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What component should I upgrade in order to get the best performance?

#1__Cam__Posted 11/6/2013 6:41:40 AM
CPU: Intel i5 2500 (3.3GHz, Sandy Bridge)
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti (2GB, Stock brand)
RAM: 8GB DDR3.

I've been told my CPU's a bit old...
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#2Ch3wyPosted 11/6/2013 6:44:13 AM
GPU will give you the biggest performance boost in the vast majority of games.
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#3_GRIM_FANDANGO_Posted 11/6/2013 7:04:12 AM(edited)
I think that CPU is still fine. It will still easily run everything you throw at it. Upgrading the CPU every one or two years is really not necessary and your system is still pretty good overall. In a lot of games, an upgrade from that CPU to say, an i5 4670 will hardly lead to a performance increase if you keep the same GPU.

If you are looking for quick improvement in gaming performance then a GPU upgrade would make more sense. However, the GPU you have is still easily good enough for pretty much any game on the market right now.
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#4BowsaaPosted 11/6/2013 7:22:25 AM
You don't really need to upgrade anything. That should last a bit longer.
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#5PhilOnDezPosted 11/6/2013 7:57:36 AM
The 3570k and 4670k have been slight upgrades on per-clock performance but the 2500k overclocks extremely well. Do you just have a standard 2500? If not, grab a good cooler and push it if you're worried about your CPU performance. I think you can overclock the regular 2500 a bit by adjusting turbo frequencies or something but I've never looked in to it. I'd still grab a cooler before attempting that however.

The GPU I wouldn't worry about upgrading yet unless you're wanting to move past 1080.
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#6MasterDonGeroPosted 11/6/2013 8:14:29 AM
Depends on your budget.
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#7unknown2226Posted 11/6/2013 9:36:54 AM(edited)
Get a CPU air cooler (~$30) and overclock that CPU. Then get a new GPU.
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#8JonWood007Posted 11/6/2013 9:45:47 AM
Probably GPU. CPU tech hasn't advanced much since then.
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#9ThePCElitistPosted 11/6/2013 10:02:55 AM
If your 2500 is a K model then OC it to 4.4 ghz - 4.5 ghz and you're set.
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