[SOLVED] What should I upgrade ?

Jan 26, 2022
My pc is underperforming, even though it's low end, it performs even worse than it should be.
I have a gt 1030 2gb gddr5 and an amd phenom ii x6 1055t, a really old cpu and a weak gpu, when i play a game and monitor my gpu and cpu i find that my cpu is about 30-40% and the gpu is 20-30%. This is really low and i dont know what's the problem that my cpu and gpu are holding back, when i see benchmarks for the gt 1030 on a game like valorant, people average 180 to 200 fps on 1080p, but for me i barely get 70 fps on 720p.i have a ddr3 1333mhz 8gb ram .
Could do something like this and get massively better all around performance;

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 3.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($246.00 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO CPU Cooler ($45.44 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI MAG A520M VECTOR WIFI Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($99.99 @ B&H)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-4000 CL18 Memory ($87.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P400A ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Super Flower Legion GX Pro 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg Sellers)
Total: $699.38
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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Can be reduced in price by another 50 easily


gt 1030 2gb gddr5 and an amd phenom ii x6 1055t
Neither of these parts are anything I would consider "gaming", and in many ways that CPU is long overdue for a swap.

a ddr3 1333mhz 8gb ram
Single stick of RAM can hurt gaming performance. It's been a long time since I have messed with a Phenom but I seem to recall some of those motherboards being triple channel? I might be confused.

i see benchmarks for the gt 1030 on a game like valorant, people average 180 to 200 fps on 1080p
It is important to note when watching benchmarks that you know the exact equipment they are using (not just GPU) and that they be fully open about what settings and scaling they are using to achieve said performance. Any time you are watching YouTube performance videos it should be considered with a grain of salt, as it were.
Nov 20, 2021
Upgrade the whole thing, if not open the case side panel for better cooling and get a SSD if you don't have one. You can get a GTX 970 for like 200 something bucks now. If you have to upgrade the CPU it will cost you more because you have to get a new Motherboard. Would recommend i3 10100 and GTX 970
Nov 20, 2021
Good But I would Get a 3950x or 12th gen intel with a 980 TI because you can't do anything you want with the 5600g build also do at least 32gb ddr4