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post #1 of 13
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Hi,

I have 200 $ to upgrade my pc for gaming :

Cpu : Phenom II x3 720 @2.8 ghz (revision C2)
GPU : HD4870 1 Go

I think i will upgrade GPU and buy HD7870, but my cpu will be slow and i can't reach 3.3 ghz (windows can't launch)

What do you think ?
post #2 of 13
Wait, save your money and upgrade both once the new AMD GPUs come out in January.
 
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But now, upgrade the GPU should be better than upgrade the cpu, right ?
post #4 of 13
both need upgrading but I would say CPU first, do yourself a favour and go Intel.
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post #5 of 13
What your computer mainly used for?
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by Darylrese View Post

both need upgrading but I would say CPU first, do yourself a favour and go Intel.

He has $200, how will that get him a new proc board and memory?
post #7 of 13
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Espacially for gaming.
post #8 of 13
I'd get a new GPU if I were you, the CPU should not bottleneck it but you'll need to change it sooner or later wink.gif.
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I'd get a new GPU if I were you, the CPU should not bottleneck it but you'll need to change it sooner or later wink.gif.

Should i stay for amd's processors ?
post #10 of 13
Upgrade gpu first, you won't get the full potential of your new card but the difference would be better than the cpu upgrade. Then save and upgrade the cpu as soon as possible. I'd go with a HD7850 or GTX660 because you wont get the full performance anyways better save some money and put it towards the cpu upgrade, also however much you can get for your 4870.
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