Question Should i upgrade my cpu or graphics card first?

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My pc is outdated, Nvidia Gt 710 card, and a fx-6300 cpu, if i was going towards fps, should i upgrade my cpu? which will give a better advantage.
 

4745454b

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Gpu. The 710 is weaker than onboard video cards. The fx 6300 isn't a good gaming cpu, but it's much better than the 710.

I'd look at your psu before upgrading your gpu. The 710 barely even pulls electricity. Real gaming cards will put a much larger load on your psu.
 
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kiss-method

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My pc is outdated, Nvidia Gt 710 card, and a fx-6300 cpu, if i was going towards fps, should i upgrade my cpu? which will give a better advantage.
What is your budget?
where do you live?
Which games specifically do you play?

If you're tight, you could go the ryzen 3200g way and use the APU, this will at least yield a system that will be able to play Games on reduced graphic settings and then down the road you can drop in an independent gpu.

Here is just an example of what could be an option. Could even make it slightly cheaper.


PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 3 3200G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor | $99.99 @ Best Buy
Motherboard | Gigabyte B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard | $72.99 @ Best Buy
Memory | G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory | $56.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply | SeaSonic S12III 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply | $54.99 @ Best Buy
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $284.96
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-08-06 23:45 EDT-0400 |
 

kiss-method

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i was thinking about a 1650 super with a Ryzen 5 3600, my psu is a 360w

Ryzen 3600 is a great choice for today's gaming, mainly because of its price to performance which makes it really budget friendly in most mid tier builds.

Replace your psu, regardless of your wattage rating. The last thing that you want is your old psu causing issues for you because of its age / wear. As well as looking that it was running fx6100+gt710 doesn't give big hope.

The gpu choice is rather weak. This is will average out medium graphics "today" depending on the game. If possible, aim for a 1660Super to have a gpu that can pull high graphic settings and will last you longer than that 1650.

Here is an example of what you'd be looking at (not sure if it want to replace the case, it's not on the list). I Put a B550 motherboard, but there are many B450 boards that are just as good which are slightly cheaper. Everything can be chosen slightly cheaper, but since you didn’t state a $ amount here’s a suggestion


PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor | $174.99 @ B&H
Motherboard | Gigabyte B550M AORUS PRO Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard | $129.00 @ Best Buy
Memory | Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory | $68.98 @ Amazon
Storage | Crucial MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive | $64.98 @ Amazon
Video Card | Asus GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB DUAL EVO OC Video Card | $239.99 @ Walmart
Power Supply | EVGA BQ 600 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply | $74.99 @ ModMyMods
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $752.93
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-08-07 09:44 EDT-0400 |


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After all of this being said, there is a new line of both ryzen cpu and nvidia GPUs coming out in the next couple of months. If you want to wait, you may have different/better/more options, may be worth the wait since it’s just around the corner. That can also give you a chance to save up a little more to get something good overall.



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4745454b

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Your psu missy likely isn't up for handling gaming cards then. While 400W doesn't tell us much about out, you usually need around 450W for the better cards.

Which doesn't matter if you are selling. Good luck with your sale and build.
 

RyzenNoob

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The GPU deals specifically with the graphics, so if you want better fps, its the GPU that should be upgraded. The CPU doesn't deal with graphics at all these days
 

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