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I'm about to do an upgrade to my rig, but I'm not really sure what to upgrade first (cpu and mobo or gpu), taking into account i'm on a tight budget.

So, first, my current rig:

i5 2500k @4.5ghz with a coolermaster v8
asus p8z68-v pro
16gb ddr3 1600mhz (2x8 gskill ripjaws)
Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming
creative x-fi titanium fatal1ty
Samsung 850 250gb
2x 1tb HDD
1x500gb HDD
CM GX750w 60A 12v+ rail


Regarding my possible upgrades:

I was looking into getting a GTX 1070 or a 980Ti (selling my 970) or getting another 970 and going SLI
or
i7 6700K + Asus Z170-P D3 (DDR3) and keep my ddr3 mems ($745 usd)
or
i5 6600k + Asus Z170-A + Gskill 2x8Gb ddr4 2400 Ripjaws-V ($806 usd)

970 is $625 usd (new) I can try and get a used one cheaper
980ti is $1114 usd (new) I can get a used one cheaper, but I'd need to sell my 970
1070 is not available yet so I don't know the price.

The main use of the rig is gaming and programming and I also use it to watch Netflix and some photo editing and designing in the adobe suite.

Oh, also, these prices are actually around the best that I can get in Argentina and importing from outside is a no no so sorry if it sounds too much but prices for hardware here are like that.

My biggest concern is that doing a 970 SLI will be bottlenecked by my old i5 which will render it quite useless as going for SLI is the cheapest way to get more horsepower.

Any insight will be useful!

Thanks!

Lucas
post #2 of 10
Sell the 2500K and pick up a 2600K/3770K for virtually nothing. Then grab your 1070/980 Ti
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Go the used 980Ti route. There should be a flood of them considering the introduction of the 10 series. I dont recommend SLI.
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If you own a Cooler Master GX you need to upgrade that as well as they are not very good.
Why you should not buy a Cooler Master GX

You dont need to get a new 750 watt unit unless you are going to have two video cards.
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post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by iinversion View Post

Sell the 2500K and pick up a 2600K/3770K for virtually nothing. Then grab your 1070/980 Ti

Finding a used 2600k is not so easy, maybe a 3770k, but the idea was to upgrade to something new for the extra oomph as there's not such a big difference between a 2500k and a 2600k in games, and 3770k are awful overclockers. But hey, thanks for the insight. It will be considered.

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Originally Posted by keikei View Post

Go the used 980Ti route. There should be a flood of them considering the introduction of the 10 series. I dont recommend SLI.

I really think this would be the most sensible thing to do. Only thing that bothers me is a couple of dead sata ports in my mobo and the fact it has around 5 years. Thanks!

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Originally Posted by shilka View Post

If you own a Cooler Master GX you need to upgrade that as well as they are not very good.
Why you should not buy a Cooler Master GX

You dont need to get a new 750 watt unit unless you are going to have two video cards.

I really don't think a new PSU will be needed at all, though this is not the best PSU out there, it is not bad. I have ran crossfire in the past with it with no problems, never had an issue in like 4 years (and yes, mine is a first gen seventeam one). PSU prices here are very high and I really don't need to upgrade it even if I go 970 SLI.

Thank you guys!
Edited by pokerapar88 - 6/6/16 at 1:24pm
post #6 of 10
Your 2500k is more than capable to do what you need. If you going to get a new GPU, then a GTX1080 would be the next choice.
Getting 3770k myself would not recommend it. As for OC wise, was not the greatest. I am most stable at 4.2Ghz, most highest I can do 4.4Ghz with tweaking.
If you can go higher on your 2500k to 4.6Ghz then go for it.
Pick up some 2133 ram to being new life to your 2500k.

Edited by Sp33d Junki3 - 6/6/16 at 1:30pm
    
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I really don't think a new PSU will be needed at all, though this is not the best PSU out there, it is not bad. I have ran crossfire in the past with it with no problems, never had an issue in like 4 years (and yes, mine is a first gen seventeam one). PSU prices here are very high and I really don't need to upgrade it even if I go 970 SLI.
Did you even bother to read any of the info in the thread i gave you?
Sory but your PSU is not good and you should replace it.

Just because you had it for 4 years does not make it good.
Edited by shilka - 6/6/16 at 2:35pm
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post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by Sp33d Junki3 View Post

Your 2500k is more than capable to do what you need. If you going to get a new GPU, then a GTX1080 would be the next choice.
Getting 3770k myself would not recommend it. As for OC wise, was not the greatest. I am most stable at 4.2Ghz, most highest I can do 4.4Ghz with tweaking.
If you can go higher on your 2500k to 4.6Ghz then go for it.
Pick up some 2133 ram to being new life to your 2500k.

Thanks mate, I appreciate it.

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Originally Posted by shilka View Post

Did you even bother to read any of the info in the thread i gave you?
Sory but your PSU is not good and you should replace it.

Just because you had it for 4 years does not make it good.

Hey shilka, don't get mad. I read that article after I got my PSU, in 2011 or 2012, even before you posted it in OC.net. I don't need you to remind me that it has ripple in the 3.3v rail. Does that make it crap? well, I really don't know. Has it worked flawlessly? yes, it did, it never dropped voltages on me at all. Has it fried any component? no. So, I will upgrade my PSU sometime in the future, but it will not be right now. Anyway, thanks for your concerns, I do know that you want to help, but my question in this thread has nothing to do with the PSU.
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The PSU is out of spec on the 3.3V and over 65mv of ripple on the 12V (good PSU's commonly have under 20mv). It will work, but it will also damage your components over time. If you're going to put so much money into a GPU, I would absolutely want to run it on a quality PSU that won't randomly kill it. I've seen it before.. & Those tests were also done on brand new versions of your PSU, so yours is likely even worse since you've had it for so long.

Obviously it's not what you're here asking, but something to consider nonetheless.
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The PSU is out of spec on the 3.3V and over 65mv of ripple on the 12V (good PSU's commonly have under 20mv). It will work, but it will also damage your components over time. If you're going to put so much money into a GPU, I would absolutely want to run it on a quality PSU that won't randomly kill it. I've seen it before.. & Those tests were also done on brand new versions of your PSU, so yours is likely even worse since you've had it for so long.

Obviously it's not what you're here asking, but something to consider nonetheless.

I am aware of it. I am a bit shocked that in 4 years it has not fried any component though, and that's probably why I kept it for so long. Anyway, current components don't even run in the 3.3v rail, don't they? most run on the 5v and 12v, especially GPUs, so I wouldn't worry so much. I will change my PSU when I have the chance, though.
Edited by pokerapar88 - 6/6/16 at 3:25pm
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