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Old 10-16-2009, 11:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,
I was wondering of I should upgrade my cpu or my gpu. Which one would give me a better performance as in fps. What would do better in games?

Heres my specs:

Amd sempron 3400+ OCed to 2.16 GHZ
1.50 gigs of ram
8600gt 256mb ddr3
I know I got a terrible cpu. I was planning to upgrade my gpu to a 9800gtx+ or upgrade my cpu to a Amd Athon 64 X2 5200 Brisbane 2.7GHz.

What should I do upgrade my cpu or gpu?
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I think upgrading the CPU would be a better benefit overall, in games and general system peroformance. Upgrading the GPU will most likely require you to upgrade your PSU, as well as being bottlenecked by a weak CPU.

What is the model and make of your motherboard? So we can further suggest the correct supported CPU.
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gts250 over 9800gtx+ any day
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I think upgrading the CPU would be a better benefit overall, in games and general system peroformance. Upgrading the GPU will most likely require you to upgrade your PSU, as well as being bottlenecked by a weak CPU.

What is the model and make of your motherboard? So we can further suggest the correct supported CPU.
I have a zotac 8200 value motherboard. I also have a corsair 550w psu installed so I dont need to upgrade my psu.
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hmm...Do you have a budget in mind?
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hmm...Do you have a budget in mind?
around $70 or lower.
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CPU for sure.
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around $70 or lower.
You won't get much farther for $70 on a graphic card, but you can get a dual core CPU.

Can you tell us the specific model of your Zotac motherboard? There's quite a few variations of the 8200.

It's either the A-E, A-E w/ HDMI, D-E, or C-E (mini ITX).
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You won't get much farther for $70 on a graphic card, but you can get a dual core CPU.

Can you tell us the specific model of your Zotac motherboard? There's quite a few variations of the 8200.

It's either the A-E, A-E w/ HDMI, D-E, or C-E (mini ITX).
its D-E
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Then I would suggest this CPU:
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
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