Update Gpu or Cpu first?

Hello everyone,

currently I have an "FX 4100 CPU" and a "Asus Ati Radeon 6770 1GB GPU" should I upgrade my processor to a I5 3570K and wait one month for a 680 or get a 680 and waith 1 month for a I5 3570K. I am using this as a gaming pc so I want more fps.
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  1. Well that is total platform change and does not really matter in which order. Maybe the GTX680 and overclock the FX until change of CPU and mobo.
  2. what is you budget?
  3. Thehairyosama said:
    Hello everyone,

    currently I have an "FX 4100 CPU" and a "Asus Ati Radeon 6770 1GB GPU" should I upgrade my processor to a I5 3570K and wait one month for a 680 or get a 680 and waith 1 month for a I5 3570K. I am using this as a gaming pc so I want more fps.

    Well matching an FX4100 with a 680 would be a massive bottleneck, however you would still see a gain in fps. Upgrading to an I5 would also grant you fps as well. Personally if you are going for the most fps possible right now, i would purchase the 680, and deal with the FX 4100 for another month. This is because the 680 will give you more fps (even bottlenecked) then just swapping platforms to the Intel i5
  4. Well, first of all, just get a 670. You can OC it to get 680 performance (and even beyond).

    Second, get the 670 first and then decide if you even need a CPU upgrade. The 4100 will be a pretty large bottleneck for the 670, but you can just OC that, as well.

    If you still feel that you want a better CPU, the 8350 is something that you should think about, too. Same price as a 3570K, but you won't need a new motherboard.
  5. I think a more important question is what are you going to be using the pc for and if games I assume, what kind.

    If your playing MMO's. CPU, absolutely CPU
    Graphic intensive, GPU.

    Going from an 8800gtx to a GTX670 netted me a 5 fps gain in an MMO. Upgrading the CPU afterwards added 60 fps on top of what I had.
  6. DJDeCiBeL said:
    Well, first of all, just get a 670. You can OC it to get 680 performance (and even beyond).

    Second, get the 670 first and then decide if you even need a CPU upgrade. The 4100 will be a pretty large bottleneck for the 670, but you can just OC that, as well.

    If you still feel that you want a better CPU, the 8350 is something that you should think about, too. Same price as a 3570K, but you won't need a new motherboard.

    What about a 8320? You can still overclock it.
  7. It would be cheaper to get an AMD cpu since you won't need a new motherboard and you won't see a bottle neck if you go with one of the faster models. In the long run though, I would personally go Intel as its the better overall cpu. Are you sure you need the power of a 680? A 670 is a better value and almost as fast.
  8. What's your case cooling like and what brand and model power supply you have at the moment?

    A cheap simple upgrade might need a lot of extra power and cooling.
  9. For an initial boost, a new GPU (+1 on the gtx670 with OC) will improve your performance over that hd6770. It will be bottle-necked as quite a lot of others have said, but it will give you more performance than a i5 with a hd6770. I would then OC your cpu to improve it a bit, just temporarily until you get a new mobo and a i5. However you could get a gx8150 or 8350, although not as good as an i5, if you overclocked those and had a gtx670 you would be fine. But note that the fx processors draw quite a bit of power, and even more so when they are overclocked.


    So in short, I would get a new GPU to start with, it would give you a fps boost, even if it is bottlenecked by your CPU.. I agree with others when they say a gtx670. When overclocked a gtx670 can easily match a 680, and getting a non reference model would further unlock some possibilities. Then it is up to you and your budget/power supply whether you want to go with a better fx processor or a i5. Also you could get a i5-2500k, which is cheaper, but still overclocks like a beast.

    Hope this helped!
  10. melikepie said:
    What about a 8320? You can still overclock it.


    That's true, but some people don't want to have to worry about overclocking (of course, if a person was like that, I doubt they would want to OC the 670, either).
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