warhammer3025

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I'm looking to upgrade some bits of my computer, and I would like to investigate which bit it should be. I'm slightly concerned that a newer graphics card would be held back by the other parts of my system, but am not sure how much that would matter.

I currently run an Intel Core2 Duo E7200 on an MSI P45-C51 motherboard (with 8GB of DDR3 RAM), and an ATI 4870HD video card.

Should I look at upgrading the motherboard and processor? Or should I just go ahead with a newer graphics card?
 

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I would wait to upgrade your processor and mobo. With Bulldozer right around the corner and ivy bridge in q1 2012 there is going to be a whole lot of new hardware hitting the market. I personally would upgrade the gpu and try to hold off on the cpu and mobo for a few more months.
 
Your cpu at it's current clock speed would not do a decent video card justice. If you can overclock the crap out of it, I say get a new video card and then upgrade your platform when you have the money or decide what you want.

If your running a low resolution, there's more load on the cpu. If your running higher resolution then there is less load on the cpu.
 

warhammer3025

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My monitor runs at 1650 x 1080.

I don't have the money for a total system rebuild. If I did, I would simply do that.

I've never overclocked anything before. I've never been comfortable with the possibility of blowing out a part that I can't afford to replace. Aside from that, the room the computer is in already gets incredibly hot (80-90+ degrees Fahrenheit on an average summer day) and I don't have any better cooling options than the stock CPU fan.