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Should I just upgrade to a 1080 GTX and LCD for my old 3570K for OW?

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I was looking into this article:

https://www.techspot.com/article/1496-pairing-cpu-and-gpu-bottlenecking/page4.html

Granted they tested a 2500k @ 4.4Ghz and compared it to a stock 7700K, the 2500K was able to keep up with the 7700K, when it had the 1060 and the 1070 GTX, though the 7700K pulled a little when it used the 1080 GTX.

As I have a 3570K @ 4.4Ghz, and I pretty much only play OW right now. I wonder if it would be best if I should just keep my current setup and just put my money into a 27" 144hz+ 1440p LCD and a 1080 GTX?

Then, I was wondering how a 1440p resolution would affect the frame rate, granted it would be a lower FPS than at 1080p, though from what I understand from the 2nd article, I would see similar FPS @ 1440p w/ my 3570k as a friend would see with his 6700K, if we were both using a 1050 TI or 1060 video card. It seems like my CPU would only be beaten by the 6700k, if I had the 1080 GTX.

https://www.techspot.com/community/topics/tackling-the-subject-of-gpu-bottlenecking-and-cpu-gaming-benchmarks-using-ryzen-as-an.233727/

So if I understand these two articles my 3570K cpu can keep up with a 7700K with all video cards, with the exception of the 1080 GTX, which we would only see a 9% increase in FPS w/ the faster CPU? I keep hearing all these people talk about bottle necks, though I want to know for sure is fact and hearsay.

The other option is to drop a couple of grand on a new PC...
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I think the 1080 GTX would be powerful enough for 144+ fps at 1440p on Overwatch, it's not a super graphics intensive game. Though for games like BF1 or PUBG, you might need to run 1080p to get closer to 144 fps.
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I think the 1080 GTX would be powerful enough for 144+ fps at 1440p on Overwatch, it's not a super graphics intensive game. Though for games like BF1 or PUBG, you might need to run 1080p to get closer to 144 fps.

That is true. Though I don't see me buying BF1, I played BF4 and I didn't care for the community. I also don't like how they put out a game and a bunch of expansions and really split the community to make some more sales. Oddly enough I play games for more of the social aspect, no one speaks in BF4, unless they are a troll or accidentally leave their mic open.
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If 4k i say 1080 for 1080p i say 1060. I have a 3770k one step above you and a 1060 i play everygame i have at max setting and even did so when i had a 970. But if money is no object get the 1080 for sure. Your cpu is fine for years still trust me i run at 4.6ghz daily and cant find any reason to upgrade cpu, motherboard and to ddr4 ram at all for the cost and performance it wouldnt make any sense. You are on the right track stick with your cpu and upgrade gpu
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When I was running a i5-4670k @ 4.4ghz and a GTX 1080 founders edition at stock, in overwatch at 1080p I could pull up to ~230fps on mostly min settings, but it would drop as low as 150fps with a lot of stuff on screen. I chose to cap my resolution and fps at 1080p and 144fps respectively on my 1440p 144hz monitor for consistency.

You can probably get similar results on 1440p with a GTX 1080 with a better cooler than mine (founders edition run really hot) and a bit of an overclock.

Overwatch with high FPS is pretty much as intense as my usage gets as well, I've been looking into better GPU coolers to try and improve performance for my rig as well. De-lidded my CPU and got a 4.7ghz overclock since then, but haven't seen how it impacts my overwatch performance as of yet.
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I got a system monitor on my phone for OW, it held steady at 50% or less
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I have a 6700k and used to have a 1070 with a 1440p 165hz. If you cap your fps at 165 it's perfectly fine. Probably can do medium-low settings at 100% render scale.

Your CPU will only become an issue at 200fps and above since it probably won't be able to keep up with the frames.

Even now my 6700k runs around 80-90% usage at a 300 fps cap with a 1080ti.

Honestly ram speed is more a factor than CPU bottleneck. There are quite abit of Reddit threads talking about this specifically.
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