Hi guys! I recently got a 7850, been playing a lot of BF3 lately and noticed that while I'm able to maintain 50 - 60 fps most of the time, there a few places where my fps drop to 30 or less, and my GPU usage drops to about 60-70%. The only thing that occurs to me is that my CPU is bottle necking my GPU somewhere. I know that a 7850 is not a top of the line card, but what bothers me is that I'm not getting that 99% utilization in BF3. I can get it in other games (Alan Wake, for instance) and other games just run at 60fps without reaching 99% utilization, but BF3 seems to be an exception here. These are my current specs. This system has gone through a few upgrades in the last couple of years, that's why the mobo and RAM are pretty old. - AMD 960T, unlocked @ 3.6GHz, 1.325V - Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H - 6GB DDR2 800MHz RAM - Saphire 7850 - OCZ 600W PSU Let me know what other details do you think are relevant. This is an almost fresh install, with the latest AMD drivers. Also note that I've tried running everything stock, with no OC or no unlock, and I actually get a slightly worse performance with 4 cores. What do you guys think? Should I go ahead and change my motherboard and ram but stick with this cpu? Or should I go with Intel?