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upgrade gpu or cpu

i have
e5700
2 gb ddr2 ram
dell 305w psu
gtx 1gb 650ti
1 hdd
1xcd-dvd-rw drive

should i upgrade cpu to i5
or buy gtx 660 non ti + psu
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  1. upgrade to i5. The e5700 is a 3 year old dual core cpu. If you get a new quad core i5 it will easily last 4 years or more. However, GPUs get outdated faster.

    But I noticed you only have 2gb RAM and it is ddr2. If you got a i5 you'd need a new mobo and new RAM. Are you willing to get new components? And maybe a new GPU this year or next year?
  2. Well the 650Ti GPU is okay for gaming, but I'd be a bit concerned with the e5700. What is the model of your system, so we can see what CPU's you can upgrade to?
  3. lunyone said:
    Well the 650Ti GPU is okay for gaming, but I'd be a bit concerned with the e5700. What is the model of your system, so we can see what CPU's you can upgrade to?


    i have intel dg41cn motherboard
  4. envy14tpe said:
    upgrade to i5. The e5700 is a 3 year old dual core cpu. If you get a new quad core i5 it will easily last 4 years or more. However, GPUs get outdated faster.

    But I noticed you only have 2gb RAM and it is ddr2. If you got a i5 you'd need a new mobo and new RAM. Are you willing to get new components? And maybe a new GPU this year or next year?


    gtx 650 ti is 128-bit which lags when i play blacklist in e5700 even in low settings

    will it will run smotther with gtx 660 non ti 192 bit at e5700
    i have seen video on youtube playing splinter cell blacklist at gtx 550ti and e5700 with no lag
  5. Best answer
    The GPU will help your graphics in gaming, but the e5700 might limit it a bit. Hard to say for sure, but it's always good to have a better GPU, when gaming. Even the AMD 7850 would be a bit better than the GTX 660, but that is up to you to decide. Just remember that with a better GPU your going to be pulling in more power from the PSU and that might create issues with it. I would recommend upgrading the PSU and then upgrading the GPU.

    $45 - $15 MIR + $7 shipping = $37!!
    EVGA 500 B 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified 500W Active PFC ATX12V v2.31/EPS 12V v2.91 3 Year Warranty 100-B1-0500-KR Power Supply

    $140 - $20 MIRc = $120
    GIGABYTE GV-R785OC-1GD Radeon HD 7850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    Here is a list of CPU's you can put in that Mobo. Just make sure if you decide to upgrade the CPU to update the BIOS before doing so.
  6. Thanks
  7. Glad that I could help.
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