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Hello,

I'm looking at upgrading my current system and am looking for advice as to whether it would be a worth whilst upgrade.

Current Setup:

CPU: i7 920 C0 @ 3.2Ghz
GPU: EVGA 570GTX SC SLI

I am planning on upgrading to

CPU: 4770K (Overclock to 4.2Ghz)
GPU: 780 GTX

Later on I will add another 780GTX and move to a 1440p monitor.

I would like to know if you think I would see a noticeable improvement over my 920 (which is almost 5 years old now) with CPU heavy games like the upcoming Total War: Rome 2.

Also I would be interested to know if you think an upgrade to a 780GTX from a 570GTX SLI set up would be sensible.

I'm having a hard time deciding.

Finally, I am looking at a Corsair H80 to cool the overclocked 4770K, Would a H80 be sufficient for a 4.2GHz overclock? Do you have an idea of what temperatures under load I should be expecting?

Thanks in Advance

Waspeye
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Yes, the 4770k would be a quite significant upgrade from a 920. Easily worth making that move. An H80 shouldn't have any problems handling 4.2 either, but if you push higher and need to up the volts you could run I to trouble. There's a lot of variation in Haswell chips, and some take a fair amount of volts and so run hot. Gaming temps at 4.2 would probably be low 40s or so, but that's hard to predict.

As for the 780s, that's also a heck of an increase, but the cost factor is pretty significant there.
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Hello,
What do you use your PC for? Gaming really only requires a 4670k...
I know its kinda hard to pass up the epeen for the i7 tongue.gif

I have heard that a single GTX780 straight up beats 580 SLI, but the question is do you need the upgrade?
What resolution/framerate do you game at that warrants the upgrade?



Also Haswell has some serious heat issues. Overclocking is not as easy on Haswell as it is on Sandy Bridge, so its like silicon lottery to get a chip that can reach high clocks on low temps. Most often you will find that the excessive heat prevents running a high overclock 24/7
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Wow, that was quick thanks for the input
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The rig will mostly be used for Gaming so I'm happy to pass on the epeen and go for an i5.

I game at 1920x1080 at the moment, I would like to move to 2560x1440 monitor in the future (6+ months) along with a second 780GTX.

At the moment I get "ok" frame rates without pushing the in game settings to high but I have noticed of late with a couple of games (eg bioshock infinite) that I've had to tone down the settings more than usual. I've also avoided games like crysis 3 and wouldn't mind having a go at that if I went through with a general system upgrade.

My primary concern is having something worthy for Total War Rome 2 when it's released.

I would be happy with a stable 4.2GHz overclock (coming from a 920 C0 I don't have high expectations wink.gif running around 65 degrees or less during heavy gaming.

Cheers
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Originally Posted by waspeye View Post

The rig will mostly be used for Gaming so I'm happy to pass on the epeen and go for an i5.

I game at 1920x1080 at the moment, I would like to move to 2560x1440 monitor in the future (6+ months) along with a second 780GTX.

At the moment I get "ok" frame rates without pushing the in game settings to high but I have noticed of late with a couple of games (eg bioshock infinite) that I've had to tone down the settings more than usual. I've also avoided games like crysis 3 and wouldn't mind having a go at that if I went through with a general system upgrade.

My primary concern is having something worthy for Total War Rome 2 when it's released.

I would be happy with a stable 4.2GHz overclock (coming from a 920 C0 I don't have high expectations wink.gif running around 65 degrees or less during heavy gaming.

Cheers
I'm sure you've already seen benchmarks, but the GTX780 is truly amazing and should be able to hit 50+ FPS in most games on 1440p, especially when overclocked.
Benchmark
I have been looking around on the internet and they have said the 920 won't be much of a bottleneck to a single GTX780
Source 1
Source 2

EDIT2:OCN source

Apparently the CPU difference between 920 and current CPUs on ONE GPU is negligible at high resolutions (1080p+) and at low resolutions (1600x900 or something, lol) the FPS difference should be between 100FPS and 150FPS (matters a lot, doesn't it?)

So an upgrade path I would suggest is
GTX780=>1440p monitor=>Haswell (if bottlenecking) => another GTX780 in SLI (if performance is needed)

When the new Total War comes out, you can try using your 920 and see if it limits your performance. Or you might need to upgrade the 920 anyway if it is bottlenecking your 780 in other games. Be prepared to dish out for CPU/motherboard upgrade before 1440p upgrade if this is the case.
The only thing I am concerned about is the hole it will burn in your wallet... GTX780 are not cheap redface.gif, and that's a lot that you are upgrading (Haswell, 1440p).

EDIT:I cannot access the Hard forums, because it says bad gateway. I googled "cache:[website]" to access an archive of the page
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Wicked post. Thanks very much for your help.
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