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CPU or GPU

Total: 20 votes (3 blank votes)

  • GPU First
  • 95 %
  • CPU First (intel 2500k)
  • 6 %
October 19, 2011 7:11:02 AM

Hi guys
My current setup (Fairly old)

CPU: i3 550 (Stock Speed)
GPU: XFX 5750 xxx (1gb version)
RAM: 6gb ddr3 1333

Wondering if I should upgrade my GPU to a Gigabyte 6950 1gb and then my CPU in the next few months? Or the other way around? I am hopefully upgrading to a new Sandy-Bridge E cpu next year if they are not to expensive.

CPU does mean a new MB :(  not sure if worth waiting for the new intel socket.
I want to be able to run BF3 and some newer games on medium/high.

tl/dr: Upgrade CPU or GPU first? For FPS gaming.

Cheers

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 19, 2011 7:13:50 AM

GPU
October 19, 2011 7:16:47 AM

I suppose a gpu would be a good upgrade which rather depends on what's your budget.
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a b à CPUs
October 19, 2011 7:25:26 AM

yeah GPU upgrade will give you the best performance upgrade.

what is ur budget for this "Stage 1" ??

btw sandy bridge E will be expensive, its the Enthusiast range (top of the range)
October 19, 2011 7:44:45 AM

Thanks for the reply.
Budget for GPU is around $250 mark - I hear Gigabyte 6950 1gb is very good.
When it comes to do the CPU/MB Im hoping too keep it under $450
a b B Homebuilt system
October 19, 2011 7:58:41 AM

Drop the HD get a 560 Ti
a b B Homebuilt system
October 19, 2011 8:01:31 AM

Free Batman Arkham game w/ purchase, limited offer EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-KR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a c 94 à CPUs
October 19, 2011 8:34:58 AM

thought about overclocking that cpu? people get them to 4ghz+. then you wouldnt need to upgrade it for a while and could spend more money on a betteer gfx card.
October 19, 2011 8:50:29 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
thought about overclocking that cpu? people get them to 4ghz+. then you wouldnt need to upgrade it for a while and could spend more money on a betteer gfx card.

+1

Spend a few bucks on a heatsink and OC that CPU, and buy the GPU. It cost a small amount more and you get significantly better performance.
October 19, 2011 8:57:20 AM

Sadly I've tried overlocking - followed countless guides yet they all use different lingo and I end up not know which voltage is what and don't want to risk frying it due to a mistake.
I have an Asus H55 series board. If anyone is good with Asus bios I would greatly appreciate a PM/MSG. Not sure how I can repay you for your time tho :D 
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a b à CPUs
October 19, 2011 8:57:36 AM

I agree on the GPU. Actually I just bought a 6950. It's simple to OC to 900 core/5200 RAM which is 6970 level performance(ish).
a b à CPUs
October 19, 2011 9:44:57 AM

If you oc to about 4 ghz and get a 6950 is the best possible scenario you could get.
I would not change the i3 for a 2500k since most games/applications that are in the 30-40 FPS range are GPU limited (Crysis, Battlefield3, Metro 2033).

You are probably not going to see ANY diffrence from an oced i3 550 and a non oced 2500k.
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a b à CPUs
October 19, 2011 10:09:45 AM

If I were you, I would buy a heavily factory O/C gtx560 ti (950mhz) which is faster than any 6950 (that's the problem with amd gpus, they cant have +130mhz factory o/c, the best is +80 and costs much more) $244 after rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . edit: or Zotac with 239$ after rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

An other option (since ALL heavily o/c 560ti have been sold out from newegg, wonder why... :p , if you dont want to wait a bit) is to get a 900mhz gigabyte 560ti which atm is only 204$ after rebate and whith the rest 45$ you can get a good cooler and o/c your cpu.
gigabyte 560ti 204$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
edit3: the new coolermaster 212 evo is for 34$. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Edit2: I found a good value for money amd option of 6950 with a good o/c that can be compared with the 560ti o/c cards. gigabyte 6950 870mhz (+70mhz from stock) only at 219$ (after rebate): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a b B Homebuilt system
October 19, 2011 10:21:23 AM

Memnarchon said:
If I were you, I would buy a heavily factory O/C gtx560 ti (950mhz) which is faster than any 6950 (that's the problem with amd gpus, they cant have +130mhz factory o/c, the best is +80 and costs much more) $244 after rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... edit: or Zotac with 239$ after rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

An other option (since ALL heavily o/c 560ti have been sold out from newegg, wonder why... :p , if you dont want to wait a bit) is to get a 900mhz gigabyte 560ti which atm is only 204$ after rebate and whith the rest 45$ you can get a good cooler and o/c your cpu.
gigabyte 560ti 204$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Edit2: I found a good value for money amd option of 6950 with a good o/c that can be compared with the 560ti o/c cards. gigabyte 6950 870mhz (+70mhz from stock) only at 219$ (after rebate): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


NO! But he doesnt get the Batman game with this one! Stick with the one I posted I know you want it >.> just kidding. I would get the game and turn right around and sell it probably make 50 bucks off it if its still new
October 19, 2011 10:27:26 AM

Yeh the game really means very little in terms of which to buy. There doesnt seem to be much diffrence in the 560 ti and the 6950 (In terms of benchmakrs)
a b B Homebuilt system
October 19, 2011 10:42:03 AM

It was a joke...

God no humor :( 
October 19, 2011 11:00:31 AM

haha nah I got ya man, just wanted to clear that up :p 
October 19, 2011 11:03:28 AM

Memnarchon said:
If I were you, I would buy a heavily factory O/C gtx560 ti (950mhz) which is faster than any 6950 (that's the problem with amd gpus, they cant have +130mhz factory o/c, the best is +80 and costs much more) $244 after rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . edit: or Zotac with 239$ after rebate: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

An other option (since ALL heavily o/c 560ti have been sold out from newegg, wonder why... :p , if you dont want to wait a bit) is to get a 900mhz gigabyte 560ti which atm is only 204$ after rebate and whith the rest 45$ you can get a good cooler and o/c your cpu.
gigabyte 560ti 204$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
edit3: the new coolermaster 212 evo is for 34$. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Edit2: I found a good value for money amd option of 6950 with a good o/c that can be compared with the 560ti o/c cards. gigabyte 6950 870mhz (+70mhz from stock) only at 219$ (after rebate): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...





why spend money on factory clocked, it's a waste of money since you can do the same thing at home in 5 mins. he just need to make sure his card he gets stays cool and stable when oced generally the newegg feedback give you an idea of a cards quality
October 19, 2011 11:23:08 AM

you must upgrade your GPU.
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October 19, 2011 11:30:05 AM

zakattak80 said:
why spend money on factory clocked, it's a waste of money since you can do the same thing at home in 5 mins. he just need to make sure his card he gets stays cool and stable when oced generally the newegg feedback give you an idea of a cards quality


When spending money for a factory o/c you are usually also spending money for a better than reference cooling, more phases, better build quality etc etc. Cards like msi gtx560 ti hawk (or 6950 power edition)(and other like asus direct cu) have all these and imo worth the few extra bucks.
So if you want to make o/c you will again take these cards.
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