How much bottleneck will I get if I just upgrade the video card on my old computer?

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  1. TheBuzzer

    TheBuzzer HACK THE WORLD!

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    I have a intel dp55kg motherboard with a old i7 processor that I won by a random drawing.


    if I get a new gfx card like the 1080ti when stock are available how much of a drag will the motherboard do?

    it is a pci express 2 and also ram is ddr 3.
     
  2. Bandalo

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    It depends largely on what games you're playing at what resolution.

    It also depends on which CPU you're using and at what frequency you're running at.
     
  3. DocSavage

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    Not sure what the numbers are, but it should be quite playable.
    My i5/2500K is doing great with a 1080.
     
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    With that board, I think the fastest CPU possible was an i7-875k, so it's a bit slower. I'm not saying you couldn't find "playable" settings, but it's going to vary quite a bit from game to game and depending on resolution.
     
  5. DocSavage

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    That's a good point. OP would probably be better off getting a geforce 1060 as a better match for an older board and processor like that. It should be fine for 1080p gaming.

    If you did get a 1080ti, I'd get it with an eye to upgrading the rest of the computer shortly. It's also possible you'll come across some bios issues trying to get a brand new video card working on such an old motherboard.
     
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  6. exiled350

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    I don't think those lynnfield i7s were much better than the core2quad they replaced, there may even be a bigger gap between them and Sandy bridge than Sandy and Kaby Lake. That said a 1080ti is gonna be starved by that setup. Split the cost and get a new mb/proc/ram and a 1060. You'll see way better fps averages and higher minimums than with lynnfield/1080ti.