My GPU is toast, and being a few years old, I'm not certain of a couple things. My first time build has served me well, but now that technology keeps on advancing, I'm not sure If I should start from scratch, replace with a newer GPU, or swap out for my needs.
My first thought was to just upgrade the CPU with a higher end Ivy i5, but after research, my MB is not compatible with Ivy (cheap Gigabyte MB I guess). Second, invest in a higher quality GPU ($200 buck range). Or, blow it up and replace the CPU with a high end AMD processor and new MB (but I'm not sure if I can, complete building amatuer here) due to AMD's superior built-in GPU's.
For cost benefit analysis, is my memory and drive compatible to cross over from Intel to AMD, or do I reinstall and wipe the HD Drive or just disable/update drivers
I watch movies with family and light gaming, and until now has been great. I just think I may due for an upgrade of sorts. Any and all input is appreciated. Thanks in advance (this site has been invaluable)!
Thanks for the fast responses, for ease, I was leaning this way too.
So do I uninstall/disable current GPU software and just take out and replace card?
I hate to say, but there's a BB (I have a MicroCenter out of the way which is where I bought original) on my way home, they have a Radeon 7770 and 7850 in stock, for $10 more the 1024 over 640 processor seems worth it (I know they gouge 30% over)?