Which Of These Parts Needs To Go?

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#1 Posted by sune_Gem (12463 posts) -

In correspondence with my recent thread about upgrading my friends old computer, I think it's about time I get a little upgrade for mine. Mine's a lot newer and a lot less needing of an upgrade, but I got some spare cash, so might as well.

System Model: MS-7599
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 Processor (4 CPUs), ~3.2GHz
Memory: 8GB DDR3 (4GB X2, two spare slots left)
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB

I'm only going to upgrade one part, so which one needs upgrading most do you think?

#2 Posted by Stinger78 (5826 posts) -
If your CPU socket supports it, you could go with a Phenom II x6 1100T - though I don't know how many programs would actually use those extra 2 cores. At the same time, you could overclock your x4 some, and upgrade to 16GB of RAM, as your video card should still be decent. The thing is, if everything runs smooth enough and with enough details for you, you could just wait to put enough money together and build a whole new one in several months to a year.
#3 Posted by sune_Gem (12463 posts) -

If your CPU socket supports it, you could go with a Phenom II x6 1100T - though I don't know how many programs would actually use those extra 2 cores. At the same time, you could overclock your x4 some, and upgrade to 16GB of RAM, as your video card should still be decent. The thing is, if everything runs smooth enough and with enough details for you, you could just wait to put enough money together and build a whole new one in several months to a year.Stinger78

I figured the CPU should be first to go.

Yeah everything does run pretty stellar, I just thought it'd be nice to go ultra on more games. Or atleast crank up the AA some.

#4 Posted by MonsieurX (31741 posts) -
I wouldn't botter upgrading the cpu to a X6
#5 Posted by adamosmaki (9842 posts) -
Well if you have the cash i would suggest moving to a newer platform. Lga 1155 with an i5 3570k and a decent z77 mobo ( though waiting for Haswell and why not even Amd's upcoming cpu's will probably be a better idea )
#6 Posted by Blistrax (1071 posts) -

Definitely graphics card. I was running a 965BE with a GTX 295, and the CPU never broke a sweat. Get a 7870 or better or a 660 or better. You will get quite a boost that way, and you can always bump the rest later.

#7 Posted by MonsieurX (31741 posts) -

Definitely graphics card. I was running a 965BE with a GTX 295, and the CPU never broke a sweat. Get a 7870 or better or a 660 or better. You will get quite a boost that way, and you can always bump the rest later.

Blistrax
Those 2 cards wouldn't be much of an upgrade over the 6950
#8 Posted by sune_Gem (12463 posts) -

[QUOTE="Blistrax"]

Definitely graphics card. I was running a 965BE with a GTX 295, and the CPU never broke a sweat. Get a 7870 or better or a 660 or better. You will get quite a boost that way, and you can always bump the rest later.

MonsieurX

Those 2 cards wouldn't be much of an upgrade over the 6950

What about getting another 6950. My PSU should be able to power up two quite happily.

#9 Posted by Wever1988 (10 posts) -
Keep your CPU, an 6 core CPU is not worth it. There's not much software that uses 6 cores, well maybe If you do 3D rendering and stuff. But games, 4 cores are more than enough. But to be completly honest, I would just save the money. But if your deadset on spending, a 2nd card could work. That said, considering you have an X4 955 which should be a black edition, you could try and overclock it a little if you feel comfortable doing that.
#10 Posted by ionusX (25716 posts) -

Keep your CPU, an 6 core CPU is not worth it. There's not much software that uses 6 cores, well maybe If you do 3D rendering and stuff. But games, 4 cores are more than enough. But to be completly honest, I would just save the money. But if your deadset on spending, a 2nd card could work. That said, considering you have an X4 955 which should be a black edition, you could try and overclock it a little if you feel comfortable doing that.Wever1988
mmhmm even jsut moving the multiplier up can see you to 3.5 - 3.7ghz

#12 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7642 posts) -

What about getting another 6950. My PSU should be able to power up two quite happily.

sune_Gem

Sell it.

Get a 7950 or 660ti or better.

#13 Posted by Blistrax (1071 posts) -

[QUOTE="Blistrax"]

Definitely graphics card. I was running a 965BE with a GTX 295, and the CPU never broke a sweat. Get a 7870 or better or a 660 or better. You will get quite a boost that way, and you can always bump the rest later.

MonsieurX

Those 2 cards wouldn't be much of an upgrade over the 6950

Yeah, but it would be quite noticeable. He should overclock the CPU, too. I normally don't recommend that, but it's made for it. A second card in Crossfire is better than my suggestion if his mobo can do it.

#14 Posted by tionmedon (468 posts) -

new unit............

#15 Posted by sune_Gem (12463 posts) -

Quite surprised to see everyone suggesting I dump the GPU. It was the most expensive part when I built the PC.

#16 Posted by kraken2109 (13241 posts) -

Quite surprised to see everyone suggesting I dump the GPU. It was the most expensive part when I built the PC.

sune_Gem
GPU tech moves much faster than CPUs. Most games are most reliant on GPU power.
#17 Posted by Wever1988 (10 posts) -

[QUOTE="Wever1988"]Keep your CPU, an 6 core CPU is not worth it. There's not much software that uses 6 cores, well maybe If you do 3D rendering and stuff. But games, 4 cores are more than enough. But to be completly honest, I would just save the money. But if your deadset on spending, a 2nd card could work. That said, considering you have an X4 955 which should be a black edition, you could try and overclock it a little if you feel comfortable doing that.ionusX

mmhmm even jsut moving the multiplier up can see you to 3.5 - 3.7ghz

Yup, Got a X6 1055T myself, not a black edition but I changed my CPU Bus Frequency from 200 to 250, currently running at 3.7ghz stable compared to the stock 2.8ghz. But like kraken2109 said, GPU´s moves faster than CPU´s, and I am not seeing your CPU to be a bottleneck for your system.