Motherboard Gygabyte GA-970A UD3 AM3+
CPU FX-8120 @3.1 Ghz cooled with Thermaltake BigTyp 120
Video card HD7970 3gb catalyst last version 13.5
Win 7 64bit
750W power supply, cooler master case.
My frame rate ranges from 60-70 fps to 20-25 depending on how big is the battle I'm playing. Changing graphics settings does not give significant fps improvements and according to the game CPU is the bottlneck (a small utility on the hud tells players if they're GPU or CPU bound).Common feedback on official PS2 forum is that AMD FX series is just not powerful enough for Planetside 2 in order to grant high frame rate in every situation. Since the game can't make a good use of 8 core technology, the game performs better on a 4 cores with higher clock. Almost everyone suggest to upgrade to Intel because they say those CPUs got higher speed per clock. Before to throw away my motherboard and my CPU I'd like to understand if I can upgrade to more powerful CPU without having to spend hundreds of euros.
I know some shops sell CPUs without cooler, it would be great solution for me since I don't use the stock heatsink.