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post #1 of 19
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Here's my rig that I built xmas 2014

Intel Core i5-4690K OC @ 4.6Ghz 1.35v
Noctua NH-D15
Asus MAXIMUS VII RANGER Z97
16gb Corsair 2400 ddr3
Crucial MX100 512GB SSD
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB x2
Phanteks Enthoo Pro
Eizo FG2421 120hz VA 23.5'' 1080p
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB G1 Gaming (11k score on firestrike 1.1)

Got a budget of £650 and mostly only use PC to game.

Now Option 1 is a GTX 1080 but I've read my CPU might bottleneck it is that true?

Option 2 GTX1070 and swap the i5 4690k for an i7 4790k

Option 3 second hand gtx 980ti, second hand i7 4790k and save the rest for a gsync monitor @1440p


I know I only game @ 1080p but supported games I can use DSR to improve eye candy and my monitor is quite good imo it has a "240hz" fancy mode lol

Whats my best option for long term gaming bliss? tongue.gif
post #2 of 19

If it were me, then I would get either a GTX 1070 or 1080 and then that way I get the biggest boost possible to my gaming performance while I save up for one of Intel's newest mainstream CPUs (and of course a new motherboard and possibly even new memory).

 

Sure, it'll bottleneck a little, but you'd be getting the best possible GPU performance within the limits of your CPU. Then if/when you upgrade to a newer CPU, you'll be all set and ready to go.

 

I don't think a 4790K is going to help much with the bottlenecking problem. I think I'd rather see you get a GTX 1080 now and then upgrade to a newer Intel CPU later.

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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Toshiba 3TB P300 
Optical DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Toshiba 3TB P300 
Optical DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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post #3 of 19
gtx 1080 for the highest fps, no doubt. 4690k +1080 is still gonna be faster than 4790k + 980ti

what I would do:
s2716dg - 470 pounds
that leaves 180 pounds + what you get from 970 and find a cheap,used 980ti
post #4 of 19
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How bad is the bottlenecking is there any testing or benchmarking done with a 1080 with haswell vs a 1080 with skylake and above I can look at?
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by mauinho View Post

How bad is the bottlenecking is there any testing or benchmarking done with a 1080 with haswell vs a 1080 with skylake and above I can look at?

 

I'm personally not sure, but the GTX 1080 will provide you with the absolute best performance. Then, when you get a newer CPU, you'll have a double upgrade: you'll have a newer and faster and better CPU, and you'll also gain even more performance out of the GTX 1080.

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(20 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Toshiba 3TB P300 
Optical DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Toshiba 3TB P300 
Optical DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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post #6 of 19
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cant trade the 970 that's being refunded by amazon due to this nvidia debacle i'm getting full refund for it and it's part of the 650 quid budget already
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by mauinho View Post

How bad is the bottlenecking is there any testing or benchmarking done with a 1080 with haswell vs a 1080 with skylake and above I can look at?
too little to ever bother you on 4.6GHz 4690k and 2400 ram
I ran 980ti on 4.7GHz 3570k + 2133ram so I guess you're totally fine
post #8 of 19
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cant trade the 970 that's being refunded by amazon due to this nvidia debacle i'm getting full refund for it and it's part of the 650 quid budget already
but you can trade the eizo

if you're upgrading the card and plan a new monitor, why not fury + freesync 1440p? that ought to be cheaper.
post #9 of 19
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I admit I'm very inclined on MOAR POWA with the 1080 and ignore the rest for now thats why im asking for other opinions:thumb:
post #10 of 19
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you guys recon my CPU is good for gaming for a while then?
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