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Ive got about $175 to blow on my computer and Im not sure where to put it.
I know I want another HDD, a better CPU and a better GPU but Im not sure what way to go.
I Game a moderate amount but I also do some programming and graphic design. This computer is an all around workhorse though, If I need something done this computer needs to be able to do it for me.

These are my options. If you have a better idea make your case and ill see if I like it. As I see it these are the most viable choices.

I could go with an Athlon II X4 640 and pick up a 500GB-1TB storage drive.
I could grab a GTX465 and OC it(Been wanting one for a LOOONG time and my GT240 is kinda dumpy).
I could grab a Phenom II X4 955BE.
I could sit on my $175 and let the fact that my poor Compy is low-tier eat away at me. (NOT AN OPTION)

In short, Ive got $175 to spend, Help me choose what will give me the best performance and usage boost. Because im torn 3 ways.
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post #2 of 15
GTX465? Get a GTX460 instead... it's cheaper and faster and cooler (better overclocker !)

GPU matters in gaming. The other stuff is not that important. Don't worry about CPU.
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post #3 of 15
your hard drive is the fastest one out (not counting SSD), so my votes with CPU or GPU. I love CPU power so my vote goes there as long as you can cool it.

EDIT:
read that you have a 80 GB drive also then I don't know maybe grab a WD Green 1.5 TB its $70 on the egg right now.
    
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new gpu/ thread
haha and maybe oc your cpu a little bit with a new cheap hsf
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Originally Posted by Neitzluber View Post
GTX465? Get a GTX460 instead... it's cheaper and faster and cooler (better overclocker !)

GPU matters in gaming. The other stuff is not that important. Don't worry about CPU.
Cheaper? Possibly, But It depends on the brand and memory size.
Faster? Clock for clock no, especially not after Im done with it. The 465 has more Stream Processors than a 460, and assuming I can get it to about 725-750 core(shouldn't be a problem) It will be as fast or faster than 460. It wouldn't surprise me If I can even get it up to modest 460 speeds.

And the thing is I use this computer for a smattering of everything, not just gaming.
If I had to guess its time is split about 55% gaming 45% everything else. So all around performance is very important to me. This computer also serves as my media center, and my 500GB is filling up fast. Im not too worried about the CPU but a Quad is definitely something I want just on general principles.
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Originally Posted by sdla4ever View Post
your hard drive is the fastest one out (not counting SSD), so my votes with CPU or GPU. I love CPU power so my vote goes there as long as you can cool it.

EDIT:
read that you have a 80 GB drive also then I don't know maybe grab a WD Green 1.5 TB its $70 on the egg right now.
CPU's only job is to not bottleneck GPU.
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post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by sdla4ever View Post
your hard drive is the fastest one out (not counting SSD), so my votes with CPU or GPU. I love CPU power so my vote goes there as long as you can cool it.

EDIT:
read that you have a 80 GB drive also then I don't know maybe grab a WD Green 1.5 TB its $70 on the egg right now.
I can definitely cool a new CPU, and im also a huge fan of CPU power, I used a 1090T and a 5770 for a long time. Its just that if I get the CPU my 240 will really be holding me back.
I may scratch up $200 but $175 is all the missus will allow me to use right now.
Its her xmas present to me and im not about to try to haggle for more.
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post #8 of 15
get the athlon quad and a gts 450 then
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Originally Posted by Neitzluber View Post
CPU's only job is to not bottleneck GPU.
Only if you do nothing but game.
For general use thats not nearly true.
Then the CPUs only job is to run the computer overall.

I am tempted to go CPU because I do a just about everything on this machine.
But at this point its just that all 3 of my options are so close to each other that it really comes down to what ill get the most out of.
A GPU + HSF would be a good investment I suppose because it will allow me to push my little weaksauce athlon further.
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Originally Posted by PhilWrir View Post
Only if you do nothing but game.
For general use thats not nearly true.
Then the CPUs only job is to run the computer overall.

I am tempted to go CPU because I do a just about everything on this machine.
But at this point its just that all 3 of my options are so close to each other that it really comes down to what ill get the most out of.
A GPU + HSF would be a good investment I suppose because it will allow me to push my little weaksauce athlon further.
Unless you do video editing and such it doesn't really matter.
In any case, if the program is CUDA-compatible, you can offload the task to the GPU if its an NVIDIA GPU...
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