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Hey guys,

So the rig is in my signature, I've recently come into some money and I was wondering which upgrade you guys think would give me the greatest performance boost right now. problem is newer games I can't run @ 1080p, and even at 720p games like GTA4 drop frame rates noticeably during gameplay.

I was thinking of either upgrading the 5770 to a cheapish 2gb 7000 series, or upgrading the mobo+cpu to one of the new phenom 8 core processors and a mobo that supports usb 3.0 and sata-III

Would the 7000 series see a significant improvement in playing newer games? And are usb 3.0 and sata-III much faster than what I have now?
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Some games like SC2, Planetside 2 and GTA4 are quite CPU hungry but most games benefit more from a GPU upgrade. Stepping up to a 7870 will give you very significant FPS gains in most games.

A CPU upgrade would not hurt either but the GPU is definitely a priority.
    
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Depends on the games you play. If it's, say, DayZ (Arma 2), Guild Wars 2, SC2, or something like that, I'd probably recommend a processor upgrade. If it's any of a number of GPU-reliant games, then the GPU is a much better upgrade.

Also relevant: if high graphics settings are important to you or you just want the smoothest possible gameplay on low graphics settings.
    
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Thanks for the responses guys, besides GTA4, I plan on getting RE6, probably the new Tomb Raider, and GTA 5 when it comes out.

I'm thinking the cpu/mobo upgrade first, because then I'll see a performance boost with day to day activities, file transfers, etc. right?
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I'll see a performance boost with day to day activities, file transfers, etc. right?

Eh, maybe. Casual computing stuff doesn't take a lot of juice. Basically every modern CPU is total overkill for that kind of stuff. And many things like file transfers are limited by hard drive speed. This is why people are so agog over SSDs these days. They have a bigger impact on casual computing (for the programs loaded on the SSD) than CPU speed does.

But yes, even for strictly gaming a CPU/mobo upgrade seems like the first way to go.
    
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Yeah I think that's the move, plus I transfer a lot of 10gb+ MKV files between my laptop and desktop and I think the usb 3.0 would be helpful in that front
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Thanks for the responses guys, besides GTA4, I plan on getting RE6, probably the new Tomb Raider, and GTA 5 when it comes out.

I'm thinking the cpu/mobo upgrade first, because then I'll see a performance boost with day to day activities, file transfers, etc. right?

SSD is the biggest upgrade for day-to-day tasks.

SSD=Faster boots , faster program loads, faster shutdowns, faster file transfers (provided what you're transferring to isn't bottlenecked)

I swapped my father's i3 laptop to an 840 Pro (830 was sold out and he transfers files fiendishly so I didn't want a 840 to wear out) and he's been so convinced that he bought 4 more 840 Pros, even though I advised him it's a waste of money unless it's a boot drive.
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