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CPU upgrade or GPU upgrade?

My System specs:
Pentium dual core E5300@2.6GHz
3 GB ddr2
GTX 285
Corsair GS700 700W

My options:
i)
Upgrade to Core i7 2600k+8GB corsair vengeance+1155 Motherboard
Keeping GTX285
ii)
Upgrade to GTX680
keeping the entire system

I cant afford both now,i think the GTX 285 is still powerful except it has only 1GB memory(hwcompare.com)


so please suggest me an option and if the first is better suggest me an motherboard too
Thanks in advance
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  1. Here's the best option for you: divide the money.
    It makes no sense getting a i7 2600k and keep the gtx285 just as it makes no sense getting a gtx680 and keep the rest.
    It is much better to upgrade everything. You will get a better result. How much can you spend?
  2. akxpckwb said:
    Here's the best option for you: divide the money.
    It makes no sense getting a i7 2600k and keep the gtx285 just as it makes no sense getting a gtx680 and keep the rest.
    It is much better to upgrade everything. You will get a better result. How much can you spend?

    $800
  3. Get 2500K ($199.99)CPU + mobo and wait for more money to get new GPU.

    http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57962&vpn=BX80623I52500K&manufacture=Intel&promoid=1019

    The old system would bottleneck the new GPU, so u would not get the best performance out of it.
  4. $49.99
    Free Shipping

    I recommend CORSAIR Vengeance 99% of the time, quality RAM and low profile with XMP profile. And if u will get an aftermarket CPU cooler, low profile is the worry free remedy with perfect fit with any large cooler.
    CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233186Vengeance Low Profile heat spreaders have a reduced height of 1.03" (26.25mm). They're designed for high-performance systems with extra-large CPU coolers, small form factor system builds, or any other space-constrained application where standard Vengeance memory might not fit.
  5. $429.99 ->$399.99 after mail-in rebate

    PNY VCGGTX670XPB GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133452

  6. +1 upgrade CPU and mobo first and then upgrade GPU. If everything is perfectly balanced then you always have to upgrage both at the same time. If you have a degree of imbalance, then you'll get benefits from both components every time you upgrade either.
  7. get a used 480 off ebay for < 200.00 and pump rest into cpu and board ram
  8. first cheap option overclock the h*ll out of that E5300, i got mine up to 3.8Ghz easy on air.

    second cheap option lower i5 with a z68 mobo and ram:
    Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz $189.99
    ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 $104.99
    $49.99
    EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW $419.99
    TOTAL $764.96
    and you will wet your pants!
  9. nikorr said:
    $429.99 ->$399.99 after mail-in rebate

    PNY VCGGTX670XPB GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133452

    http://images17.newegg.com/is/image/newegg/14-133-452-TS?$S300$

    i am from India so newegg is out of my reach and for 2500k i need to spend about $280
    my GPU current status http://www.hwcompare.com/12579/geforce-gtx-285-1gb-vs-geforce-gtx-670/
    my cpu current status http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Pentium+Dual-Core+E5300+%40+2.60GHz

    I dont know much about PCs
    i have 2*4GB corsair vengeance 1600mhz but it wouldnot fit to my current mobo(DG41RQ)
    That's why i planned to buy a good cpu first and later a GPU
    please check ebay.in for my budget in INR40000

    then tell me CPU+GPU Upgrade or CPU first
  10. Anonymous said:
    first cheap option overclock the h*ll out of that E5300, i got mine up to 3.8Ghz easy on air.

    second cheap option lower i5 with a z68 mobo and ram:
    Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz $189.99
    ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 $104.99
    $49.99
    EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW $419.99
    TOTAL $764.96
    and you will wet your pants!

    GTX 670 not available in India yet!!
  11. jijomathew said:
    GTX 670 not available in India yet!!

    i am sorry . . :(
  12. jijomathew said:
    i am from India so newegg is out of my reach and for 2500k i need to spend about $280
    my GPU current status http://www.hwcompare.com/12579/geforce-gtx-285-1gb-vs-geforce-gtx-670/
    my cpu current status http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Pentium+Dual-Core+E5300+%40+2.60GHz

    I dont know much about PCs
    i have 2*4GB corsair vengeance 1600mhz but it wouldnot fit to my current mobo(DG41RQ)
    That's why i planned to buy a good cpu first and later a GPU
    please check ebay.in for my budget in INR40000

    then tell me CPU+GPU Upgrade or CPU first

    OK, I would go for the CPU + mobo + RAM first.

    But the 2500K, not the 2600K.

    They are the same for gaming.
  13. nikorr said:
    OK, I would go for the CPU + mobo + RAM first.

    But the 2500K, not the 2600K.

    They are the same for gaming.

    Ok iam ready for cpu and my friend forced me for gpu anyway,
    which is the best motherboard for it (SLI for future)
  14. These will do

    GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H

    ASRock Z77 Extreme4
  15. Or post link of the store u going to buy it.

    I'll have a look : )
  16. nikorr said:
    Or post link of the store u going to buy it.

    I'll have a look : )

    Ebay.in
  17. I am also frm India.
    get i5 2500k @12k
    corsair vengeance 4gb@1.6k
    msi-h67 Ma-e35 mobo @5k
    Gpu-radeon hd 6870 @12k or gtx 560ti @15k
  18. @ jijomathew,

    Whats the budget for the mobo and CPU in Rs?
  19. nikorr said:
    @ jijomathew,

    Whats the budget for the mobo and CPU in Rs?

    40000
  20. Best answer
  21. And this RAM

    4GB x 2 8GB 8 GB G.SKILL DDR3 1600MHZ PC3 12800 PC RAM DESKTOP GSKILL RIPJAWS
    Item condition: New
    Time left: 8d 03h (08 Jun, 201215:40:33 IST)
    Quantity:
    9 available
    Price: Rs. 4,989.00

    http://www.ebay.in/itm/4GB-x-2-8GB-8-GB-G-SKILL-DDR3-1600MHZ-PC3-12800-PC-RAM-DESKTOP-GSKILL-RIPJAWS-/400300715267?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_203&hash=item5d33c82d03#ht_3042wt_914
  22. Best answer selected by jijomathew.
  23. nikorr said:
    And this RAM

    4GB x 2 8GB 8 GB G.SKILL DDR3 1600MHZ PC3 12800 PC RAM DESKTOP GSKILL RIPJAWS
    Item condition: New
    Time left: 8d 03h (08 Jun, 201215:40:33 IST)
    Quantity:
    9 available
    Price: Rs. 4,989.00

    http://www.ebay.in/itm/4GB-x-2-8GB-8-GB-G-SKILL-DDR3-1600MHZ-PC3-12800-PC-RAM-DESKTOP-GSKILL-RIPJAWS-/400300715267?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_203&hash=item5d33c82d03#ht_3042wt_914

    Sorry,i already have 8gb corsair vengeance
  24. jijomathew said:
    Sorry,i already have 8gb corsair vengeance

    Even better : )
  25. Good luck!
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