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February 20, 2013 11:45:10 PM

Right now I am running an AMD fx-4170 and the Radeon HD 7850. I was wondering if I should invest in a CPU or GPU for my next upgrade.

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February 20, 2013 11:48:12 PM

CPU.
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February 20, 2013 11:48:43 PM

CPU, as the current CPU would bottleneck a better GPU. For the socket you are running, get an FX 6300 or 8350. You can upgrade the GPU later, and the CPU will not bottleneck the later GPU.
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February 20, 2013 11:53:55 PM

BananaCreamPie7 said:
Right now I am running an AMD fx-4170 and the Radeon HD 7850. I was wondering if I should invest in a CPU or GPU for my next upgrade.


Upgrade the cpu to an AMD FX8350 if your motherboard supports it. If so, then you are set for the next 5 years with that CPU :) 
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February 20, 2013 11:54:14 PM

CPU.

I support what Plasmaj12345 said. Dat name o.O!

Actually, your processor is capable, but you really need a very high overclock and a very good cooling to handle it. Which does not make sense if you can throw 100 bucks on a cooler, you better sell your chip and get a FX8350, with its 4.0ghz at stock will be much better than a FX 4170 at a very high overclock...
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February 21, 2013 12:11:50 AM

Thanks guys will be going for the CPU. Does AMD plan on a new CPU series any time soon?
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February 21, 2013 12:16:09 AM

I have the ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ MOBO, I think that can support the fx-8350, right?
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February 21, 2013 12:32:13 AM

BananaCreamPie7 said:
I have the ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ MOBO, I think that can support the fx-8350, right?


Yes, this mobo does support the FX 8350 and is good for some overclocking as well (assuming you buy a good cooler). Also, The piledriver CPU's came out out in October, so they are pretty recent. AMD does not have anything new coming until quarter 4 of this year.
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February 21, 2013 12:48:13 AM

CPU and the FX-8350 is a great choice
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February 22, 2013 2:44:54 AM

I had that mobo for some time, awesome board and very good overclocker for its price, I really recomend you get the FX-8350.
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