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User Info: chia

4 years ago#1
My CPU right now is an i5 2320 @ 3.0 Ghz w/ 4 cpus

My GPU is a Gefore GTX 660 ti w/ 4GB memory

I probably won't get a new GPU for a while, since anything worth upgrading to from my current GPU is gonna cost a bit, so in the mean time, would it be smart to upgrade the CPU to something like i7 with a bit more of a kick?

I ask this all the context that i have virtually no clue what the hell i'm talking about, so any advice I can get would be super helpful. Thanks!


4 years ago#2
No , I would stick with that CPU. It has a lower stock speed than the i5 2500 but is otherwise comparable and can still hold its own (.3 Ghz less, and slower, but not by much). It matches that GPU well in terms of performance, and the gains from upgrading are very limited for gaming.

If you are looking for a direct increase in performance, you are still better off upgrading the GPU. Imo, enjoy what you have, these are still great components, and upgrade when there are larger gains to be had for a decent price.
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User Info: Master_Bass

4 years ago#3
Yeah, you have decent components so I would wait until they don't cut it for you. Also, I'd recommend replacing the GPU first as well.
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User Info: chia

4 years ago#4
Thanks dudes, I'll keep that in mind.

User Info: Kokuei05

4 years ago#5
Only upgrade if you feel that you're not getting the performance you'd like to be getting. Don't just upgrade because the PC is old.

User Info: Dragnfyr

4 years ago#6
There's no need to upgrade either component yet. If you really want an upgrade you should get a SSD if you don't already have one. If you already have an SSD I would say you should focus on getting better peripherals (eg. better mouse, mechanical keyboard, better monitor, etc)
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User Info: juscallmeehx

4 years ago#7
Have to agree with everyone. You do not need to upgrade yet.
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