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hitbyambulance
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« on: May 05, 2013, 03:28:00 AM »

i'm looking into upgrading my machine to handle a larger, higher-resolution monitor - the one i'm using right now is a 17" Samsung SyncMaster 170MP from 2003. originally i thought i would just switch out the video card... then i thought that the processor might bottle-neck the graphics performance, so then i'd need a new one of those... but my motherboard is AM3 and has no update for AM3+.

questions are:

1) would my machine's performance be bottle-necked by a decent ATi video card? and if so,
2) is the best possible AM3 processor really going to make much of a difference over my current one? (if not, then swapping out motherboard and RAM and reinstalling OSes becomes necessary.... which i'd rather not do, at this point.)

system specs:
8GB (4x2GB) A-DATA Gaming Series 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 (running at 1333 speed)
AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AMD 770 AM3
Socket AM3 PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333) ATX Motherboard Retail
HIS Radeon HD 5770 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
1.5TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 HD
SilverStone ST50F 500W PSU
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2013, 12:13:50 AM »

I shall refer you to the Anandtech 'bench' department, whereupon you may plug in the closest possible comparison to your CPU, which I believe was a Phenom 2 X4 920, and compare performance to other cpu's that will fit the board.

The final answer is, it can make some difference, on some games. If it were me, I might go ahead with the decent gpu, and then do mobo/cpu/ram the cycle after that if the performance on your new gpu doesnt feel up to snuff. There's not a WHOLE lot of point long term to adding upgrades to a 'dead' socket/platform. (am3 vs am3+)


http://www.anandtech.com/bench/CPU/2

Atomic

PS: I've mentioned before, and perhaps it will help you in the future. I tend to do my upgrades once a year. I'll do gpu one year, and cpu/mobo/ram the next. Or storage, or what have you. Basically, 500$ a year or so (sometimes more, sometimes less, but 500 or so), and upgrades with a mind for whatever it is to last for at least two years. It actually works really well, although bleeding edge parts quite obviously don't fit in that budget.
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2013, 08:13:37 PM »

so it looks like upgrading the processor with the current socket wouldn't make much of a difference; good to know.

i didn't expect AM3 to be 'obsoleted' so quickly, tho...
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2013, 05:10:29 AM »

You might be interested in this article.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6934/choosing-a-gaming-cpu-single-multigpu-at-1440p

It's really focused on high resolution gaming, as opposed to something a little more sane. BUT.

The comparative info IS relevant when pondering cpu/gpu choices. Note the final page of the article, which contains notes and recommendations based on the NOW. Pretty sane ones just looking at it.

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