Question I think my CPU is the problem for my performance issues.

Jan 14, 2017
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I have had this setup for awhile. I have only ever upgraded the graphics card. I think its time for an upgrade but don't know where to start. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. The computer may also be overheating as I have a beep setup to go off when its close to getting too high.
Monitor:
Acer R240HY
Processor:
AMD Athlon(™) X4 860K Quad Core Processor 3.70 GHz
Installed RAM:
16.0 GB (7.95 GB usable)
GPU:
Radeon RX 580 Series
Motherboard:
System Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
BaseBoard Product F2A68HM-H
 
Yes that CPU is very outdated and definitely is a bottleneck to your RX 580

I would suggest a B450 mobo and the Ryzen 1600AF or Ryzen 2600 if you are on a budget. Unfortuantly it seems the prices of both chips have jumped up in the last few days. Youc an look around on eBay for a used one, both should be around 100 USD at the highest used.

You will also need DDR4 RAM, This is a good pick for Ryzen https://pcpartpicker.com/product/n6RgXL/gskill-ripjaws-v-16-gb-2-x-8-gb-ddr4-3600-memory-f4-3600c18d-16gvk
 

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