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

Discussion in 'Video Cards' started by Cyber Akuma, Oct 11, 2019.

  1. Stoly

    Stoly [H]ardness Supreme

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    I went from a core i5 3330 to a core i7 4770 with a GTX1070Ti and really felt little to no benefit at all at 1440p. Didn't take any benchmarks though...
     
  2. Stoly

    Stoly [H]ardness Supreme

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    Well, since most games don't support SLI anyway you can bet most of your games will run faster.
     
  3. Flogger23m

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    From my own experience, in many games, going from an AMD 965 (stock) to a 4670K @ 4GHZ didn't change anything. In some it certainly did help. And the IPC difference between the two was quite large. BF3 I would get around 35-60 in multiplayer and frame rates varied a lot. The 4670K took it a bit higher, such as 65 or so, but the minimum frame rate was closer to around 50-55. Not nearly as much variance. Metro 2033 saw zero performance gain though. Again, it varied. Smaller closed down games like Metro didn't see much benefit but other games did.

    Depending on the game, going from a 2600K to a more current Intel CPU may only see a minor improvement. Others may see the minimum frame rate rise a lot but the highs probably won't change too much. Certainly won't go from a 50 average to a 100 average though.
     
  4. Grimlaking

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    I was just sharing my experience. Some notes.

    Yes my 2600k was at stock speeds with an SSD and stock speed 16gb ram. So yes the generational upgrade and what came with it all contributed. You simply can't skip generations like that (unless your an AMD user) and not have to upgrade your attached hardware.

    And sure... I did put in an NVME drive but that doesn't boost frames so much as loading times and help with pop-in elimination.
     
  5. DejaWiz

    DejaWiz Oracle of Unfortunate Truths

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    I'm in the same boat:
    i7-3770K with a 980Ti which I'd love to upgrade the GPU to something around 1080Ti or better performance and move to 1440p 144Hz.


    However, the 3770K is certainly showing its age. Here's a *CPU* comparison (scroll down quite a bit for gaming results) using a 1080Ti (roughly 2070 Super performance). The gains with the same GPU when just upgrading the CPU are unarguable: the 3770K offers quite a bottleneck.

    https://techreport.com/review/32642/intels-core-i7-8700k-cpu-reviewed/


    That being said, If you can afford to transition to a newer CPU, MoBo, and RAM shortly after grabbing a 2070 Super or 5700XT, then go for it.
    Ultimately, my point is, focus on your entire platform instead of just the GPU...if you have the monetary means to do so.
     
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