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August 6, 2012 2:45:29 PM

Hello i am currently running a AMD Phenom x4 965 BE and AMD radeon XFX 6850 and looking to upgrade so modern day games run much smoother.

Would it be better to upgrade my 6850 to a 7850HD and keep the same CPU or better to change the CPU to a i5 2500k and keep the 6850.

Any help would be great thanks.

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August 6, 2012 3:01:09 PM

depends on games and monitor resolution, but my first thought would be graphics card.
August 6, 2012 3:01:34 PM

If you are looking to increase your gaming performance then upgrade the graphics card.
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August 6, 2012 3:10:19 PM

You will probably get a better boost in FPS with a graphics card upgrade than a CPU upgrade. Because its the BE, I would over clock it as much as possible so you can upgrade the GPU and get much better performance.
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=AMD+Phen...

I would note, it's important to remember that most games are more graphics card dependent. So could you please post what games you are interested in?
August 6, 2012 3:12:58 PM

The resolution 1920 x 1080, and the games I'm looking to run smooth are Guild wars 2 and planetside 2
August 6, 2012 3:26:45 PM

I assume both games are GPU dependent due to their nature ( being action games and not RTS's).

I think a new graphics card would be a better fix for what you are trying to achieve.

Hope that helped! Good Luck!
August 6, 2012 3:29:21 PM

I would even get a good CPU heat sink and OC that Phenom so you can get the most out of your system.
August 6, 2012 3:36:57 PM

Thanks a lot for the help i really appreciate it.
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