My son wants to upgrade his computer with his x-mas money. It's a decent system already, but he would like to improve on the gaming performance. His current CPU is an Intel Core i3-3220, 8Gb of DDR3 RAM, and his GPU is a Radeon R9 380. My challenge is that I'm not sure what should be the priority here. I don't think he has enough $ to change the entire Mobo-CPU-RAM, but if that's the move that makes more sense, maybe I could help him out. Other than that, well it's between the CPU and GPU I presume.
I wonder if that i3-3220 is bottlecking the GPU. If it's the case, then maybe upgrading the CPU would be the first step. I realise for LGA1155 I will have to go used. I have checked a few options that seem to be good (these are in CAD):
- i7-3770 $180 (ebay)
i7-2600 $130 (ebay)
i5-3570 $90 (ebay)
i5-3470 $60 (local kijiji)
For GPU, I was thinking a GTX 1060. I know here it's basically: the more money you can spend, the better.
But still, between CPU and GPU, which one do you think should be upgraded first? And also, if you think the best thing to do first is change Mobo-CPU, and it can be Intel or AMD, then please do say so. Thanks.