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Should I upgrade my CPU or my GPU?

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February 21, 2013 10:02:45 PM

I currently have an Intel Core 2 Duo e4500 OC at 2.64ghz and a GTS 250. Which one should I prioritize more? My budget is going to be around $100 for the Motherboard and the CPU combined. Thanks for any suggestions.

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February 21, 2013 10:05:21 PM

With 100$ u cant upgrade gpu or mobo,cpu
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February 21, 2013 10:05:57 PM

Hd 7850 might be interesting for you
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February 21, 2013 10:07:14 PM

No cpu or motherboard for that price.

Get an hd 7770 for $100. It will be a good upgrade for you.
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February 21, 2013 10:07:46 PM

Well, I think I didn't state that I don't require a high end GPU/CPU, it can be dual core/quad.
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February 21, 2013 10:09:12 PM

tiny voices said:
No cpu or motherboard for that price.

Get an hd 7770 for $100. It will be a good upgrade for you.


Ah, okay, thanks for the suggestion!
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February 21, 2013 10:09:27 PM

No problem!
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February 21, 2013 10:17:21 PM

I just bought an Athlon II 640 quad core for $60 at TigerDirect. (I'm building a PC for my father-in-law) I expect to get a micro ATX board for $40 or less in the near future.

It looks like this would be an upgrade from your current CPU:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/63?vs=188

However the value of such an up grade will depend largely on what you intend to do with the computer.

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February 21, 2013 10:18:46 PM

Not worth it at all for barely an increase.

Get a 7770 for sure.
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February 21, 2013 10:21:27 PM

tiny voices said:
Not worth it at all for barely an increase.

Get a 7770 for sure.


Wouldn't a quad core make games run faster because of the extra cores?
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February 21, 2013 10:22:36 PM

Not necessarily. Your GPU is the thing holding you back. Get an hd 7770. Games are like 90% GPU and 10% CPU.

Most games still only use 2 cores.
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February 21, 2013 10:25:52 PM

tiny voices said:
Not necessarily. Your GPU is the thing holding you back. Get an hd 7770. Games are like 90% GPU and 10% CPU.

Most games still only use 2 cores.

Ohhhh, many thanks for the suggestions and information :D 
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February 24, 2013 8:39:16 PM

Hd 7770 is better than gtx 650
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February 24, 2013 8:40:09 PM

Hd7770
I would personally wait until you have your money to spend. It will be worth the wait in the end
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February 24, 2013 9:41:38 PM

Marcopolo123 said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You will feel a big boost with this card...


Hmmm, well I'd have to buy a new power supply cause the one I have now is actually pretty aged, so 189.99 plus the price of maybe the corsair which is about 43.99, also I don't currently have a "job" per-se (15 years old) so it would take some time, but I completely understand that if I waited and just saved all my money up I can get that or maybe an 8000 series (If it were released when I get said money). I really only have around $80 so I was just going to get a low powered video card.
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February 25, 2013 8:42:13 PM

170$ after rebate :) 
But ye, better wait for some more money

Or buy a used gpu...
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