Hello, I am thinking of upgrading my PC, but i'm not sure what to upgrade first. On one hand i want better FPS in games (like Planetside 2, where i can drop to 30FPS or even 25 in high-activity areas). But on the other hand i want better rendering times in 3D animation and video editing programs. I was looking at these 2 options:
CPU: AMD FX-8320
GPU: Powercolor 7850 PCS+ 2GB
(These cost roughly the same)
CPU: AMD Phenom II 945
GPU: GIGABYTE GTX 550Ti
Motherboard: Gigabyte 970A-D3
RAM: 12GB Corsair Vengeance 12GB @1333MHz
I assume you have a board with an AM3+ socket if you are considering the FX. But I would upgrade the card first for gaming. The 550ti is a rather weak mid range graphic card. The HD 7850 2GB is a great card for the money and will breathe new life into your Phenom II 945. Your frame rate will improve dramatically.
Your video work would gain a bit more by going to the 8-core FX, but if it is an either/or choice, go for the card.