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September 15, 2012 4:35:43 PM

currently i have a gaming rig with a gtx 560, an amd phenom ii x4 840 3.2ghz proc, and 8 gigs of ram. i am looking to upgrade to play games like borderlands 2 and dishonored. im sure my rig can handle both games currently but should i upgrade my cpu or video card? which upgrade would increase my performance the most? thanks in advance for responses.

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a c 104 U Graphics card
September 15, 2012 4:39:06 PM

A 2G gpu.
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September 15, 2012 4:43:58 PM

the upgrades im thinking is for the gpu ill upgrade to a 2gb gtx 660, and for the cpu ill upgrade to an intel 3570k. i know my cpu is lacking in the gaming department. so you really think id get more benefit from upgrading the gpu instead of the cpu?
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a c 104 U Graphics card
September 15, 2012 4:52:11 PM

It's not the best cpu for gaming but still i would first go for the better gpu and see what that does, you can always upgrade the cpu if your not satisfied, but you need a better gpu anyway. GTX660 sounds lovely.
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a b U Graphics card
September 15, 2012 5:01:13 PM

Put the money into a new GPU. That CPU is still good and if you can overclock it it'll be better.

What is your budget?
I'd recommend a 7870 or 7950 unless you have more to spend.
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September 15, 2012 5:03:32 PM

budget is around 250-350
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a b U Graphics card
September 15, 2012 5:13:02 PM

What PSU do you have?
Also do you intend to overclock the card or not. If not you should spend a bit more on a factory overclocked card.
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September 15, 2012 5:18:09 PM

i have an off brand 750w im upgrading that for a good corsair psu. im not really into overclocking right now but i might get into it later. and the 660 i was gonna get is superclocked so.
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a b U Graphics card
September 16, 2012 3:58:59 AM

Okay under $250 you can still get a 7870, which is better than a 660. Although if you wait a few days they'll most likely drop the price of it.

Do you want one with a good stock overclock or are you willing to overclock it yourself?

Under $250 after rebates
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$230
http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B007JLFVNO/ref=d...
This card is a great deal but is currently out of stock
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 16, 2012 8:44:02 PM

i would prefer a good stock overclock because im not really into overclocking right now, though i might in the future. One question, why is the 7870 better than the superclocked 660? ive always bought nvidia cards.
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