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he is mostly gaming ..
which is better choice? New gpu or new CPU?

his CPU is i3 540 4GHZ
and GPU 6850
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i would say get a better cpu and later on you could even crossfire if you like
Those cards in crossfire are really nice bangforthebuck
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post #3 of 18
Most titles are GPU bottlenecked these days, but the appropriate selection depends on what he's playing...
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i would say get a better cpu and later on you could even crossfire if you like
Those cards in crossfire are really nice bangforthebuck
so is i5 760 better or i7 870? i heard both perform very similar in games...
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Most titles are GPU bottlenecked these days, but the appropriate selection depends on what he's playing...
what about CPU intensive games?
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well bc2 and bf3 are really intensive cpu games and ram also
i would go with better cpu first
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post #7 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by insyxion View Post
what about CPU intensive games?
What game(s) is he playing?
post #8 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by insyxion View Post
what about CPU intensive games?
i3 5xx at 4.0 GHz is still fine. there are a few threads comparing i3 vs i7 on OCN, I plan on doing my own tests comparing i3 vs a i5 2500k with a gtx580 next week, so look for that.

I may also be able to test gtx470 sli results too. Not sure yet.

And yes, I'll be including bf3 once it's released.
Sent from my DX running Apex 2.0 RC4
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so is i5 760 better or i7 870? i heard both perform very similar in games...
For gaming the 15 750/760 is the best chip on the p55 board.What games does he want to play and what resolution are you using?
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post #10 of 18
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What game(s) is he playing?
COD black ops, Battlefield 3 [when its released] , COD MW 3 ( when its out), combat arms, and world of warcraft
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