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Best bang for buck upgrade?

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I have been running an e8400 and gtx 275 for quite some time now but I feel like upgrading. What is the best bang for the buck, I can go ati or intel. I do play some games with dx11 so I would like to upgrade. I may do some multi tasking here an there but not too much. I just need something that is worth upgrading to but not so expensive.

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For games the best upgrade is always the graphics card, as long as the processor is fast enough, and yours is. The GTX 275 on the other hand is pretty old and may need an upgrade to take advantage of the Dx11 features in the latest games. Upgrading the processor doesn't make much sense as what you have is quite decent for games (more so if OCed close to 4GHz, which is attainable) and a new one like a SandyBridge or an AMD Quad would still cost far more than what the new graphics card and not bring as much benefit. When you'll feel you need more multi-tasking speed you should upgrade the whole motherboard+cpu+ram to the latest platforms.
As such my take is that you should get a powerful GPU like the Nvidia GTX 560(Ti or not) or the AMD 6950.
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depending on the games you play a DX11 GPU might be the best bet.
but, if you are getting more into multithreaded stuff then a new proc may also be a good bet...

idk man, do you have a budget?
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personally, i think that powerful cpu is more important than gpu,

in dx 9 games, your unlikely to notice much of difference between the gtx 275 and gtx 580 in my opinion

i would go for 180 2500k and 140 dollar p67 motherboard, plus 40 dollars 4 gb ddr3

360 dollars gives you the cpu to handle battlefield 3, gta iv, and any game thats comes out in the near future.

Your gonna need a super power cpu (quad core) for smooth 64 man battles, dig it?

When your cpu bound, games run slow,
when your gpu bound, games run fast, but you just dont get the full 60 frames.


I realized this truth when I installed a e6600 and fired up elder scrolls 4 Oblivion.

My overclocked 260 handled bad company 2 fine in dx9 mode,

Upgrade your cpu, not your gpu, thats my 2 cents
Edited by Lex Luger - 7/26/11 at 9:42am
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you can't go wrong with a gtx 460 or 560ti hawks, they have very stellar price/performance ratios.
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hell. with that setup. id get ssd before new gpu.

but thats me. i just got my 9800gx2 lol. like last week
     
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