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Can i keep my current specs and upgrade only CPU for today's gaming?

Here are my current 4 years old specs

intel 8200
radeon 4870 2gb
6ddr2 ram

Can i keep the current specs and change only the GPU? will i be able to play current games smoothly 1080p with just a new GPU? or there will be bottleneck?

can you recommend a good GPU budget $200 - 250
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    yeahman45 said:
    Here are my current 4 years old specs

    intel 8200
    radeon 4870 2gb
    6ddr2 ram

    Can i keep the current specs and change only the GPU? will i be able to play current games smoothly 1080p with just a new GPU? or there will be bottleneck?

    can you recommend a good GPU budget $200 - 250

    Sorry mate, this will most definitely bottleneck.
    Best thing to do would be to build a new system, if you post a budget I could suggest something.
  2. ok thx... i might wait next year then.. cuz i am building my first htpc this year and i can't afford investing on a new gaming pc at the same time. thx
  3. yeahman45 said:
    ok thx... i might wait next year then.. cuz i am building my first htpc this year and i can't afford investing on a new gaming pc at the same time. thx


    why not just make your htpc a little more capable, use an AMD A10-6800K with 8 gigs of ram, that would do you better than your current 'gaming pc'.
  4. I won't do serious gaming on my htpc as it will be in the living room connected to my tv. I can't just play my games on it when everyone else will want to watch tv lol.

    I can still play most games on my current specs but lately the modern games can't run on 1080p but only 720p and some games require dx11 cards (COD ghost and crysis 3 for example).

    If i can build an htpc below $400 .. I might still afford a budget of $650 for my gaming rig
  5. For HTPC
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2HQf1
    Or if you dont mind using a HDD
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2HQjr

    Then for Gaming PC:
    keep your current case
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2HQpE
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