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The rig in my profile is currently getting a clean install of Windows 10.. Just to give you a general direction where I'm going gaming wise, I'll eventually be upgrading my monitor to the Asus PG27UQ 4k 144Hz once released.

Some general info:
Just upgraded From Win 7 Pro
Was using 2x GTX 780 Ti's
Mobo: Rampage IV Extreme
CPU: Core i7 3930k @4.4GHz

The 3930k seemed to be a perfect cpu for my old 780 Ti's. Being that I'm moving up to 4k, would it be wise to upgrade my mobo and cpu? With my 2x 1080 Ti's, I'm sure I have the GPU horsepower, but I just worry my Mobo/Cpu combo could hold them back..

Also note that the 3930k sandy bridge are native pcie 2.0, not 3.0..

Could my mobo/cpu keep me going until Intel releases its next enthusiast class chipset (i.e. the x299)?
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At that resolution it comes down to GPU grunt, so you can keep that overclocked 3930k no problem.
 
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4K on a 27 inch screen is too many pixels on too small a screen which means the pixel density is too high for 4K to be useful
If you want a 4K monitor you should get a 30 inch or bigger otherwise 4K is completely wasted and you might as well keep your Asus PG348Q

The PG27UQ is not an upgrade from what you have its a downgrade
There is a reason why almost all 4K TV´s are bigger then 40 inches and thats pixel density.
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Correction.. Currently running one gtx 1080 Ti FE card.. I pre-ordered two EVGA 1080 Ti FTW3 that will be here in about a month..
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Originally Posted by Gunderman456 View Post

At that resolution it comes down to GPU grunt, so you can keep that overclocked 3930k no problem.
Thanks for the replies!!!!

I understand where you are coming from.. My setup will likely require a lot of bandwidth and I fear the native PCI-E 2.0 is going to limit that.. I know I can registry hack to gain pcie 3.0 speeds, but from what I understand, the hack/patch must be applied with each driver update.. For a workstation pc that doubles as a gaming pc, I don't want to deal with that.. It would help if there were some GTX 1080 Ti charted benchmarks showing how it performs on different cpus..
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Originally Posted by shilka View Post

4K on a 27 inch screen is too many pixels on too small a screen which means the pixel density is too high for 4K to be useful
If you want a 4K monitor you should get a 30 inch or bigger otherwise 4K is completely wasted and you might as well keep your Asus PG348Q

The PG27UQ is not an upgrade from what you have its a downgrade
There is a reason why almost all 4K TV´s are bigger then 40 inches and thats pixel density.

I get what you are saying.. And I do agree the size should be >30". But I was at CES early this year and I saw the pg27uq first hand. The picture quality, color and brightness was nothing short of amazing.. I mean common, qdot 4k, 144hz, g-sync and HDR... The 348Q is a great monitor, but 21:9 aspect ratio isn't common and the experience with it can differ from game to game.. For example, in Overwatch you actually lose some FOV.
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