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June 16, 2012 1:04:53 PM

hello, I have an athlon II x2 260 and a radeon hd 5750, I have enough money to upgrade one component. The CPU upgrade will be to a phenom II x4 965 and the graphics card will be to a radeon hd 7770. Can i please get some advice on which would be a better upgrade to spend my money on, I mainly use my computer for gaming

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a c 105 à CPUs
June 16, 2012 1:19:17 PM

it really depends on the game & monitor resolution. for the most past I would go with the CPU upgrade first especially with stock of phenom II declining.
June 16, 2012 1:44:32 PM

Also bare in mind that the 5750 is a little... "meh" for gaming :p  You're gonna probably have a huge bottleneck once you upgrade the CPU.

Best regards.
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June 16, 2012 2:01:53 PM

I currently have the same processor. I upgraded my gpu from a gtx 560 ti to a gtx 580 and the cpu was so much of a bottleneck that there was only a slight boost in pcmark and 3dmark vantage scores. I'm now upgrading the cpu as well.
a b à CPUs
June 16, 2012 2:14:15 PM

Just updating one component will give you few improve. Updating cpu+gpu at a time will be the best option. Keep money and save more for both cpu and gpu.

If you upgrade to new cpu, you will not get extra benefit for hd5750. 5750 will slow you down. If you upgrade to new gpu you will get extra benefit in some games which is less cpu intensive. So choose it wisely.

Or you can upgrade one component and other later. Gpu for now and cpu later.
June 16, 2012 2:52:13 PM

I think the phenom II x4 965 will help in some games that are cpu heavy even with the hd-5750.

sell the 260 and hd-5750 used... Buy something like a used hd-5830-5870 or 6850-6950, geforce 460-470-480-560-560ti-570. or a new card like a hd-6870, 7850, 560ti,


If you have crossfire...
http://cdn.overclock.net/1/18/187d6431_AMD_CrossfireX_C...

The 5750 crossfires with a 5750, 5770, 6750, 6770.
a b à CPUs
June 16, 2012 3:13:55 PM

can you please give me an example of a cpu heavy game
a b à CPUs
June 16, 2012 3:20:03 PM

bluehowell said:
can you please give me an example of a cpu heavy game


Witcher 2, gta4. These are heavily cpu intensive game i experience personally. Skyrim, dragon age, mass effect 3 are less cpu intensive. Dirt3, Battlefield 3 in not a cpu intensive at all in singleplayer mode.
a c 105 à CPUs
June 16, 2012 3:41:37 PM

bluehowell said:
can you please give me an example of a cpu heavy game


crysis 2 as an example

take the athlon II. with just two cores @ 3.3ghz you only get 19fps. at one more core but decrease speed to 3ghz you jump to 28fps. with four cores and still at 3ghz, you have 36fps. basically four cores at 3ghz double what two faster cores on the same CPU can give you. just an extra core increase fps by almost 50%. not every game works as such but this one example of a CPU taxing game.






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