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so to start off, im generally new to the gaming world of computers, i recently bought a pc built with an asus p8z68-v le motherboard, an intel core i7 2600k (oc'd to 4.4GHz) along with two amd radeon hd6700 series (visiontek hd 6770's to be specific) running in crossfire (OC'd at clock to 909, memory to 1255) , and 16 GBs of ram.

all in all i spent around just over a grand for the pc, and im starting to feel slightly ripped off. i was told it would play pretty much anything maxed out, and iv seen videos of an hd 6700 series playing bf3 maxed out just fine, so how come my computer still seems so slow? i really just want to be able to max out skyrim and get decent fps, along with some newer games such as metro LL...

so this all leads me to my actual question, what out of all the hardware i listed seems the most inadequate or what i am trying to do, or in other words, what one part should i buy to upgrade my rig (price not being an issue) that would make the most noticeable difference for me?

i apologize ahead of time if this is not the correct section, i tried to find where this topic would be suited best and this just seemed right, if i am wrong mod's feel free to move me somewhere else! thanks!

forgot to mention my hdd is a 2TB hitachi 7200rpm
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so to start off, im generally new to the gaming world of computers, i recently bought a pc built with an asus p8z68-v le motherboard, an intel core i7 2600k (oc'd to 4.4GHz) along with two amd radeon hd6700 series (visiontek hd 6770's to be specific) running in crossfire (OC'd at clock to 909, memory to 1255) , and 16 GBs of ram.

all in all i spent around just over a grand for the pc, and im starting to feel slightly ripped off. i was told it would play pretty much anything maxed out, and iv seen videos of an hd 6700 series playing bf3 maxed out just fine, so how come my computer still seems so slow? i really just want to be able to max out skyrim and get decent fps, along with some newer games such as metro LL...

so this all leads me to my actual question, what out of all the hardware i listed seems the most inadequate or what i am trying to do, or in other words, what one part should i buy to upgrade my rig (price not being an issue) that would make the most noticeable difference for me?

i apologize ahead of time if this is not the correct section, i tried to find where this topic would be suited best and this just seemed right, if i am wrong mod's feel free to move me somewhere else! thanks!

forgot to mention my hdd is a 2TB hitachi 7200rpm

Your video cards are douches.. your CPU is capable of running easily two gtx680´s or
two 7970´s and is getting just bored with your cards.

I´d try to sell the cards and get one powerfull card.. or two if you want CF / SLI for more
power. The next thing would be that i fear that they sold you a crappy Power Supply Unit..
What brand is that and how much Watt does it have?

I´d consider something ( for your 2600k and the 16gb ram you got) like at LEAST
one 7950 for your setup.. or a gtx670 and at least 2gigs of videoram..
more would be better to stay futureproof.
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The 2600k is still a very capable cpu, I believe your gpus are what is holding you back.
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i guess my main problem would be my mobo and gpu's then... id like a gtx680 or 690 but theyre both pcie 3.0, im pretty sure my motherboard is just pcie 2.0. if someone could let me know if this is true or false that would be awesome!

for a psu im running an hec-850ts, anyone know where i can get new modular psu cables?
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i guess my main problem would be my mobo and gpu's then... id like a gtx680 or 690 but theyre both pcie 3.0, im pretty sure my motherboard is just pcie 2.0. if someone could let me know if this is true or false that would be awesome!

for a psu im running an hec-850ts, anyone know where i can get new modular psu cables?

PCIEx 2.0 ?! No problem at all!

look here
http://www.computerbase.de/artikel/grafikkarten/2013/bericht-pcie-3.0-vs.-pcie-2.0/2/
it´s german but what counts are the graphs.. almost no loss!!

and here
http://www.overclock.net/t/1188376/hardwarecanucks-hd-7970-pci-e-3-0-vs-pci-e-2-0-comparison

about the cable.. i´d ask the search function of your browser, if possible thumb.gif
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i guess my main problem would be my mobo and gpu's then... id like a gtx680 or 690 but theyre both pcie 3.0, im pretty sure my motherboard is just pcie 2.0. if someone could let me know if this is true or false that would be awesome!

There's only a ~1% difference between using PCIe 2.0 and 3.0 with current-gen cards.

In a couple generations video cards may have high enough data throughput requirements to make PCIe 3.0 a necessity, but by the time that happens your CPU will be so "old" as to make that point moot.

As for PSU cables, contact the manufacturer.
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PCIEx 2.0 ?! No problem at all!

look here
http://www.computerbase.de/artikel/grafikkarten/2013/bericht-pcie-3.0-vs.-pcie-2.0/2/
it´s german but what counts are the graphs.. almost no loss!!

and here
http://www.overclock.net/t/1188376/hardwarecanucks-hd-7970-pci-e-3-0-vs-pci-e-2-0-comparison

about the cable.. i´d ask the search function of your browser, if possible thumb.gif

SWEET! i had no idea pci-e 3.0 was backwards compatible! thanks for the info, although iv looked for replacement cables before all iv been able to find arre the corsair one and they run like $75+ for just the cables tongue.gif i think ill just contact hec like svenge said. thanks for the help guys!
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