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February 10, 2013 5:13:45 PM

Hey
I am considering a new processor but after reading some threads it came to me that for like £15 more I could get a new graphics card instead. I was planning on getting a 3.0ghz quad core processor to replace my 2.1ghz triple core processor. I don't know what to do. My current Specs are:
Motherboard: F1A55-M LE FM1 Socket
CPU: AMD A6-3500 APU 2.1ghz triple core
Graphics Chip: Radeon6670HD
RAM: 4GB
HDD: 500GB
Power Supply: 650w

Help would be appreciated
Thanks
February 10, 2013 5:29:06 PM

I'm assuming that you play games. If not, ignore this post. It may be important to know what kinds of games are you playing? Also, if you get a GPU monitor, you will be able to tell if it is the CPU or GPU that is holding you back. Again, this varies on the games you're playing.
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February 10, 2013 5:30:33 PM

In general, it depends on what you do with it.
If you Flight Sim I'd say CPU hands down.

Gaming is a little less clear.
Yes high end Games need a better GPU, but your CPU is slow enough to bottleneck, with High end GPUs.
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February 10, 2013 5:35:39 PM

The amd apu's are pretty bad for gaming. Upgrading to another llano cpu won't give you much of a boost. If you change the cpu to anything other than a apu, then you have to get a new motherboard a well.

So its probably best to get a better graphics card. Maybe a 7850 or a 7770 if you don't want to spend that much.
February 10, 2013 5:38:18 PM

I play all sorts really from team fortress and left for dead to skyrim, dishonored and the sims 3. So a new card would be the better option? although my processor is fairly slower than most
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February 10, 2013 5:48:28 PM

id say new gpu and processor my friend.

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February 10, 2013 5:48:58 PM

but if u can only choose one, id say a 7700 ati or 1gig nvidia 650 would do the trick

February 10, 2013 5:51:55 PM

I could get one this wek then the next in maybe a month, but if i got a 7000 series wouldnt it be bottlenecked by the 2.1ghz processor? And would it not be best to get a higher processor now, then get the graphics card after? so there is no chance of bottleneck
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February 10, 2013 5:52:54 PM

no. that be fine.

February 10, 2013 5:53:35 PM

Thanks for the help
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February 10, 2013 5:55:02 PM

no problem :) 

February 10, 2013 6:06:42 PM

ahaha im in England but thanks
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