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October 23, 2013 10:36:40 AM

I have been wanting to upgrade my PC for a little while and finally have decided to. I only have enough to upgrade one part right now and was wondering which part should be upgraded first.
It's really only my CPU and GPU I want to upgrade, I just don't know which one. I feel like one of them is bottlenecking the other, but maybe not. I would like to stay on AMD, as they're cheaper and i'm on a budget. I play alot of games, I want to know what will increase my FPS.

- CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 Rana 455 3.3ghz
- GPU: ASUS Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5

P.S- If you want, you can leave any parts you'd recommend me upgrading to.

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October 23, 2013 10:43:40 AM

Well depending on the motherboard you already have I would upgrade the GPU now and the CPU at a later date. But if the board you have is not a AM3+ you would need to upgrade the motherboard and CPU later so something to think about.

For now I think a new GPU would be the best bet. With the GPU only having 1gig GDDR5 it is defiantly in need of a update.
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October 23, 2013 3:21:14 PM

Well may I ask about your budget at the moment
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October 23, 2013 4:50:30 PM

I've been thinking if I upgrade my GPU it would be a GTX 660. That's around how much maximum I would like to spend.
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October 23, 2013 5:03:15 PM

kristianAA said:
bryonhowley said:
Well depending on the motherboard you already have I would upgrade the GPU now and the CPU at a later date. But if the board you have is not a AM3+ you would need to upgrade the motherboard and CPU later so something to think about.

For now I think a new GPU would be the best bet. With the GPU only having 1gig GDDR5 it is defiantly in need of a update.

Athlon should be fm socket



The x3 455 is an AM3 chip. Only the 7xx series chips are FM2.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 23, 2013 5:14:06 PM

Hey there ChaseJ45, Overall it will cost you more to upgrade your cpu, as you will have to buy both a motherboard and cpu, as the athlon is an outdated fm socket, your best bet would probably be to upgrade your Gpu At the moment. But be sure not to get to strong of a Gpu as it will bottleneck. Here is a decent card for 150$ that wont bottleneck and improve your gameplay experience. http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-E-Video-10031...

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My bad :p  your cpu is an am3 socket, But still overall i recommend upgrading your gpu first. Only because it will still cost more money to upgrade your cpu as you will still need a new Mobo. (search for am3+ cpus and motherboards, They are the way to go when getting an amd cpu.) <--- Only after you get your new gpu.
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October 23, 2013 5:15:47 PM

Tech4Life said:
Hey there ChaseJ45, Overall it will cost you more to upgrade your cpu, as you will have to buy both a motherboard and cpu, as the athlon is an outdated fm socket, your best bet would probably be to upgrade your Gpu At the moment. But be sure not to get to strong of a Gpu as it will bottleneck. Here is a decent card for 150$ that wont bottleneck and improve your gameplay experience. http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-E-Video-10031...


The Athlon II X3 455 is AM3 not FM.........
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October 23, 2013 5:20:18 PM

logainofhades said:
Tech4Life said:
Hey there ChaseJ45, Overall it will cost you more to upgrade your cpu, as you will have to buy both a motherboard and cpu, as the athlon is an outdated fm socket, your best bet would probably be to upgrade your Gpu At the moment. But be sure not to get to strong of a Gpu as it will bottleneck. Here is a decent card for 150$ that wont bottleneck and improve your gameplay experience. http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-E-Video-10031...


The Athlon II X3 455 is AM3 not FM.........


Yes i just got done correcting myself, i was thinking the older athlon's and phenom's but this is a 2nd gen.

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October 23, 2013 5:24:23 PM

All X3 athlons were AM3 Athlon II's. Older athlon X2's were 939 and AM2.
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October 23, 2013 5:35:40 PM

kristianAA said:
Tech4Life said:
Hey there ChaseJ45, Overall it will cost you more to upgrade your cpu, as you will have to buy both a motherboard and cpu, as the athlon is an outdated fm socket, your best bet would probably be to upgrade your Gpu At the moment. But be sure not to get to strong of a Gpu as it will bottleneck. Here is a decent card for 150$ that wont bottleneck and improve your gameplay experience. http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-E-Video-10031...

Update:
My bad :p  your cpu is an am3 socket, But still overall i recommend upgrading your gpu first. Only because it will still cost more money to upgrade your cpu as you will still need a new Mobo. (search for am3+ cpus and motherboards, They are the way to go when getting an amd cpu.) <--- Only after you get your new gpu.


he wouldn see any improvement with ur offered gpu with this price he could get gtx 660 what would give him reasonable performance increase why would get little performance when u can get alot better with same price

He would see a little improvement, but thats about all. And yes he could get that card for the same price but it would be far to powerful for his cpu as it would bottleneck. meaning his gpu won't be able to use its full potential because his cpu is holding the card back from doing so.
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October 23, 2013 5:46:44 PM

What is your current motherboard?
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October 23, 2013 5:57:35 PM

No, my motherboard doesn't support crossfire. It's a cheap motherboard that just got me by, it's a BIOSTAR A780L3B.
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October 24, 2013 7:08:40 AM

ChaseJ45 said:
No, my motherboard doesn't support crossfire. It's a cheap motherboard that just got me by, it's a BIOSTAR A780L3B.


That board would allow up to a 95w Phenom II x4 955. Might not be a bad idea to get one as a holdover if you can get one really cheap. That GPU definite needs to go though.
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October 24, 2013 9:50:04 AM

How much is "cheap"? The lowest I can find a Phenom II X4 955 is for $95.
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October 24, 2013 11:57:43 AM

If you are willing to pay the cost, it would probably be worth it. Lack of L3 cache hurts the Athlon II's. This will kinda give an idea of what I am talking about. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/piledriver-k10-cpu-...

Your best bet is new board and CPU and GPU, but your budget doesn't sound like it would be enough for that.
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October 24, 2013 3:11:06 PM

I'll be upgrading the rest in about 1-2 months. What motherboard / mobo socket should I get with what CPU? What would be the recommended CPU for somewhat heavy gaming. I would like to stick to AMD but if a Intel CPU would help way more and ain't way too expensive then I will get an Intel CPU. When I say "somewhat heavy gaming", I mean I will be playing like Battlefield 4, Skyrim, etc. I don't stream / record, so I don't need an extra boost.
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October 24, 2013 4:04:26 PM

If you plan on changing CPU and motherboard in a couple months, an FX 8320 is a nice choice for CPU. With that time frame for upgrade, just get your GPU now and live with that X3 of yours until then. BF4 will make use of those 8 cores. This would be a nice combo that would allow for nice overclocking an give you option of SLI or CF. If you want to get your parts a little at a time, both of these motherboards I list will support your Athlon II.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor ($153.60 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($124.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $278.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-24 18:59 EDT-0400)

A cheaper, but limited, option would be this board.
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga970...
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October 24, 2013 9:19:44 PM

Alright, I will probably be getting that CPU and Motherboard later next month, thanks. Do you think the GTX 660 would be a good choice or could I get a better GPU for cheaper / a little more?
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October 25, 2013 6:46:33 AM

ChaseJ45 said:
Alright, I will probably be getting that CPU and Motherboard later next month, thanks. Do you think the GTX 660 would be a good choice or could I get a better GPU for cheaper / a little more?


This is probably the best deal going right now price for performance wise. Near 7950 performance for the cost of a 660 or regular 7870. So basically it would go 660, 7870, 7870 (tahiti LE), 7950

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://pcpartpicker.com/parts/video-card/#sort=a5&c=114...
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October 25, 2013 7:05:17 AM

Alright I guess that all I needed. Thanks for everything, you helped alot! Thanks for sticking with my question for this little time.
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