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.
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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.