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A friend of mine can upgrade only his CPU or his GPU.He has a dual core @ 2.5Ghz(Oc'ed,stock was 2.0ghz) and a HD 4670..He can buy a new CPU(phenom x4 955/965 BE) or a new GPU (7770/7790).Which one should he take? I said to him that CPU would be better because a have a friend with the following setup:
i5-760 @ 2.8Ghz
GTX 660 Ti
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And my config:
i5-3570k @ 4.8Ghz(just so i can be 2.0ghz over his core clock biggrin.gif )
HD 6850 Oc'ed to 6870 speeds
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And he gets only 5-10fps more than me.With his card being 10 times better than mine,that seems weird.With my friend,we're using the same exact GTA IV,with same mods and everything.No difference there.
So,which one should i advice my friend to get: The CPU or the GPU?
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It is CPU intensive BUT, IV needs a GPU better than a 4830, and his GPU is a problem too, go for CPU and save up for a 7770 at a later date
     
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post #3 of 13
If i remember correctly its cpu intensive
    
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Well i just installed 15-ish mods on the game and i was getting terrible FPS.Even everything at low,i still get ****ty frames.My CPU was working @ 30-35% max ,my GPU was @ 99%.Fps - 15-45fps ***
I installed mods,textures,icehancer etc.
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Yup that game is cpu intensive
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You honestly need a good Quad, preferably OC one and a HD 7870/ GTX 460 or better to get any decent FPS out of GTA IV...and that's on decent settings.

A 3970X and a Titan would have trouble keeping 60FPS on MAX for pete sake, the game is not made for PC. lol
 
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You honestly need a good Quad, preferably OC one and a HD 7870/ GTX 460 or better to get any decent FPS out of GTA IV...and that's on decent settings.

A 3970X and a Titan would have trouble keeping 60FPS on MAX for pete sake, the game is not made for PC. lol
Well would my quad core be suffice? OC @ 4.3-4.8Ghz .I'm asking because i can buy a new GPU easy,but new CPU isn't an option.If i get a new GPU,will i be fine? I think the i5 won't bottleneck any single GPU,even the Titan.It's hard time for me to believe it won't be able to push even two high-end gpu's,like HD 7950 for example.
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You honestly need a good Quad, preferably OC one and a HD 7870/ GTX 460 or better to get any decent FPS out of GTA IV...and that's on decent settings.

A 3970X and a Titan would have trouble keeping 60FPS on MAX for pete sake, the game is not made for PC. lol
Well would my quad core be suffice? OC @ 4.3-4.8Ghz .I'm asking because i can buy a new GPU easy,but new CPU isn't an option.If i get a new GPU,will i be fine? I think the i5 won't bottleneck any single GPU,even the Titan.It's hard time for me to believe it won't be able to push even two high-end gpu's,like HD 7950 for example.

YEah your 3570K will push a GTX 690 or Titan.

So i would go, if you want Great FPS in all games, GTX 660 Ti/ GTX 580/ GTX 670/ HD 7870/HD 7950. Which ever is cheaper for you.
 
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Well i have a i5 3570k and a evga gtx 670 ftw 4gb and i play this game with mods on a 1440p monitor it's ok i can play it on max settings but you wont be getting 60fps. Like PimpSkyline said this game is not made for pc's lol
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YEah your 3570K will push a GTX 690 or Titan.

So i would go, if you want Great FPS in all games, GTX 660 Ti/ GTX 580/ GTX 670/ HD 7870/HD 7950. Which ever is cheaper for you.
i'll maybe wait the new generation from Nvidia,i really want to go with them but GTX6xx aren't just worth it.Too many limitations(vram,memory bus interface) . If not ,AMD 7950(price of 660ti,definetely worth it) or 8950/8970 when it comes out.
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