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  • Which to upgrade? Processor or Video Card?

    Hey guys. I'm running an AMD Athlon 64 3000+ with a GeForce 6600 128mb video card (300 mhz core, 500 mhz memory). (Also have giga-byte 939 pin nForce 4 mobo, 1 gig ram, 160 gig 7200rpm hard drive.)

    I got enough money for Xmas and b-day to afford to upgrade either the processor to an Athlon 64 4000+ (about $350) or the video card to a GeForce 7800 GT 256mb (around $300). I'd really like to do both, but don't have the dough. Since I have a 939 pin mobo, I could go up to an Athlon FX-57, but they still go for over $800.

    Which do you think will give me more bang for my buck? Which will I get more use out of in the long run? Should I wait for a while? I don't want to upgrade and not be able to notice a difference on games like BF2 and WoW.

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    Re: Which to upgrade? Processor or Video Card?

    My guess (and it's just a guess) is that the video card would give you more bang for the buck (for 3D gaming only of course).

    I remember tools like 3d-mark can be really useful in "which should I upgrade" questions because you can get your score and then compare it with other people who have similar rigs with the possible changes.

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    • #3
      Re: Which to upgrade? Processor or Video Card?

      I'd go for the video card. Going from a vanilla 6600 to a 7800GT will do you nice. If you upgrade the processor you won't see much of an increase in video performance.
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      • #4
        Re: Which to upgrade? Processor or Video Card?

        Video card all the way.
        |TG-12th|mantis

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        • #5
          Re: Which to upgrade? Processor or Video Card?

          Agreed Video card.
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          • #6
            Re: Which to upgrade? Processor or Video Card?

            The proc you have is plenty. The video card isn't bad, but the 128 MB card is going to be a bottleneck. You also have another bottleneck in your 1 GB system RAM. Your best bet for increased performance is to bring your memory to 2 GB and upgrade your video card.
            |TG-12th| asch
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            • #7
              Re: Which to upgrade? Processor or Video Card?

              Always the video card, and asch is right, get 2GB of ram.

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              • #8
                Re: Which to upgrade? Processor or Video Card?

                2 gigs of ram now seem to be standard for running smooth 3d games.. I wonder next year 3 gigs of ram will be normal, also The Ge8800 will have 1gig memory next year..

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                • #9
                  Re: Which to upgrade? Processor or Video Card?

                  Video Card > Ram

                  Your RAM isn't that bad of a bottleneck, but your video card is a major bottleneck. A 7800GT will double or triple your frames while being able to tack on the eye candy.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Which to upgrade? Processor or Video Card?

                    lol...my system has 1/2 gig of crap cheap ram...

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                    • #11
                      Re: Which to upgrade? Processor or Video Card?

                      OK - do I need to say it?

                      Vid and RAM.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Which to upgrade? Processor or Video Card?

                        Okay guys, I took your advice and ordered an eVGA GeForce 7800GT 256mb today. I got free 2nd day shipping, so should have it by Friday or Saturday. I will upgrade my ram to 2 gigs in a month or two. Thanks for the help!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Which to upgrade? Processor or Video Card?

                          i just ordered the same card, though in the xfx extreme flavour, let me know how it performs



                          AKA TG Xink | http://www.andy-hook.co.uk

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                          • #14
                            Re: Which to upgrade? Processor or Video Card?

                            I got my eVGA GeForce 7800 GT today, and W0W! It took my 3dMark2005 score from 2000 to 7000! That's quite an improvement. BF2 looks a lot better, but the game that blew my socks off was Half-Life 2! The eye candy looks so incredible...I just stare in disbelief at what I've been missing. This is the most money I've ever spent on a video card...but it was worth it. Thanks for the excellent advice guys.

                            I plan to upgrade my ram to 2 gigs in a month or two.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Which to upgrade? Processor or Video Card?

                              VIDEO....VIDEO...VIDEO...

                              Sarcoma.
                              Sarcoma.

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