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Should I upgrade my video card?

#1Point Click KillPosted 7/5/2012 8:43:48 PM
My current card is a Radeon HD 4890.

I was already thinking about upgrading from a 2.8GHz 3 core CPU to a 3.2 GHz 4 core (mobo can only handle 4 cores). and doubling the ram from 4GB to 8GB and leaving the video card unchanged. that would run me about $140.

But a new video card would cost more than $140, on top of the $140 i'm already planning on spending.

Will my current one last one or two more years?
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#2link510Posted 7/5/2012 8:47:03 PM
What's your resolution? That's stronger than my 5770 and I play games fine at 1080p. I wouldn't bother with that CPU upgrade. Either overclock/unlock your current CPU, or get a whole new mobo/cpu/ram set, which would probably be more than you want to spend.
#3THEB0SS666Posted 7/5/2012 8:47:42 PM
Your video card is fine dx11 is terrible anyway very subtle differences.
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#4DiehardFFv2Posted 7/5/2012 8:50:48 PM
Save your money and hold out for Haswell. Don't get the 955 BE.
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#5Point Click Kill(Topic Creator)Posted 7/5/2012 8:50:56 PM
link510 posted...
What's your resolution? That's stronger than my 5770 and I play games fine at 1080p. I wouldn't bother with that CPU upgrade. Either overclock/unlock your current CPU, or get a whole new mobo/cpu/ram set, which would probably be more than you want to spend.


1080p, dual monitors (i don't think that matters since i only ever use one while gaming)

mobo/cpu/ram set is a bit more than i'm looking to spend.

the ram upgrade is a definite though, for $30 it's a no brainer.

if it was a choice between a new graphics card and a new cpu (if i didn't want to overclock my current one) which would be the better option?
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#6link510Posted 7/5/2012 10:05:48 PM
You/d probably see more improvement from a new graphics card, but your cpu (especially without overclocking) is definitely getting on in age. Is there any reason you refuse to overclock? It would do you quite a bit of good. It would be better than buying a new phenom II and not overclocking it. You're basically sitting on free performance
#7Lord HammPosted 7/5/2012 11:02:33 PM
Nope
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#8spardasiegPosted 7/5/2012 11:15:15 PM
Overclock that CPU, but a Hyper 212 Plus for now and crank that thing up, you can always use the cooler for a future CPU anyways so its not like a waste or anything.
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