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Old 09-22-2011, 12:59 PM   #1
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Default CPU upgrade or GPU upgrade?

I'm planning on buying a customized gaming computer with an "AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition" CPU and an "ATI Radeon HD 6790 1GB" GPU.

However I have recently added another 40 on to my budget so one of them can be upgraded.

Should I upgrade the CPU to an "AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition " or should I upgrade the GPU to an "ATI Radeon HD 6870 1GB"?
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Old 09-22-2011, 05:30 PM   #2
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Default Re: CPU upgrade or GPU upgrade?

Go for a faster GPU. The CPU is fine as it stands now, and you'll not see any performance benefits by switching from a quad core to a Hex core (done it myself, I would still be fine on a quad for 90% of the things I do)
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Default Re: CPU upgrade or GPU upgrade?

Agreed. Since you are planning for a gaming, it is better to upgrade the GPU. The CPU will only be effective if the game will use all cores. I don't think any games are made to use hex cores yet.
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Indeed. I barely touch my 1100T X6 in the games I play, even the ones that are SMP-aware. The most they hit are 4 cores right now, so 6-8 threads is still a little overkill.
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