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What to upgrade first: CPU-MOBO-RAM or GPU

Hello everyone,

I am planning to build a new pc and i would like to finish it by this year, yet sadly i cannot afford to buy it alltogether.

My current setup (main hardwares):

A10-5800k @4.1 ghz (with a budget entry level gigabyte mobo, 2 ram slots, dont know the exact one)
HyperX Fury 1600 mhz 2x4gb DDR3 Ram
Gigabyte HD7850 2gb OC

First option is to buy the GPU first (which will be an Asus Dual RX580 4gb), the second is to buy a Ryzen 5 1500x CPU with B350m Gaming 3 Gigabyte mobo and hyperX 3000 mhz 2x4gb ram.

I can afford to buy one of the oportunities mentioned abowe in the first week of november (altough the GPU is somewhat cheaper than the CPU way).

My question is which way should i go?

Should i upgrade my GPU first or go with the CPU-MOBO-RAM?

In which scenario should i get more FPS in games? (1080p 60hz)

Sorry for my spelling/writing, English is not my native language.

Thank you for your time.
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  1. Upgrade the CPU/mobo/RAM first.

    Going with the GPU first will create a pretty bad bottleneck.
  2. Best answer
    You'll get more FPS out with GPU upgrade than CPU-MoBo-RAM upgrade.

    Comparison too, build with GPU upgrade as a base, build with CPU-MoBo-RAM upgrade as an alternative:

    Userbenchmark PC Build Comparison

    Baseline Bench: Game 48%, Desk 38%, Work 26%
    CPU: AMD A10-5800K APU (2012 D.Tr)
    GPU: AMD RX 580
    HDD: WD Blue 1TB (2012)
    RAM: HyperX Fury DDR3 1600 C10 2x4GB

    Alternative Bench: Game 31%, Desk 53%, Work 39%
    CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
    GPU: AMD HD 7850
    HDD: WD Blue 1TB (2012)
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x4GB

    Though, regardless which upgrade you pick first, you'll get bottleneck either way. But going with GPU 1st wouldn't make bottleneck in gaming so severe as it would be when you'd go with CPU-MoBo-RAM combo first.
  3. Aeacus said:
    You'll get more FPS out with GPU upgrade than CPU-MoBo-RAM upgrade.

    Comparison too, build with GPU upgrade as a base, build with CPU-MoBo-RAM upgrade as an alternative:

    Userbenchmark PC Build Comparison

    Baseline Bench: Game 48%, Desk 38%, Work 26%
    CPU: AMD A10-5800K APU (2012 D.Tr)
    GPU: AMD RX 580
    HDD: WD Blue 1TB (2012)
    RAM: HyperX Fury DDR3 1600 C10 2x4GB

    Alternative Bench: Game 31%, Desk 53%, Work 39%
    CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
    GPU: AMD HD 7850
    HDD: WD Blue 1TB (2012)
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x4GB

    Though, regardless which upgrade you pick first, you'll get bottleneck either way. But going with GPU 1st wouldn't make bottleneck in gaming so severe as it would be when you'd go with CPU-MoBo-RAM combo first.


    Thank you sir, you helped a lot to understand these things!
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