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Need some input on upgrading from i5 2500k

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Nechen

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Dec 15, 2009
Haven't been on this forum in ages and kind of fell behind the times in terms of CPU generations, sockets, benchmarks, etc...

Anyway my current build:

-i5 2500k OC'd @ 4.5Ghz
-16GB DDR3 1600 9-9-9-24
-(2) GTX 760s [not TI's] in SLi, stock speeds
-Gigabyte LGA1155 Mobo

Anyway I'm looking at upgrading my comp a little bit, and can't decide if I should upgrade my first-gen i5/1155 setup (CPU, MoBo, and RAM) or look at selling my two 760's and upgrading to a better single-GPU setup. I got the 760s a couple of years ago to tinker around with SLi, and while it's definitely come a long way my system still chokes on medium-to-high settings on games like Witcher3, Planetside2, GTA 5, etc...

Any input or suggestions would be awesome!
 

Janus67

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Ironically the 2500k at 4.5 still does well and bottlenecks very few games. You didn't specify what your budget would be for an upgrade, but if you can accord a 980ti (or a 1080 when it is launched relatively soon) then it will likely blow away the 760s pretty easily.
 

Lukart

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Polaris, next month.
still excited to see whats coming up from nividia tonight, but that might be a bit too expensive.
 
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Nechen

Nechen

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Ironically the 2500k at 4.5 still does well and bottlenecks very few games. You didn't specify what your budget would be for an upgrade, but if you can accord a 980ti (or a 1080 when it is launched relatively soon) then it will likely blow away the 760s pretty easily.

Oh wow didn't know that about the i5. Wonder if I can go any higher on watercooling.

Anyway I was looking at like $200-$300 so a 980TI or the new Polaris/1080 would be out of the budget for the time being unless AMD/Radeon have a card comparable to the 980TI thats cheaper.

What about a GTX 970? Seeing most of them have 4GB of VRAM on 'em.
 
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Nechen

Nechen

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Thanks for all the help gents!

Been reading up on the 1070/1080 and the price points. Given what everyone has said about my i5-2500k @ 4.5Ghz I think I'm gonna pair it with a 1070 when it comes out :D :D
 
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Nechen

Nechen

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Yeah it looks like the 1080 only gets a few more points compared to your 980 Ti ... I wonder what gives?

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Janus67

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Yeah it looks like the 1080 only gets a few more points compared to your 980 Ti ... I wonder what gives?

View attachment 179565

comparing overclocked 980ti to a stock 1080... also a different CPU running overclocked as well can impact the score too...

If you overclock the 1080 it will go back to beating the 980ti by the 20-30% that most reviews are showing.
 
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Nechen

Nechen

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comparing overclocked 980ti to a stock 1080... also a different CPU running overclocked as well can impact the score too...

If you overclock the 1080 it will go back to beating the 980ti by the 20-30% that most reviews are showing.

Ah okay that makes more sense -- didn't see the OC part. Not awake yet hehe.