Question Phenom II x3 720 is bottlenecking my 1070 GTX.

Oct 11, 2019
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Howdy! The gist of things is that I'm getting real low FPS in Total War Warhammer, and I've been slowly upgrading components over time. Basically, my GPU died awhile back, so I bought a new one. Upgraded from a HDD to a SSD, which was AMAZING. Awhile later my monitor died, and could no longer be resuscitated, so got a new one of those. And now my 'classic' CPU is bottlenecking the GPU. And has been for two or three years. My system does fine in GPU-intensive games, but terribly in CPU-intensive tasks.


Current system:
AMD Phenom II X3 720
Asus M4A79T Deluxe -- PCIe 2.0
MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X
8 Gigs of RAM
1440p 144hz IPS monitor
Seasonic M12D 850W PSU
1 TB SATA SSD




Approximate Purchase Date: Either this month or the Black Friday sales.

Budget Range: $500-600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, watching videos/movies, moderate video editing

Are you buying a monitor: No


Parts to Upgrade: CPU, Mobo w/o Wi-Fi, RAM, probably aftermarket quiet CPU cooler, quiet PSU

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none

Location: Middle of Nowhere, California, USA

Parts Preferences: Ryzen 3600 probably

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1440p 144hz IPS monitor

Additional Comments: I CANNOT have Wi-Fi, appreciate a 'good value,' hate RGB lighting, and crave silence. ATM my PSU is the loudest thing in my case, just whirring away off and on. It's lasted a decade, so I can't complain too much. :p I've sort of landed on the Ryzen 3600 as the value/performance sweet spot, but after spending several days going down the motherboard & PSU rabbit hole I feel like I know less than I did when I started researching. I'd appreciate your advice on what motherboard to put a potential Ryzen 3600 into, as well as whether I should get 16 GB or 32 GB of ram. As for the PSU, again, good value & quiet. I mostly just play games & do light to moderate CPU-intensive work. I've noticed that on Youtube I can only reliably watch videos at 480p; I can only do 720p if I'm not doing much else. Conceptually, I'd like to explore watching things at 2K or maybe even this mystical 4K that is now A Thing.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: single-digit to mid-twenties FPS in TW:Warhammer, similarly low framerates in other CPU-intensive applications; CPU bottlenecking GPU & monitor
 
Something like this would be a good start:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($194.79 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-M2 MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($82.89 @ OutletPC)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $472.65
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-11 06:50 EDT-0400
 

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