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Should I get more RAM for my build or a GPU?

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January 3, 2014 2:16:57 PM

I have a new desktop, and here are the specs:

AMD A10 5800k @ 3.8 GHz + Radeon 7660d (integrated)

4 GB RAM @ 1866 MHz (about 2.8 usable b/c 512MB is dedicated to the GPU and the other 700 went somewhere...)

500 GB W.D. 5400 RPM

My question: Should i get a graphics card and just crossfire it with the 7660d or should i get another 4GB of RAM because i usually use most of it up. I do some lightweight gaming, like COD, Just Cause 2, Mirrors Edge and source games. I also stream so I want to know which would help performance more? RAM or a GPU? I was looking at the 6570 1GB to Crossfire with the 7660d.

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January 3, 2014 2:18:54 PM

Well...are you having trouble playing games?
When you play games, open the task manager and see if you're using up all of your RAM.
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January 3, 2014 2:21:10 PM

Definitely the gpu. What's your budget?
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January 3, 2014 2:23:04 PM

realchaos said:
Well...are you having trouble playing games?
When you play games, open the task manager and see if you're using up all of your RAM.


When I play some more intensive games, sometimes they will crash. I use almost of all of my RAM streaming and that gets frustrating. I was thinking maybe the graphics card would take the edge off my RAM when playing because of the integrated graphics?
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January 3, 2014 2:23:22 PM

I sure hope you aren't using 32 bit windows or your 4G is all you will get.
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January 3, 2014 2:24:51 PM

Whammy said:
Definitely the gpu. What's your budget?


I'm returning a 6450 I got that was way too slow which i bought for $59.99 and NewEgg has the 6570 for $47. So I have a budget of around $60
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January 3, 2014 2:25:22 PM

ahnilated said:
I sure hope you aren't using 32 bit windows or your 4G is all you will get.


No, its 64 bit
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January 3, 2014 2:55:04 PM

At $60, you're better off just upgrading your RAM to 8gb. If your motherboard has open ram slots, buy the same kit of ram you bought before. Otherwise, if you can spend a bit more than 60, grab this RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The 2400mhz speed will definitely help because your using an APU.
Don't waste your money on the 6450 or 6570. The 7660D integrated GPU is equivalent to a 6670.
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January 3, 2014 3:10:52 PM

60$ will get you an extra 4gb of ram... But mixing Ram doesn't always work even if you get the exact same you have right now. Also, for 60$ you wont find a gpu that will be much better than your apu. Sorry :/ 
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