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(Special) What is more important? The CPU or the Graphics Card?

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(Special) What is more important? The CPU or the Graphics Card?

What is more important? The CPU or the Graphics Card? – I always say that a PC has to be balanced, that we should not go so much to the sea, nor so much to the land. Still, this question continues to appear in my email and inbox too many times for any sane person.

After all, what is more important for a PC? A good processor or a better graphics card?

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First of all, you need to know what is the use of the PC in question!

If it's a computer for productivity, where the game that is heavier than any over there is Solitaire or Minesweeper … So, for God's sake, don't connect too much to the graphics card.

However, if you happen to be thinking of purchasing a PC for games, or want to make a good update on your faithful everyday machine to be able to play everything to the fullest, then we already have another conversation much more interesting.

First of all, any Quad-Core processor produced in the last 5 or 6 years will be perfectly capable of withstanding any graphics card that shoots into the mix of components that is your PC! Well … At least up to the RTX 2060 / RTX 2070 or RX 5700 XT. If you happen to be thinking about getting your hands on an RTX 2080 Super, RTX 2080 Ti, or you have an old lady but still very capable GTX 1080 Ti, maybe it's a good idea to choose a more powerful processor!

To get a sense of what I'm saying, an RTX 2060 Super, RTX 2070 or RTX 2080 will be perfectly capable of running any game at 100fps (or more) at 2560 x 1440, managing to calculate something like 500 million pixels every second . However, the CPU must calculate the position of something like 25,000 vertices, while sending all the information to the graphics card.

In other words, very briefly … The CPU is just the messenger that needs to send the information to the GPU! If you are successful in your mission, you will not need a newer and or more powerful component.

That said, when Witcher 3 came out in 2015, it ruined almost all of the graphics cards we had available to us on the market, while putting a very heavy workload without the CPU! A game that today is eaten with onions by any medium-range plate. However, in 2020, we have games like AC: Odyssey, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Control, among others, that even take good ~ 400 € cards like the RX 5700 XT and RTX 2060 Super to the top of the temperature, without being able to offer more than 60fps at 1440p.

This to say what? Do you think that in this type of cases a CPU will help to increase FPS? Usually not! That is, if the processor is able to send all the information to the graphics card in time, there is no need to change the CPU. You can take the extra money you would spend to invest in a better graphics card. There you will find a good performance increase.

However, this is not always true! There are games that pull the CPU well …

I am thinking of games like Far Cry 5, GTA 5, Arma III, among others, which show increases in the order of 10 ~ 15FPS in a simple exchange from an i5-9400F to a more equipped i5-9600K.


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In short, in my most honest opinion, it makes no sense to build a new PC with a Ryzen 3 3200G or Intel Core i3-9100 and at the same time invest in an RTX 2080 Ti! It is too unbalanced a build. Personally, I always like to see machines with heads, torso and limbs.

However, if you are thinking of buying a gaming PC, it is always worth betting more on the graphics card than on the processor. That is … No! You don't need a Ryzen 3900X or Intel i9-9900K to play. Grab the extra cash, and invest in a better graphics card, or more RAM.

What is more important? The CPU or the Graphics Card? – Besides, what do you think about all this? Share your opinion with us in the comments below.

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