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How much of a bottleneck?

#1DriveBy5173Posted 10/29/2013 8:11:06 AM
I know I will need to upgrade my CPU and motherboard for both my son's and my PC's but for now I am planning on getting a decent GPU for each of us.
My CPU is a AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2GHz
And his is an AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz

Another question I have is who is currently making a better card in the $200-$250 price range?

Thank you for any help you can provide =]
#2shinstrikePosted 10/29/2013 8:37:40 AM
nvidia 760 GTX is your best bet for the 200-250bucks range. As for your AMD CPU i hadnt a slightest clue, because i dont know anything about them. only deal with intel and nvidia personally
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#3DriveBy5173(Topic Creator)Posted 10/29/2013 9:28:43 AM
Thanks, a long long time ago when I was more into PCs I was a big nvidia fan but now that I've slowly started getting back into things I have leaned more towards Radeon. Not too sure why that is, I will definitely check out the 760 GTX though =]
#4PhilOnDezPosted 10/29/2013 10:35:23 AM
It really depends on the game as to how much of a bottleneck the CPUs will be. They'd be a much bigger bottleneck in something like Minecraft or Starcraft 2, since those aren't graphically demanding at all yet can stress even $1000 intel CPUs, than they would in basically any console port aside from a handful of open world games (like GTAIV)
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#5JockoPosted 10/29/2013 10:36:26 AM
There have been sales of the Radeon HD7970 for 250 recently. The cheapest one just went back to 270 but if you wait a few more days I'm sure another on will go back on sale. It beats the 760.
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#6Sergei_DukanovPosted 10/29/2013 10:56:45 AM
Or get a 7950 for under $200 and use the savings towards a new CPU.
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#7shinstrikePosted 10/29/2013 11:06:09 AM
nvidia shadow play recently released, if you're into recording gameplay you'll definetly want the 760 GTX card over the AMD.
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#8Sergei_DukanovPosted 10/29/2013 11:22:40 AM
shinstrike posted...
nvidia shadow play recently released, if you're into recording gameplay you'll definetly want the 760 GTX card over the AMD.


that wont matter. His CPU wont be able to run both things well.
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#9DriveBy5173(Topic Creator)Posted 10/29/2013 11:26:08 AM
Sergei_Dukanov posted...
Or get a 7950 for under $200 and use the savings towards a new CPU.


I'd like to but to get a decent CPU, motherboard, and GPU for both would be over my $500 limit I am setting on myself. Figured I would upgrade the GPUs first and do the rest after a little bit. Was just curious how the CPUs would affect things

Thanks for all the input =]
#10DriveBy5173(Topic Creator)Posted 10/29/2013 11:29:57 AM
The games I (and my son) will be playing include Minecraft, TF2, Battlefield 4 (hopefully), Dishonored, and probably Hawken.