Hello and thank you in advance for any help you can give me. I bought a pre-built iBuyPower machine a few years back and was very happy with its performance for a time. It was never an amazing beast, but any failings could be mitigated by turning down graphics settings.
Fast forward to the present. I'm seeing substantial loading times as well as common frame-rate dips on most modern titles, even at low-medium settings. I want to take advantage of the modular nature of PC rigs over consoles to start upping my performance capacity (as well as take some pride in building/maintaining my own device). I would like a game to default to High/Max settings for once.
The problem is, this is still my first PC. Period. I'm willing to buy new parts and have no fear installing them, but I don't exactly know where my bottleneck lies. I don't want to buy a new graphics card, for instance, only to find no improvement in performance. I can share my PC's info with you all in hopes that something stands out, but I don't even know what could be to blame.
Please tell me what I need to improve as well as what relevant information to share for better help.
Basic specs are as follows...
Processor: AMD FX-4100 Quad-Core, 3.60 GHz
RAM: 8.00 GB
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon R9 200 Series