Question What part of my PC should I upgrade?

May 19, 2019
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Hey guys,

my rig is doing okay-ish at the moment but I have a little money left at the moment and want to improve it in the light of TW Three Kingdoms releasing soon. Open World games work well enough, but I play strategy games mostly and big battles in Total War or the EU4 late game tend to stutter a bit. I know enough about hardware to suspect that my CPU may be the weakest part of the system (and the HDD, of course), but not nearly enough to know what to replace it with. The GPU is recent, everything else is at least six years old.

My components:

Mainboard: ASUS B85M-G (This should be the list of fitting GPUs)
GPU: i7-4770, 3,5 GHz
RAM: 16 GB DDR3
GPU: GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB
PSU: 600 W

Does it still make sense to replace the CPU with one of the ones fitting on the mainboard or are a new mainboard and a new CPU necessary? Are they even the problem?
 

alceryes

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First thing I would do is verify what is causing the stuttering.
Game for a while while running a program in the background that logs your CPU usage. Open hardware monitor would work fine. Make sure you get multiple stutters while gaming and then check those times in the log to see of your CPU is pegged at (or near) 100% usage during stuttering.
 

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