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Upgrade my CPU or GPU now?

Exiled Nephilim
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Hey guys, so a while ago I was at work and there was this old dell optiplex 790 COVERED IN OIL AND GREASE (I work at a diesel shop), anyway long story short I got it working and found out it's got a i3 2120 in it. I'm pretty hyped with it because believe it or not, it's the fastest PC I've ever had. I wanted to game on it so I upgraded the RAM to 10 GB and upgraded the GPU to a gt 1030 and the psu to a evga 500W. Fps is pretty decent so far, but I'd like a smoother experience. What should I upgrade? My budget is really low, and I can't buy from anywhere except amazon...

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2 hours ago, Slottr said:

nice

sorry lol, I was typing my post and somehow hit submit. 

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3 minutes ago, Exiled Nephilim said:

sorry lol, I was typing my post and somehow hit submit. 

lol np, I updated my reply

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CPU: R5 3600 || GPU: RTX 3070|| Memory: 32GB @ 3200 || Cooler: Scythe Big Shuriken || PSU: 650W EVGA GM || Case: NR200P

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CPU should be good, getting an i5 3570 or 2500 would be good

I WILL find your ITX build thread, and I WILL recommend the SIlverstone Sugo SG13B

 

Primary PC:

i7 8086k (won) - EVGA Z370 Classified K - G.Skill Trident Z RGB - WD SN750 - Jedi Order Titan Xp - Hyper 212 Black (with RGB Riing flair) - EVGA G3 650W - dual booting Windows 10 and Linux - Black and green theme, Razer brainwashed me.

Draws 400 watts under max load, for reference.

 

Linux Proliant ML150 G6:

Dual Xeon X5560 - 24GB ECC DDR3 - GTX 750 TI - old Seagate 1.5TB HDD - dark mode Ubuntu (and Win7, cuz why not)

 

How many watts do I need? Seasonic Focus thread, PSU misconceptions, protections explainedgroup reg is bad

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2 hours ago, fasauceome said:

CPU should be good, getting an i5 3570 or 2500 would be good

alright thank you, I'll look into it.

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It's pretty balanced imo, maybe you just need an SSD to improve the responsiveness..

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Just now, Exiled Nephilim said:

alright thank you, I'll look into it.

you can verify in task manager. If CPU usage is at 100% then that means it's probably holding your graphics card back.

I WILL find your ITX build thread, and I WILL recommend the SIlverstone Sugo SG13B

 

Primary PC:

i7 8086k (won) - EVGA Z370 Classified K - G.Skill Trident Z RGB - WD SN750 - Jedi Order Titan Xp - Hyper 212 Black (with RGB Riing flair) - EVGA G3 650W - dual booting Windows 10 and Linux - Black and green theme, Razer brainwashed me.

Draws 400 watts under max load, for reference.

 

Linux Proliant ML150 G6:

Dual Xeon X5560 - 24GB ECC DDR3 - GTX 750 TI - old Seagate 1.5TB HDD - dark mode Ubuntu (and Win7, cuz why not)

 

How many watts do I need? Seasonic Focus thread, PSU misconceptions, protections explainedgroup reg is bad

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6 hours ago, Exiled Nephilim said:

Hey guys, so a while ago I was at work and there was this old dell optiplex 790 COVERED IN OIL AND GREASE (I work at a diesel shop), anyway long story short I got it working and found out it's got a i3 2120 in it. I'm pretty hyped with it because believe it or not, it's the fastest PC I've ever had. I wanted to game on it so I upgraded the RAM to 10 GB and upgraded the GPU to a gt 1030 and the psu to a evga 500W. Fps is pretty decent so far, but I'd like a smoother experience. What should I upgrade? My budget is really low, and I can't buy from anywhere except amazon...

An SSD would be nice.  If you can get a user 3rd or 2nd gen i5 or i7 for cheap would also help. Depending on the games you play. IMHO, the i3 you have is good mainly for eSports titles. Maybe even some older AAA games I guess.

CPU: Sempron 2500+ / P4 2.8E / P4 2.6C / A64 x2 4000+ / E6420 / E8500 / i5-3470 / i7-3770
GPU: TNT2 M64 / Radeon 9000 / MX 440-SE / 7300GT / Radeon 4670 / GTS 250 / Radeon 7950 / 660 Ti

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