which component should i upgrade first cpu or gpu?

I want to upgrade my computer and later into a whole new machine.
my pc is a Pentium 4 3.0ghz , 1.5gb ram, LGA775 x925 motherboard , Nvidia 8600gt 256mb PCIe and a 350w power supply.
which should i upgrade first? processor and motherboard or graphics card and power supply?
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  1. ermmm.. dont you need a new graphic card for the mainboard? P4 uses AGP don't they? You will need PCI-E card.

    I'd go for CPU and Board.
  2. No. Just because its a P4, it doesn't mean it's not PCI-E. He said it's PCIe. My old motherboard was a socket 775, with a P4 3.8Ghz and it had a PCI-E 16x slot.
  3. just wait, nehlam is coming....
  4. 2 items that will carry over to a new build and still give you an upgrade right now are power supply and graphic card. Get a quality power supply that will handle what you want your new build to have and a graphic card as well. An example might be this HD4850 OC for $140 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121272

    and this PC Power and Cooling 610w at about $65 after rebates and code
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703005

    more then you need for your current build, but good when you upgrade to a new system and/or use crossfire. Yes, the GPU will be bottlenecked by your current CPU, but you're picking these components for the future build.
  5. I've been running far cry 2 with medium settings and runs fairly good.
    this is the game I would like to play at high or very high settings doesn't have to be ultra high. do you think a Pentium e5200 wolfdale will increase performance of my 8600gt 256mb or will a ATI HD4830 with Pentium 4 3.0ghz have more performance? which would be best?
  6. Your board probably wont support 45nm chips. You may be able to get a first gen core 2 duo in there. My advice would be to just buy a better video card that you can use when you rebuild your system. No pentium 4 you upgrade to, if you find it, will really help.
  7. I would agree with dirtmountian.
    A new PSU and a 4850 work nicely until you can afford to upgrade your entire platform.
    Both of his options are great and a PCP&C PSU will last you for quite a long time.
  8. ATI Radeon HD 4850 System Requirements

    450 Watt or greater power supply with 75 Watt 6-pin PCI Express® power connector recommended (550 Watt and two 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode)
    Certified power supplies are recommended. Refer to http://ati.amd.com/certifiedPSU for a list of Certified products.

    Non certified products work fine also.
  9. Another +1 for dirtmountain. You'll see limited initial improvement because of your CPU, but those two upgrades will move into your new rig, whether it is a C2D, C2Q, or i7.
  10. ok thanks dirtmountain and you all for helping me,I will be upgrading gpu and psu first. my motherboard doesn't support core 2 duo so motherboard and cpu will be next
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