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Help...me decide please CPU or GPU?

I keep going round in circles with this decision. I wan to play BF4 high res in 1080p with a decent frame rate. Both my GPU and CPU need updating but i can only really afford to upgrade one.

Will having a better CPU, mobo and ram improve my gaming performance?

...or should I upgrade my GPU, to see a more noticeable improvement?

Heres what I have (or dont)

CPU: intel core 2 quad Q6600
MB: Asus P5NE-SLi
Ram: 4gb ocz 6400
GC: Radeon 4870 dark knight

Please help me decide....thanks
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  1. januth said:
    I keep going round in circles with this decision. I wan to play BF4 high res in 1080p with a decent frame rate. Both my GPU and CPU need updating but i can only really afford to upgrade one.

    Will having a better CPU, mobo and ram improve my gaming performance?

    ...or should I upgrade my GPU, to see a more noticeable improvement?

    Heres what I have (or dont)

    CPU: intel core 2 quad Q6600
    MB: Asus P5NE-SLi
    Ram: 4gb ocz 6400
    GC: Radeon 4870 dark knight

    Please help me decide....thanks


    I think CPU/motherboard/RAM is more urgent. What's your budget?
  2. Francisco Costa said:
    januth said:
    I keep going round in circles with this decision. I wan to play BF4 high res in 1080p with a decent frame rate. Both my GPU and CPU need updating but i can only really afford to upgrade one.

    Will having a better CPU, mobo and ram improve my gaming performance?

    ...or should I upgrade my GPU, to see a more noticeable improvement?

    Heres what I have (or dont)

    CPU: intel core 2 quad Q6600
    MB: Asus P5NE-SLi
    Ram: 4gb ocz 6400
    GC: Radeon 4870 dark knight

    Please help me decide....thanks


    I think CPU/motherboard/RAM is more urgent. What's your budget?


    Thanks for the prompt response: £150...thinking amd 6300 fx

    Will cpu slow my gaming then?
  3. Really need an overhaul to play BF4 at 1080p...even at low settings. I might got with a new GPU first, but you are going to get some bottlenecking from your older hardware.
  4. I would say GPU but you only have 4gb of ram so i'm not sure what to say.
    You really should have 8gb for Battlefield 4
  5. Valid points and as I feared...think I mighttry and squeeze funds to do the full system. Thanks for the advice.
  6. FX-6300: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-fd6300wmhkbox £82,97
    Asus M5A97 LE R2.0: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-m5a97ler20 #54,84


    82,79+54,84=137,63

    Buy some RAM and the first part of the broblem will be solved. When you get more money, buy a new GPU.
  7. AMD FX 6300, Gigabyte 970a DS3, Kingston HyperX 2x4gb 1600Mhz
    And get the Gigabyte GTX 770 OC later whenever you can.
  8. januth said:
    I keep going round in circles with this decision. I wan to play BF4 high res in 1080p with a decent frame rate. Both my GPU and CPU need updating but i can only really afford to upgrade one.

    Will having a better CPU, mobo and ram improve my gaming performance?

    ...or should I upgrade my GPU, to see a more noticeable improvement?

    Heres what I have (or dont)

    CPU: intel core 2 quad Q6600
    MB: Asus P5NE-SLi
    Ram: 4gb ocz 6400
    GC: Radeon 4870 dark knight

    Please help me decide....thanks


    everything needs a fairly big jump

    whats your psu
    how many slots are you using up in ram ( ddr2 ram is fairly cheap and 4gb is going to bottleneck you in any game)


    its possible we might be able to squeeze a bit more performance out of your rig and youll be able to use some the new parts till you can re overall your rig
  9. Best answer
    Honestly guys, he is working of a 2006 based PC. It is most likely time to start anew. I think any suggestions of patch working his current PC would be a relatively bad idea.

    *Deep Breath* You have obviously gotten some great usage out of your PC (and for that you should be proud). However, In order to truly enjoy "next gen gaming" you are going to need new....well....everything to be on the safe side of things. If I may ask one thing, what would be your budget IF you were to go with a new PC. I think this would help the community point you in the right direction....the move towards quality gaming.

    This is of course my own opinion, but you MAY be able to patch your PC up for a few new titles in the short term. I don't think this is an economic approach to the issue (econ major...so that's how I think...unfortunately).
  10. Thanks all! Ghost great minds...after all your advice I have started a new build...this is what I have purchased so far:
    AMD FX 6300
    Gigabyte 970a DS3
    and 4gb crucial ballistics 1866mhz ram (couldnt afford another stick yet?

    Will get another 4gb stick soon then Radeon 6870

    would you suggest anything else?
  11. That's not a very good board if you want to overclock your CPU.
    1600mhz ram is fine and probably cheaper.
    If you could go for an AMD 270/270x or a 7870 that would be better and give your system more longevity
  12. januth said:
    Thanks all! Ghost great minds...after all your advice I have started a new build...this is what I have purchased so far:
    AMD FX 6300
    Gigabyte 970a DS3
    and 4gb crucial ballistics 1866mhz ram (couldnt afford another stick yet?

    Will get another 4gb stick soon then Radeon 6870

    would you suggest anything else?


    go with 7870 its faster and better 6870 uses old tech

    gcn is better then what the 6870 and the 7870 will last you a while as it can be occed for better performance if you cant afford the 7870 the 7850 is also better then the 6870

    make sure power supply is 600w

    your also going to need a brand new os
  13. Oh and also consider the AMD 7850/7870 will be mantle compatible.
    The 6870 won't be!
  14. jay2577 said:
    That's not a very good board if you want to overclock your CPU.
    1600mhz ram is fine and probably cheaper.
    If you could go for an AMD 270/270x or a 7870 that would be better and give your system more longevity


    Agreed, on the 1600mhz ram. Give us an idea of what you are willing to spend on this new PC. If you can define that, this thread will likely be full of complete build suggestions.
  15. 270x / 760 and go :D
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