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I've become a little somber lately as I'm getting a little older and love building machines, but I haven't really utilized my rig like I should have. I had some 460's in SLI and then upgraded to a GTX 670 maybe 12-16 months ago.

Now I'm wondering how well that will perform for Watch Dogs. I'd like to SLI these (if it works properly) but new ones are not for sell and used ones still top $200 bucks.

Any thoughts or ideas? I will try and OC the heck out of this one but are there any great deals that are much better than my 670? 770 is pretty close to performance but that is no upgrade right?

Thanks for your help and suggestions! -Jeff
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A 770 is a GTX 680 with a SLIGHT improvement. However, you wouldn't really see much of a boost for Watch Dogs. I mean, a 670 is great for Watch Dogs, but your CPU is likely holding you back as well as having just 6 GB of memory.

 

http://www.ign.com/wikis/watch-dogs/PC_System_Requirements

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I think it's a safe assumption that if you want to crank settings and get a high framerate then yes more GPU power would make sense, but it's up to you as to what you find acceptable performance to be.

If money's an issue then I'd go the SLI route.

Also, supposedly your CPU will play a very important role in this game, so you may want to consider an upgrade.

As I said in the other thread about upgrades for this game, you may want to wait for unbiased benchmarks.
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Wow, quite honestly didn't even look at the ram specs. Not good! And I thought my CPU would be ok, got a good overclock on it but sometimes I forget how old my rig truly is! Can't believe it's been almost 4 years...

Hmmm... what to do what to do. Don't want to spend 300-400 on a GPU and not really obtain the fuller power, and that would most likely be the case.
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Wow, quite honestly didn't even look at the ram specs. Not good! And I thought my CPU would be ok, got a good overclock on it but sometimes I forget how old my rig truly is! Can't believe it's been almost 4 years...

Hmmm... what to do what to do. Don't want to spend 300-400 on a GPU and not really obtain the fuller power, and that would most likely be the case.

Take the recommended texture ram amounts with a very large grain of salt, the recommended/minimum specs of the PC releases of the next gen games seem to have been exaggerated to an extreme degree.
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CPU and RAM upgrade would probably help you more in Watch Dogs than GPU upgrade. I would upgrade CPU to Xeon X5660 @ ~4.4 ghz and upgrade RAM to 12gb. Keep running the GTX670 for now and wait for the next generation of cards in 6-9 months, there will be faster and cheaper cards to choose from then.
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Wow, quite honestly didn't even look at the ram specs. Not good! And I thought my CPU would be ok, got a good overclock on it but sometimes I forget how old my rig truly is! Can't believe it's been almost 4 years...

Hmmm... what to do what to do. Don't want to spend 300-400 on a GPU and not really obtain the fuller power, and that would most likely be the case.

 

Just see how Watch Dogs plays on your system as it is. Your 670 is in the "Ultra" list, so you're fully covered there. What you MIGHT need to do now is get a new CPU, but that would require you to get a new motherboard and new memory.

 

So, see how it goes with your system as it is. I bet you'll be surprised.

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Overclocked first gen i7 will do just fine for Watch dogs and memory recommendations usually really don't matter.

With GPUs if you want to save as much money as possible, just get a 2nd 670. If not then the only really reasonable upgrade for WD is a 780.
 
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Xeon X5660 six-core will work in OP's existing motherboard, they're under $200 on eBay and they clock higher than 920. Good for getting more life out of X58.
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Just wait until the game is out maybe you will be ok with your system
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