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#1 Posted by TheMeagon (11 posts) -

Hello, this thread is about asking "how good is my PC?" because I am pretty sure that there are a lot of people like myself who know nothing about PC. I just ask that dont post your PC specs with the previous hasn't had a reply, this is so we know who we are talking to.

So, how good is my pc?

CPU: Intel Celeron Dual Core G1830 (2.80 GHz, 2MB Cache)+ HD Graph

Motherboard: Gigabyte H81M-DS2V Micro-ATX, LG1150, USB3.0, SATA 6GBs

Memory (RAM): 4GB KINGSTON DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 4GB)

Graphics Card: 2GB AMD Radeon R7 250

This is a budget option

#2 Edited by mastershake575 (8364 posts) -

The GPU is weak (R9 250 is weaker than a 7750) and the cpu isn't god awful but I wouldn't recommended anything less than i5 or an FX 6100/6300.I

If your not super picky with settings and moneys tight, then a phenom X4 or FX-4300 is the absolute lowest I would ever go

If you can't pull off a better CPU with your budget then ditch the graphics card, get a better CPU, and just get a video card later.

#3 Edited by BSC14 (4145 posts) -

Not too up to date on hardware so I cant say but here is mine. :)

Videocard: Gigabyte 670 2gb

Processor: Intel i5-3570K

Mainboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LE LGA 1155

HDD: Samsung SSD 840

Memory: Corsair 8GB DDR3

Soundcard: Soundblaster Z

PSU: Corsair GS800

Monitor: Dell IPS 2560 x 1440

#4 Posted by PredatorRules (8868 posts) -

@themeagon said:

Hello, this thread is about asking "how good is my PC?" because I am pretty sure that there are a lot of people like myself who know nothing about PC. I just ask that dont post your PC specs with the previous hasn't had a reply, this is so we know who we are talking to.

So, how good is my pc?

CPU: Intel Celeron Dual Core G1830 (2.80 GHz, 2MB Cache)+ HD Graph

Motherboard: Gigabyte H81M-DS2V Micro-ATX, LG1150, USB3.0, SATA 6GBs

Memory (RAM): 4GB KINGSTON DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 4GB)

Graphics Card: 2GB AMD Radeon R7 250

This is a budget option

It's a sh^tty gaming rig, I can build you a fair one for over 500$, but that depends on your requirements on what games do you wish to run and on which graphic settings and the longlivity of those graphics to be in the future years.

#5 Posted by insane_metalist (6875 posts) -

@PredatorRules said:

@themeagon said:

Hello, this thread is about asking "how good is my PC?" because I am pretty sure that there are a lot of people like myself who know nothing about PC. I just ask that dont post your PC specs with the previous hasn't had a reply, this is so we know who we are talking to.

So, how good is my pc?

CPU: Intel Celeron Dual Core G1830 (2.80 GHz, 2MB Cache)+ HD Graph

Motherboard: Gigabyte H81M-DS2V Micro-ATX, LG1150, USB3.0, SATA 6GBs

Memory (RAM): 4GB KINGSTON DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 4GB)

Graphics Card: 2GB AMD Radeon R7 250

This is a budget option

It's a sh^tty gaming rig, I can build you a fair one for over 500$, but that depends on your requirements on what games do you wish to run and on which graphic settings and the longlivity of those graphics to be in the future years.

That CPU & GPU are both busted! Your "PC" is doomed... save up at least like, $600 and build yourself a new one, it's easy.

#6 Posted by kraken2109 (13236 posts) -

@BSC14 said:

Not too up to date on hardware so I cant say but here is mine. :)

Videocard: Gigabyte 670 2gb

Processor: Intel i5-3570K

Mainboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LE LGA 1155

HDD: Samsung SSD 840

Memory: Corsair 8GB DDR3

Soundcard: Soundblaster Z

PSU: Corsair GS800

Monitor: Dell IPS 2560 x 1440

I don't think you need us to tell you.

#7 Edited by TheMeagon (11 posts) -

@PredatorRules: cool, i just want something that can run crysis 3 at like 60fps or something like that.

#8 Edited by mastershake575 (8364 posts) -

@themeagon said:

cool, i just want something that can run crysis 3 at like 60fps or something like that.

Then you need to list budget, country, and if you want pre-built or build it yourself.

#9 Posted by PredatorRules (8868 posts) -

@themeagon said:

@PredatorRules: cool, i just want something that can run crysis 3 at like 60fps or something like that.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/33B1W you can go with FX8320 if you have the spare money

#10 Posted by Sweetbackhair (1926 posts) -

MOBO: Gigabyte Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2133 LGA 1155 Motherboards GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3

Processor: Intel Core i5-3570k Processor 3.4 GHz

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8 GB DDR3 1600 MHz

Graphics: XFX AMD Radeon HD 6870

Hard Drive: 250 GB HDD and 1 TB HDD

Sound Card: Asus Xonar DG Headphone Amp 5.1 & PCI 5.1 Audio Card

#11 Posted by TheMeagon (11 posts) -

@mastershake575: my budget is £600, and im getting pc specialist to build it for me.

#13 Posted by PredatorRules (8868 posts) -

@themeagon said:

@mastershake575: my budget is £600, and im getting pc specialist to build it for me.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/33Svs how's that?

#14 Edited by TheMeagon (11 posts) -

@PredatorRules: Cool thanks

#15 Edited by Postmortem123 (7718 posts) -

@PredatorRules said:

@themeagon said:

@mastershake575: my budget is £600, and im getting pc specialist to build it for me.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/33Svs how's that?

Looks good but switch the 760 out for a 280X.

#16 Edited by RevanBITW (691 posts) -

Case: HAF 922

CPU: i5 3570k at 4.5 Ghz

HSF: Hyper 212 evo

GPU: EVGA GTX 770 SC w/ACX

Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 Gaming

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600Mhz

PSU: Corsair HX750w

HDD: 1TB (WD Blue) and a 500GB(Toshiba from previous rig)

Drive: LG 24X DVD Burner

#17 Edited by PcGamingRig (7151 posts) -

Coolermaster HAF X Full Tower

LG IPS225 1920x1080 Monitor

i7 3770k 4.2Ghz

16GB DDR3 1600 Mhz

AMD 6950 2GB Crossfire

I need to upgrade my HDD, can't even name it. It's that old. it is 580GB though. How much speed does a new hard drive add to loading times?

#18 Edited by Ballroompirate (23743 posts) -

GPU: GTX 550 Ti

CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 255 Processor 3.10 GHz

Memory: 4 GB

HDD: 1 TB

I really need to upgrade my PC, it seems like it's aging pretty fast, but I've had it since 2009 (everything except the 550).

#19 Posted by PredatorRules (8868 posts) -

@Postmortem123 said:

@PredatorRules said:

@themeagon said:

@mastershake575: my budget is £600, and im getting pc specialist to build it for me.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/33Svs how's that?

Looks good but switch the 760 out for a 280X.

I do agree the prices are alsmot the same, the 280X OC gets to 770 stock performances and the 760 superclocked which I've listed does the same so, it doesn't really matter.

#20 Posted by _SKatEDiRt_ (2628 posts) -

@themeagon said:

Hello, this thread is about asking "how good is my PC?" because I am pretty sure that there are a lot of people like myself who know nothing about PC. I just ask that dont post your PC specs with the previous hasn't had a reply, this is so we know who we are talking to.

So, how good is my pc?

CPU: Intel Celeron Dual Core G1830 (2.80 GHz, 2MB Cache)+ HD Graph

Motherboard: Gigabyte H81M-DS2V Micro-ATX, LG1150, USB3.0, SATA 6GBs

Memory (RAM): 4GB KINGSTON DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 4GB)

Graphics Card: 2GB AMD Radeon R7 250

This is a budget option

Yeah this will run crysis 3 maxed out full AA. everything! lol JK

#21 Posted by TheMeagon (11 posts) -

@PcGamingRig: dont quote me on this, but i believe that a hard drive doesn't have any effect on the perfomance, its all about the RAM in terms of memory.

#22 Posted by PredatorRules (8868 posts) -

@PcGamingRig said:

I need to upgrade my HDD, can't even name it. It's that old. it is 580GB though. How much speed does a new hard drive add to loading times?

120Gb EVO SSD.

#23 Edited by Postmortem123 (7718 posts) -

@PredatorRules said:

@Postmortem123 said:

@PredatorRules said:

@themeagon said:

@mastershake575: my budget is £600, and im getting pc specialist to build it for me.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/33Svs how's that?

Looks good but switch the 760 out for a 280X.

I do agree the prices are alsmot the same, the 280X OC gets to 770 stock performances and the 760 superclocked which I've listed does the same so, it doesn't really matter.

280X and 770 are almost identical performance, 760 is a tier below. It makes no sense to pay the same for less.

280X is over 20% faster in BF3

It's also 25% faster in Crysis 3, and almost 30% faster in Metro.

#24 Posted by CWEBB04z (4644 posts) -

@PcGamingRig said:

Coolermaster HAF X Full Tower

LG IPS225 1920x1080 Monitor

i7 3770k 4.2Ghz

16GB DDR3 1600 Mhz

AMD 6950 2GB Crossfire

I need to upgrade my HDD, can't even name it. It's that old. it is 580GB though. How much speed does a new hard drive add to loading times?

An SSD will boot up your OS much quicker than a HDD

#25 Posted by PredatorRules (8868 posts) -

@Postmortem123 said:

@PredatorRules said:

@Postmortem123 said:

@PredatorRules said:

@themeagon said:

@mastershake575: my budget is £600, and im getting pc specialist to build it for me.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/33Svs how's that?

Looks good but switch the 760 out for a 280X.

I do agree the prices are alsmot the same, the 280X OC gets to 770 stock performances and the 760 superclocked which I've listed does the same so, it doesn't really matter.

280X and 770 are almost identical performance, 760 is a tier below. It makes no sense to pay the same for less.

280X is over 20% faster in BF3

It's also 25% faster in Crysis 3, and almost 30% faster in Metro.

Again, that's not the case when you OC a 760.

#26 Edited by Grey_Eyed_Elf (4110 posts) -

I has...

  • i5 4670K 4.2GB's
  • 2x 4GB Corsair Vengence DDR3 1600w
  • GTX 780 Ti 1.1Kbps
  • 250MB SSD + 500TB HDD

Can does my PC run away from them new games?...

#27 Posted by PredatorRules (8868 posts) -

@Grey_Eyed_Elf said:

I has...

  • i5 4670K 4.2GB's
  • 2x 4GB Corsair Vengence DDR3 1600w
  • GTX 780 Ti 1.1Kbps
  • 250MB SSD + 500TB HDD

Can does my PC run away from them new games?...

Only if you add another one in SLI, but seriously you're pretty much ready to game on 4k display on 30fps max graphics, add another one and it's a 60fps.

#28 Edited by stizzal13 (609 posts) -

Here is my beast:

Case: Cool Master HAF 922

CPU: i7-3770 3.40GHz

HS: Zalman 92mm

GPU: Gigabyte 6870 1GB GDDR5 (still going strong!)

Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB 1600Mhz (Previously had 4GB, upgraded for gaming and adobe creative suite tasks)

PSU: Corsair TX750w

HDD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda

I have considered upgrading my GPU, but the old 6870 is still tearing through my games at max. However, I am playing older games due to my backlog.

#29 Posted by NFJSupreme (5405 posts) -

@themeagon said:

@PcGamingRig: dont quote me on this, but i believe that a hard drive doesn't have any effect on the perfomance, its all about the RAM in terms of memory.

Only thing I would think of would be load times which really aren't that big an issue on PC to begin with.

#30 Edited by MlauTheDaft (4521 posts) -

@stizzal13:

Not much to say, that you did'nt cover yourself. Your PSU looks to be below bronze rating, so you could get something more power efficient and you touched upon the GPU yourself.

CPU: I7-4771, 3.5 GHz.

Cooler: CM Hyper 212 Evo.

GPU: MSI Geforce GTX770 4GB.

Mobo: MSI Z87 G45 Gaming.

RAM: Crucial DDR3 BallistiX Tactical 16GB.

HDD: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB/Seagate Barracude 2TB.

PSU: Corsair RM750.

Case: Fractal Define R4.

#31 Edited by insane_metalist (6875 posts) -

@PredatorRules said:

@Postmortem123 said:

@PredatorRules said:

@Postmortem123 said:

@PredatorRules said:

@themeagon said:

@mastershake575: my budget is £600, and im getting pc specialist to build it for me.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/33Svs how's that?

Looks good but switch the 760 out for a 280X.

I do agree the prices are alsmot the same, the 280X OC gets to 770 stock performances and the 760 superclocked which I've listed does the same so, it doesn't really matter.

280X and 770 are almost identical performance, 760 is a tier below. It makes no sense to pay the same for less.

280X is over 20% faster in BF3

It's also 25% faster in Crysis 3, and almost 30% faster in Metro.

Again, that's not the case when you OC a 760.

My 760s are OC'd @ 7200mhz memory @ stock voltage :)

#32 Edited by Postmortem123 (7718 posts) -

@PredatorRules said:

@Postmortem123 said:

@PredatorRules said:

@Postmortem123 said:

@PredatorRules said:

@themeagon said:

@mastershake575: my budget is £600, and im getting pc specialist to build it for me.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/33Svs how's that?

Looks good but switch the 760 out for a 280X.

I do agree the prices are alsmot the same, the 280X OC gets to 770 stock performances and the 760 superclocked which I've listed does the same so, it doesn't really matter.

280X and 770 are almost identical performance, 760 is a tier below. It makes no sense to pay the same for less.

280X is over 20% faster in BF3

It's also 25% faster in Crysis 3, and almost 30% faster in Metro.

Again, that's not the case when you OC a 760.

Yeah because only the 760 can be overclocked, right.

Next you'll be telling me the mighty 760 is faster than a 780.

#33 Edited by PredatorRules (8868 posts) -

@Postmortem123 said:

@PredatorRules said:

@Postmortem123 said:

@PredatorRules said:

@Postmortem123 said:

@PredatorRules said:

@themeagon said:

@mastershake575: my budget is £600, and im getting pc specialist to build it for me.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/33Svs how's that?

Looks good but switch the 760 out for a 280X.

I do agree the prices are alsmot the same, the 280X OC gets to 770 stock performances and the 760 superclocked which I've listed does the same so, it doesn't really matter.

280X and 770 are almost identical performance, 760 is a tier below. It makes no sense to pay the same for less.

280X is over 20% faster in BF3

It's also 25% faster in Crysis 3, and almost 30% faster in Metro.

Again, that's not the case when you OC a 760.

Yeah because only the 760 can be overclocked, right.

AMD GPUs got little to OC, except for 290.

#34 Edited by Postmortem123 (7718 posts) -

@PredatorRules said:

AMD GPUs got little to OC, except for 290.

Wut? You can OC a 280/7970 by 20%. My old 7970 OC'd 30%.

#35 Posted by JoshDOTPlay (8 posts) -

CPU- FX-8350

CPU Cooler - CoolerMaster Seidon 120M

GPU - Sapphire R9 290 Ref (Watercool soon...I hope)

Mobo - Asus Sabertooth 990fx R2.0

RAM - 16Gb Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz

PSU - XFX Pro series 750W

Storage - 2x 250Gb Samsung 840 Evos

- 2x WD Caviar Blue 1Tb

Case - NZXT Phantom 530

#36 Posted by Gogoplexiorayo2 (171 posts) -

well i told the specs of my pc 12 days ago but i can tell them again.

CPU: Core i5 4670 3,4 ghz

GPU: EVGA Gtx 780 Ti Superclocked ACX Cooler

RAM: 16 GB Crucial Ram 1600 mhz

SSD: 1 TB Samsung SSD EVO

MOBO: MSI Z87-GD65

PSU: Corsair 750 Watt 80 Plus Gold

CASE: Corsair Obsidian 550D (It looks amazing)

OS: Windows 8.1 64 bit

MONITOR: Samsung S27C350 1080p 5MS PLS Monitor

#37 Posted by Sleepyz (3788 posts) -

Anyone have older than me?

Intel core 2 duo e6600

p5n-e sli nforce, evga 8800gts 640mb, corsair xms2 2gb ddr 2-800mhz, maxtor 500gb sata 2

On Windows vista 32bit.

Had the computer almost 7years and was top of the line back then since then added 2gigs ram (Only uses about 3.7gigs) And new videocard since old one died, now have Evga gtx 650 TI.

Still run games at max or near max only flaws is games that ask for 4gigs minimum and never formatted hd so takes me a good 4-5 mins to bootup.

#38 Edited by Innovazero2000 (3144 posts) -

CPU: AMD FX-8320 @ 3.8ghz/4Ghz Turbo (Hyper 212 Evo Cooler)

Motherboard: Asus M5A97 2.0 LE

Memory: 8GB Corsair XMS3 1600mhz

Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon 7870 Ghz @ 1100mhz

PSU: 600w OCZ ModXStream Pro

OS: Windows 7 Pro

Monitor: 22" Dell S2240M IPS

I usually keep it @ 1080p and typically don't have any issues with higher settings on games.

#39 Posted by Innovazero2000 (3144 posts) -

@stizzal13 said:

Here is my beast:

Case: Cool Master HAF 922

CPU: i7-3770 3.40GHz

HS: Zalman 92mm

GPU: Gigabyte 6870 1GB GDDR5 (still going strong!)

Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB 1600Mhz (Previously had 4GB, upgraded for gaming and adobe creative suite tasks)

PSU: Corsair TX750w

HDD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda

I have considered upgrading my GPU, but the old 6870 is still tearing through my games at max. However, I am playing older games due to my backlog.

Yeah the 6870 heck of a card, regardless and otherwise you have a solid machine! How much of that memory does Adobe take up at any one time?

#40 Edited by stizzal13 (609 posts) -

@Innovazero2000 said:

@stizzal13 said:

Here is my beast:

Case: Cool Master HAF 922

CPU: i7-3770 3.40GHz

HS: Zalman 92mm

GPU: Gigabyte 6870 1GB GDDR5 (still going strong!)

Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB 1600Mhz (Previously had 4GB, upgraded for gaming and adobe creative suite tasks)

PSU: Corsair TX750w

HDD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda

I have considered upgrading my GPU, but the old 6870 is still tearing through my games at max. However, I am playing older games due to my backlog.

Yeah the 6870 heck of a card, regardless and otherwise you have a solid machine! How much of that memory does Adobe take up at any one time?

Once I was working across dreamweaver, illustrator, idesign, photoshop with a video and a web browser running in the background, and I think I had peak usage of like 5.64 GB or something like that. As far as gaming is concerned, I am not sure what my peak usage has been. I know when I was playing Skyrim with a bunch of graphics mods (and I mean a lot), it surely went over 6 GB in peak usage. Other than that, I would imagine 8 GB maybe 12 GB would be more than enough. I strongly overestimated what future games will require and the needs of Adobe products (at least for my purposes).

#41 Posted by Horgen (111182 posts) -

@Postmortem123 said:

@PredatorRules said:

AMD GPUs got little to OC, except for 290.

Wut? You can OC a 280/7970 by 20%. My old 7970 OC'd 30%.

Blazn managed to OC his old 7970 quite a lot as well. I think they go far as long as you have decent cooler on it.

#42 Posted by PredatorRules (8868 posts) -

@horgen123 said:

@Postmortem123 said:

@PredatorRules said:

AMD GPUs got little to OC, except for 290.

Wut? You can OC a 280/7970 by 20%. My old 7970 OC'd 30%.

Blazn managed to OC his old 7970 quite a lot as well. I think they go far as long as you have decent cooler on it.

Well you're probably right if the price is the same then it's the 280X, but I saw few reviews and the SC 760 gets pretty close to 7970 performance.

#43 Edited by Jimmy_Russell (980 posts) -

My video cards (GTX 680) are kind of old now, but I have 4 of them. Should I upgrade?

#44 Edited by insane_metalist (6875 posts) -

@jimmy_russell said:

My video cards (GTX 680) are kind of old now, but I have 4 of them. Should I upgrade?

Why would you need an upgrade if you have quad SLI. You'll be straight for a while still!

#45 Posted by insane_metalist (6875 posts) -

@PredatorRules said:

@horgen123 said:

@Postmortem123 said:

@PredatorRules said:

AMD GPUs got little to OC, except for 290.

Wut? You can OC a 280/7970 by 20%. My old 7970 OC'd 30%.

Blazn managed to OC his old 7970 quite a lot as well. I think they go far as long as you have decent cooler on it.

Well you're probably right if the price is the same then it's the 280X, but I saw few reviews and the SC 760 gets pretty close to 7970 performance.

04dcarraher has his 760 OC'd to 770 standards, I believe.
I think, he's @ 1.3GHz and around 7000-7200mhz mem.

#46 Posted by PredatorRules (8868 posts) -

@insane_metalist said:

@PredatorRules said:

@horgen123 said:

@Postmortem123 said:

@PredatorRules said:

AMD GPUs got little to OC, except for 290.

Wut? You can OC a 280/7970 by 20%. My old 7970 OC'd 30%.

Blazn managed to OC his old 7970 quite a lot as well. I think they go far as long as you have decent cooler on it.

Well you're probably right if the price is the same then it's the 280X, but I saw few reviews and the SC 760 gets pretty close to 7970 performance.

04dcarraher has his 760 OC'd to 770 standards, I believe.

I think, he's @ 1.3GHz and around 7000-7200mhz mem.

I meant to say pretty close to 7970 OC performance.

Which is as same as 280X

#47 Posted by Horgen (111182 posts) -

@PredatorRules said:

I meant to say pretty close to 7970 OC performance.

Which is as same as 280X

Must be awful OC of the 7970/280X it has been tested against. Or not playing at higher than 1080P...

#48 Posted by whitey_rolls (2503 posts) -

Motherboard - Asrock P67 Extreme 4

CPU - Intel Core I7 2600K @ 4.3 ghz

Memory - 12 GHZ GSkill DDR3 @ 1866mhz

HDD - 256 gb Samsung 840 Pro

Cooler - Corsair H70

PSU - Corsair TX650

Grand Finale ... GPU - AMD HD 5870

Any tips on an upgrade lol...

#49 Posted by kitty (115013 posts) -

@whitey_rolls said:

Motherboard - Asrock P67 Extreme 4

CPU - Intel Core I7 2600K @ 4.3 ghz

Memory - 12 GHZ GSkill DDR3 @ 1866mhz

HDD - 256 gb Samsung 840 Pro

Cooler - Corsair H70

PSU - Corsair TX650

Grand Finale ... GPU - AMD HD 5870

Any tips on an upgrade lol...

The only thing I see, is the gpu :P But if it's still running things pretty well for you, then you could wait. But I'd be looking at 280x, gtx 760, gtx 770. Everything else in the build looks nice.

#50 Posted by commander (8630 posts) -
@themeagon said:

Hello, this thread is about asking "how good is my PC?" because I am pretty sure that there are a lot of people like myself who know nothing about PC. I just ask that dont post your PC specs with the previous hasn't had a reply, this is so we know who we are talking to.

So, how good is my pc?

CPU: Intel Celeron Dual Core G1830 (2.80 GHz, 2MB Cache)+ HD Graph

Motherboard: Gigabyte H81M-DS2V Micro-ATX, LG1150, USB3.0, SATA 6GBs

Memory (RAM): 4GB KINGSTON DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 4GB)

Graphics Card: 2GB AMD Radeon R7 250

This is a budget option

pc is not as bad as everyone says, allthough you could do better in the cpu departement, games that use four cores can be a drag on this system. But not all games use four cores that extensively, battlefield does for instance.

The videocard performs the same as a 7750.

As you bought a budget system i would have said, better went for an amd cpu, they give you a better bang for your buck at lower price ranges.

The upside is that you can upgrade your cpu (or the gpu for that matter) but the most important part will be the cpu. Save some money and put a nice quad core in there. Cheapest one is around 180$ i think.