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Best GPU without being bottlenecked by my i5 750?

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Hi all,

Its been awhile since I've played games on my PC, but as a gift for graduating college to myself, I was contemplating getting back into it and potentially buying a new graphics card, or upgrade my platform entirely and reuse parts. If I were to decide to purchase a new GPU for the time being and put off a rebuild... I was wondering what would be the biggest upgrade to my EVGA GTS 450 without a bottleneck.

Thanks in advance thumb.gif
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Don't know what your budget is, but if you have the wherewithal I'd say go for an overhaul: CPU, GPU, mobo, and ram.
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You should tell us what games you plan on playing.

If I were you, I would upgrade the cpu cooling and gpu. Overclock that i5!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487157

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13C-000X-00037

http://www.overclock.net/t/605848/i5-i7-lga-1156-overclocking-guide-to-4ghz
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If you don't want to do a complete rebuild, you could snag an i7 860 off ebay for ~60 dollars, buy an 8gb set of ram (so you'd have 4 sticks total for 12gb and they still sell similar Ripjaws memory) for ~35 bucks, grab a ~25 dollar CPU cooler to overclock and then add in an RX 480 or GTX 1060 when it launches. (The processor doesn't even have to be done.)

If that doesn't play games as well as you'd like, you could then just pull the video card and upgrade everything.
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Originally Posted by GoneTomorrow View Post

Don't know what your budget is, but if you have the wherewithal I'd say go for an overhaul: CPU, GPU, mobo, and ram.

He doesn't need RAM. They're already DDR3. He'd save a few bucks by going for haswell cpus.
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Just get something cheap like a GTX750ti /OC .. Your systems biggest bottleneck is poor memory performance. I think you would get more functionality out of a better GPU, vs. keeping your existing GPU and upgrading CPU and mobo (especially for the $$)..though I dont know what resolution you game at.

 

The 750 series is newer core than 770, runs much cooler and doesnt use as much energy either. On stock cooling you can OC to ~1300mhz for daily use. You can find them for ~$100

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Originally Posted by GoneTomorrow View Post

Don't know what your budget is, but if you have the wherewithal I'd say go for an overhaul: CPU, GPU, mobo, and ram.

If I were to do a full overhaul, I was thinking $500 or so dollars for CPU, Mobo and RAM, and If was going to get a new graphics card immediately.. I'd probably tack on another $150 maybe...

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Originally Posted by revamper View Post

You should tell us what games you plan on playing.

If I were you, I would upgrade the cpu cooling and gpu. Overclock that i5!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487157

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=13C-000X-00037

http://www.overclock.net/t/605848/i5-i7-lga-1156-overclocking-guide-to-4ghz


I'll take a look at that as an option as well! Thanks!

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Originally Posted by joll View Post

If you don't want to do a complete rebuild, you could snag an i7 860 off ebay for ~60 dollars, buy an 8gb set of ram (so you'd have 4 sticks total for 12gb and they still sell similar Ripjaws memory) for ~35 bucks, grab a ~25 dollar CPU cooler to overclock and then add in an RX 480 or GTX 1060 when it launches. (The processor doesn't even have to be done.)

If that doesn't play games as well as you'd like, you could then just pull the video card and upgrade everything.

Looks like I can score pretty good deals on Ebay, took a quick look.. I might consider this along with getting a bigger ram kit. What do you mean the processor doesn't even have to be done? As in overclocked?
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Originally Posted by Captain Razer View Post

He doesn't need RAM. They're already DDR3. He'd save a few bucks by going for haswell cpus.

So Haswell still uses DDR3? Its been awhile redface.gif

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Originally Posted by CL3P20 View Post

Just get something cheap like a GTX750ti /OC .. Your systems biggest bottleneck is poor memory performance. I think you would get more functionality out of a better GPU, vs. keeping your existing GPU and upgrading CPU and mobo (especially for the $$)..though I dont know what resolution you game at.

The 750 series is newer core than 770, runs much cooler and doesnt use as much energy either. On stock cooling you can OC to ~1300mhz for daily use. You can find them for ~$100

Noted! Thanks buddy!
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Your board will overclock that i5 to 3.8-4.2Ghz no problem(depending on chip of course) with a half decent cooler. You could probably buy a 1070 and cooler for what you would spend on a decent GPU, CPU and Motherboard. You could always upgrade the rest next year or something if it gets bad.

You'll always have a bottleneck somewhere.
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