CPU or GPU upgrade

Amd Athlon ii x2 dual core processor
June 14, 2010 at 09:32:02
Specs: Windows 7 64 Home, Phenon 2.2ghz 4gb
I have had my pc now since November 2009.
I want to be able to play every current PC game with max settings, ie GTAIV, Crysis, Fallout 3, ect...
I currently can only play GTAIV on medium settings as having the settings turned up makes the FPS drop significantly.

My question is if I am to upgrade in the future should I purchase a better CPU or GPU?
i.e. PHENOM II X4 965 or ATI HD 5850.
Which would be a wiser choice for an upgrade?

PC specs:
Gigabyte 785g US2H Micro atx
Athlon II X2 250 overclocked to 3.33ghz
4gb DDR2 800 RAM overclocked to 1066mhz
XFX HD 5770 1gb Graphics Card
500gb Western Digital HDD
Optiarc DVD RW
Corsair cx400w PSU
OS = Win 7 x64

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June 14, 2010 at 13:04:26
GTA 4 is a very poorly coded game. It was criticized when it was released and is still criticized to this day and extremely buggy. Everytime I attempt to run the game on my current setup I only get this really loud screeching sound, turned out that the game was incompatible with my built in sound hardware. I haven't had an issue like that since the DOS days! That's what standardized API's are for Rockstar!!!!

Anyway... it is a poorly made game and if you want to run it at a high resolution and at a high frame rate, your gonna need a really high end video card. Something along the lines of a GTX 285 series, or 4XX series Nvidia card. You want to play it with ATi hardware without using crossfire, good luck.

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI

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June 14, 2010 at 13:16:13
Your system if fine for gta iv. Already run it with this system
-c2d e8500
-9800 gt 1gb
-ddr2 667 3gb
-1440x900 6ohz
-high settings, above 25fps
u need to adjust some settings like view distance. Modern games require quad core cpu, hd 5770 1gb is fine.

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June 14, 2010 at 19:02:45
Agree that GTA 4 is a very poorly optimized game.

I can only hit 33fps @ 1920x1200/medium with my rig. Same story: frame rate takes a dive when I increase the view distance. It's definitely CPU-limited, as lowering the resolution does not help.

To max our GTA 4, you need a quad-core CPU. A Ph II X4 with a 5770 would make a better carjacker than an X2 with a 5970.

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June 15, 2010 at 10:59:45
Thanks for the heads up.
I will have to start saving for one of those Phenom II x4 beasts.
They have come down a bit in price since the release of the x6 version.
But I think the x4 965 out performs the x6 1055t in most current games.
Anyway it saves the hassle of a bios update can just drop an X4 in and your done
So it would be a better choice overall I think.

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