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Should i Upgrade my CPU or GPU?

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January 17, 2013 3:38:47 AM

Hello,
I am currently debating whether to buy a new GPU or a new CPU, i cant only afford one or the other.

My specs:
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 635 Processor (4 CPUs), ~2.9GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM

GeForce GTX 460 2770MB

I can play games like Planetside 2 on High settings with minimal lag, however, when a lot of stuff is going on in the game at once on High settings, i will suffer a greater amount of lag.

Should i change out my GPU or my CPU?

also my Mobo is a MSI 785GM P-45

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January 17, 2013 3:48:03 AM

Your rig is fine i think.if you want to upgrade then you should upgrade both gpu and cpu.as yours both are old now.but think yourself that you really need a upgrade.
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January 17, 2013 4:00:15 AM

Well it definitely isnt running Planetside 2 as smoothly as it should be.

Would i see better results with a new GPU or with a new CPU?
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January 17, 2013 4:15:55 AM

yes you will see a huge difference if you upgrade to cpu to i5 3570 and gpu to hd 7850,7870,gtx660
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January 17, 2013 4:29:27 AM

..... Or since you're obviously running an AMD motherboard you would want to use an AMD CPU.... Do you happen to know what motherboard you have in your machine right now?
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January 17, 2013 4:35:08 AM

Upgrading is waste for u r system because already uptodate .
so sell that system to get money for new system .
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January 17, 2013 5:24:00 AM

Come on people, answer the question...

My advice is to buy an HD7850/70 2GB video card. Here's a recommended model (though please give a BUDGET next time):

HD7870 2GB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD7850 2GB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A GTX660, or Ti is another option though you'd have to verify benchmarks vs prices.

*Please be WARNED, there appear to be quite a difference in quality. There are cheaper cards than I recommend but I caution you to be careful. If in doubt, get one of these.

Installation:
1. remove current NVIDIA drivers
2. Turn PC OFF.
3. Swap cards.
4. Turn PC ON.
5. Download and install the latest drivers.
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January 17, 2013 6:51:02 AM

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January 17, 2013 6:51:24 AM

Thank you Photonboy for providing the answer i was looking for
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