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Should I upgrade my CPU or GPU first?

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What resolution do you play on?

Though, 4K: Definitely the GPU.

1440P: The GPU.

1080P: Still the GPU but depending on games.

If you mostly play: Triple A games, story-based games, singleplayer games: GPU upgrade first.

If you mostly play: Competitive games like CS:GO, rocket league, Valorant: CPU first.

If you also use: Tools and softwares like Adobe Photoshop, FL Studio, Ableton etc: CPU first but no big deal.

If you also use: Heavy graphical rendering tools, video editing and stuff: GPU first.

Also, I'd recommend Ryzen 5 2600 up to RTX 2060-2070 or RX 5700 XT聽聽or any GPU around that.

If youre upgrading to a higher end GPU: Game at 4k, 1440p and always max out the settings to load most on GPU. Survive enough to get a decent CPU as well.

If youre upgrading to a lower end GPU: Not recommended at all. Get a higher end GPU adding the money you were going to upgrade the cpu too, and start saving money etc?聽

When I'm upgrading, most important is always the GPU. I get the hugest FPS gain from the GPU in the games I play, but CPU matters a lot too, in games like CS:GO, rocket league.聽

Depends. What CPU or GPU are you wanting to upgrade to, and what are you (or what do you plan on) using the PC for?

I'd lean towards GPU though. A Ryzen 5 2600 should still be plenty powerful for gaming.

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GPU first unless you play esports games and frame rate matters more than how good it looks.

CPU:i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software)--> 1.47V at the back of the socketMotherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz)CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15RAM:聽Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000)聽GPU:聽Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream聽vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps))聽SSD:Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GBPSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold聽Case:聽Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1聽exhaust聽Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panelKeyboard:Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps聽Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

Model: HP Omen 17聽17-an110ca聽CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA聽undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM:聽8+8GB DDR4-2400聽18-17-17-39聽2T聽Storage:聽1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD聽+ 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172),聽128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2聽SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externallyMonitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

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What resolution do you play on?

Though, 4K: Definitely the GPU.

1440P: The GPU.

1080P: Still the GPU but depending on games.

If you mostly play: Triple A games, story-based games, singleplayer games: GPU upgrade first.

If you mostly play: Competitive games like CS:GO, rocket league, Valorant: CPU first.

If you also use: Tools and softwares like Adobe Photoshop, FL Studio, Ableton etc: CPU first but no big deal.

If you also use: Heavy graphical rendering tools, video editing and stuff: GPU first.

Also, I'd recommend Ryzen 5 2600 up to RTX 2060-2070 or RX 5700 XT聽聽or any GPU around that.

If youre upgrading to a higher end GPU: Game at 4k, 1440p and always max out the settings to load most on GPU. Survive enough to get a decent CPU as well.

If youre upgrading to a lower end GPU: Not recommended at all. Get a higher end GPU adding the money you were going to upgrade the cpu too, and start saving money etc?聽

When I'm upgrading, most important is always the GPU. I get the hugest FPS gain from the GPU in the games I play, but CPU matters a lot too, in games like CS:GO, rocket league.聽

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