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Default Upgrade Priorities - 03-12-2017, 10:06 | posts: 4 | Location: UK

Hi Folks,

I am getting that itch again to upgrade my PC. The problem is I don't keep up to date on the component side of things as much as I used to so I am looking for some suggestions.

My PC isn't exactly a doorstop, it's still a decent set up given that I bought the motherboard, processor, ram etc back in 2012/13. Obviously the 970 is a little bit newer.

What I am struggling to decide is whether or not I upgrade from the 970 to the 1070 (I currently game on a 27" iiyama 1080p monitor).
Do I buy one of these higher Hz monitors with Gsync
Do I buy a newer generation of processor/motherboard/ram

Any opinions would be welcome and very much appreciated!
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Videocard: 1080 GameRock 2088/11000
Processor: i7 6700k 4.6GHz @ 1.29V
Mainboard: MSI Z170A M7
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Default 03-12-2017, 10:24 | posts: 2,433 | Location: Munich

cpu is good enough for 1080p 60fps, not for 1080p 144 Hz so is the 970.

If you wanna buy a new monitor, you might see some results especially if you want to lower your settings, however full benefit of a new monitor would be new cpu and gpu.

I would say for 1080p 60 fps , you're good, if you want to up the res or refresh, then you would need to step by step upgrade anything else.

1st monitor

2nd gpu

3rd cpu

in some cases the i5 would bottleneck the 1070 but in most cases it should keep up.
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Default 03-12-2017, 12:21 | posts: 2,810 | Location: Ibaraki, Japan

Start from monitor. Gsync is good if you just want play on higher settings without bothering keeping steady fps. The problem with Gsync is price and Nvidia dependance.

As you get used to monitor, you probably gonna want higher frames and better graphics settings. GTX 1080 would be good for 1440p@144hz.

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Default 03-12-2017, 13:20 | posts: 5,736

Originally Posted by sverek View Post
Start from monitor. Gsync is good if you just want play on higher settings without bothering keeping steady fps. The problem with Gsync is price and Nvidia dependance.
FreeSync is cheaper, but it brings you the same (AMD) dependence.
Except there is nothing to buy when you decide to upgrade your GPU.

Been stuck with this 290 for ages.
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