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Upgrade to processor/mobo or graphics card?

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October 15, 2011 10:05:10 AM

Running a 2 year old homebuild with a AM2 mobo with AMD 7850 X2 2.8GHz processor, with ATI HD 4870 graphics card. Ideally I'd like to improve the gaming performance: I was thinking about an ATI HD 6850 or even 6870, or GTX 460, however is my CPU likely to be a limiting factor? Should I think about upgrading to AM3 and a X4 CPU before GFX upgrades?

James.
a c 136 B Homebuilt system
a b U Graphics card
October 15, 2011 10:24:44 AM

yes your cpu is a limiting factor

check the web page of the mb manufacturer for a list of compatible processors
October 15, 2011 5:31:23 PM

Definitely going to have to go for new mobo, AM2 is obsolete. I was sort of clinging to the hope the cpu wasn't the bottleneck :cry: 
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a b U Graphics card
October 15, 2011 7:11:26 PM

Just two more cents in the pot: Yep, get a CPU. Yours is way down Tom's CPU Hierarchy Chart. That card, however, is good---like third tier---if you don't mind not having DX11.
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