TurtlePerson2 wrote:...I would upgrade the GPU first.
Hallucin8 wrote: I'd go with the best card you can get at the time and follow that with motherboard/cpu/memory/psu. Good luck!
JdL wrote:TurtlePerson2 wrote:...I would upgrade the GPU first.
In my experience, the opposite will have a better effect. BF3 is heavily CPU-bound up until you reach 4 cores, after that it scales nicely with GPU boosts.
He has enough budget to do both at the same time - a quad core Athlon X4 + a Radeon 6870 for around $250 total.
TurtlePerson2 wrote: ...there's not much chance that he can do a total system upgrade for $250. Keep in mind that he's probably on an AM2 motherboard, so he'll need a new mobo, new RAM, and then the new CPU. .
derFunkenstein wrote:yeah, the 6790 is way faster than what he has, but IMO it's not worth saving the few bucks to get it. BTW welcome to the TR forum.