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  1. #1
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    Upgrade Question

    Hello,

    I would like to upgrade my current build. I use it for some gaming, and would like to see an increase in gaming performance. I'm not certain whether to upgrade ram, video card, or just save up for a new mobo/cpu.

    Abit IX38 QuadGT Mobo
    E8400 Core 2 Duo 3Ghz overclocked to 4Ghz
    4 GB OCZ Reaper PC2-8500 1066Mhz Memory (2x2GB)
    ATI Radeon 4870 512Mb Video Card

    I'm wondering whether to get 4GB of memory to make it 8 total, or whether to get another Radeon 4870 512Mb to run in crossfire, or whether the CPU is my real bottleneck. Any thoughts?

    Thanks in advance!

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    What games will you be playing?

    A more modern gpu will probably give you the most bang for your buck. But the C2D is really starting to show its age.
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    Battlefield 3

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    Well a newer generation gpu would help. Like a HD6950 or GTX570.

    BF3 is pretty cpu intensive though. You may want to look into a 1155 build though.
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    At this point, I'd save up to replace everything...
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