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Upgrade Video or CPU?

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Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
May 18, 2010 12:18:39 AM

My system:
9800 GT 512mb
Amd Athalon II 7750 2.7 Ghz dual core
650 Watt PSU
6 GB RAM
640 GB Hard Drive
780g MoBo

I have 250$ to spend on something.

I was wondering what I should upgrade to get maximum performance in games.

The component(s) must be within the 250$ range and I would prefer to upgrade the processor or video card unless there is something I dont already know about that could increase performance.

The component(s) should be quiet if possible and its alright if they are lightly used/refurbished if they are a lower price at some online retailer.

Also if any of you have a component under 250$ and are willing to sell it to me for a lower than retail price, that may be an option as well.

Thanks in advance for the feedback.

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Anonymous
a b B Homebuilt system
May 18, 2010 12:20:00 AM

Thought I might add that I have a 22 inch 1920x1080 monitor
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May 18, 2010 1:11:09 AM

You could probably even afford to upgrade both CPU and GPU if you dont want top of the line components. Not too familiar with AMD sockets, but I have seen bundles for triple core AMD + mobo for 80$, or quad for about 100. Combine that with a 5770 GPU for a total cost of about 250 or maybe a bit more depending on tax
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 18, 2010 1:20:10 AM

^+1...

AMD Athlon II X3 440 - $80 US
XFX HD 5770 - $160 US

This granted you motherboard supports the X3 440. I would go with the a XFX 5770 no matter what direction you take.
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