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Hey guys

I've been saving up for a bit (honestly need to check the exact amount) and was planning to upgrade a few things. I was thinking peripherals like a new mouse, keyboard, and monitor, but then it occurred to me how old (and unreasonably hot) my system is. From some other threads I've surmised that it isn't exactly worth it for me to change sockets right now. But perhaps my GPU?

The most intense workout my computer gets these days definitely comes from games, but since I wait for steam sales, I think I may only be starting to turn down the highest image settings on some more recent games. If I do get a new monitor that is either bigger physically or a bigger resolution I imagine that may change though.

I also am planning to get into FFXIV in a few months. I've never played any MMOs before, but I've kind of gathered they're demanding on the CPU. Is this true or could a GPU upgrade take care of me?

Any input/advice as to what upgrade path (system vs peripherals) I would get the most out of?

Thanks in advance!
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well I run a X58 chipset also with a i7 970 6 core, so for yours I would suggest a graphics card first, a GTX 680 is what I am running and it is great.
I also just upgraded from 4 hdd's to 2 ssd's with only 2 hdd's and I have to say wow it's like a new system.
so get a new gpu and a ssd for starters.
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I'm in the same boat as jlhawn.

The X58 will be relevant for the next 3-5 years. No reason in upgrading anything else besides your GPU and Hard Drive. I don't know what cooler you are running for the CPU, but if you are using a stock intel cooler, you can bump your CPU up a bit with a decent overclock.

You can find a used gtx 780 for a couple hundred, and a 120gb SSD for 80 dollars. Those two upgrades alone will be more than enough for those 3-5 years.

Im running ab i7 930 at 4.2 ghz with 670sli. I don't see myself UPgrading anytime soon. I do a good amount of inchgrading: I went from an ati 5870>gtx 590>gtx 680>gtx 670sli. I am assuming I will be getting the endgame 800 series card to replace my sli 670s, considering that it is a 20-30% upgrade.

A gtx780ti is about equal to my 670s at 1080p.
Edited by Recipe7 - 3/20/14 at 10:07pm
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Originally Posted by jlhawn View Post

well I run a X58 chipset also with a i7 970 6 core, so for yours I would suggest a graphics card first, a GTX 680 is what I am running and it is great.
I also just upgraded from 4 hdd's to 2 ssd's with only 2 hdd's and I have to say wow it's like a new system.
so get a new gpu and a ssd for starters.

Ah SSDs! How could I forget about that! I certainly have been tempted to try one out, it does seem that the price has gone down considerably since the last time I checked as well. I may have to start a new thread to investigate that area further (in the proper section of course).
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I'm in the same boat as jlhawn.

The X58 will be relevant for the next 3-5 years. No reason in upgrading anything else besides your GPU and Hard Drive. I don't know what cooler you are running for the CPU, but if you are using a stock intel cooler, you can bump your CPU up a bit with a decent overclock.

You can find a used gtx 780 for a couple hundred, and a 120gb SSD for 80 dollars. Those two upgrades alone will be more than enough for those 3-5 years.

Im running ab i7 930 at 4.2 ghz with 670sli. I don't see myself UPgrading anytime soon. I do a good amount of inchgrading: I went from an ati 5870>gtx 590>gtx 680>gtx 670sli. I am assuming I will be getting the endgame 800 series card to replace my sli 670s, considering that it is a 20-30% upgrade.

A gtx780ti is about equal to my 670s at 1080p.

I do have an aftermarket cooler on my 920, but unfortunately I got a pretty poor chip for OCing. It can hit 4ghz (barely), but it's not efficient to do so. I think I usually kept it at 3.6, but even that would randomly BSOD after X number of months. Honestly, I just reverted back to stock and haven't bothered since.

Knocking out both upgrades in a tidy package sounds nice, but aren't the 800 series due soon? I (probably) wouldn't take advantage of their full power or necessarily need to spend the (I'm sure) hefty price tag, but I always feel hesitant in making purchases right before a big thing is released...which I realize is silly since waiting for the next thing in tech means never making a move.
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Coming down to it, a CPU overlock is negligible considering the other components you can upgrade. I'm sure if you spent a little time with the overclock, you can probably get a stable 3.6-3.8ghz.

Ya, the 800s are around the corner. Even so, there's still incentive to purchase the older generation of 700s. Soon enough, the 780ti will be around 400-500 dollars and will be pretty close to what the 800s offer at a 200-300 dollar discount.

I don't know much about the 800s, so I am just speculating. However, if there is a huge jump from a 780ti to a 880, lets say, 30-40%, then a 880 would be a safe bet. Then again, it will cost around 700 or so.
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Honestly, that's what I've been thinking too. I don't think I see a large enough benefit to justify the extra energy and time finagling to push my OC substantially high as of now. And if my future game plans won't be hindered by my low clock speed, all the better.

I suppose if nothing else, it may be worth it to wait for the 800 series to pick up a 700 series card. I got my 480 not that long after launch and I feel like I somehow lucked out and went through some elaborate deal/coupon process to get it for around $500 as opposed to the $700 normal price (I couldn't give you the exact price, but I feel like the cards in each performance bracket tend to sell for about the same amount). I would be blown away if I could maneuver something similar, but it probably wouldn't hurt to see what kind of deals people come up with for the 800 series. However, if this winds up as a wash generation (which I'm sure no one is hoping for), and there's a negligible difference the 780ti will only be more attractive.

Thanks again!
post #7 of 7
nothing wrong in staying with the x58. minor upgrades here and there isn't dead in my view. its still going strong from lots of peeps. if you dont have a SSD, id strongly suggest/urge to get that first. doesn't even have to be a big 1. just having the OS and every day use apps on it greatly increases your productivity. after that then you can invest in a top tier gpu. and if you still have or want the x58, you can upgrade to a used 6 core xeon that you can pick up fairly on the cheap side on ebay. i have no idea why they so cheap and in abundance there but makes me sort of wish i never sold my x58 to my buddy in the first place. but w/e. it is what it is. or, if not wanting to buy the xeon, you can ask yourself if you want to finally upgrade to the current socket. but honestly, you aren't really missing out on anything if all you do is game.
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