Upgrade gpu or cpu?

Hi so i am thinking of upgrading my system these are my specs

i5 4460
asus b85m gamer
16 gb ddr3 1600
rx 570 4 gb
i am playing on a 1080 p ultrawide

ii was thinking of getting a ryzen 5 2600 with mobo and ram or a rx vega 56 (370 usd)
should i upgrade cpu first or gpu and do you recommend another gpu thanks
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  1. Tough question. Your CPU and GPU are well matched. You will see marginal improvement if you upgrade any one.
    Hold on till AMD navi and Ryzen 3000 series come along and then decide.
  2. ARAN_108 said:
    Tough question. Your CPU and GPU are well matched. You will see marginal improvement if you upgrade any one.
    Hold on till AMD navi and Ryzen 3000 series come along and then decide.


    yeah i guess thats the right call, i hope they announce something soon. I heard ryzen will launch mid 2019 but heard nothing about navi
  3. Go for the CPU first, that will be the most worth thing to do other than that if you put that Vega in to your current system… CPU bottleneck will hold it back so your will not get any big advantage. Going for R5 2600 is a big deal over your current CPU. Later add that card to the system.

    It’s not a bad card and if you want nvidia you can also go with 1070 or 2060 when available but I should say stick with this one.
  4. And i personally would pick the impending RTX2060 over the Vega 56 (saving $50 as well)
  5. ztoubasi said:
    ARAN_108 said:
    Tough question. Your CPU and GPU are well matched. You will see marginal improvement if you upgrade any one.
    Hold on till AMD navi and Ryzen 3000 series come along and then decide.


    yeah i guess thats the right call, i hope they announce something soon. I heard ryzen will launch mid 2019 but heard nothing about navi


    Ryzen 3000 laptop CPUs specs are out. We can expect the PC CPUs soon.
  6. Nirmith Akash Anawarathne said:
    Go for the CPU first, that will be the most worth thing to do other than that if you put that Vega in to your current system… CPU bottleneck will hold it back so your will not get any big advantage. Going for R5 2600 is a big deal over your current CPU. Later add that card to the system.

    It’s not a bad card and if you want nvidia you can also go with 1070 or 2060 when available but I should say stick with this one.


    Yeah i just checked the card will be extremely bottle necked. and the new amd chips are going to be backwards compatible so if i want to get the new chip in the future ill just sell my old one and upgrade. ill hold back on the gpu to see what navi is going to bring and the 2060 .
  7. ztoubasi said:
    ARAN_108 said:
    ztoubasi said:
    ARAN_108 said:
    Tough question. Your CPU and GPU are well matched. You will see marginal improvement if you upgrade any one.
    Hold on till AMD navi and Ryzen 3000 series come along and then decide.


    yeah i guess thats the right call, i hope they announce something soon. I heard ryzen will launch mid 2019 but heard nothing about navi


    Ryzen 3000 laptop CPUs specs are out. We can expect the PC CPUs soon.


    Do you think its gonna be that big of a differance holding out for ryzen 3000 than getting a 2600 and upgrading later


    Definitely! The hype is really high. You might get a 8C16T CPU that clocks at 4.5GHz for the price of 2600 in the best case. Let's just see.

    I bought the 1600 for $250, 6 months later AMD released the 2600 and the 1600's price dropped to $165.
    AMD is neck and neck with Intel, they are also losing edge as Intel increased core count. To keep the competition hot AMD must pull off another magic. The magic would be further increase in core count I guess. That would really be a hard competition for Intel as AMD has their infinity fabric to connect different cores/chip. Intel uses a single die for a processor for now.
  8. ztoubasi said:
    Nirmith Akash Anawarathne said:
    Go for the CPU first, that will be the most worth thing to do other than that if you put that Vega in to your current system… CPU bottleneck will hold it back so your will not get any big advantage. Going for R5 2600 is a big deal over your current CPU. Later add that card to the system.

    It’s not a bad card and if you want nvidia you can also go with 1070 or 2060 when available but I should say stick with this one.


    Yeah i just checked the card will be extremely bottle necked. and the new amd chips are going to be backwards compatible so if i want to get the new chip in the future ill just sell my old one and upgrade. ill hold back on the gpu to see what navi is going to bring and the 2060 .


    Yes that backward compatibility can be expect form AMD but I don’t think they will push that AM4 any further. Especially after the upcoming release. Anyway the chipsets will sometimes come across. We so what happened with Intel when they announced 8 gen. wait if you can I’m also curious about what AMD will do with their upcoming chips.
  9. A common question, here is my stock answer:

    Some games are graphics limited like fast action shooters.
    Others are cpu core speed limited like strategy, sims, and mmo.
    Multiplayer tends to like many threads.

    You need to find out which.
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    To help clarify your CPU/GPU options, run these two tests:

    a) 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.

    b) Limit your cpu, either by reducing the OC, or, in windows power management, limit the maximum cpu% to something like 70%.
    Go to control panel/power options/change plan settings/change advanced power settings/processor power management/maximum processor state/
    This will simulate what a lack of cpu power will do.
    Conversely what a 30% improvement in core speed might do.

    You should also experiment with removing one or more cores/threads. You can do this in the windows msconfig boot advanced options option.
    You will need to reboot for the change to take effect. Set the number of threads to less than you have.
    This will tell you how sensitive your games are to the benefits of many threads.
    If you see little difference, your game does not need all the threads you have.


    It is possible that both tests are positive, indicating that you have a well balanced system,
    and both cpu and gpu need to be upgraded to get better gaming FPS.
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