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Sapphire 7870 xt or I5 3570k and Asrock z77 extreme 4 first?

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March 29, 2013 7:33:47 PM

Hello everyone,
My trusty little system has been pretty good to me, but it's showing its age and I am planning on doing some upgrades. Currently I am running:
Athlon II X2 2.7 GHz
XFX HD 5750
8GB Kingston Hyper RAM 1333MHz
128GB Kingston HyperX SSD
640GB 7200rpm Seagate HDD
650w Antec Earthwatts PSU
LG 22" monitor at 1920x1080

I plan on doing both the 7870 xt and the 3570k with extreme 4 motherboard eventually but right now I can only afford to do one or the other. Whichever I don't do now I will hopefully be able to within a a couple months. I would like to know which I would be better off doing first in order to get the most out of my gaming?
I just got BF3 so this is what I will probably playing the most of.

Thanks
March 29, 2013 8:24:55 PM

The card would make the biggest difference immediately for gaming. But it will be badly bottle-necked by the dual core Athlon II. Knowing you are going to upgrade the rest soon, I'd go for the card first. If you go for the processor/MB first, you won't see any gaming improvement because of the weak HD 5750.
March 30, 2013 12:19:07 PM

Ok thanks, I think I will go ahead and do the card first and start saving me pennies for the cpu and mobo.
March 30, 2013 12:24:00 PM

Good plan. I think you'll be amazed at how much gaming improvement you'll have even w/dual core.
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