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June 7, 2014 7:00:01 PM

Hey guys! As of now i have an i5 3330 (3.0 GHz), a Radeon Powercolor 7850 2GB, 8 GB of ram and a 1TB HDD. I am saving up money to upgrade my computer and am not sure what to upgrade first. Should i a) Upgrade to an i7 3770(k or non k) or b) upgrade my gpu to some more powerfull like a r9 280(x), or a 760 or 770? What i'm asking is what would give the biggest performance in gaming? A better cpu or gpu? I am on a limited budget and can only pick one part to upgrade as of now. I imagine the upgraded gpu would give me higher fps in games as apposed to an i7, as my i5 is a pretty good little cpu even if i can't overclock it.
*Side note! I would probably opt for the i7 3770 non k because my crappy Acer mobo can't handle really high overclocks.
All feedback greatly appreciated :) 

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June 7, 2014 7:04:20 PM

what makes you think you need an upgrade?

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June 7, 2014 7:04:56 PM

I would upgrade your gpu first, possibly to the 770.
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June 7, 2014 7:05:26 PM

You do not need to upgrade your cpu at all. Concentrate on the video card first. What power supply do you have? It's important to know when considering a new video card. Also, what motherboard are you using?
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June 7, 2014 7:42:36 PM

CTurbo said:
You do not need to upgrade your cpu at all. Concentrate on the video card first. What power supply do you have? It's important to know when considering a new video card. Also, what motherboard are you using?

I have a cx600 and an Acer pos mobo with an intel chipset. I dont know much about my motherboard.
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June 7, 2014 7:42:37 PM

swifty_morgan said:
what makes you think you need an upgrade?



I want to upgrade becuase i cringe inside when i can't run certain games on ultra. I am a quality/ visual freak.
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June 7, 2014 7:43:32 PM

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June 7, 2014 7:47:17 PM

I would get a R9 280x or GTX770 now, and look into getting a better psu sooner than later. The CX600 is not terrible, but it's known to have reliability issues after a while.
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June 7, 2014 8:17:12 PM

CTurbo said:
I would get a R9 280x or GTX770 now, and look into getting a better psu sooner than later. The CX600 is not terrible, but it's known to have reliability issues after a while.


Yes those are the 2 cards i'm considering, as i'm neither a Radeon or Nvidia fanboy. I tend to stay neutral. Thats interesting you say that about the cx 600, as it got 4.5 stars on amazon. I have been pleased with it so far except that one cable causes the whole psu to short circuit and crash. Would i need to upgrade to a 700w for the new gpu? I am running 8 140mm fans at the moment and have my gpu oc'd. Seems to be pretty stable. The 280x is power hungry i believe.
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June 7, 2014 8:30:49 PM

No. 600w is enough for either gpu. I would try to get something by SeaSonic, XFX, or Antec if possible. The 280x is not significantly more power hungry than the GTX770.
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June 7, 2014 8:43:01 PM

CTurbo said:
No. 600w is enough for either gpu. I would try to get something by SeaSonic, XFX, or Antec if possible. The 280x is not significantly more power hungry than the GTX770.


OK thanks bud! In your opinion what would you choose between the two? Should i just wait for the 870 and the r10 series to come out at the end of the year?
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June 7, 2014 9:00:52 PM

It really depends on your budget. If I bought a 280x, I would get the Sapphire Dual-X 280x and it runs about $279 right now. The GTX770 is better but it's also about $30-40 more expensive. I would get the GTX770 if I could swing the extra money. nvidia does usually have better driver support too.
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