Thinking about upgrading my CPU and/or my GPU for gaming

Ok so I have this system at the moment:
-AMD Athlon X4 750k @ 3.99GHZ
-AMD HD 6670 2GB
-16GB RAM
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  1. GPU I'd say. I'd go to a radeon 7870 max probably.
  2. Hello liamr,

    The amount of RAM you have should be plenty for whatever type of gaming you're into. Your graphics card seems like it too should be able to do a decent job and handling games. Your processor isn't bad, but there certainly are better ones out there. The problem is that processor is a socket FM2, which means if you want to upgrade you'll have to purchase another FM2 processor. In my personal opinion, I don't think it would be worth upgrading your processor. I don't think you'll see that big of a performance gain.

    The best option would be to research gaming rigs and the type of processors their using. Based on that research, you'll probably have to upgrade your motherboard as well.

    The good news is your other components are new enough to carry over to a new board, should you choose to go that route.

    Let me know what you come up with.

    Cheers!
  3. TCTechie said:
    Hello liamr,

    The amount of RAM you have should be plenty for whatever type of gaming you're into. Your graphics card seems like it too should be able to do a decent job and handling games. Your processor isn't bad, but there certainly are better ones out there. The problem is that processor is a socket FM2, which means if you want to upgrade you'll have to purchase another FM2 processor. In my personal opinion, I don't think it would be worth upgrading your processor. I don't think you'll see that big of a performance gain.

    The best option would be to research gaming rigs and the type of processors their using. Based on that research, you'll probably have to upgrade your motherboard as well.

    The good news is your other components are new enough to carry over to a new board, should you choose to go that route.

    Let me know what you come up with.

    Cheers!


    I strongly disagree with the above post. The GPU you are using is a low end GPU that can only play games at low-medium, mostly low. This is not very good for gaming. Upgrading to a midrange 7870 will make games playable at high settings. That's what I'd aim for if I were you. A CPU upgrade will do nothing with that card for gaming.
  4. whats your budget for these upgrades?
  5. discard everything and go for a new rig..... for playing the latest games
  6. kirilmatthew said:
    TCTechie said:
    Hello liamr,

    The amount of RAM you have should be plenty for whatever type of gaming you're into. Your graphics card seems like it too should be able to do a decent job and handling games. Your processor isn't bad, but there certainly are better ones out there. The problem is that processor is a socket FM2, which means if you want to upgrade you'll have to purchase another FM2 processor. In my personal opinion, I don't think it would be worth upgrading your processor. I don't think you'll see that big of a performance gain.

    The best option would be to research gaming rigs and the type of processors their using. Based on that research, you'll probably have to upgrade your motherboard as well.

    The good news is your other components are new enough to carry over to a new board, should you choose to go that route.

    Let me know what you come up with.

    Cheers!


    I strongly disagree with the above post. The GPU you are using is a low end GPU that can only play games at low-medium, mostly low. This is not very good for gaming. Upgrading to a midrange 7870 will make games playable at high settings. That's what I'd aim for if I were you. A CPU upgrade will do nothing with that card for gaming.


    Agreed, a CPU upgrade would not do anything for this machine. I wasn't sure on the graphics, so thanks for the input. What's your thoughts on the current processor with an upgraded graphics card? Would the machine be able to handle it or would you recommend an overhaul of motherboard, CPU, and graphics?

    Cheers!
  7. TCTechie said:
    kirilmatthew said:
    TCTechie said:
    Hello liamr,

    The amount of RAM you have should be plenty for whatever type of gaming you're into. Your graphics card seems like it too should be able to do a decent job and handling games. Your processor isn't bad, but there certainly are better ones out there. The problem is that processor is a socket FM2, which means if you want to upgrade you'll have to purchase another FM2 processor. In my personal opinion, I don't think it would be worth upgrading your processor. I don't think you'll see that big of a performance gain.

    The best option would be to research gaming rigs and the type of processors their using. Based on that research, you'll probably have to upgrade your motherboard as well.

    The good news is your other components are new enough to carry over to a new board, should you choose to go that route.

    Let me know what you come up with.

    Cheers!


    I strongly disagree with the above post. The GPU you are using is a low end GPU that can only play games at low-medium, mostly low. This is not very good for gaming. Upgrading to a midrange 7870 will make games playable at high settings. That's what I'd aim for if I were you. A CPU upgrade will do nothing with that card for gaming.


    Agreed, a CPU upgrade would not do anything for this machine. I wasn't sure on the graphics, so thanks for the input. What's your thoughts on the current processor with an upgraded graphics card? Would the machine be able to handle it or would you recommend an overhaul of motherboard, CPU, and graphics?

    Cheers!

    The CPU is fine up to a radeon 7870 or maybe a 7950 in my opinion. I don't recommend trashing the CPU/MB except if the OP wishes to build a basically new rig, which I wouldn't recommend except with a budget of $1000 or more.
  8. kirilmatthew said:
    TCTechie said:
    kirilmatthew said:
    TCTechie said:
    Hello liamr,

    The amount of RAM you have should be plenty for whatever type of gaming you're into. Your graphics card seems like it too should be able to do a decent job and handling games. Your processor isn't bad, but there certainly are better ones out there. The problem is that processor is a socket FM2, which means if you want to upgrade you'll have to purchase another FM2 processor. In my personal opinion, I don't think it would be worth upgrading your processor. I don't think you'll see that big of a performance gain.

    The best option would be to research gaming rigs and the type of processors their using. Based on that research, you'll probably have to upgrade your motherboard as well.

    The good news is your other components are new enough to carry over to a new board, should you choose to go that route.

    Let me know what you come up with.

    Cheers!


    I strongly disagree with the above post. The GPU you are using is a low end GPU that can only play games at low-medium, mostly low. This is not very good for gaming. Upgrading to a midrange 7870 will make games playable at high settings. That's what I'd aim for if I were you. A CPU upgrade will do nothing with that card for gaming.


    Agreed, a CPU upgrade would not do anything for this machine. I wasn't sure on the graphics, so thanks for the input. What's your thoughts on the current processor with an upgraded graphics card? Would the machine be able to handle it or would you recommend an overhaul of motherboard, CPU, and graphics?

    Cheers!

    The CPU is fine up to a radeon 7870 or maybe a 7950 in my opinion. I don't recommend trashing the CPU/MB except if the OP wishes to build a basically new rig, which I wouldn't recommend except with a budget of $1000 or more.


    Thanks for the replies, at the moment i am looking at a Radeon HD 7750 4gb
    (http://www.saverstore.com/product/20356043/7725665/Club-3D-Radeon-HD-7750---Graphics-card---Radeon-HD-7750---4-GB-DDR3---PCI-Express-30-x16---DVI--D-Sub--HDMI?gclid=CIzR4pPuwbkCFY_KtAodpXIAkg)

    As for budget, im mostly playing it by ear, i am at college so money is quite tight at the moment, but i have a birthday and Christmas coming soon, which is the main reason i am asking now so that i know what to get when it comes time to upgrade.

    Thanks,
    Liam
  9. That is not a good upgrade and will be minimal. I recommend at least a 7850 if you want to see a significant upgrade in performance. Otherwise I'd just stick with what you have until you have enough money to at least get the 7850, or even the GTX 650Ti Boost or at worst, the HD 7790. Hope this helps
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