Upgrading GPU on an old computer/CPU, best choice to avoid bottleneck?

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  1. Cyber Akuma

    Cyber Akuma Limp Gawd

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    So, I have this PC I built back in 2012. It's starting to really show it's age, it's CPU and GPUs are old, noisy, and use a lot of power due to being SLI.

    It's a 3770K system with two slightly overclocked GTX 670s in SLI

    While a new CPU is out of the question for now as that would require me to build an entirely new PC, I figured nowadays I can easily get a single card that can outperform my SLI setup and at least keep this system more viable for a few more years before I just entirely build a new one, that way I also have to worry about less heat, power, and noise... as well as freeing up a PCIe slot..... issue is, that my CPU is so old that I worry about a card too new would be useless vs an older one due to bottlenecking.

    I was originally going to get a used 1080TI on eBay, since from my past experience typically the X80 Geforce of a previous gen still outperforms the X70 of the next gen especially if it's a TI model... but that doesn't seem to be the case this time. An RTX 2070 Super appears to outperform a 1080TI in most cases.... and a new RTX 2070 Super seems to go for roughly the same price that a 1080TI goes for on eBay.

    Issue is, I don't know how this will effect bottle-necking, I saw a lot of posts about a 1080 (Not sure if it was Ti or not) working fine in a 3770K, and a lot of posts about a RTX 2070 being bottlenecked in a 3770K. Will I still get the same level of bottle-necking from both cards so they would both perform exactly the same anyway? Or would the 2070 Super actually be bottlenecked worse than the 1080Ti on a 3770K and actually perform worse?
     
  2. mda

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    Bottleneck depends on the games you play and your resolution.

    If you're on 1080p, you can probably pick up a cheap 1060 or 1070 and call it a day until it's time to rebuild.

    At the same time, you can also overclock to 4.5ghz and breath a little more life into the system.

    I noticed a difference moving from a 4770K at 4.2ghz to a 3700X system (both in my sig, moved 1070TI from the 4770K to the 3700X), but it's not something I'd recommend to everyone either, considering the cost for a full system (board/cpu/RAM).
     
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  3. jeremyshaw

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    Even back on my old 780Ti, I noticed a clear difference in stuttering and smoothness when going from my i7 2600k to my current 7700k setup. Average FPS numbers didn't seem to say much about that. I'd just upgrade the GPU to whatever is reasonable, IMO. It can easily be ported between systems and future upgrades. Even if bottlenecked, I'd still feel it's a worthwhile upgrade (again, IMO).
     
  4. Zepher

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    Maybe just get a 2060 super and call it a day, unless you do plan on upgrading the cpu/mobo/ram in the near future then I'd get the 2070 Super.
     
  5. Mega6

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    No mention of overclock on the 3770k. Do it if u haven’t. Just get any modern gpu to upgrade and dump the sli.
     
  6. Cyber Akuma

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    No Overclock. I used to have one, and it was stable for two years, but then suddenly failed and could not get it to overclock at all again after that, so I am at stock speeds now.
     
  7. misterbobby

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    Your setup is over 7 years old and you do not want to build a new pc? Well you would be foolish to put a modern $500 gpu in there and think you will get any where near full use out of it in newer games. My oced 4770k was fully pegged quite often in most modern games and could not even hold 60 or even 50 fps at times so just think what a stock 3770k will be like.

    You have to upgrade your cpu at some point so you are just putting off the inevitable and missing out on fully enjoying modern games in the meantime. You dont accomplish much by holding on to hardware until its useless and loses any resale value. I always sell my previous stuff before it gets too outdated and then of course that makes the cost of upgrading much cheaper.
     
  8. jeremyshaw

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    From my experience, I have to agree. However, OP's Kepler GPU isn't really supported anymore, nevermind the SLI aspect. Now knowing the CPU OC has failed, it does put a tiny bit more pressure on that. I dunno, I guess go for whatever is cheaper? AMD Ryzen setups are seriously cheap and performant nowadays.
     
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    Ryzen 5 3600. Inexpensive but good motherboard and some fast ram. $350ish

    The answer for upgrading an old system is to get the fastest processor it supports. Your machine probably works with xeons as well.. Ryzen 3000 series was the nail in the coffin for older systems since its inexpensive. and with recent leaps in the graphics department. The old systems are just too slow to be viable much longer.
     
  10. Zepher

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    Your oc'd 4770k is probably faster than my stock 4790k and I have no problems with modern games at 3440x1440 with my old 1080ti. the latest game I played was that Wolfenstein Youngblood game.
     
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    And some people have "no problem" playing on an i3 or using a gtx 750 ti. Just because you are not bothered or oblivious does not change what I said. And Wolfenstein Youngblood is not the least bit cpu intensive so that is poor example. His stock 3770k will be pegged quite often in many if not most modern games and again he will stand no chance of maintaining 60 fps in some games so its a bit silly to have a high end gpu go to waste like that.

    Most Ubisoft games saw a MASSIVE increase especially in minimum fps when going from oced 4770k to a 9900k and here is an example in Watch Dogs 2. https://hardforum.com/threads/2080s-cpu-or-2080-ti.1984972/#post-1044287178
     
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    Most important is the resolution you game at and if you'll be upgrading the cpu any time soon such that a new video card like a 2070Super would be worth buying now. Since you can't get a stable OC anymore, I'd say for 1080p you're looking at a rx570/580 8gb or gtx 1060/1070 (used) or new 1660 6gb (meh on 1660ti). Maybe 1440p you could justify a 5700/5700xt or 2060Super.

    Honestly, if you're just looking for the gpu upgrade to tide you over I wouldn't spend more than $250 if you're not upgrading to a new cpu/dd4 system in the next 6-12 months. With the new cards rumored to be coming out next year, Turing isn't future proof and I wouldn't put much stock in Navi (5700 etc) either.
     
  13. Mega6

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    Without an overclock ur screwed. U will need a new build then. If I was building on a budget, 3600x.
     
  14. crazycrave

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    It depends on the cpu you pick as the starting point like this 3700x is running on a $74 Mobo = x470 Refurbished and $62 worth of 16Gb of 3200Mhz = $466 and it runs a RX 570 8Gb like this at stock ,




    I been building 3600's on even cheaper boards with great results and like others say .. forget RTX and use the 2070 money and build a platform with at least a RX 570 8Gb .
     
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    My 2c would be that you can carry your vid card forward. So I would guess you get a good amount of increase with any gpu above 670gtx's in sli which probably equate to about 75% of a 1070gtx = 980ti and a 1080ti/amd 5700xt is about double that.... so like a 200% increase if you go that road. I would suggest looking in the FSFT section of this forum as I have seen 1080tis for sub $400 or you could look at a blower 5700 sub $300 new or a 1070/980ti sub $200. The problem with the 2070supers are they are $550 ish. If you were wanting to spend that extra $$ you could almost get a R5 3600 (180) cheapie b450 board (75) and 16gb ddr4 (60) with a 1070gtx.
     
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    I have no intention of building a new computer just yet, I just wanted to know if either of those cards would be bottle-necked harder than the other with my CPU, so you can stop speculating what kind of CPU/system I can build, I have other uses for this system in the future.
     
  17. misterbobby

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    Well then you have your answer and I am not sure what you expected to hear. Did you really think a stock 3770k would not be a " bottleneck" for a 2070 Super? And of course people are going to suggest you upgrade that old platform and give suggestions on what to go with as that is what makes sense here.
     
  18. Cyber Akuma

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    Except that's not what I asked, I asked if the bottleneck would be worse than a 1080TI and would perform worse, or if they would be the same.
     
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    You are being a little ridiculous. A 2070 Super and 1080 Ti are essentially even so again what did you expect to hear? And even if one of those cards were a few % faster that does not mean a thing in the overall scheme of things. Yes your cpu will hold back any card around that level and as I already said you would not even be able to maintain 60 fps in some newer games. You have no intentions of upgrading your cpu now so really there is nothing else to say.
     
  20. Spartacus09

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    I started with a similar setup 3770 w/gtx970 playing black ops 4 as my benchmark (at 1440 ultrawide) was bottle-necked a bit by the GPU with that. But it heavily depends what games you play which you have yet to answer Cyber Akuma
    At the start of the year I picked up a used GTX1070, that helped some and got my frames up by about 40% and power usage reduced by about 25% (also GPU didnt have to run at 100% since im at 60 hz).
    Didn't have any major issues but my CPU was still getting hammered and general loading/advanced tasks took forever (on a regular SSD), so in March I bit the bullet and picked up a 9900k setup and a nvme ssd (I'm an bit of a Intel fanboy and the Ryzen 3 chips weren't out yet).
    I would guess its a combo of the two, but the quality of usage improved dramatically after the core upgrade. Went from loading last to loading first most of the time in BO4 and being able to multitask games/twitch streams etc substantially easier without affecting my gameplay.

    That all being said those 670s are really behind, as said you can pick up a 970 ($100) or 1070 ($200) really cheap and that would be my first recommendation as well.
    Secondary would be your core to a system of your choice, if you're being cost conscious Ryzen is the way to go (you could also look at a second hand system here on the forums as well).
     
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  21. crazycrave

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    The best video card anyone would recommend for your needs would be a RX 570 8Gb as anything more would be a waste as your never going to feed it enough cpu power unless your gaming at 8K

    I have played DMC 5 on my RX 5700 in the same setting with a Ryzen 3600 and the RX 570 is impressive to me to deliver IQ as good if not better in DX 12 then Navi and to be a much cheap video card tells me it's more Ryzen doing the magic . go to 15 min mark as playing in 1080p Ultra means I wasted my money on the RX 5700 and Ryzen was the better choice to spend my money on .

     
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  22. PontiacGTX

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    I think you rather spend on a cheaper card and upgrade cpu+mobo+ram
    at least 8700k or 9700k/9900k/Ryzen 7 3700x /Ryzen 5 3600x
     
  23. Cyber Akuma

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    Err, wait, you started on a 3770K with a GTX 970?

    But, the GTX 600 series were the latest thing when the 3700K were out, by the time the GTX 900 series were out the 3700K had definitely been discontinued, I don't think even the 4000K CPUs were being sold anymore.

    As to your question, thing is I play most of just about every type of game. About the only types of games I don't play are realistic simulation and realistic sports games. Other than that, I play most every other genra whether it's a major AAA title that really pushes a system to an indie title with NES-era retro graphics.

    I mean, wouldn't a lot of that depend on if the game is more CPU or GPU bound? As well as how much the game is just simply loading data during loading vs actually initializing?

    Yeah, I know even a 900 series card would be an upgrade over a 600, the issue with that though is that this would be an upgrade over a single card. The fact that I have two 670s in SLI makes it a little bit more convoluted. Especially since not only did these cards come stock overclocked, but I also overclocked them a little bit further, so I don't want to essentially downgrade by switching to a single card that would perform worse than my two cards in SLI. I remember when I would check benchmarks and reviews when a new card came out, and I think the 1070 was the first single card that matched my SLI benchmarks, and the 1080 was the first to exceed them.

    Issue is, when I was looking up 1080TI cards on ebay, they cost about the same (many times even more) than a new RTX 2070, and while normally a previous-gen x80 series card outperforms an x70 series next gen card, that wasn't the case from the switch from GTX to RTX lineup.
     
  24. Spartacus09

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    Nope regular 3770 not even a K, yes it would depend on the game hence why were were asking what you were playing :).
    According to this a 1070 regular would be about a 40% improvement and 60% less power usage (and you could still OC it): https://game-debate.com/gpu/index.p...mpare=geforce-gtx-1070-vs-geforce-gtx-670-sli
     
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    Hmmm, if a 1070 really would blow two 670s away that does make things a lot easier, as well as cheaper. Going to have to look into that more.
     
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    my advice is always to upgrade GPU first, then the CPU.

    unless you want to get 120+ fps
     
  27. Cyber Akuma

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    Oh wow, I just realized I typoed the title. I meant to say upgrading the GPU, not the CPU.
     
  28. PontiacGTX

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    you cant avoid a bottleneck when there is already one with a 1080Ti.. you either stand up with the bottleneck OR just get something will not be a bottleneck(CPU), not a worse GPU and the same CPU
     
  29. Cyber Akuma

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    I don't have a 1080TI installed in this thing