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Should i upgrade to 980 ti with current setup?

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Since am looking to get into 1440p gaming I was in the market of buying a new single card solution instead of upgrading from 1 to gtx 970 to 2... I need a gpu that can with stand the test of time for i look forward to playing some of the bigger titles to come like Doom in 1440p.

My question is am i ok with my current setup for i am still very pleased with my Sandy Bridge 2700k cpu and can't afford to upgrade all the way around so am hoping i'll be good with just my $1200 upgrade which a new monitor and gpu would just about cover.. $600 for a Pg279q and a Gtx 980 Ti.


So will my 2700k be enough or more than enough?. Been out the upgrading market for awhile so am not sure what a set back by having an older i7 would mean with all the new tech.

thanks
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If you have a 970 and a 2700k you're fine, no need to upgrade if you're playing 1440p. Granted that there will be a few games you can't play on Ultra with everything maxed out (witcher 3 and get a minimum 60 fps - maybe a dip in the 50s here and there).

I have a 780ti and It plays Crysis 3, Witcher 3, Tomb Raider (the last release not the newest one), Metro (both titles), etc. and It plays great at 1440p! If you really want to upgrade, why not wait for the next gen GPUs. I haven't upgraded because I want a SINGLE CARD solution that will let me game 1440p maxed out and 4k at aorund the 60 fps mark (on high settings).

There was a recent review out comparing all the processors, including a 2500k and it was not holdiong back any GPUs for gaming. Seriously your CPU is a beast, just make sure to OC it!

As for the 970 1440p gaming at that resolution is where its at, of course the 980ti is better at 1440p specially if you have a 120 MHZ or 144 Mhz monitor.

My suggestion is to wait for the next round of GPUs and really hold of on upgrading that CPU. It's a sad fact that Intel has really been squeezing as much profit as they can with their marginal performance increases since Sandy Bridge due to little or no competition from a performance standpoint.

If you really have the upgrade itch, the monitor is probably the only one I would do. I moved from 1080 to 1440 and can't stand to use 1080 anymore. It's such a huge difference!

Save that moolah for the upcoming round of GPUs in the next few months (or so)!
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I found a evga gtx 980 to sc for $530.. I would assume buying that card now and selling my gtx 970 to get some of my money back would have made better sense. I should have mentioned that gaming @ 1440p i would like to crank some of the settings up and not be held back. Plus a 980 ti and more future proof than my current Gtx 970.

Would love to hear some other thoughts for am all ears.. Thanks for your input
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I found a evga gtx 980 to sc for $530.. I would assume buying that card now and selling my gtx 970 to get some of my money back would have made better sense. I should have mentioned that gaming @ 1440p i would like to crank some of the settings up and not be held back. Plus a 980 ti and more future proof than my current Gtx 970.

Would love to hear some other thoughts for am all ears.. Thanks for your input

The difference between the 970 and 980 is so very small and is overcome by the 970 because it can clock to 1400-1500 (the 980 is not as good a clocker). If you're really set to upgrade you need to get the TI and not the non-TI version (I hope that's what you're getting!

As for the 980 being more future proof, maybe for 1080 and 1440 (60 fps gaming but not for 120 and 144 fps gaming) but if you decide down the road to play 4k then it's not. I plan on going from my 27" 1440 to maybe a 32" 4k monitor and I need to get a card that can drive 60 fps at 4k. No single card can do that (I don't want SLI or X-Fire due to drivers being released later and sometimes games just having bad support for it).

I just wanted to clarify that you're 970 can play very high settings instead of ultra for games like witcher 3, Youu can still play with pretty decent AA at 4x and have AF at max, rendering distance at max, a lot of others at max.

At the end of it all, it's really your choice but once that new card comes out in 2-3 months (and blows the 980 ti - or at least has a 20-30% better performance) and costs $600 bucks you might regret spending that $530. Just saying... thumb.gif
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