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November 29, 2011 3:22:03 PM

Hi there, need to say I'm newbie here.

So the thing is, I have a Core 2 Duo E7500 and XFX Radeon HD 5830 (the RAM isn't the problem right now).
I have some money for an upgrade - not that much, though -, and I was thinking a modest ASUS P8H61-M LE motherboard + Core i7 2600k should do it.
But then I started to compare it all - the purpose of all this is gaming, by the way -, should I upgrade the C2D E7500 to a i7 2600k, or should I replace the HD 5830 for a HD 6950?

I appreciate the support.

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November 29, 2011 3:58:15 PM

You would probably get the most bang for your buck out of the GPU upgrade for gaming. That is a very nice processor though and you can overclock it pretty easy if that is your thing. The problem is if you get a high end GPU then your CPU could be slowing down your GPU. A CPU change will help your GPU run faster but there is only so much a CPU can do to help a GPU.
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November 29, 2011 4:02:44 PM

I'd upgrade the cpu since it's 4 cores and more future-proof when the time comes.
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November 29, 2011 4:20:33 PM

5830 is ok, no need to upgrade that.
But c2d e7500 is outdated.upgrade your cpu and mb
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November 29, 2011 4:21:35 PM

5830 is ok, no need to upgrade that.
But c2d e7500 is outdated.upgrade your cpu and mb
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