed out, wait a few more weeks for the B660 DDR4 boards to show up on North American hardware sites. These boards in the links down below should retail for right around $150 USD if I had to guess. This gives you a rough idea of what you're looking at cost wise.

https://www.gigabyte.com/us/Motherboard/B660M-GAMING-X-AX-DDR4-rev-1x
GIGABYTE B660M GAMING X AX DDR4

https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/PRO-B660M-A-DDR4
MSI PRO B660M-A DDR4

https://www.asus.com/Motherboards-Components/Motherboards/PRIME/PRIME-B660M-A-D4/
ASUS PRIME B660M-A D4

https://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4_65_3860&item_id=212710
Intel Core i5-12400F $229.99

https://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=8_129&item_id=160986
DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX GTE V2 CPU Air Cooler $44.99

https://global.deepcool.com/company/pressroom/newsrelease/2021/14926.shtml?id=PressRoom
DEEPCOOL LGA 1700 Mounting Kit

https://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX00117188
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200MHz 16GB (2x8GB) CL16 $79.99

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/134587/intel-core-i512400f-processor-18m-cache-up-to-4-40-ghz.html

https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/core-i5-12400-processor-review,1.html
 
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I'm in Canada. I'd probably only use the GPU, SSD (for now), and PSU. Budget isn't that much of a concern, but I'm not trying to build a 4k gaming machine or do any kind of rendering or any such thing. Gaming comfortably at 1080p is fine for me, so I'm not looking to get a 12900K or anything like that. Just a system that wouldn't hold back my GPU so much. I'm fine with it not all being current gen. For reference, I've been looking at CPUs around 5600X/11600KF area.
 
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I'm in Canada. I'd probably only use the GPU, SSD (for now), and PSU. Budget isn't that much of a concern, but I'm not trying to build a 4k gaming machine or do any kind of rendering or any such thing. Gaming comfortably at 1080p is fine for me, so I'm not looking to get a 12900K or anything like that. Just a system that wouldn't hold back my GPU so much. I'm fine with it not all being current gen. For reference, I've been looking at CPUs around 5600X/11600KF area.
As @InvalidError pointed out, wait a few more weeks for the B660 DDR4 boards to show up on North American hardware sites. These boards in the links down below should retail for right around $150 USD if I had to guess. This gives you a rough idea of what you're looking at cost wise.

https://www.gigabyte.com/us/Motherboard/B660M-GAMING-X-AX-DDR4-rev-1x
GIGABYTE B660M GAMING X AX DDR4

https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/PRO-B660M-A-DDR4
MSI PRO B660M-A DDR4

https://www.asus.com/Motherboards-Components/Motherboards/PRIME/PRIME-B660M-A-D4/
ASUS PRIME B660M-A D4

https://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4_65_3860&item_id=212710
Intel Core i5-12400F $229.99

https://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=8_129&item_id=160986
DEEPCOOL GAMMAXX GTE V2 CPU Air Cooler $44.99

https://global.deepcool.com/company/pressroom/newsrelease/2021/14926.shtml?id=PressRoom
DEEPCOOL LGA 1700 Mounting Kit

https://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX00117188
Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200MHz 16GB (2x8GB) CL16 $79.99

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/134587/intel-core-i512400f-processor-18m-cache-up-to-4-40-ghz.html

https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/core-i5-12400-processor-review,1.html
 
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