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GPU Upgrade or CPU Upgrade?

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My current build is:
Phenom II X3 720
4Gigabytes G.skill Sniper DDR3 1600Mhz
NVidia GTS 450
500GB 7200RPM 32MB Cache Seagate
680W Rosewell


I was wondering if I should upgrade my CPU, or my GPU next. My birthday is June 1st and I'm wondering whats best for a $250 budget.

Phenom II X6 1045T @ 2.7Ghz - $149 w\ 16 Gigabytes G.skill Ripjaw 1600Mhz
NVidia GTX480 - $209 w\ 4 Gigabyte G.skill Sniper 1600Mhz - $49


I do multitask.
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  1. You need to upgrade both if you wanna play games @ high resolutions with pretty good eye candy.

    Get that CPU , and save up a little bit and grab the GTX 480 if possible
  2. OC the CPU and spend it on the GPU.
  3. ^ agreed, have you tried unlocking the dormant core in that Heka? That is is if your motherboard supports it. You could unlock it and overclock it pretty easily considering it is a Black edition with an unlocked multiplier. Then put as much money in the gpu as you can.
  4. Also I would look at getting a better psu, Rosewill recently has gotten better oems with the HIVE/Capstone and green series. But the older ones are not high quality and using a gpu as power hungry as a 480 I would look for a more reputable brand from something like Corsair, Antec, XFX, Seasonic, PC Power & Cooling....etc..
  5. I third the OC the CPU and spend it on the GPU. Honestly, I think the Phenom II x6 1045T would be worse than the 720 BE since it's not unlocked and only BF3 uses more than 4 threads.

    Does your CPU unlock? How high does it OC? Pick up an $18 Hyper 212+ (make sure it fits in your case) before you get a new CPU. But, basically, that GTS 450 is pretty anemic.

    I think we all can agre your GPU needs a serious upgrade.

    Btw, I also do not trust Rosewill. It's not the worst, but it's worse than "decent".
  6. dalauder said:
    I third the OC the CPU and spend it on the GPU. Honestly, I think the Phenom II x6 1045T would be worse than the 720 BE since it's not unlocked and only BF3 uses more than 4 threads.

    Does your CPU unlock? How high does it OC? Pick up an $18 Hyper 212+ (make sure it fits in your case) before you get a new CPU. But, basically, that GTS 450 is pretty anemic.

    I think we all can agre your GPU needs a serious upgrade.

    Btw, I also do not trust Rosewill. It's not the worst, but it's worse than "decent".



    I already have it overclocked to 3.7Ghz with the 212 at 1.46v temps never go over 50c

    And for my rosewell, Its just newly bought when I received my tax income. Its a green series.
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    Do you mean the Rosewill Green Series RG630-S12 630W?: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182200
    If so, you've found a gem in Rosewill's product line. Nice!: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Rosewill-Green-Series-630-W-RG630-S12-Power-Supply-Review/881/10


    Does your motherboard do core unlocking? I got a Phenom II x2 unlocked to a quad and OC'd to 3.6GHz (they don't always unlock). I'd expect an x3 720BE to be able to hit 4.0GHz with a Hyper 212+ without much fuss.

    4GB of 1600CL9 is plenty for most gaming needs--only BF3 really has issues with that. If you're in any way budget limited, I have to suggest a 4GB (2x2GB) kit for $25 or so instead of a $100 16GB kit if you feel you need an upgrade.

    Anyhow, it sounds like you're ready to put in the best GPU your budget will allow. Today that's either the $200 6950 2GB on sale on Newegg right now, the $243 7850 on sale right now, a GTX 560Ti for whatever sub-$200 price they're at or a GTX 560Ti 448 for $230 or so. In a month, it'll be the 7850 or the GTX660Ti: http://vr-zone.com/articles/nvidia-prepares-two-more-gk104-based-cards--geforce-gtx-660-ti-and-670/15728.html
  8. Now I have one more question and thank you Dalauder, I'll look into them ones.

    Core 2 Duo 8500 @ 3.1Ghz 8 Gigabytes DDR2 800Mhz NVidia GTS 450. Is that better then

    Phenom II X3 720 @ 3.7Ghz 4 Gigabytes DDR3 1600Mhz NVidia GTS 450?

    Once this question is answered, mousemonkey you can go right on and lock this thread.
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  10. The E8500 has similar architecture performance at a similar clock speed. However, dual cores struggle on many more games than triple cores and the 720BE also overclocks more easily and has the potential to unlock to a quad core.

    The 720BE is definitely better.

    The E8500 was great in its day, but that day has long passed. The 720BE can still have competitive life in it with a solid overclock/core unlock.
  11. dalauder said:
    The E8500 has similar architecture performance at a similar clock speed. However, dual cores struggle on many more games than triple cores and the 720BE also overclocks more easily and has the potential to unlock to a quad core.

    The 720BE is definitely better.

    The E8500 was great in its day, but that day has long passed. The 720BE can still have competitive life in it with a solid overclock/core unlock.



    Thank you so much. (:
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