A computer is limited by it's weakest part. The weakest component of your PC is referred to as your 'bottleneck'. You could have the best CPU out there, but still have terrible performance because your video card is bad, and vice versa. Unfortunately, it isn't always as simple as figuring out which component is the worst. Different games and applications push the CPU, Graphics card, and other hardware in different ways. You may find that some applications are bottlenecked by the CPU, whereas others are limited by the graphics card.
The steps in this guide will teach you know to tell which component is your bottleneck, with each individual component:
If the guide is too confusing for you, you can post what games/applications you use, along with your specs, and I can help you decide which to upgrade. Just keep in mind that the guide is far more effective, as you can test how much each component is being utilized, and determine your limiting factor.
Edited by hamluis, 16 February 2016 - 11:41 AM.
Moved from System Building to Tips/Tricks - Hamluis.