Upgrading current system cpu or gpu

Approximate Purchase Date: This summer, most likely in August

Budget Range: $100-150. I can't spend too much on it.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, light development. I plan on playing the new cnc online, planetary annihiliation, and maybe eso.


Parts to Upgrade: Cpu or Gpu

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg or tigerdirect

Location: US

Parts Preferences: no preference

Overclocking: Yes with time

SLI or Crossfire: maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Currently have a 9850@3ghz and a stock 5770 with 8gb of ram @533 1tb spinpoint and a Cooler Master 500watt psu

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Ive got a little extra to spend and my pc feels a little dated.


I think my best choice would be a phenom II 965 currently $80 @newegg. But If its my gpu that is more of a bottleneck then I'll upgrade that.
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  1. Well the best upgrade for gaming is almost always a Gpu, and since you have a 5000 series I would strongly recommend a new gpu. Since you are only running a 500 watt psu I would say the Radeon 7750 is the best upgrade to price ratio. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2555929&CatId=7387 This will also leave you with a 30 dollar headroom in your budget.
  2. The hd 7750 is just throwing your money away, believe me, it has the exact same perfomance as you gpu.
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_7750/26.html

    you need at least a hd 6870/ 6850 to really make the upgrade worth it but the dilemma is that your cpu will be a bottleneck so i think that maybe upgrading you cpu por a fx 6300 if you have a am3+ mobo and wait for the release of the hd 9000 series that certainly will bring the hs 7850 1gb prices down could be a better idea.

    Update: the gtx 650 ti is a good upgrade also and is the best $135 card out there.
  3. I only have an am2+ mobo so Phenom 2 is the highest i can go without upgrading the mobo also. And the 7750 does seem like a sidestep rather than an upgrade
  4. georgefrommanagement said:
    I only have an am2+ mobo so Phenom 2 is the highest i can go without upgrading the mobo also. And the 7750 does seem like a sidestep rather than an upgrade


    Go get that cpu that is 4 tiers better that what you currently have and get a better gpu when the next comes out and get better prices in the old gen cards
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