Advice on upgrading rig from 2010

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  1. Novacaine

    Novacaine Member Guru

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    Hey guys [​IMG]

    I'm a bit overdue for some upgrades on my PC since some games that I'm playing on it are pushing its limits. In case you aren't able to see the parts in my current build in my profile, I'll post them here:
    CPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211
    Mobo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131665
    GPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133326
    Memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145295
    Monitor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824014270

    All my games are being run at my monitors 1920x1080 resolution. Since I used to mostly play Counter Strike: Global Offensive on very low settings and many games that were a bit older, I didn't really feel the need to upgrade anything in my rig. But, now that GTA5 is out on PC and also the new Witcher (which I heard is friggin awesome!) I would really like to play those on my native resolution with a decent framerate without having to use potato quality settings.

    The most obvious upgrade here is the GPU, but my biggest concern is that my CPU might bottleneck some of the newer cards that I was looking into. Here are some cards I had in mind:
    GeForce GTX 960
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487092
    GeForce GTX 770
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130958

    Also, is more RAM a good idea? I feel like 6GB might be enough for now, but I see many people with 12+. Any help is greatly appreciated!
     
  2. nhlkoho

    nhlkoho Ancient Guru

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    I would get the 4GB version of the 770

    CPU should be fine if you overclock it.

    May I ask why you play on very low settings? A 460 should be able to play CS:GO easily.
     
  3. CrazY_Milojko

    CrazY_Milojko Ancient Guru

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    As nhlkoho just said you should fe fine with OC'ed i7-950. i7-950 with decent cooler can easily OC to 3.8~4.0, probably even more, and then with or without HT it should be more than enough for both 960 or 770 or even stronger GPU's in new games @ 1080p. Forget about bottleneck...

    About that EVGA 770 2GB... I'm bothered by that refubrished in title. If I was on your place I'll go second hand route: used 770 4GB or 780 3GB. With fairly OC'ed 770 can reach 780 performance, nicely OC'ed 780 outperforms even stock 780Ti. Look at S/B/T section here on Guru3D, IcE is selling nice 780 for just $220 and ask PhazeDelta1 if he's still willing to sel that 780Ti for $250. Both cards are nice deals for sure and both members are on trusted trader's list.

    6GB of RAM is still enough for all games today, tbh can't remember (monitored via MSI AB) I saw any game on my kids gaming rigs going above 6GB. Don't pay attention on 24Gigs on rig in my sig, I've bought them dirty cheap in Q1 2013, I use them not for gaming but for video editing.

    I'm not playing any CS game, but iirc most of CS gamers like to play CS1.6 & CS:GO @ lower resolutions and lower details with some insane fps (150, 200...wft!?), something related with easier aiming or something, not sure.
     
  4. nhlkoho

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    Oh that must be why I get beaten so bad at that game. :3eyes:
     

  5. Novacaine

    Novacaine Member Guru

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    Thank you for all the advice guys. I'll probably go ahead and try to buy IcE's 780 and OC my CPU. I'm thinking of going with this cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099

    Also, I don't mind overclocking, but is keeping my ye old cpu stock pretty much not an option at this point?

    edit: If I wanna do some serious overclocking I should probably try this guy:www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA68V32N4373

    Or is the CM 212 evo good enough for what I'm trying to accomplish?
     
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  6. nhlkoho

    nhlkoho Ancient Guru

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    Those CPU's can overclock pretty well. You're losing a lot of potential performance by leaving it at stock. Sure you can leave it at stock but your GPU will perform better if you OC

    The EVO will probably be enough. A lot of people use that one as its cheap and performs fairly well.
     
  7. CrazY_Milojko

    CrazY_Milojko Ancient Guru

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    Hyper 212 EVO should be fine in propperly ventilated case for i7-950 with HT @ ~ 4GHz and Vcore between 1.2xV and 1.3V. Try to stay below 70 Celsius with CPU stressed to the max (Prime95) and it`ll be OK. Also, buy one more 120x120 fan and make push-pull.

    Going to 780 or 780Ti and leaving that i7-950 on stock 3.06GHz: nothing more than blasphemy if you ask me :) OC the crap out of that 950!!!
     
  8. Novacaine

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    I went ahead and bought that 780 off of IcE, and I also bought a nice HSF for my CPU.

    Also, I wanted to get some more RAM just for the hell of it and went ahead and got this pack:
    CORSAIR XMS3 6GB DDR3 1600 CMX6GX3M3A1600C9
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145258

    This is what I already have:
    CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB DDR3 1600 CMP6GX3M3A1600C8
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145295

    I found the closest match with similar timings that also supports XMP. I tried finding the exact same sticks that I already own, but those were either way overpriced or extremely hard to find.

    Will I run into any trouble mixing these two RAM products?
     
  9. Twiddles

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    Not really if you set the timings manually to those of the first sticks. I do remember some X58 motherboards having mem incompatibilty but I don't know which ones. Pretty sure it'll work out. And yes 6GB is getting a bit tight, 8 (+) would be my recommendation.
     
  10. nhlkoho

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    Also I remember something about some x58 boards that had issues when all 6 slots were populated. I personally never had that problem with mine but I've heard others have.
     

  11. Novacaine

    Novacaine Member Guru

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    OK cool. Now, I 'm running the first sticks at 8-8-8-24, and the new ones I just bought say 9-9-9-24 on them. Would it be okay to bump the new ones up to 8-8-8-24? Or should I just stick with what's on the box?
    Hopefully there will be no issues *fingers crossed* :arnie:
     
  12. Novacaine

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    Update!

    http://imgur.com/l1FPajs

    Everything fit snug as a bug. The cords are still a bit messy, and I've yet to stress test everything, but MAN am I HYPED?! :banana:
     

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