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What should i get first? Help me determine my bottleneck

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Hello,

Soon ill get my hands on some monies and i was wondering, what should i upgrade first?

I think my bottleneck its the CPU, but i really dont know if i should get an AM3 Cpu, because my mother says its an AM2/AM2+ And that Supports AM3 (which means?)

I really think that my XFX HD 4870 XXX can score much higher than with this setup, but i really dont know, is there any effective way to determine what my bottleneck is without trying other hard combinations?

What do you think?
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I'd get a new HDD and Memory first, then a new CPU.
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There i fixed the HDD, its a SATA
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post #4 of 8
OK, first off get at least 4GB of ram, you only have 2GB, not cool.

Secondly, get a faster processor.

Thirdly buy an SSD for your OS and programs.

There you go. Your gpu should be fine for your resolution until the 28nm gpu's come out.
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post #5 of 8
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Okay, So if i should upgrade the ram:

Should i get 2gb 667Mhz more, or
Should i change the 2gb 667Mhz for 2gb 1066Mhz ?

Because i dont have that much money, but as you said 4gb, maybe i should just get 2gb more?

I forgot to add: Should i get an AM3 CPU or for that i should change the motherboard firs?
Edited by octohedron - 12/20/10 at 5:09am
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post #6 of 8
Memory - 2GB is simply inadequate for Win7, even though it is above the "minimum". I'd max out at 4GB if you are using 32-bit; and start at 4GB and go up from there if using 64-bit.

You could also look at the memory speed, although I think you will have more benefit by simply increasing the memory over that of incresing the speed slightly...

Next step would be to overclock the processor, which should be doable, from the stock 2.8GHz you are running now, to at least 3GHz, which is the minimum that most software now requires.
post #7 of 8
Perhaps you should swap out for a 2x2GB kit, it'll be easier on your integrated memory controller and may cost better in the end depending.
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Okay, im going to get more ram first, and then im going to get a Phenom II x4.

Thank you for helping me out!
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