CPU or Graphics Card? What's the better upgrade?
December 20, 2012 4:34 PM Subscribe
I'm buying one of the new iMacs. I'm torn between paying for an upgrade to the CPU or an upgrade to the video card. Help me decide!
posted by Effigy2000 to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm buying one of the new 27" iMacs. Yeah yeah, I know I can get a similar spec PC for less money, but I'm still getting one.
I'm configuring the options in my order. I can't decide whether to upgrade the CPU or the graphics card.
The base CPU is a 3.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5. I can pay an extra $215 to get that bumped up to a 3.4GHz Quad-core i7.
The base video card is an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX 1GB GDDR5. If I pay an extra $175 that gets bumped up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX 2GB GDDR5.
Both feel like a worthy upgrade for a PC I want to last me a while (I don't buy a $2000+ new Apple computer every year). But I can't decide which would be the better one. I'll be playing a lot of games on it, so the video card seems like the right choice, but damn, that CPU is nice too.
But then i also worry one is going to bottle neck the other. It's a hard choice!
Theoretically I could get both but money is tight and I'd rather get one or the other.
What's your view, MeFites! Please help me decide!