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January 30, 2013 7:16:45 PM

Hey guys , im about to change some parts in my computer , to get better gaming performance , i have 2 options right now , change cpu , mother and ram , or just change the gpu.

atm i have a phenom II x3 720 , 4 gb ddr2 ram, gtx 460 evga superclocked , and the mother is a foxxcon a7gm-s 2.0

if i go for the cpu change , the new components will be , i5 3570k ,msi Z77A-G41 , and 8gb ddr3 ram kingston hyperx , or if i go for the gpu change , ill get an evga gtx 660 superclocked.

So what do you guys think? should i go for the cpu change or the gpu??

Just to clarify , i cant make both changes at the same time , i dont have enough money for that atm.

And another question , would that system configuration run on a CM 460 psu???

Thx in advance for your answers and sorry for the bad english.

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January 30, 2013 7:44:11 PM

I would get the new CPU. With a z77 motherboard you can overclock it and hopefully hold on to your CPU for longer, and later get a new GPU when you have the money, and get a fancy new 7xx or 8xxx cards that will be out later this year.

What type of games are you playing? Some games are more GPU or CPU intensive. One might be more important than another depending on the game.
January 30, 2013 7:47:44 PM

Hold up. Do you know how to overclock? On newegg people were talking about the CPU and unlocking the fourth core and getting it to 3.5ghz, which is pretty good.

So I changed my mind. Overclock the CPU, and get a GPU. I reccomend the 670 btw, the best GPU for the money IMO.
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January 30, 2013 7:48:50 PM

Atm im playing planet side 2 and battlefield 3 a lot , far cry 3 , borderlands 2 , sleeping dogs and L.A. Noire.

i have my cpu unlocked and runing on 3.1ghz atm.

What about the psu , would the cm 460 be enough to run the new system configuration?

and about the 670 , i cant get that one , the price difference in my country is huge , 320 usd for the 660 , 570 usd for the 670 more or less ...
January 30, 2013 7:53:42 PM

If you get the CPU the 460 (Assuming its 460 watts) will be fine. The GPU though, you might need a change. Check the reccomended PSU stat from wherever you are going to buy the GPU. It should be good though.

PS2 is quite CPU dependant, along with BF3. The others, you will see better performance with a new GPU. Reccomending the 670, or if your on a budget a 7870 or 7950.
January 30, 2013 7:57:39 PM

Oh wow. Didnt see the edit. Go with an Amd gpu. The 7870 is nice, ~200 USD. Not sure if about it where you live.
January 30, 2013 8:04:57 PM

7870 is about the same price as the 660 , 300-350 usd .

January 30, 2013 8:06:22 PM

time to view some benchmarks. I'd go over to the GPU discussion page and ask them. They tend to help you stretch your money the furthest.
January 31, 2013 9:17:48 AM

I'd change the CPU.
It also depends on what games you wanna play, if like me WoW, CPU!!!1!eleven!1
January 31, 2013 9:21:44 AM

computernewb said:
for gaming go for the graphics card.

460 to 660 is almost double the fps

Really depends on the game, don't say such things!

I asure you, you wont get doublew fps's in wow by changing the gpu... the cpu that's another story....
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January 31, 2013 4:17:31 PM

Riitz said:
Really depends on the game, don't say such things!

I asure you, you wont get doublew fps's in wow by changing the gpu... the cpu that's another story....

His link lists which games they benchmarked.