What would be the biggest boost?

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Should I get a new CPU or a new video card?

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What would be the biggest boost?

Post by DX » Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:03 am

Currently I have the AMD 9600be, Palit 9600gt Sonic, ECS GF8200A and 4gb of DDR2 800.

So what would be the best upgrade? I have 300 or so I can spend on the project. The system is my primary gaming box and that game is WoW. The ECS board is limited to 95watt processors however I have read of people putting in 125watt ones with no problems. What I would like to know is what would give me the biggest boost for WoW. Getting a new CPU (or cpu + systemboard) OR getting an XFX 285 from the review today? OH and run at a resolution of 1680x1050
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Re: What would be the biggest boost?

Post by GI-JOE » Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:19 am

I would say the processor. There's not much your graphics card can do while its waiting for the processor to catch up!
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Re: What would be the biggest boost?

Post by DX » Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:47 am

mmmm I should have made this a poll =)
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Re: What would be the biggest boost?

Post by ibleet » Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:03 am

I would say the CPU especially if the game is WoW as that game is not graphically intensive and pretty much any GPU can run it.

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Re: What would be the biggest boost?

Post by stopthekilling77 » Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:08 pm

ibleet wrote:I would say the CPU especially if the game is WoW as that game is not graphically intensive and pretty much any GPU can run it.
Seconded. If i were you I'd look at the combo deals on the Phenom II chips. I just got a 940BE with a Gigabyte board for $307 ;) ordered it this morning, should be here Monday I think

*Edit* If your board can handle the new Phenom II X3 processors, there are some great combo deals for them on newegg
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Re: What would be the biggest boost?

Post by Kougar » Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:21 pm

New board + CPU + some overclocking on the side. ;)

Overclocking will have the same effect of turning your 95W TDP CPU intl a 125W TDP CPU (Or turning a 125W TDP CPU into something higher) depending on how far you take it, so I wouldn't suggest OCing on that ECS board if it is one of those models only rated for 95W TDP processors.
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