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Upgrade GPU or CPU/Mobo?

While I don't run into many performance issues running modern games at mid-graphics & resolution, mobo/cpu and GPU are both in need of an upgrade. I'm just curious which would be more important to upgrade (for gaming).

Current Rig (64 bit):
CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3GHz
Mobo - MSI P7N SLI NVIDIA nForce (would need to upgrade for a quad core)
GPU - NVidia GeForce GTS 450
RAM: 8GB DDR2
PSU: CORSAIR Gaming Series GS600 600W ATX12V v2.3 80
Windows 7 (I have a vista disk and Windows 7 digital upgrade that I should be able to re-apply)

My budget at the moment is $400.

1) Would SLI'ing with GTS450 be cost effective to allow for mobo/cpu upgrade?

2) Would quad core cpu give substantial benefit? Is it required for a substantial GPU upgrade?

3) If you had $400 to burn, what would you get specifically?

THANKS!
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  1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286 CPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131873 MB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127761 GPU
    theres a 405$ spent , this is beast :) , also you will need a 500-600 PSU to run those and a good pc case :)
    probably most likely all demaning games will run on highest settins & 1080p with great fps
  2. nddz said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286 CPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131873 MB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127761 GPU
    theres a 405$ spent , this is beast :) , also you will need a 500-600 PSU to run those and a good pc case :)
    probably most likely all demaning games will run on highest settins & 1080p with great fps


    These look solid, nddz, thanks! But it looks like I'd need to buy new RAM with this upgrade, so that would tack on another ~$70-90? $400 is really the max I can swing (or hell, $405, lol). However, this is a great start. Thanks again.

    Any other ideas to add?
  3. Best answer
    PMoney said:
    nddz said:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113286 CPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131873 MB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127761 GPU
    theres a 405$ spent , this is beast :) , also you will need a 500-600 PSU to run those and a good pc case :)
    probably most likely all demaning games will run on highest settins & 1080p with great fps


    These look solid, nddz, thanks! But it looks like I'd need to buy new RAM with this upgrade, so that would tack on another ~$70-90? $400 is really the max I can swing (or hell, $405, lol). However, this is a great start. Thanks again.

    Any other ideas to add?

    then go with 7850 and buy RAM :) , this is very budget kind of gaming build btw , if i was you i would spare some extra more to make it beast
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