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Hello everyone I am a student who enjoys PC gaming and my budget is somewhat limited. I currently have a pretty decent PC by my standards but am looking to upgrade for the release of Battlefield 3 and Diablo 3. I have around $600 Canadian Dollars to spend on upgrades.

~My Current Build~
AMD Athlon II x4 620
ASUS M3A78-CM (MATX, AM2+ Motherboard)
4 GB of Corsair XMS2 800MHz DDR2 Ram (2x2GB)
450w PSU
Palit GTS 250 E-green edition
LG DVD drive
Decent after market cooler
3x500GB Seagate Barracuda Hard Drives

I was thinking of two different paths to upgrade. I eventually want to turn this into a pretty powerful crossfire rig, so I will be upgrading the PSU to a 750w no matter what I do.

1. Upgrade the CPU, Mobo, Ram with a Core i5 2500K, P67 or Z68, 8 Gigs of DDR3.

2. Upgrade the GPU to a Radeon 6950.

Which one in your opinion would yield me better results per $ spent. Do note that option 1 is around $150 more expensive.
post #2 of 10
GPU,ur athlon should be fine for another 2 years just overclock it abit,and with the extra $150 buy the ddr3 memory,or personally with that $150 i would buy a p67 mobo so once u get some more money u just need cpu then get the ram later
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Short term, upgrading the GPU will give you more performance now.
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post #4 of 10
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Will the AMD bulldozer chips possibly be a better choice than the 2500k?
post #5 of 10
I'd have to say that you should upgrade your GPU since an Athlon II X4 is still good.
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Originally Posted by Nvidia-Brownies View Post
I'd have to say that you should upgrade your GPU since an Athlon II X4 is still good.
This. But anything over a 560 Ti will start bottlenecking that chip HARD!
 
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post #7 of 10
GPU because that is your main bottleneck. You dont want to have awesome CPU mobo ram etc and a terrible gpu. If you get a new GPU you'll have less of a bottleneck.


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A GTX 560 (non-Ti) would prove to be a more than worth upgrade for you without any real bottlenecking issues.
     
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post #9 of 10
Get the GPU, you won't regret it.

I just went to a 460 (temp step 'til new rig for BF3) from a GTS 250, and it's literally twice as fast.

Get yourself the 6950, whatever limitation you get from your CPU (OC it for now), doesn't matter.
When you can afford the rest, and the second card, you want it to be ready to go.
There's no point getting a 560 or whatever now, and then another two cards later.

Get whatever GPU you want, as you're going CF after you upgrade, it wouldn't matter if you got the most powerful GPU in the world at this point, it'll rock more when you upgrade.
 
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I most likely will end up going for a GTX 560 Ti since they are a lot cheaper than a 6950 where I live, and they preform quite well. Thanks for all the input guys. =D
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