Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question
Solved

Replace my CPU, GPU or both?

Last response: in Components
Share
April 23, 2014 8:11:11 AM

Hi all,

(First time poster - have lurked on this community for a long time and have had seen lots of useful advice, but now need some more specific advice!)

I built a budget gaming PC in 2012 and I think it's time for an upgrade. I don't play many big/intensive games but the ones I have tried recently are giving me problems! Saint's Row IV slows down to single FPS whenever I look at the big spaceship in the middle of the map, and on Titanfall I get single-digit FPS on the larger maps, even on the lowest settings.

Specs are:
CPU: Intel G840 @ 2.8GHz (dual core)
GPU: AMD Radeon 6770HD 1GB
1TB HDD
600W PSU
8GB 1333MHz RAM

I'm looking to upgrade the CPU or GPU, but don't need anything too beefy - I'm not really bothered about running games on High/Ultra settings. Medium settings at 30fps at 1080p suits me dandy, as long as they're stable.

I have about £150-£200 to upgrade both, but the cheaper the better. If I could just replace one of them at the moment for a significant improvement and do the other at a later date that would be even better. So far I'm thinking about getting:

CPU: Intel Core i3 3240 (3.4GHz)
and/or
GPU: EVGA NVidia GTX 750Ti (2GB)

(Lastly, I don't really want to replace the motherboard so any other CPU suggestions would need to be LGA1155 socket!)

Any feedback/suggestions would be massively appreciated :)  Thanks!

More about : replace cpu gpu

a c 87 à CPUs
April 23, 2014 8:17:50 AM

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i73770 what motherboard do you have? this is the same socket but it might not be compatible. anyways, upgrading this wont give much improvement because of the gpu, but once you get the money for a new graphics card, you will see a massive improvement.
m
0
l
a c 863 à CPUs
April 23, 2014 8:18:32 AM

If you can go up to i5 like 3350P and with that GPU upgrade you would be fine.
m
2
l
Related resources

Best solution

a b à CPUs
April 23, 2014 8:20:25 AM

Joshdang said:
Hi all,

(First time poster - have lurked on this community for a long time and have had seen lots of useful advice, but now need some more specific advice!)

I built a budget gaming PC in 2012 and I think it's time for an upgrade. I don't play many big/intensive games but the ones I have tried recently are giving me problems! Saint's Row IV slows down to single FPS whenever I look at the big spaceship in the middle of the map, and on Titanfall I get single-digit FPS on the larger maps, even on the lowest settings.

Specs are:
CPU: Intel G840 @ 2.8GHz (dual core)
GPU: AMD Radeon 6770HD 1GB
1TB HDD
600W PSU
8GB 1333MHz RAM

I'm looking to upgrade the CPU or GPU, but don't need anything too beefy - I'm not really bothered about running games on High/Ultra settings. Medium settings at 30fps at 1080p suits me dandy, as long as they're stable.

I have about £150-£200 to upgrade both, but the cheaper the better. If I could just replace one of them at the moment for a significant improvement and do the other at a later date that would be even better. So far I'm thinking about getting:

CPU: Intel Core i3 3240 (3.4GHz)
and/or
GPU: EVGA NVidia GTX 750Ti (2GB)

(Lastly, I don't really want to replace the motherboard so any other CPU suggestions would need to be LGA1155 socket!)

Any feedback/suggestions would be massively appreciated :)  Thanks!


I'd go with the core i3 first, that CPU is pretty weak. Toms benchmarks have shown dual core cpus don't really cut it any more- however the hyperthreaded i3 is much better. If possible maybe look at moving up to a lower end i5 as that has 4 cores rather than 2 core, 4 threads on the core i3.
Share
April 23, 2014 8:38:42 AM

Thanks all for the quick replies!

Danbuscus25 said:
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i73770 what motherboard do you have? this is the same socket but it might not be compatible. anyways, upgrading this wont give much improvement because of the gpu, but once you get the money for a new graphics card, you will see a massive improvement.


I have this motherboard (CPU support list shown): http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/list.aspx?SLanguage=...

Although the i7-3770 is a bit out of my price range as then I have nothing left for a GPU, unless I wait 6 months - and I was going to use that money for an SSD! But thanks for the suggestion (I hadn't even thought of if it would be compatible!)

rolli59 said:
If you can go up to i5 like 3350P and with that GPU upgrade you would be fine.


The 3350P kept coming up in my research but unfortunately they seem to be out of stock across the UK, or around £150 on eBay which is a little much for me.

cdrkf said:
I'd go with the core i3 first, that CPU is pretty weak. Toms benchmarks have shown dual core cpus don't really cut it any more- however the hyperthreaded i3 is much better. If possible maybe look at moving up to a lower end i5 as that has 4 cores rather than 2 core, 4 threads on the core i3.


Thanks for the suggestion, I did think the CPU would be the main thing to go for first - glad to have that corroborated. Any suggestions for a lower end 4 core i5 at all?
m
0
l
a b à CPUs
April 23, 2014 9:44:12 AM

Joshdang said:
Thanks all for the quick replies!

Danbuscus25 said:
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i73770 what motherboard do you have? this is the same socket but it might not be compatible. anyways, upgrading this wont give much improvement because of the gpu, but once you get the money for a new graphics card, you will see a massive improvement.


I have this motherboard (CPU support list shown): http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/list.aspx?SLanguage=...

Although the i7-3770 is a bit out of my price range as then I have nothing left for a GPU, unless I wait 6 months - and I was going to use that money for an SSD! But thanks for the suggestion (I hadn't even thought of if it would be compatible!)

rolli59 said:
If you can go up to i5 like 3350P and with that GPU upgrade you would be fine.


The 3350P kept coming up in my research but unfortunately they seem to be out of stock across the UK, or around £150 on eBay which is a little much for me.

cdrkf said:
I'd go with the core i3 first, that CPU is pretty weak. Toms benchmarks have shown dual core cpus don't really cut it any more- however the hyperthreaded i3 is much better. If possible maybe look at moving up to a lower end i5 as that has 4 cores rather than 2 core, 4 threads on the core i3.


Thanks for the suggestion, I did think the CPU would be the main thing to go for first - glad to have that corroborated. Any suggestions for a lower end 4 core i5 at all?


Yeah looking at it Rolli59 is spot on there: The 3470 is probably your best bet:
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP...

m
1
l
April 24, 2014 8:57:16 AM

Thanks all for your help! I've splashed out and got both the i5-3470 and the 750Ti :) 
m
0
l
!