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July 14, 2014 9:28:03 PM

I'm on a budget here, I don't really want to spend more than 200$. I currently have an NVIDIA GTX 750 (not the Ti version). It's a good graphics card, and it does what I want.. But that's only gaming, not including recording the games I play with FRAPS. I would like a nice budget graphics card that can not only play games great, but record them with FRAPS (I actually use bandicam) too. Can I have any help with this? I'm pretty knowledgable with computers, but mostly only on the software and coding side of things. Not much on the hardware side of things. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you. ^_^

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July 14, 2014 9:29:51 PM

What is your CPU?
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July 14, 2014 9:34:24 PM

ksham said:
What is your CPU?


AMD A6-6400K Richland 3.9GHz Socket FM2 65W Dual-Core Processor
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July 14, 2014 9:36:33 PM

MSI R9 280 199$
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July 14, 2014 9:36:52 PM

Recording is more CPU and HDD based. A strong quad core would be nice for recording as well as 2 hard drives. 1 hard drive is your main and another is the drive you would record to since HDD's are generally slow and it is usually difficult for one hard drive to
1. run your OS 2. Run the game 3. Run background programs 4. Record your game at high resolution (assuming for HD youtube content)

I think your GPU is good enough tbh, but I don't know what your cpu is and what games you plan on playing/recording
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July 14, 2014 9:40:00 PM

Your CPU is likely bottlenecking the GPU when you're trying to play games and record at the same time.
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July 14, 2014 9:40:16 PM

potroasted1 said:
Recording is more CPU and HDD based. A strong quad core would be nice for recording as well as 2 hard drives. 1 hard drive is your main and another is the drive you would record to since HDD's are generally slow and it is usually difficult for one hard drive to
1. run your OS 2. Run the game 3. Run background programs 4. Record your game at high resolution (assuming for HD youtube content)

I think your GPU is good enough tbh, but I don't know what your cpu is and what games you plan on playing/recording


I actually am planning on upgrading my CPU to a 3.9ghz quad core sometime soon. I actually wasn't sure if the recording programs were more GPU or CPU intensive so I'm glad I now know that information. I do have 2 hard drives, one I use only for recording and nothing else. I just assumed I needed a new graphics card because I'm playing in 1080p but yet I only have a mid-level graphics card.. Or is the GTX 750 high-end? I have no idea. Anyways, should I upgrade my CPU or my GPU first then?
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July 14, 2014 9:41:14 PM

ksham said:
Your CPU is likely bottlenecking the GPU when you're trying to play games and record at the same time.


That's exactly what I was afraid of... I assumed that may be the issue since my CPU has the lowest rating on the Windows 7 rating index for my computer with a 6.9 rating.
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July 14, 2014 9:47:31 PM

anonymous1337 said:
I actually am planning on upgrading my CPU to a 3.9ghz quad core sometime soon. I actually wasn't sure if the recording programs were more GPU or CPU intensive so I'm glad I now know that information. I do have 2 hard drives, one I use only for recording and nothing else. I just assumed I needed a new graphics card because I'm playing in 1080p but yet I only have a mid-level graphics card.. Or is the GTX 750 high-end? I have no idea. Anyways, should I upgrade my CPU or my GPU first then?

Both. Fraps uses both the CPU and GPU. But your CPU is too weak to multi-task in gaming and recording at the same time. Your current GPU can handle the job, but your CPU isn't fast enough to keep the GPU busy.
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July 14, 2014 9:48:23 PM

ksham said:
anonymous1337 said:
I actually am planning on upgrading my CPU to a 3.9ghz quad core sometime soon. I actually wasn't sure if the recording programs were more GPU or CPU intensive so I'm glad I now know that information. I do have 2 hard drives, one I use only for recording and nothing else. I just assumed I needed a new graphics card because I'm playing in 1080p but yet I only have a mid-level graphics card.. Or is the GTX 750 high-end? I have no idea. Anyways, should I upgrade my CPU or my GPU first then?

Both. Fraps uses both the CPU and GPU. But your CPU is too weak to multi-task in gaming and recording at the same time. Your current GPU can handle the job, but your CPU isn't fast enough to keep the GPU busy.


I'll do CPU first then. Do you think this would get the job done? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 14, 2014 9:55:15 PM

Can you afford any of the A10s?
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July 14, 2014 9:57:31 PM

ksham said:
Can you afford any of the A10s?


I can, but I'm trying to keep my CPU cost down to around 100$.
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July 14, 2014 10:05:43 PM

Definitely.
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July 14, 2014 10:06:43 PM

anonymous1337 said:
potroasted1 said:
Recording is more CPU and HDD based. A strong quad core would be nice for recording as well as 2 hard drives. 1 hard drive is your main and another is the drive you would record to since HDD's are generally slow and it is usually difficult for one hard drive to
1. run your OS 2. Run the game 3. Run background programs 4. Record your game at high resolution (assuming for HD youtube content)

I think your GPU is good enough tbh, but I don't know what your cpu is and what games you plan on playing/recording


I actually am planning on upgrading my CPU to a 3.9ghz quad core sometime soon. I actually wasn't sure if the recording programs were more GPU or CPU intensive so I'm glad I now know that information. I do have 2 hard drives, one I use only for recording and nothing else. I just assumed I needed a new graphics card because I'm playing in 1080p but yet I only have a mid-level graphics card.. Or is the GTX 750 high-end? I have no idea. Anyways, should I upgrade my CPU or my GPU first then?


I would recommend upgrading the CPU if recording is your main priority ATM. You'll also probably see a lot of improvement in game aswell.
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July 14, 2014 10:08:01 PM

ksham said:
Definitely.


Alright, tomorrow is payday so I will definitely be getting this as soon as I get my money. But what graphics card do you think I should upgrade to? 200$ budget.
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July 14, 2014 10:12:31 PM

anonymous1337 said:
ksham said:
Definitely.


Alright, tomorrow is payday so I will definitely be getting this as soon as I get my money. But what graphics card do you think I should upgrade to? 200$ budget.


The Radeon R9 270X or R9 280 would be a very good upgrade.
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July 14, 2014 10:13:58 PM

potroasted1 said:
anonymous1337 said:
ksham said:
Definitely.


Alright, tomorrow is payday so I will definitely be getting this as soon as I get my money. But what graphics card do you think I should upgrade to? 200$ budget.


The Radeon R9 270X or R9 280 would be a very good upgrade.


Would it be a good long term upgrade? Or will I end up upgrading again in like 6 months?
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July 14, 2014 10:16:38 PM

Not worth the upgrade. I would just keep the card that you currently have and save about $100 more or so for a decent upgrade.
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July 14, 2014 10:19:09 PM

anonymous1337 said:
potroasted1 said:
anonymous1337 said:
ksham said:
Definitely.


Alright, tomorrow is payday so I will definitely be getting this as soon as I get my money. But what graphics card do you think I should upgrade to? 200$ budget.


The Radeon R9 270X or R9 280 would be a very good upgrade.


Would it be a good long term upgrade? Or will I end up upgrading again in like 6 months?


It may not be a very long term upgrade, so if you're happy with your GTX 750's performance then upgrade later on :) 
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