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I have a 4 year old Asus P8Z68-PRO/GEN3 MOBO, i3-2120 and a new GTX 970 FTW+ and run 1080p at 60 Hz. I don't have any problems running most games, if not all games. Doom (2016) runs fine at ultra.

Would it benefit me to purchase a modern gaming MOBO for $150 or under and purchase the latest i5 for it for gaming? I'm guessing that I too would have to purchase new RAM for the MOBO.

This upgrade would cost little over $400.00 US (RAM, MOBO, CPU)
post #2 of 39
Yes it would be worth it. Your minimum fps would be much better and you would get more out of your card.
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Yeah, that would probably be a fairly noticeably upgrade. I don't know if I can describe it as a "very" noticeable upgrade, but I'm leaning towards that description. I mean, you're talking about going from a simple dual-core Sandy Bridge CPU to a quad-core Skylake CPU. You would also have faster memory as well, since a memory upgrade would be a required due to compatibility.

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If there is nothing wrong with your mobo, get an i5 2500K. Sell the 970 and get the 1070. Or, you can go cheap and get a 8GB 480.
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My i3-2120 would dip into the 40's in counter strike...and stutter like crazy.
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post #6 of 39
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Originally Posted by rdr09 View Post

If there is nothing wrong with your mobo, get an i5 2500K. Sell the 970 and get the 1070. Or, you can go cheap and get a 8GB 480.

 

An 8 GB 480? An 8GB GTX 480? What are you talking about?

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post #7 of 39
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An 8 GB 480? An 8GB GTX 480? What are you talking about?

Not sure what they call it . . . RX 480 or something. Supposedly as fast as the 980. $250.

For $380, the 1070 is matching the 980 Ti performance.

Or, just keep the 970. That's the cheapest route.
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post #9 of 39
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I could just purchase a used i5-2500K and save 50% or more on the upgrade (don't have to buy another MOBO and RAM). And since I don't overclock I could just purchase it locked. I've never overclocked anything. I never felt the need to do so. I have been gaming on PC for 4 years now.
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Originally Posted by rdr09 View Post


Not sure what they call it . . . RX 480 or something. Supposedly as fast as the 980. $250.

For $380, the 1070 is matching the 980 Ti performance.

Or, just keep the 970. That's the cheapest route.

 

Technology needs to slow down so that I can keep up. :)

 

Anyway, with that CPU he has, shouldn't he just get a 6600K even though this would require a new motherboard and memory?

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