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Unknown Gaming Rig Given to Me, But I want to upgrade my GPU, will it bottle neck?

post #1 of 10
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Hi All,

I have been given a gaming PC and it has been so long since I have been invloved in hardware that I have no idea where it stands.

The bottom line Is I want to buy at GTX 1080 and put it straight into this box (it will fit). Will my CPU or Motherboard bottle neck it? Is it worth doing?

Can you please give me advice on what I should do?

The box has in it:

Motherboard - M5A78L-M/USB3 (I believe this board is PCIe 2.0 16 x 1 as that what it reads on the board itself - https://www.asus.com/au/Motherboards/M5A78LMUSB3/gallery/
CPU - AMD FX-6300 - http://cpuboss.com/cpu/AMD-FX-6300
RAM - 16GB Giel RAM DDR3
Power Supply 500w Couger
Current GPU - AMD Radeon R7 370 ( I belive this card is PCIE 3.0)


Do I need to build from scratch to get this card and it be worth it? or can I just slot it in? or do I need to replace some things?

Thanks for all your help
post #2 of 10
A 1080 would be way too lopsided a component for that PC. It's old but useable for gaming though.

Are you gaming at 1080p?

If you plan on sticking with the mobo and CPU I wouldn't put anything better than a 1060 or RX480 in it.

Don't forget to over clock that CPU as well.

Then you can save up for next year when Zen/Vega/Volta are out to build something good.
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post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by ColonelBlimp View Post

A 1080 would be way too lopsided a component for that PC. It's old but useable for gaming though.

Are you gaming at 1080p?

If you plan on sticking with the mobo and CPU I wouldn't put anything better than a 1060 or RX480 in it.

Don't forget to over clock that CPU as well.

Then you can save up for next year when Zen/Vega/Volta are out to build something good.

noooooooooo don't overclock on that board, you'll make it catch fire.
post #4 of 10
I would not throw a 1080 in that computer.

Depending on what resolution you're playing at, going for a RX480 or gtx 1060 would be my choice.
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post #5 of 10
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Thanks for your reply.

I have a dell 30" and I often game at 2560 x 1600

Shold I not be doing this with this card?
post #6 of 10
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noooooooooo don't overclock on that board, you'll make it catch fire.

Haha!! Good point😀

Nowt wrong with a mild over clock though, I'm still running on a 770-C45 with my 965be @3.8 and have done for years without issue.
I wouldn't push it any higher. I don't have any asbestos underpants.
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Originally Posted by sambrincat View Post

Thanks for your reply.

I have a dell 30" and I often game at 2560 x 1600

Shold I not be doing this with this card?
I'd use what you have until you no longer can, tbh.
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post #8 of 10
1070 would be fine for that comp. The board sucks, but you could replace it for ~100 or for a decent overclock though the board should be fine for 4-4.2Ghz(low enough stock voltages should be good).
2560 x 1600 isn't exactly easy to run, so CPU limitations will be restricted to specific games that don't run well on AMD.

Another option is to sell it and build an i5 setup with whichever GPU you want.
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post #9 of 10
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How about if I was to upgrade the CPU to a FX-8320 or 8350 and purchase a second hand FX-480 or a GTX 970.

And keep everything else the same (500w power supply, ram, mother board, box)

Would that work??
post #10 of 10
2560 x 1600 is whats killing you.

Step it back to 1080p and get a 1060 or even find a good deal on a 960/970...
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