Solved I need help deciding on what i should upgrade first.

December 7, 2013 at 09:58:39
Specs: Windows 7, 16gb
My current rig has this setup

-700 Watt power supply
-Asus M5A97 R2.0 motherboard
-Corsair H55 water cooler
-1TB 5500rpm HDD
-3TB 7200rpm HDD
-Phenom II X6 1100T
-ASUS xonar D1 pci 7.1 sound card
-Nvidia GTX 560

I have been torn between a tough decision.. I am deciding on either getting a new CPU or a new graphics card. I have been REALLY leaning towards the GTX 680 since the price has dropped a lot since next gen graphics cards are out, but i am slightly scared that i might experience some bottle-necking due to my CPU if i got the GTX 680. And if i was going to get a new CPU i was leaning towards the AMD FX-9590 but i am not completely sold on getting that one specifically.

So any help deciding would be greatly appreciated. I would love to be able to get the Graphics card without a bottleneck, but i'm not sure if that can happen with the 1100t.


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December 10, 2013 at 20:43:40
Note that if you upgrade your CPU you probably will also need to upgrade your motherboard and memory (motherboard supports up to 130W models, CPU is 220W model; your memory speed may not be the best to get the most out of the CPU unless you are running memory higher than your current CPU can effectively use). *Keep in mind that I only use Intel CPU's so I may not be the best on AMD compatibility issues*
I see nothing wrong with upgrading your graphics and power supply and overclocking your current CPU to see if it works for you. At the worst, you can back down on the gaming settings a bit to negate any bottlenecking until you fully upgrade the entire system. Note that the more you stress the power supply,the more you are likely to have trouble with it so I would not recommend upgrading without replacing the power supply.
Look at these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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#1
December 8, 2013 at 11:48:50
List the model of your power supply.

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#2
December 8, 2013 at 12:25:13
It's a "XION XON-700P12F"
I plan on upgrading it really soon, i'ts no where near top of the line, i just happened have came across it. I was slightly concerned about the power supply, i just forgot to mention it in the post.

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#3
December 8, 2013 at 16:04:38
Really bad reviews on that power supply:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
Before it goes out and takes something expensive with it, replace it with a good one. If you want recommendations, let us know.

I do not know AMD CPU's very well so I will let others comment on which would be the better first upgrade, after the power supply, that is.

Also list your memory amount and speed since it may also have an effect, especially if you do not have enough or it is a slower speed.

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#4
December 10, 2013 at 11:15:55
yeah i saw them.. i haven't had any problems yet, but i guess that doesn't mean anything. even after i get a new power supply, i still need help on the decision on which to upgrade first. i'm not a computer pro by any means but i don't think my CPU will bottleneck a GTX 680, especially if i overclock it. I just want that confirmed by someone that knows more than me. I also have 16 GB of Ram so memory is not an issue.

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December 10, 2013 at 20:43:40
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Note that if you upgrade your CPU you probably will also need to upgrade your motherboard and memory (motherboard supports up to 130W models, CPU is 220W model; your memory speed may not be the best to get the most out of the CPU unless you are running memory higher than your current CPU can effectively use). *Keep in mind that I only use Intel CPU's so I may not be the best on AMD compatibility issues*
I see nothing wrong with upgrading your graphics and power supply and overclocking your current CPU to see if it works for you. At the worst, you can back down on the gaming settings a bit to negate any bottlenecking until you fully upgrade the entire system. Note that the more you stress the power supply,the more you are likely to have trouble with it so I would not recommend upgrading without replacing the power supply.
Look at these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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December 14, 2013 at 12:12:54
The CPU is compatible, so i don't think that would be an issue. My memory speed shouldn't be an issue because i have gaming ram. I have just been wanting to know if my CPU would bottleneck if i ran a GTX 680. I might just upgrade to the 680 and if it bottlenecks ill just have to deal with it until i can afford the new CPU. Also, i already have a new power supply on the way, its a Corsair HX850.

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#7
December 14, 2013 at 16:10:41
sounds good to me.

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