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Hi folks.

I've had my 460 since 2010 and feel it's starting to get a bit oudated. It stills runs fine and most games are playable on higher settings but it's starting to show its age on newer releases and though playable, the FPS can get noticeably choppy which can take out immersion a lot. I was thinking of getting a small upgrade (under $200) just to iron out those choppy FPS's but the thing is my CPU is also quite outdated. Which would be the smarter upgrade?

Thank you for reading.

P.S. Would my 500w survive an upgrade?
Edited by General Crumples - 4/5/13 at 11:30pm
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500w would certainly survive, but you should tell us your PSU so we know if it's good or not.
I'd recommend getting a 7850, 7790 or GTX 650 Ti Boost edition. All are great budget cards.
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500w would certainly survive, but you should tell us your PSU so we know if it's good or not.
I'd recommend getting a 7850, 7790 or GTX 650 Ti Boost edition. All are great budget cards.
I have a Rocketfish 500w. I got it around the same time as my 460
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I know nothing about rocket fish, but even with out my knowledge of the company I can still say an upgrade to an 80 plus PSU would be good.
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Okay. I'm having a hard time findning comparisons since the 650boost is a newer card. Do you know how much of an improvement the 650 boost is over the 460? And how is the 7790 compared to the 650boost?
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Unfortunately everything in your rig is going to have to go in my book... CPU/Mobo/GPU/power supply.
Fortunately it's not undoable with some savings every month. Can you save $20 every month? or $50 every 2 months?
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PSU: It could survive an upgrade since your whole rig right now probably pulls 200-300w maximally from the wall during gaing. Probably 250w~ mid range. However, once you have 2 rather mid/high end parts in there I'd really rather not trust a RocketFish

Unfortunately Rocketfish is Bestbuy and the OEM of that PSU can be anyone and it's probably a poor quality one...
Readup sir. Type in "power-supply-name wattage (850w) review" in google and use a reputable review site like Hardwaresecrets or jonnyguru that have the specialized equipment to fairly evaluate power supplies. Our power supply forum stickies are excellent reads.

http://www.overclock.net/f/31/power-supplies
The stickies on real world power usage, and recommended power supplies, and the FAQ are #1 priority in my "triage" of what you need to know, specifically for someone like you based on what I gather you already know from parts you have and how you described your question.
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CPU or GPU? Both are equally in bad shape right now...
I'd say neither.

A CPU upgrade could be better. I say it in that way because a GPU upgrade is usually better... but given your CPU I'd say you'd see decent gains either way. But the reason why I'd say neither is that $200 isn't enough for an ideal setup. You'd have to buy an entirely new motherboard or CPU because that board is bad, it's an OEM board. RS780 anyone? https://support.gateway.com/s//MOTHERBD/Shared/4006272R/4006272Rnv.shtml

But if you must upgrade CPUI'd immediately get a i3-3225
http://microcenter.com/product/398006/Core_i3_3225_33GHz_LGA_1155_Boxed_Processor
It comes with a free motherboard and use that as your CPU for quite some time as this will serve as a sufficient gaming processor smile.gif


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A GPU upgrade would be nice, if you do I'd save up and either wait to drop cash on a 7870 LE/XT
http://slickdeals.net/newsearch.php?firstonly=1&q=7870+XT
http://slickdeals.net/newsearch.php?firstonly=1&q=7870+LE

Which is one of the bang for your buck FPS/$ cards.

But again, I'd say neither CPU/GPU at this point in time because you can't drop money on anything I suggested except the i3-3225 @ MicroCenter and see immediate gains

It'd be better to really just to save the minimum and get an solid CPU/MOBO processor (970a-UD3 comes to mind if AMD tickles our sweetspot in our savings target) in addition to a CX430 or something of that sort which is a much more reliable power supply.
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Corsair-CX430-V2-Power-Supply-Review/1284

That's what I'd upgrade. It only costs $20AR on NewEgg when you wait!
http://slickdeals.net/newsearch.php?firstonly=1&q=cx430

*Edit: 650 Ti Boost is definitely an option... wait for slickdealers to give you the greenlight on pulling the trigger though! Save $ get next upgrade faster
http://slickdeals.net/newsearch.php?firstonly=1&q=650+Ti

See there's no deals on it yet? That first one has massive thumbs down
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I think you need to upgrade your PSU first before buy a new graphics card...even with my limited knowledge, I never heard about the "Rocketfish" brand.

for $200 I think you will be better to get the HD 7850 though.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sharchaster View Post

I think you need to upgrade your PSU first before buy a new graphics card...even with my limited knowledge, I never heard about the "Rocketfish" brand.

for $200 I think you will be better to get the HD 7850 though.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-650-ti-boost-gk106-benchmark,3463-11.html

It appears that the 650 Ti might win the $150 7850 recommendation I would be giving.
650 Ti > 7850 when the prices start coming down from MSRP.

see my previous link to 650 Ti. I trust that slickdealers have vetted the 650 Ti in terms of price point in the right threads.
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http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-650-ti-boost-gk106-benchmark,3463-11.html

It appears that the 650 Ti might win the $150 7850 recommendation I would be giving.
650 Ti > 7850 when the prices start coming down from MSRP.

see my previous link to 650 Ti. I trust that slickdealers have vetted the 650 Ti in terms of price point in the right threads.

WHEN is the key word there. Currently you can get a 7850 for the same price as the 650TI BOOST if you do not include the rebate. If you do then the 7850 is the better deal at the moment as you can grab a 7850 from Sapphire for $154.99.
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Quote:
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http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-650-ti-boost-gk106-benchmark,3463-11.html

It appears that the 650 Ti might win the $150 7850 recommendation I would be giving.
650 Ti > 7850 when the prices start coming down from MSRP.

see my previous link to 650 Ti. I trust that slickdealers have vetted the 650 Ti in terms of price point in the right threads.

Thanks for the link, but does 650 Ti BOOST is more expensive than 7850? If the price between both cards are same, then 650 Ti BOOST is definitely a better choice.

Edit : Oh wait, I guess the 650 Ti BOOST is cheaper than 7850, so for the OP I want to change my recommendation, grab the 650 Ti BOOST instead of 7850....Apologized.
Edited by Sharchaster - 4/6/13 at 12:26am
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