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Should I get a Processor or Graphics Card?

I have a PC with an Intel core i3 4170 processor. I also have an EVGA GeForce 8400GS 1GB SDDR3 graphics card. I downloaded Grand Theft Auto 5 and when I played it, I was surprised to see that it didn t stutter like people said it would. However I have the lowest graphics settings on and it s running at a slow fps. It is playable, but it is not very fun. Would getting a quad core processor or a better graphics card be my best option?

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  • pdl756
    Lv 7
    4 years ago
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    System requirements for GTA V-

    http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/cyri/requirem...

    Your i3-4170 is around 47% better than the minimum Q6600-

    http://www.game-debate.com/cpu/index.php?pid=2314&...

    But your 8400GS is around 570% worse than the minimum 9800GT-

    http://www.game-debate.com/gpu/index.php?gid=3151&...

    Recommend graphics upgrade to a GTX 750 Ti for about $100 USD. It's around 139% more powerful than the 9800GT, and most will work with any 300W or greater power supply-

    http://www.game-debate.com/gpu/index.php?gid=3151&...

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  • Fulano
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    I'd say start with the video card, but you can check it if you run something like GPU-Z it will tell you your video card usage. If it's not 100% then the computer is waiting on the CPU still.

    With your system you can upgrade the processor without changing the motherboard too. Check your motherboard's compatible processor list.

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  • 4 years ago

    you need both.

    if you get a better Graphics card, the CPU will hold GTA V back. if you get a better CPU, the graphics card will hold it back.

    both are very poor for gaming.

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