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Upgrade CPU or GPU

I have a low-end PC. Dont really do much gaming on it, only play FIFA. After finding out the specs of FIFA 15, I'm thinking of upgrading my PC a little bit. I have 120$ on my pocket right now and I've only got two options: upgrade CPU or GPU. I have an intel dual core e5400 with gigabyte gt 610 and 6gb ddr3 ram. Now should I swap my CPU with an i3 4130 or upgrade my GPU. Which one would give more increase on performance? If it is GPU then please suggest a GPU under 120$.
Thanks in advance :D
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  1. I wouldn't waste my money upgrading it. I think you are better off saving up to build a better system, or saving for a console. If something is worth doing its worth doing right.
  2. I already have consoles
    but i want to upgrade this pc because i like to play tournament mode which is only available on pc
    and i'll have more money to spend later but now im quite short on it
  3. Taohid said:
    I already have consoles
    but i want to upgrade this pc because i like to play tournament mode which is only available on pc
    and i'll have more money to spend later but now im quite short on it


    Like I said I wouldn't upgrade it, its not worth putting more money into IMHO. Besides unless I am mistaken the e5400 LGA 775 is a completely different socket type from an i3-4130 LGA 1150.You can't just take out that cpu and put in whatever you want.So CPU is out of the question.
  4. Actually, if your motherboard works with Xeon's (email the ebay seller below), you can make a major CPU *and* GPU upgrade for about $140

    Huge CPU upgrade if your motherboard is compatible. The X5450/Q9650 is roughly equivalent to an AMD FX-6300 @ stock speeds.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/QX9650-Q9650-Intel-Core-2-Quad-Extreme-modified-775-Xeon-CPU-Processor-5450-/301203403791?pt=CPUs&hash=item46211f340f

    ...and for the video card (also a huge upgrade over the GT 610)
    PowerColor Radeon R7 250 1GB Video Card ($69.99 @ Newegg)

    with the 6gb DDR3 you already own, you'd have a solid gaming platform.
  5. @quilciri thanks for the suggestion
    and i chose the i3 because my brother has a spare h61 mobo that he's willing to give me.
  6. quilciri said:
    Actually, if your motherboard works with Xeon's (call the ebay seller below), you can make a major CPU *and* GPU upgrade for about $140

    Huge CPU upgrade if your motherboard is compatible. The X5450/Q9650 is roughly equivalent to an AMD FX-6300 @ stock speeds.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/QX9650-Q9650-Intel-Core-2-Quad-Extreme-modified-775-Xeon-CPU-Processor-5450-/301203403791?pt=CPUs&hash=item46211f340f

    ...and for the video card (also a huge upgrade over the GT 610)
    PowerColor Radeon R7 250 1GB Video Card ($69.99 @ Newegg)


    Taohid said:
    @quilciri thanks for the suggestion
    and i chose the i3 because my brother has a spare h61 mobo that he's willing to give me.


    In that case that i3 still won't work, the h61 chipset is for second generation i3s. Try an i3-2100 or so instead.
  7. The I3 is a good CPU, and the H61 board will give you an upgrade path to an I5 later. The downside is the I3-2100 is over $120 by itself, and is barely faster than the Q9650 (actually in 3+ thread games, the Q9650 is faster).

    If I were in that situation, I would take the motherboard, do the Core2 quad/r7 upgrade and then wait until I could afford an I5 K series and aftermarket cooler to use the H61 board.

    That is, of course, assuming your motherboard is compatible with the 775 Xeon's :) If not, then saving up a bit more is your only choice.
  8. @quilciri can u suggest any decent gpu
    the r7 250 seems way below my budget
  9. Best answer
    I suggested the 250 because that way you can get a big upgrade to both the CPU and GPU right now.

    $69 Q9650/X5450
    $70 R7 250

    if you want a video card that costs $120 by itself, I suggest
    PowerColor Radeon R9 270 2GB TurboDuo Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
  10. Thanks for the help!
  11. You're very welcome; don't forget to contact the seller for the CPU to make sure your motherboard is compatible!
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