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Hi all,

I am itching for some upgrades to my current PC. I am not sure which route to go. I mainly use the system to game and run some virtual machines for testing server environments.

I would like to future proof as much as possible. The board I am using now is the original Asus P8P67 rev 3.0 board. I would like options on the best 1155 board with SLI capabilities. As I may grab another 560 ti like I have now and SLI them. Or would it just be better to get a board that supports PCI-E 3.0 and get a better gpu?

Will a is 2500k work in any of the PCI-E 3.0 boards?
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AFAIK only 3rd+ generation processors (3570K etc.) will work with PCI-E 3.0.

I have a 2500K and Maximus IV Gene-Z/Gen3 and it doesn't work.

If I was you I'd upgrade to the latest socket 1150 (4670K) and get a decent motherboard (Maximus VI Hero/Formula) and get myself a new graphics card, maybe a GTX 770/780.
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Thanks for the reply.

Yeah, I may just do a full system upgrade. Going to wait and see what the shopping season deals will be like.
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I honestly wouldn't bother with a Mobo + CPU upgrade. For what you're going to have to pay, it just isn't worth it. What you should do is grab a GTX 770 or R9 280x for an upgrade path. Just my two .02's
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^^^^ THIS! I just upgraded from an i5-2500k system to an i7-4770k. I mean, yes I'm happy with my new build, but the only difference I see is when it comes to performance is mt FPS, and obviously so, because I got 2x 280x. If you have the money to blow, do it. If not, just upgrade your GPU to 770/780 or 290x/280x.
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I honestly wouldn't bother with a Mobo + CPU upgrade. For what you're going to have to pay, it just isn't worth it. What you should do is grab a GTX 770 or R9 280x for an upgrade path. Just my two .02's

But, if I upgrade to a current GPU such as a 770 or R9, will it be much better than my 560ti? I ask this because I am running PCI-E 2.0. The R9 and 770 are PCI-E 3.0 cards, correct? Will I lose performance by using an older PCI-E bus?
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But, if I upgrade to a current GPU such as a 770 or R9, will it be much better than my 560ti? I ask this because I am running PCI-E 2.0. The R9 and 770 are PCI-E 3.0 cards, correct? Will I lose performance by using an older PCI-E bus?

You should see a fairly big performance increase if you get one of those. You could also use your 560ti as a physx card if you wanted.

Performance loss (PCI-E 2.0 vs 3.0) will be minimal, maybe 4%.
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But, if I upgrade to a current GPU such as a 770 or R9, will it be much better than my 560ti? I ask this because I am running PCI-E 2.0. The R9 and 770 are PCI-E 3.0 cards, correct? Will I lose performance by using an older PCI-E bus?

No you won't lose performance. Either AMD or Nvidia card will be a huge upgrade and you will not be bottlenecked by PCI-E 2.0. PCI-E 3.0 cards are backwards compatible.
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So do not fret if you are on a Sandy Bridge PCI Express 2.0 system, you aren't missing out on a bunch of performance compared to an Ivy Bridge PCI Express 3.0 system. Most of our readers will likely benefit from higher CPU overclocks on Sandy Bridge anyway if you are truly pushing the CPU clock and this alone will likely negate any "advantages" from PCIe 3.0 or Ivy Bridge IPC when it comes to real-world gaming scenarios. PCIe 3.0 is a great evolution, one day it may actually support a better gameplay experience compared to PCIe 2.0, but that day is not today.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/07/18/pci_express_20_vs_30_gpu_gaming_performance_review/1#.UnOng_nryQ8
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You should see a fairly big performance increase if you get one of those. You could also use your 560ti as a physx card if you wanted.

Performance loss (PCI-E 2.0 vs 3.0) will be minimal, maybe 4%.

Thanks.

My board does not support SLi. So how would I use the 560ti as a physx card? Also, would I need to upgrade my power supply to run a R9 or 770 solo? I am not fond of AMD cards, as the last one I bought I had to return because it had problems with the P8P67 board. So I splurged and bought the current 560ti I have now.

I don't really want o spend $300 on a GPU right now, so I will have to wait and see if prices come down or if I can find a used card some where.
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Thanks.

My board does not support SLi. So how would I use the 560ti as a physx card? Also, would I need to upgrade my power supply to run a R9 or 770 solo? I am not fond of AMD cards, as the last one I bought I had to return because it had problems with the P8P67 board. So I splurged and bought the current 560ti I have now.

I don't really want o spend $300 on a GPU right now, so I will have to wait and see if prices come down or if I can find a used card some where.

Sorry I completely forgot you had that board and that it doesn't support SLI. Forget the Physx card then.

I think you'd be ok with your current power supply. Might want to see if any PSU enthusiasts chime in and let you know.
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