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October 16, 2013 9:45:45 PM

So currently in my computer is:

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8GHz
GPU: nVidia GT240

I use it for gaming, and was thinking of upgrading piece by piece over time, with the dream of one day running Watchdogs.

Is upgrading the GPU good enough? Or has the CPU reached the end of its life cycle and will bottleneck any new GPU?

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October 16, 2013 9:51:12 PM

saedo said:
So currently in my computer is:

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 630 2.8GHz
GPU: nVidia GT240

I use it for gaming, and was thinking of upgrading piece by piece over time, with the dream of one day running Watchdogs.

Is upgrading the GPU good enough? Or has the CPU reached the end of its life cycle and will bottleneck any new GPU?


The X4 630 is still pretty capable. Nothing high end end, but something above entry, close to mid range. However, if you're starting one piece at a time, you could essentially just get an overpowered, high end GPU and deal with the bottlenecking until you upgrade your CPU and Motherboard.
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October 16, 2013 10:24:51 PM

The above is a good advice, I got myself Radeon 6990 about 1.5 years ago whole I still had Core2Duo CPU, which still let me play a lot of stuff on ultra and now recently I upgraded the rest of my system with Core I7-4770 and such and it is disgustingly good :) 
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October 16, 2013 11:22:45 PM
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You could get by with that CPU for a little while and upgrade your GPU. The lack of L3 cache is a killer in newer titles, though. I would recommend getting a CPU replacement as soon as possible after you get your GPU. Hit me up if you decide you want to sell that GT 240 cheap. I like those little cards. They work well for cheap WoW and D3 usage.
October 17, 2013 9:24:14 AM

Yes you should by a a GPU.... Your budget is $200... You can but a Asus gtx 650 ti boost yes this is around $240 ,but the graphic card is awesome.. Gives 1020mhz of clock speed and 2560*1600 maximum resolution,you would able to run all the latest games at an avg.60 fps at 1440p acc. To gpu and your cpu But its expensive than your budget. I think you should increase your budget and buy this gpu.really its great Link for GPU : http://www.flipkart.com/asus-nvidia-geforce-gtx-650-ti-... OR The Asus amd 7770 thir gpu is also great but not that much as compared to 650 Ti.. Link for 7770 : http://www.flipkart.com/asus-amd-ati-radeon-hd-7770-2-g... increase your budget and 650 Ti.. Hope the answer was helpfull.
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October 17, 2013 10:01:10 AM

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Yes you should by a a GPU.... Your budget is $200... You can but a Asus gtx 650 ti boost yes this is around $240 ,but the graphic card is awesome.. Gives 1020mhz of clock speed and 2560*1600 maximum resolution,you would able to run all the latest games at an avg.60 fps at 1440p acc. To gpu and your cpu But its expensive than your budget. I think you should increase your budget and buy this gpu.really its great Link for GPU : http://www.flipkart.com/asus-nvidia-geforce-gtx-650-ti-... OR The Asus amd 7770 thir gpu is also great but not that much as compared to 650 Ti.. Link for 7770 : http://www.flipkart.com/asus-amd-ati-radeon-hd-7770-2-g... increase your budget and 650 Ti.. Hope the answer was helpfull.


I'm sorry, but this information is quite inaccurate and misleading. For one, I don't remember the OP listing a budget. Secondly, a GTX 650 Ti Boost is nowhere near $240. A good GTX 650 Ti Boost costs around $110 - $140 on average.

More importantly, where are you getting the results that a GTX 650 Ti Boost, a mid-range graphics card, would be able to get you 60 fps at 2560x1440? Perhaps it could at low settings settings for some games, but simply because a card can render a game at 2560x1600, doesn't mean that it'll be able to give bearable frame rates at such a high resolution and at a good quality. The claims you are making are unfounded and you don't list any benchmarks. These are benchmarks for Battlefield 3, a somewhat demanding game graphically, but for the most part not too demanding.



At 1920x1080, a GTX 650 Ti Boost maintains good frames on Ultra Quality, but as soon as we hit 2560x1440, the GTX 650 Ti Boost hits a 39 fps average with an ugly 22 fps minimum. While the average frame rate is still good, it's nowhere near 60 fps, and that's with AA off. Keep in mind as well, that Battlefield 3 is certainly not one of the "latest" games, as Battlefield 4 and most next gen games have proven to be far more GPU and CPU intensive than most prior titles. Also keep in mind that these are benchmarks performed with an i7-3970X CPU, one of the absolute best CPUs on the market but at a price of $1,000. These benchmarks are meant to give you an idea of a best case scenario, maximum potential of a GTX 650 Ti Boost, but I doubt the OP is going to be shelling out over $1,000 for a new CPU and motherboard alone, which means realistically he can expect the actual frame rates to be significantly lower.

Now, I'm not knocking the GTX 650 Ti Boost. Price to performance, it's an excellent card, but it won't get you the results that Pranaysonu has claimed unless settings for most games are drastically reduced.
October 17, 2013 7:09:06 PM

Hi Dieus Gladiorum........sorry for not uploading the benchmarks since i answep via mobile,yeaah your right for all the latest keeping into consdering BF4 ,i know the fps counter will be less than 60 but even cpu matters,yes u mention that acc. To i7 and 650ti boost bf3 at 2560*1600 the fps is just less than 60.you are right. Even though the one who is buying the gpu has to see his budget, and you mention that the card ranges at $140,i dont think so. Any ways your opinon was great. But 650ti boost is not even a bad card if you would like to run games at 1360*1028 on ultra .sorry onemore for not mentioning benchmarks and thanks for your reply..
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