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So a friend will be upgrading his computer in 2 steps and is not sure which to start off with. It is going to be either upgrade graphics card, or upgrade motherboard, processor, and ram.

His current specs are, phenom x4 940 and a geforce gts 250 512mb. (all the parts that matter)

Here is the newegg cart, and which upgrade step would give better gaming performance? Thanks! biggrin.gif
07fa4290_559C3Fy.png[img]Please don't tell me get a 3570k, 7950, and a z77 motherboard
Edited by HPE1000 - 1/21/13 at 7:15pm
 
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you need to provide more details. what motherboard does your friend have currently ? does it have AM3+ socket . because that would allow AMD FX-6300 and FX-8320 upgrade. is it a good motherboard with 4 + 2 power phases. then it should be safe for overclocking. also what power supply does he have and how many amps on +12v rail ?

selling the phenom ii x4 940 for 50 bucks and getting an unlocked multiplier phenom ii x4 or FX vishera cpu is something to seriously consider if the motherboard is capable. whats the total budget for this upgrade ?
Edited by raghu78 - 1/21/13 at 8:58pm
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you need a 3570k, 7950 and z77 motherboard tongue.gif
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you need to provide more details. what motherboard does your friend have currently ? does it have AM3+ socket . because that would allow AMD FX-6300 and FX-8320 upgrade. is it a good motherboard with 4 + 2 power phases. then it should be safe for overclocking. also what power supply does he have and how many amps on +12v rail ?

selling the phenom ii x4 940 for 50 bucks and getting an unlocked multiplier phenom ii x4 or FX vishera cpu is something to seriously consider if the motherboard is capable. whats the total budget for this upgrade ?
Not going to bother with selling I dont think, and it is an am2+ motherboard I believe. Its not am3 or am3+ for sure.

He does not want to overclock either, so dont bother with that.
 
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Not going to bother with selling I dont think, and it is an am2+ motherboard I believe. Its not am3 or am3+ for sure.

He does not want to overclock either, so dont bother with that.

upgrade the graphics card. there might be slight bottlenecks but nothing to worry over. whats your budget for the gpu upgrade ?
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upgrade the graphics card. there might be slight bottlenecks but nothing to worry over. whats your budget for the gpu upgrade ?
Well it isnt all that important, but I think a 7870 is the best card to get if keeping the x4 940, so he might just start with that.

You dont think the cpu will bottleneck that bad? The system is running ddr2 ram also, he is thinking of upgrading to 8gb of the ddr2, but it just costs so much.
 
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Well it isnt all that important, but I think a 7870 is the best card to get if keeping the x4 940, so he might just start with that.

You dont think the cpu will bottleneck that bad? The system is running ddr2 ram also, he is thinking of upgrading to 8gb of the ddr2, but it just costs so much.

yeah a HD 7870 should do fine with phenom ii x4 940. if he has a good cpu cooler ask him to overclock slightly to 3.4 - 3.6 ghz.
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Well it isnt all that important, but I think a 7870 is the best card to get if keeping the x4 940, so he might just start with that.

You dont think the cpu will bottleneck that bad? The system is running ddr2 ram also, he is thinking of upgrading to 8gb of the ddr2, but it just costs so much.

The term bottleneck is thrown around loosely on this site. The 940 is still a capable gaming processor and the difference between ddr2 and ddr3 for gaming isnt substantial enough to warrant a complete upgrade. A 7870 will nearly quadruple the gaming experience and for 240ish keep the pocketbook happy.
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The term bottleneck is thrown around loosely on this site. The 940 is still a capable gaming processor and the difference between ddr2 and ddr3 for gaming isnt substantial enough to warrant a complete upgrade. A 7870 will nearly quadruple the gaming experience and for 240ish keep the pocketbook happy.
I know bottleneck is thrown around, and I know the 940 is still good for gaming, but still I was wondering, a slower cpu does reduce fps, tests will show it.

Bottleneck is more of an opinion I would say, some people have more loose ideas of what a hardware bottleneck is.
 
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