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August 31, 2012 4:47:17 PM

Hello, i am thinking of upgrading my gaming pc currently i have a phenom ii x4 840 3.2ghz proc and an nvidia gtx 560. should i upgrade my gpu or cpu? thanks for responses?

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August 31, 2012 8:51:17 PM

your gpu is good for another year, maybe upgrade to a phenom x6 ( the boldozer technology isnt that brill)
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August 31, 2012 8:54:07 PM

What's your budget?
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September 1, 2012 2:44:05 AM

budget is probably around $200 give or take on cpu. if i need to buy a new mobo i dont mind either.
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September 1, 2012 2:51:04 AM

What is the rest of your system specs? Also what is your budget and monitor resolution?
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September 1, 2012 3:10:48 AM

not should upgrade ... you just need upgrade CPU cooler also check PSU
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September 1, 2012 3:29:18 AM

wow guys i dont need a full diagnostic, i was just thinking about upgrading gpu or cpu, rest of my rig is fine. and wanted an opinion on which would benefit more from an upgrade.
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September 1, 2012 3:35:11 AM

Craigjs said:
wow guys i dont need a full diagnostic, i was just thinking about upgrading gpu or cpu, rest of my rig is fine. and wanted an opinion on which would benefit more from an upgrade.

To put your money to best use, rest of your system specs would benefit us greatly :sarcastic: 

For one, we don't know if your motherboard uses DDR2 or DDR3 RAM, so if we were to suggest a CPU/Mobo upgrade, we may need to include a new pair of RAM.
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September 1, 2012 7:42:03 AM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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September 1, 2012 8:40:58 AM

mocchan said:
To put your money to best use, rest of your system specs would benefit us greatly :sarcastic: 

For one, we don't know if your motherboard uses DDR2 or DDR3 RAM, so if we were to suggest a CPU/Mobo upgrade, we may need to include a new pair of RAM.

Yeah...and unless we know what monitor resolution you have, we don't know where the bottleneck is happening.

For example, if you're playing at around 1280x1024, 1280x720 or 1600x900 (or less), I'd suggest upgrading the CPU.

Why? Because i have a GTX 560 too, and a core 2 quad Q8400. Now i play at on CRT monitor with 1024x768 resolution. It refreshes at 85Hz so vsync for me is 85 fps. However, in a lot of recent games (heck, even CoD MW2) the fps jumps around between 50 to 85 with adaptive vsync. so sometimes things get a bit choppy. I'd be fine with an LCD monitor and a 60 fps refresh rate, however.

BF3 MP on the other hand KILLS my CPU while the campaign is mostly fine. So i have a CPU bottleneck here (and in most other places where the fps jumps around).
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