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Upgrade for my PC, Just a GPU or a whole new system?


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#1 Chris Appleyard

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 04:01 PM

Hey :D
I wanna upgrade my PC so I can have the Geforce GTX series GPU`s.. but I have (Specs on my signature) so should I just upgrade my whole system so I have a SSD,Intel Core i5, 8GB 1600MHZ RAM. and some more? or just stick with my specs now and just get the GPU? I think I have a 500w PSU.
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Edited by hamluis, 21 September 2012 - 09:49 AM.
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Posted 23 September 2012 - 10:41 AM

go for the new computer if its in the budget ,better than the upgrade

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 01:39 PM

I've got to agree. Athlon II-250 isn't really much of a processor. If you want to stick with Athlon, the Phenom II X6 or FX8120 are good choices. With Intel, anything in the quad core i5 neighborhood is a solid choice.

It won't do a whole lot of good to get a nice graphics card if your CPU can't run the applications behind it :)
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Posted 02 October 2012 - 11:46 AM

Agree with the other replies here. Your CPU will be a serious bottleneck for any GPU in the GTX series. A Core i5 should give you plenty of bang for your buck and will be a significant improvement over that Athlon.

What is your overall budget? How much could you spend if you go with the new system route?

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 01:57 PM

A computer is only as strong as its weakest link. If you simply upgraded the graphics card, the rest of your system won't be able to do it any justice. You could crunch an i5-3570K, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, mobo, and graphics card for $500.

If you are really budget conscious, you could substitute an AMD FX-8120 and smaller SSD while using your original drive for mass storage.
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