Would a GFX card or new Processor be more beneficial?


Dec 17, 2012
Hey everyone

I would just like to say this is my first post on these forums, and this seems like a great community. Anywho, with the christmas season coming up and some sales, I figure its time I upgrade my very, very old computer. Here's what I'm running now:

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 5200+ OCed to 2.9GHz on Stock cooling -
Motherboard: ABIT AN8-32x -
RAM: 4gb Corsair 444mhz DDR RAM -
GFX Card: EVGA 768-P2-N831-AR GeForce 8800 GTX - Firmware flashed to work like a Nvidia Quadro 5000 (or 5600, cant remember which)
HDD: WD 500gb 7200 RPM HDD

Anyway with the holiday season and sales, I was going to start doing an incremental upgrade as I received the funds to upgrade. My big question is where to begin, with my system, would I benefit more from upgrading my GFX or my processor/mobo/RAM, I would be upgrading to either of these two things:

GeForce 660 Ti - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130809


Phenom II x4 965 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727
Some 990FX AM3+ Motherboard
Gskill 8gb 1600mhz RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

The reason I chose these parts is for price/performance ratio - I'm a pretty casual gamer who mainly plays EVE online, but occasionally likes to play Borderlands 2 and hopefully after this upgrade Battlefield 3. The reason I chose the Phenom II is because I plan on upgrading to an excavator core when they come out in 2014, which according to AMD they are staying on the AM3+ socket during that time. Graphics are not of top priority to me, but I prefer longevity of components that are within my budget.

I would also prefer not to go Intel, due to the fact that having to upgrade my motherboard for each upgrade is something I do not wish to do. I also plan on getting an aftermarket cooler for the phenom and OCing it to whatever maximum I can stably get it to. But for the start, where do you all think most of my benefits would lay, the GFX card, or the Proc/mobo/RAM?

Oh by the way, I use a 32" monitor with a 1080p resolution.


May 26, 2012
Well, of the two choices you list the 660Ti is better because it is a current generation, decent video card to bring along if say, next christmas you upgrade to an i5 or something. Whereas a Phenom II x4 is relatively old tech and would hold back any upgrade you might do next year.