Solved

Which to upgrade, cpu or gpu?

Hello,
I have a GeForce GT 9500 for my gpu, and an intel core 2 duo 2.2ghz processor (I know that upgrading the cpu also means motherboard and ram). I am looking to upgrade one of the two. I primarily want to game. Which should I upgrade first?
13 answers Last reply Best Answer
More about which upgrade
  1. unfortunately both rather behind the times.

    What is your budget? upgrading Cpu/mobo would probably not give you much of an increase in performance because you'd still be GPU limited. However, if you buy a new GPU, you would probably be CPU limited.
  2. ^yes (to blade)

    List you computers other components along with your budget. You can get a decent computer for around $300-400 if you don't need a case, psu, optical and hdd.
  3. 7970 is a great card. But if you buy it without updating your CPU you will be shooting yourself in the foot.

    What is your power supply like? looks like you have around $500 to spend is that about right?

    I think we could find a good config that will work for you, with an update to both.
  4. It is a Dell Inspiron 530 but with a replaced power supply and graphics card. Budget would be $480.
  5. What did you replace the power supply with?

    What model/Wattage?
  6. blade061188 said:
    7970 is a great card. But if you buy it without updating your CPU you will be shooting yourself in the foot.

    What is your power supply like? looks like you have around $500 to spend is that about right?

    I think we could find a good config that will work for you, with an update to both.



    PSU

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182199

    I am planning on upgrading whichever I don't upgrade now as well but in about a year. My main goal is to find what will provide the best increase for the time being.
  7. You could get a nice processor/mobo/GPU combo for that price.
  8. Best answer
    I would invest in a good new platform. New lines of GPUs come out about every year, each one typically a solid improvement over the last.

    As far as gaming goes, as long as you have a farily recent CPU, your games will be GPU bound. If your long term goal is to have a solid system, I would update your mobo and CPU now.

    Best performance right now, i would update both:
    CPU: SB Core i3 $110 after promo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078
    MoBo: Cheap Asus H61 $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131793
    RAM: 8GB GSkill $46
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
    GPU Sapphire 7850 $260
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102984

    $486
  9. Deemo13 said:
    You could get a nice processor/mobo/GPU combo for that price.


    I plan on replacing it all but what I really want to know is what should I upgrade first that will be the lesser bottleneck. Go to 7970 or upgrade cpu, motherboard, and ram.
  10. blade061188 said:
    I would invest in a good new platform. New lines of GPUs come out about every year, each one typically a solid improvement over the last.

    As far as gaming goes, as long as you have a farily recent CPU, your games will be GPU bound. If your long term goal is to have a solid system, I would update your mobo and CPU now.

    Best performance right now, i would update both:
    CPU: SB Core i3 $110 after promo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078
    MoBo: Cheap Asus H61 $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131793
    RAM: 8GB GSkill $46
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
    GPU Sapphire 7850 $260
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102984

    $486


    cpu it is. Thanks
  11. Best answer selected by xa376.
  12. Did you look over the parts I listed?

    Honestly, your games would be CPU limited right now. You'd have a lot of GPU Power going to waste with a 7970. A SB core i3 is a solid update from your core 2 duo, and 7850 can handle anything at 1920x1080 right now

    What resolution will you be gaming at?
Ask a new question

Read More

Graphics Cards GPUs CPUs Graphics Product