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Upgrade my GPU or my CPU (Athlon 6000+ / 4850)

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November 30, 2010 2:04:05 PM

I have around $250 for an upgrade to my current box. I am still trying to feel out which would be better to upgrade. Right now my system specs are as follows:

Athlon X2 6000+ at 3.1
8GB at 800mhz
VisionTek HD 4850 512mb
HD 160gb at 7500
790FX msi board (supports AM3 with flashed BIOS)
powersupply 500w (which restricts my GPU choices I assume)
Monitors: A 1080 primary and a 1280x1024

I am really torn on weather or not I should get a new Card like a 5770, 5850. Or a new CPU P x4 955, 965.

I was also curious about the drops in price that will occur over the next 6 months.
December 1, 2010 4:44:04 PM

A CPU upgrade would be better for increasing performance and preparing you for a video card upgrade past the power of a current $200 video card.

But I would keep everything the same if you have no issues and build a new system in a year or two.
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