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$150 to upgrade CPU or GPU?

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this month

Budget Range: 150

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming

Parts to Upgrade: CPU or GPU, my PSU is ULTRA LS600

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ncix.com

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Parts Preferences: no preference

Overclocking: maybe

SLI or Crossfire: no

Your Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional Comments: I only have around $150 to upgrade either my GPU (currently EVGA GT240) or my CPU (currently Athlon 2 X2 250), wondering which I should upgrade

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I want to be able to play newer games smoothly
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  1. What is the make/model of your AM3 mobo? BIOS version? Have you updated the BIOS to the latest version? You may need to upgrade your power supply as well....Ultra brand is a suspect brand.

    http://www.johnnylucky.org/power-supplies/psu-lemon-list.html

    Dave
  2. Best answer
    Well If you're going for straight up gaming the gpu upgrade would be the way to go id suggest to get a 550 ti (click)
    and your power supply will work with it

    BUT if you plan on doing any video work get a new CPU defiantly need your motherboard info though

    EDIT: changed it to ncix
  3. thanks, my mobo is an ASUS M4A 785-M
  4. well if you wanted a CPU this one wouldnt be bad: http://ncix.com/products/?sku=46281&vpn=HDZ965FBGMBOX&manufacture=AMD&promoid=1145
    and im pretty sure its compatible
  5. Both your CPU and your GPU are pretty weak. Moomoomage's suggestion of a 550ti is a good one and definitely the one I'd go with but only if you're not a major player of CPU intensive games like Civilization 5 and Supreme Commander.

    Your PSU is serviceable for cards and processors in that range.
  6. Actually now that I think about it a good way to tell which one would be better for you would be to do this simple test. Open up a game you've been playing alot or want to play and get a sense of the frame-rate. for extra accuracy use fraps or something like it to see the actual frame-rate. Lower your graphics settings all the way down. If the framerate improved its your graphics card... if not you need a cpu.
  7. yeah, i usually play Battlefield 3 and similar fps games, and games like Skyrim, GTA and Assassin's Creed. I'm pretty sure lowering the settings improved the fps quite a bit.

    Also, should I go for the gtx550 ti or the xfx hd6850 which goes for around the same price?
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