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So basically I feel that my pc is becoming a little outdated but my problem is that at the moment I can only afford to either upgrade my CPU or GPU. The game I will most likely be playing the most is bf3 at 1920x1080 at ideally 40+ fps (nothing less than 30)
So which upgrade would I get a larger benefit from?

If I upgrade my CPU then I would most likely buy a 1090t or a bulldozer CPU depending on the price. Haven't decided on motherboard yet.
If i upgrade my GPU i will either upgrade to either a 6970 or a 580 if I have the extra money.

Note: I've recently immigrated and I'm still waiting for my pc to arrive via shipping so unfortunately I can't test how my system runs the bf3 beta. Also I will most likely do the rest of the upgrade in the near future when I have a bit more money.
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I'd go for a CPU upgrade first - If you're looking for gaming performance/price, Sandy bridge is your best bet right now.
post #3 of 9
Your GPU isnt so outdated.OC it to the max and go for a 1090t.
Edited by sinakr6 - 10/5/11 at 12:10pm
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Originally Posted by Broseidon View Post
I'd go for a CPU upgrade first - If you're looking for gaming performance/price, Sandy bridge is your best bet right now.
I'm not sure about the pricing else where but here in New Zealand an Intel build is an extra 20% more expensive if you include the motherboard. Also I was thinking that a six core might be more future proof. If I decide to upgrade my CPU then I will probably wait for bulldozer to make my final decision on which CPU i buy.
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Your GPU isnt so outdated.OC it to the max and go for a 1090t.
My GPU may not be outdated but what I really want to know is do I really need to upgrade my cpu to get 30+ fps. If not then I'll just upgrade my GPU.may
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post #6 of 9
for gaming go with gpu ... but if you aren't going to gaming go with cpu ...
    
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post #7 of 9
I'd be waiting myself, just a few weeks. See how your current rig handles the beta.

Wait for the BD release, and if it does well, you should be able to pick up a decent AMD setup for a bargain price.
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post #8 of 9
I'd say go sandy-bridge. That gpu has plenty of horsepower for BF3 @1080p.
I'm almost certain the Battlefield series preferred speedy quad-cores.


Honestly, wait until the full release before you make any solid decisions.
post #9 of 9
Wait for Bulldozer, see how it does overclocked in gaming, then choose between that and Sandy Bridge.

Those are really the only two platforms worth considering right now, IMO.
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