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Ask the Experts Question: I have $450 to spend on my PC, should I spend it all on a GPU or split it with a GPU and SSD?

I have $450 to spend on my PC, should I spend it all on a GPU or split it with a GPU and SSD?

Should I upgrade just my GPU, or buy an SSD and GPU at the same time?

Question by Nate from United States | Answered by Anthony Garreffa in Storage from Oct 15, 2012 @ 17:22 CDT

I am an avid PC gamer. I have approximately $450 to do an immediate upgrade. I currently have an old 8600gts and a standard 512GB 7200RPM HDD. I try, as much as my current card will let me, to game at 1920x1080. Should I go all out on the video card and get a nice GTX 670? Or should I split the cash up and get a GTX 660 Ti and a 240GB SSD (since there are outrageous deals just about every day on SSDs)?

Hi Nate,

That's actually a great question, with a simple answer - do the GPU and SSD. A GPU will only give you so much more performance in games, and going from a GeForce 8600 GTS to even a GeForce GTX 660 Ti will gain you some serious performance improvements in every single game you play.

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An SSD, will improve every single application on your computer from Windows, to your web browser, to your game load times. I would definitely suggest grabbing the mid-range GPU and a 240GB SSD.

Once you use an SSD, you'll never want to go back to a mechanical HDD for Windows/Games.

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