I have a Celeron E3400 OC @ 3.2GHz And a XFX HD6770. Im wondering if I should upgrade my cpu to a 2120 (also gonna need new mobo) or if i should just wait and get a better GPU? The GPU would HAVE to be under 200$ Absolutely MAX would prob be 200.
Oh and im a gamer so yeah, itll be for gaming. Right now I play minecraft(Sometimes not that often), BFBC2(Get about 25-35FPS low, although raising to med/high doesnt cause my fps drop that much for some reason), SKYRIM-High preset no AA about 30(intense) 45-60(not intense area), TF2 Rarely-Max AAx4 about 45-60FPS Vsync so no more than 60-, and Killing Floor(highest preset, Runs perfect but its not an intense game). SOOO Im just kinda stumped at what to get, not to mention,I really want a 2500k so the 2120 would be a place holder till i get that or the '3550k'(The ivy bridge 2500k not sure if its the 3550k just a guess)
So im started thinking the 2120 would be a big waste of money since im just wanting to upgrade higher later on once i get a job. Is my Cpu decent enough to benefit from a better gpu or would it be basically the same? Either way should i opt for a better gpu now and save for the 2500k and new mobo(prob 350$ which will take a while)
So whatcha guys thinkin? Should i get a better GPU and save my money for a 2500k? Or just go for the 2120 and save for the 2500k then get myself a new gpu after?
keep your HD 6770 for now and upgrade the platform (CPU and motherboard).
I have both units in question:
1.) i3-2120 + N550GTX-Ti (competitor to HD 6770)
2.) i5-2500K @ (4.1GHz) + SLi N560GTX-Ti Hawks (almost GTX 570's)
with the HD 6770 being a mid card it will still get you buy for now.
your CPU is killing you.
even if going for an i3-2120 you will see a vast improvement over what you have now.
with the addition to the new technology over the old C2D that you have it will seem like a quad core upgrade (hyper-threading).
your current CPU doesn't have that.
invest heavily in the motherboard either Z68 Gen3 or Z77 board and the i3-2120.
then next upgrade would be to a better GPU.
Interesting suggestion, I have never considered upgrading anything piecemeal like that, but doable in the OP's situation. The i3 is quite capable as a gaming CPU, although that is slowly changing.
My budget? well right now as we speak i only have 70 bucks saved up but im getting a decent amount the 20th of may so thats around the time. Also the only probleem i had with the cpu is i have to spend 130 on that then save for another few months and get the motherboard(probably 70-120$) cause i wont cheap on it i plan on using it with a 2500k. But with the GPU I could Get it rather soon then start saving for the other stuff
*Edit* Not to mention the extra 50$ on ram im gonna spend.
Alright so how about i just squeeze as much cash out of my dad as i can on his paydays. till i get 230$ and get a 2500k. then save up another 70-120 for a mobo for it. then i get a 560ti/7850? thats about 5-10months of work. I just dont want to end up not getting as good as i saved for cause theres something way better for less later on. I guess Ill just save up alot and comeback after i get a 2500k and mobo/ram then get some more advice on a gpu
In my opinon, your GPU should be the last thing you upgrade. I would highly recommend saving money on the side now until you are ready for a system overhaul.
I'll explain myself, since you are looking at a 3570k or a 2500k, I will make the assumption that you are planning on overclocking your build, and that you will be getting a Z77 motherboard as well. This will set you back easily $350.
In addition, if you are going to overclock, you will need to go aftermarket cooling for the cpu, which can easily set you back another 50-100 (for a good liquid cooling kit).
I'm not sure what kind of memory you have now, but if you're upgrading to ivy or sandy bridge with a new Z77 chipset, then you probably want to get faster gaming spec ddr3 ram as well, which will run you about $45 for 8gb.
Assuming that you have a existing psu and a case, you can either choose to swap it out of your old system, or for another $100, just get a brand new setup and swap out the gpu to it as well.
I guess what i'm trying to say is, upgrading the CPU will net you the biggest performance gain by far, yet, its not as simple as saying I want to upgrade the CPU. All the other parts are inteconnected and it makes a lot more sense to make the upgrade all in one shot when you are ready, then to go about it one by one.
If money is a issue, I would wait a year, save up, and get haswell and swap the entire system.