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Upgrade the CPU or Video Card?

So, I'm trying to decently run and have my computer live up well to today's game standards. I can practically run anything - just not-so-smoothly.

My CPU: AMD Athlon Dual-Core 4450B
My Video card: GeForce GT 220

I found some triple core AMD Athlon II series, I believe it was for about $70.
I also did some searching and found some decent Video cards with 2 gigs of memory as opposed to my 1. (Also, what exactly, besides the actual memory size, should I look for in video cards?

If I had to only choose one to upgrade, which should I go for? I'm only going with one for now (I know I should do both) because I just don't have the money required for both right now.
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  1. start with the graphics card, and for graphics card, the higher the second number (*0** for radeon HD, *0* for Geforce) the higher the performance, but a HD 6850 is probaly outpreformed by a HD 7850 because the 7850 is from a newer series
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    DarkHart07 said:
    So, I'm trying to decently run and have my computer live up well to today's game standards. I can practically run anything - just not-so-smoothly.

    My CPU: AMD Athlon Dual-Core 4450B
    My Video card: GeForce GT 220

    I found some triple core AMD Athlon II series, I believe it was for about $70.
    I also did some searching and found some decent Video cards with 2 gigs of memory as opposed to my 1. (Also, what exactly, besides the actual memory size, should I look for in video cards?

    If I had to only choose one to upgrade, which should I go for? I'm only going with one for now (I know I should do both) because I just don't have the money required for both right now.

    The 2GB of VRAM only become significant at resolutions higher than 1920x1080 so its okay to stick to 1GB VRAM options & save some $.

    If you have to choose, go for a video card upgrade. Your 220 is just a little more than an HTPC card & wont play games.

    Go for the gpu upgrade. $ for $ games benefits more from it than a processor upgrade.
  3. What is your motherboard and is $70 your budget or more! Bare in mind GPU upgrade might mean PSU upgrade.
  4. Make sure that any CPU you plan to buy is supported by the motherboard.
  5. Yeah..Basically I upped my budget a lot more than I'd originally thought and basically built a whole new computer for a decent price. Around $300

    AM3 socket mobo
    Diablotek EVO case
    Radeon 6770 card
    600W psu
    212+ fan (plus an extra fan for push/pull
    4G sticks of Ram
    Phenom II x4 965 BE
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