Upgrade Priorities

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Echelon, Mar 12, 2017.

  1. Echelon

    Echelon New Member

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    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).
    OR
    Do I buy one of these higher Hz monitors with Gsync
    OR
    Do I buy a newer generation of processor/motherboard/ram

    Any opinions would be welcome and very much appreciated!
     
  2. Geryboy

    Geryboy Ancient Guru

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    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.
     
  3. sverek

    sverek Ancient Guru

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    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.
     
  4. Noisiv

    Noisiv Ancient Guru

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    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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