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Upgrading - CPU or Graphics card?

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Nythilian, May 22, 2008.

  1. Nythilian New Member

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    Heya,
    I'm definitely not the most computer savvy person, but in any case I want to upgrade my rig somewhat. I mostly use it for gaming - WoW, LOTRO, Fear online, among others (mostly WoW these days). I'm not sure whether to upgrade my CPU or Graphics card this time round, since I read in the graphics card section a few minutes ago that WoW is more CPU-intensive. So which do you think is in *more* dire need :)P), and do you have any model suggestions?

    I'm willing to spend up to around the $500 mark all up (that limit was mainly set for a Graphics Card.. which was my initial choice, so obviously it can be edited down substantially).

    I mainly want something - at least in relation to the graphics card - that will allow me to comfortably raid and access the more heavily populated areas without taking a massive hit to the FPS (read: Shattrath City. I currently average 10-15 FPS there, and sometimes that low around other parts of the Outland).

    In addition, I'd rather something that is going to remain useful for awhile - so a newer model please :p Of course I'd like it to be able to handle more graphic-intensive games, too. Which makes me think I might be better off with a graphics card upgrade first?

    Anyway, sorry for the novel! Thanks xD
     
  2. Black Panther

    Black Panther Senior Moderator™ Staff Member

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    If you're in the US I'm sure that for your budget of $500 you can upgrade both cpu and graphics card from Newegg?
     
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    Seeing your board is skt 939 I would suggest going with an Opteron, like the Opteron 175. Pretty much the same as a Athlon 64 X2 but overclocks so much better. Video card wise you have alot of choices. Suggestions would be in order by performance. A 3870, 9600GT, 8800GT, or a 3870X2. What brand and wattage PSU do you have? That would play an important role in which video card you would get.
     
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    No, actually I'm Australian :p For what I'm considering.. the graphics card is around $500 alone ^_^ But thanks xD

    Thanks for the advice :) I'll definitely check into that CPU. Brand of PSU.. not sure. Forgot to check (checking involves unscrewing the evil thing and taking it out :p). But its 500 watts, if that helps. Thanks again :)
     
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    upgrading the grapic card makes the most impact when it comes to gaming and eye candy however you must also make sure your CPU isnt holding the GPU back . Therefore the CPU must be at least reasonable too.

    here is an article that explains it in detail-
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cpu-gpu-upgrade,1928.html
     
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    You are still playing these old games :) Try e8200 + 2x1 gig ddr2 +p35, its 2,5x faster than your old stuff. The graphic is not so important for your games, i suggest you should get something next year (with good dx10 speed). If thats still not fast enough, you could always
    throw in a 3650, if you are willing to pay extra for these games.
     
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    you are kidding right? :twitch:
     
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    I think u should buy the Graphic card cause with the card u'll be able to play more recent games even with u CPU holding back ur graphic u`ll be able to play with lower res its my opinion...
     
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    Wile E Power User

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    A new graphics card will always give more gaming power than a cpu. Todays current games are gpu limited.

    One thing tho, your rig is obviously a little older, so make sure your power supply can handle a new gfx card.
     
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    craigwhiteside New Member

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    what graphics card you going for?

    spam: so wile, what you gonna do when you reach 10,000 posts >_>
     
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    Wile E Power User

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    lol. Haven't given it any thought. Maybe w1z will make me a partner or something. :roll: /spam
     
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    craigwhiteside New Member

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    lol!, isnt there a calculation for how big your epenis is :roll: :roll: :roll:
     
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    Awwe c'mon guys on topic man on topic. ;)

    First and foremost, remove that 1 512 stick and get dual channel going. Go for Opteron and a MIDRANGE card, not the latest and greatest for now. WoW would play beautifully even on a single 2600XT/HD3650/8600GT/8800GS/HD3850. When you feel as though that you want to play newer games those cards truly will only hold you back in higher res.
     
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    I would advise you to wait a month or two if you can as nvidea are releasing 280 GTX earlier then planned and that should make all the current cards fall down to your price level :)
     
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