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New Upgrade need asnwer GPU OR CPU(i5 2500k or gtx 560ti build )

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March 30, 2011 9:02:43 AM

Im choosing which is better to upgrade GPU or CPU(whole new system) i play at 1280x 1024 resolution ,here are my builds:

GPU= MSI gtx 560 ti twin frozr II
750 watt pro core edtion XFX
1tb seagate HDD 32 mb cache
and use my old moboand cpu k9n6gm + athlon II x2 4400 2.3ghz
= 480$(estimation from my countries currency)

CPU =Intel Core i5-2500K
Asus P8P67 PRO B3
G.Skill RipJawsX 4gb 1600ghz
750 watt pro core edtion XFX
1tb seagate HDD 32 mb cache
and use my old gpu which is 9500 gt(sucks real bad). i cant add more money this is peak of my budget for now = 700$ (estimation from my countries currency)

Which is a better upgrade that would make my gaming better nad make future upgrades easier, which is the cheaper choice and more future proof.also i dont have plan on over clocking my old procie.If u can pls suggest a case 50$ or lower

THnx in advance
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March 30, 2011 9:27:57 AM

-Get a less expensive ASRock P67 board. If you can get Asus you can get ASRock.
-Get an i7-2500, not the 2500K, as you are not going to overclock anyway.
-Forget the 750W XFX PSU. You cannot afford a GPU that would actually need that much power. Get a good PSU in the 550W range. Antec TP-550 for instance.
-Antec 200 or 300 are cases that can be found for that price.
-With the money you have saved get a 6850 or such. You can add a second one when you have the money.

March 30, 2011 10:56:33 AM

After a year or half im gonna get the other part whether its the gpu or cpu and the overclocking i was talking about my old procie. Sorry i wanst able to include that one of these build are just the half. Asrock and asus lga 1155 pries are almost the same. which one is more usable part GPU or CPU first ??
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March 30, 2011 12:55:41 PM

Instead of a second 6850 when gaming at 1280x1024, I would get a new monitor in the near future.

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March 30, 2011 8:45:36 PM
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Both your processor and GPU "suck real bad" as you put it. That's why I'm suggesting that you set your sights a bit lower and upgrade everything now.

If you have $700 to work with get an AMD build going. You can get an adequate CPU, a good upgradeable motherboard, and a good GPU and PSU and still stay under budget.

Let me show you a full build at US prices:

  • ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
  • IN WIN Griffin (Black) Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
  • SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  • ASRock 880G PRO3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
  • SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VX-2L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ...
  • Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
  • G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS
  • AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX
    TOTAL: $561.09

    That allows for price differences and availability in whatever country you are in. It will game wonderfully at 1280x1024, and leaves you with options in the future to upgrade... including a new monitor.
    March 31, 2011 3:53:40 PM

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    March 31, 2011 3:56:09 PM

    Thnx so much, I'm nooby when it come to upgrades.

    @ proximon : i can make that around 650 $. What can make that build you made better with 100$ more
    there is no 5770 in the shop whats a good alternate
    March 31, 2011 4:14:54 PM

    If you got $100 more i would do a sandy bridge i3 based build change out the mainboard processor and graphics

    ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache 3MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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    March 31, 2011 8:56:41 PM

    He is not in the US.

    For $100 more do this:

    AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz
    Cooler Master Hyper 212+ CPU cooler

    And one of these video cards, in order of power... so just find the one you can afford:

    6870
    6850 1GB
    GTX 460 1GB
    .
    GTX 460 768MB
    5770 1GB


    !