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GPU Upgrade or CPU Upgrade?

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April 8, 2009 8:42:54 AM

I had my mind set about upgrading my CPU to a Q6600 from an AMD x2 6400+ but then saw some benchmark tests and it made me wonder. Basically should I spend around 220$~ on a video card or get a Q6600.

This computer is only for gaming. I'm using Vista 64 Ultimate with 4 gigs of ram. Here is my current setup.
Amd x2 6400+
4 gigs ram
8800 GT
Some crappy 50$ motherboard with a PCI-E x16 slot not PCI-E x16 2.0 (M2A-VM) is the name from Asus

Here is the benchmarks I was looking at.

AMD 6400+ with a 260GTX (Got Better FPS than the Q6600)
http://service.futuremark.com/resultComparison.action?c...

Q6600 with an 8800 GT (Worse FPS for some reason)
http://service.futuremark.com/resultComparison.action?c...

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April 8, 2009 9:22:07 AM

I don't think it's a good ideea to consider the results in Futuremark are direct related with the ones you will get in "real " games. But if you'll "play" 3D Mark - go ahead :) 
Serious, why not something else (maybe a PII X3 with a 48580?)
April 8, 2009 9:27:32 AM

zukster said:
I had my mind set about upgrading my CPU to a Q6600 from an AMD x2 6400+ but then saw some benchmark tests and it made me wonder. Basically should I spend around 220$~ on a video card or get a Q6600.

This computer is only for gaming. I'm using Vista 64 Ultimate with 4 gigs of ram. Here is my current setup.
Amd x2 6400+
4 gigs ram
8800 GT
Some crappy 50$ motherboard with a PCI-E x16 slot not PCI-E x16 2.0 (M2A-VM) is the name from Asus

Here is the benchmarks I was looking at.

AMD 6400+ with a 260GTX (Got Better FPS than the Q6600)
http://service.futuremark.com/resultComparison.action?c...

Q6600 with an 8800 GT (Worse FPS for some reason)
http://service.futuremark.com/resultComparison.action?c...


I would definitely upgrade the gpu before the cpu in this case.
For gaming the gpu is the largest bottleneck in most cases.
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April 8, 2009 9:36:05 AM

What games do you play and at what resolution?
What is your budget?

IMO, if you can not play 3dMark, why base your decision on it?
It would be better to look at your performance in the games you play and make a decision from there.

If you lower your in game resolution while keeping all the eye candy where it is and your FPS do not get a major boost, you are CPU limited.
If you do the same and get a major increase, you are GPU limited.
Do this with several of your games and make a decision based on that.
April 8, 2009 10:47:39 AM

replying to your first post, the reason why the amd 6400 build had a higher fps was because it is using a now mainstream card vs a q6600 with whats now considered a low end card.
April 8, 2009 11:10:46 AM

Please excuse the ignorance but does a faster GPU speed up rendering for apps like Cinema 4D or even Photoshop or does it only really speed up on screen rendering in gameplay for example?
April 9, 2009 2:24:10 AM

Thanks for the input guys, I think I will go with a new video card. Leaning toward the 260GTX right now. I hear they will drop in price soon also.

On a side note should I get a new mother board with a PCI-E 2.0 instead of my PCI-E 1.0?

Edit: Also I'm playing at 1400x900
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