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What should i buy/upgrade first? Cpu or buy a new gpu?

I have a amd a4 5400 something and i have no gpu, and i prioritize LoL and dota 2, i want to buy a Gtx 1050ti dual oc edition, will it retain the cpu when i buy that gpu? I am only a student gamer, should i buy the gpu? Or buy a new a10 7860k apu, i want to have a high quality and fps rate in gaming LoL and Dota2.
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  1. You'd need both. You could try the gpu first, that's going to improve fps and details considerably, but dota2 can be quite cpu intensive and that low end APU is going to hurt.
  2. Maybe buy a cpu mobo and ram, and while you are saving money, new nvidia 11 series will be released and you will decide whether to go for 11 series if the difference is huge between 11 and 10 or go for the price dropped 10 series.
  3. In your place, I'd probably choose a 2200G (budget) or 2400G (more powerful) APU on a B350 or B450 motherboard. That will increase both CPU and GPU capabilities greatly. You can later add a discrete card if you want still more.
  4. This is a bottom level upgrade.
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $229.97
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-01 09:29 EDT-0400

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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($158.90 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $298.88
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-01 09:30 EDT-0400
  5. Karadjgne said:
    You'd need both. You could try the gpu first, that's going to improve fps and details considerably, but dota2 can be quite cpu intensive and that low end APU is going to hurt.


    So i can 1050ti for lol only? Its ok for me though, just very high settings in lol and about a hundred fps will be ok with me
  6. For LOL and Dota 2 I'd want to go with something that has strong single core performance and a dedicated GPU. If you can afford a upgrade around $300 this is what I'd go with.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Pentium Gold G5400 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: ASRock - H310M-HDV Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($55.68 @ Newegg Business)
    Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($71.98 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1050 2GB Low Profile Video Card ($119.98 @ Newegg Business)
    Total: $307.53
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-01 09:46 EDT-0400

    This will give you a much better balanced build instead of going with just a CPU or GPU upgrade.
  7. Best answer
    For fast action shooters, adding a GTX1050ti would be good.
    It is not clear exactly what cpu you now have; I can find no A4 5400 processors.
    CPU-Z will tell you exactly.

    Unfortunately, all a4/a6/a10 processors have slow core speeds that games such as Dota2 require.
    processor has relatively slow core performance.
    and, there are no good upgrades that will fit on your motherboard.

    To see if a better graphics card will help, run this test:
    Run YOUR games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
    If your FPS increases, it indicates that your cpu is strong enough to drive a better graphics configuration.
    If your FPS stays the same, you are likely more cpu limited.

    If you need to upgrade to a better cpu, you are looking at 8/9th gen intel or ryzen. $200 will buy you a intel G5400, motherboard, and 8gb of ddr4 ram that will do better than what you have.
    It will be upgradeable.
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