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hi all wanted to know if its worth me upgrading my i5 2500k to skylake or upgrade my r290 graphics card redface.gif
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It's impossible to know whether you need to upgrade your video card without knowing your gaming resolution or the games you play. I'm assuming you don't need to, but cases can be made for an upgrade to a more power efficient video card. You would pretty much be looking at a GTX 1070 or 1080 and I don't think those are worth it unless you're gaming at 1440p or higher.

According to the tests in this article, it might be worthwhile to move from Sandy Bridge to Skylake. If you're satisfied with your gaming and overall system performance, then I probably wouldn't suggest sinking ~$450 into upgrading your CPU, motherboard and RAM. That's entirely up to you. If you can't squeeze out anymore performance from upgrading, then no one can blame you for upgrading.
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just bought a 4ktv so it would be nice to play games at higher res
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Then you're probably going to want a GTX 1080. The pitfall of gaming at higher resolutions is having to invest more money into your graphics card(s). CrossFire 290s is probably a cheaper solution, but upgrading to a 1080 is the route I'd rather take. You can sell your 290 to help offset the cost.
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You'll need HDMI 2.0 GPU to run your desktop at 4:4:4 chroma 4K @60hz. And even then not all 4K tvs support 4:4:4 chroma. What tv is it?
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2500k is still relevant for gaming, but if your plan is to increase your resolution you would be better off upgrading your GPU first. First thing I would do is if my 2500k wasn't overclocked I would start overclocking it. That will really help out in many games. If you don't have an aftermarket cooler, you can get pretty decent Air Coolers for around $50. Just do you research before hand because there are many of them.

Only problem is you aren't really going to get a great gaming experience @ 4K with a single card right now. That won't really happen until Pascal Titan X is launched. And even then it is not worth the price. So realistic solution would be two 1070's in SLI:



Here you can see SLI 1070's handling 5K just fine. Now of course I would recommend a single 1070 for now and another down the road (tweak settings in the meantime). But the tricky part comes when you go SLI, that is when you will start pushing the limits of the 2500k. So before I would get a second 1070 I would get a used 3770k, update your Bios on your current motherboard and drop it right in. At that point then getting a second 1070 would be worthwhile.

This would be the most viable upgrade path for someone interested in playing games smoothly @ 4K currently on a 2500k.
Edited by BiG StroOnZ - 7/24/16 at 11:53pm
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