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Thinking about upgrading my GPU in the next few months...

#1DeathSnipe777Posted 2/20/2014 6:54:29 AM
I'm pretty sure I want the 2 GB or 4 GB version of the GTX 770 (I currently have a GTX 570 SuperClocked), and I'm hoping the price goes down when the new Maxwell architecture starts rolling out. What I'm wondering is:

Is it worth waiting for the 800 series at all, or should I get a powerful 700 series when the prices go down?

And...

Considering my CPU is a AMD Phenom II X6 1045T and my mobo is this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130235R

What would be suitable upgrades for both? I know the mobo NEEDS to be upgraded because it doesn't even have a PCI Express 3.0 slot, but does the CPU really need to be upgraded?

Keep in mind, I'm trying to spend $500 or less in total for the upgrades. Everything else in my rig is fine as is, and I'm not against buying used / like new items from trusted merchants.
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#2DarkZV2BetaPosted 2/20/2014 7:11:54 AM
PCIE is fully backwards and forwards compatible. If you don't feel your CPU is a limitation, there's no reason to upgrade your motherboad.
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#3DeathSnipe777(Topic Creator)Posted 2/20/2014 7:22:39 AM
I would like to be able to run current and future games on high at the very least, but I will be primarily gaming in 1080p because that's the resolution of my 40'' TV.

I'm just not sure how useful my current CPU will be for the future.
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#4triple sPosted 2/20/2014 7:30:58 AM
Your CPU effects your minimum framerate and can effect games that are CPU hungry(Starcract 2, GTA IV) From what I'm reading, if you are using a single card only, there's no point with paying extra for the 4GB 770 over the 2GB version, even at higher resolutions than 1080p. I went from a 1090T to a 2500k a couple of years ago and I had a huge jump in overall performance(much less drops, minimum framerate during drops higher) I know the 570 is show it's age but you may want to consider a CPU/MOBO upgrade. Even if the 770 will give you a big performance boost, I know that CPU will hold back a 770's full potential.
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#5DeathSnipe777(Topic Creator)Posted 2/20/2014 7:36:57 AM
Considering that this is my PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

Do I pretty much have free reign over what kind of upgrades I can get? I do want the most bang for my buck, though I'm not entirely sure what CPU would suit me the best.
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#6triple sPosted 2/20/2014 7:43:32 AM
That PSU could handle SLI 770's and an overclocked i7.
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#7DarkZV2BetaPosted 2/20/2014 7:47:17 AM
DeathSnipe777 posted...
Considering that this is my PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021

Do I pretty much have free reign over what kind of upgrades I can get? I do want the most bang for my buck, though I'm not entirely sure what CPU would suit me the best.


Well, with a $500 CPU and GPU budget, you're probably better off grabbing just a GPU and then saving some more for a more substantial CPU upgrade. You're going to need to replace your board to get a new CPU, and for something decently high-end, that's ~$200-350 for the CPU, and another $100+ for the board.
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#8DeathSnipe777(Topic Creator)Posted 2/20/2014 7:54:46 AM(edited)
Nice, so I do have free reign. :D

Any recommendations on the CPU? I was looking at this one: http://www.microcenter.com/product/413251/Core_i5_4670K_34GHz_Socket_LGA_1150_Boxed_Processor

Supposedly you can get Staples to price match it.

In such a case I'll let the 570 live until the 2GB 770 gets below $300 (too bad I can't SLI them). The thing that was really bugging me about the 570 was the 1280 MB of RAM hindering modded Skyrim.

If I do go with that CPU, I'll need a good mobo to match it. Though I guess I can't really decide on this now, since I don't think I'll have the money to upgrade until May.
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#9DarkZV2BetaPosted 2/20/2014 7:58:44 AM
DeathSnipe777 posted...
Nice, so I do have free reign. :D

Any recommendations on the CPU? I was looking at this one: http://www.microcenter.com/product/413251/Core_i5_4670K_34GHz_Socket_LGA_1150_Boxed_Processor

Supposedly you can get Staples to price match it.

In such a case I'll let the 570 live until the 2GB 770 gets below $300 (too bad I can't SLI them). The thing that was really bugging me about the 570 was the 1280 MB of RAM hindering modded Skyrim.

If I do go with that CPU, I'll need a good mobo to match it. Though I guess I can't really decide on this now, since I don't think I'll have the money to upgrade until May.


If you don't have the money to upgrade, it's best to wait until you do, since the market can shift quite suddenly.
That said, that CPU is fantastic and quite a steal for that price.
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#10DeathSnipe777(Topic Creator)Posted 2/20/2014 9:34:06 AM
Thanks for the help, guys. :D One last question; what would be a good mobo for that particular CPU?
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