Which would you upgrade first?

December 8, 2009 at 22:59:10
Specs: Windows XP

I'm gonna be getting 300 dollars for Christmas and I was wondering..

if you was me had had these specs which would you upgrade first the Processor or Graphics card?

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200 2.7 (I can only over clock to 3GHz)

Graphics Card: NVIDIA XFX GeForce 9500 GT 1 gig

any any suggestion what to upgrade to?

as for the suggestions for processors i think my motherboard only supports AMD im not sure but its a GeForce6100PM-M2 Version 2.0


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#1
December 8, 2009 at 23:26:31

It really depends on what it is that you use your pc for.....
Edit: Got this off the side bar and didn't look at the category...

One word of warning though, if you decide to upgrade the processor you have to be very careful selecting it.

This seems to be your board:

http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Pr...

Here's what I found in the specifications section:

"Note: This board supports CPU up to 95W TDP only"

This means there are a great deal of processors to watch out for. I think a lot of the phenoms are 140w parts and if I remember correctly even the 6000+ are 125w(don't quote me on this).

Oh, and yes, you can only have am2/am2+ socketed cpu's, which as far as I know are only made by amd(again don't quote me)


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#2
December 8, 2009 at 23:35:05

Since you posted in the PC gaming forum, the graphics card should be upgraded first. I wouldn't spend all of it on the video card; any card more than $200 (in other words, faster than a Radeon HD 4890, Radeon HD 5770, or GeForce GTX 260) is gonna be held back by your CPU.

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#3
December 9, 2009 at 00:00:40

so what are some good AMD 95W CPUs you suggest? im gonna check into the GeForce GTX 260

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#4
December 9, 2009 at 00:12:47

i actually found a quad and tri core quite a few thats 95W on the AMD site looks like i can use the best phenom 3 and the third best quad

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#5
December 9, 2009 at 00:14:38

I'll leave the suggestions to someone who games more than I do(they will probably know better), I just though you should know there are cpu's that your board won't officially support.

Here's the list of "supported" cpus:

http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Su...


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#6
December 9, 2009 at 05:55:53

You don't need to upgrade the CPU, you need a better video card. The 9500GT is NOT good for gaming. However, if you have a weak power supply, you'll probably have to upgrade that to be able to run a higher power card. And how much RAM do you have? That may also be a place to invest some money.

So to answer your question, "if you was me had had these specs which would you upgrade first":

1. video card (possibly the power supply too)
2. RAM (depending on how much you currently have)
3. CPU (not recommended)


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#7
December 9, 2009 at 07:58:21

i agree with jam, there's no need to upgrade cpu, i recomend hd 4850 512mb gddr3 and if u have cheap psu look for corsair cmpsu-550vx 85%eff, single +12v@41a.About memory u must have atleast 2x2gb ddr2 800 or better.

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