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Upgrade E6600 Proc or GTX 260?

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April 5, 2011 4:12:36 PM

So I got my delicious tax return this week, and I've been thinking of upgrading my computer that I put together back in 2007. It has a Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 2.4GHZ with a Geforce GTX260 Graphics Card, and it has worked extremely well for me. However, certain games (Starcraft 2) will slow down to a crawl when there are too many units on the screen.

My question is: Would my games benefit more from a processor upgrade, or a video card upgrade?

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April 5, 2011 5:23:07 PM

Budget?
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April 5, 2011 5:24:51 PM

It's hard to say because if I get a graphics card I'll probably spend $300, but if I get a processor (Sandy Bridge) I'll have to upgrade my motherboard, ram, and CPU which will probably cost $500+.
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April 5, 2011 5:31:55 PM

HydrogenHuman said:
So I got my delicious tax return this week, and I've been thinking of upgrading my computer that I put together back in 2007. It has a Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 2.4GHZ with a Geforce GTX260 Graphics Card, and it has worked extremely well for me. However, certain games (Starcraft 2) will slow down to a crawl when there are too many units on the screen.

My question is: Would my games benefit more from a processor upgrade, or a video card upgrade?



Starcraft is more cpu intensive then gpu, for anyone who thinks its not ill waste 2 hours getting 50 reviews from legit sites.

you can max starcraft out with a 2500k and a 9600gt lol. Cpu matters for some games but most games the gpu matters alot more. Imo i would upgrade your cpu/mobo/ram save up and get another gtx 260 which tigerdirect has right now new for 100$, and sli them it will pwn most games still. 30 day warrenty through TD is all you get though i bought 4.
Ok there out right now but more are coming.

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April 5, 2011 5:41:52 PM

Starcraft 2 only uses 2 cores so a Quad upgrade on your existing mobo (Q6600) is n't going to help much:

http://www.techspot.com/review/305-starcraft2-performan...

Have a read here (if you have n'y already):

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/best-gaming-cpu-core-i3-2...

The game is really dependant on a fast CPU so you may have to bite to bullet and go for a full system upgrade but first I'd drop a decent cooler onto the CPU and try some overclocking.
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