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#1 1 year ago

So I have a PC with an i5 4570 processor, 16GB of DDR3 memory, and a GTX 960 graphics card.

Now I am considering upgrading the card to a 1070 soon, but at what point would you consider the rest of the system outdated and consider a scratch build?

I've had the machine a few years, albiet with upgrades along the way, but I don't want to invest in a card if the rest of the system needs an upgrade sometime soon.


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#2 1 year ago

Do you like how your system runs? IMHO, unless you wanna do lots of CPU-intensive stuff or stream gameplay, it's not worth upgrading anything but the GPU. I've got a 3570k, 16 gigs of ram, and a GTX970. The only thing I'm considering upgrading is the GPU, but that won't happen until next year at the earliest.

The  biggest upgrade for me right now would be my ISP, which likes to drop us randomly probably 5 times per week. But real ISP options around here are location-based...




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#3 1 year ago

It runs just fine to be honest, but with DDR4 now out and newer processor generations, I just don't know if I'm missing out on something.


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#4 1 year ago

From a purely gaming perspective, when you start getting CPU bottlenecked in all games, then it's time to upgrade.

For production and other use it varies. If you need to upgrade for better video production, streaming, editing, etc... then your needs will dictate when you upgrade.

Other things to consider is do you need any of the new tech? USB 3.1 Gen 2, Thunderbolt or NVME m.2 storage options. If the answer is no then you're fine.


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#5 1 year ago

The CPU should be good enough for a few more years. More than 4 cores seems to become a trend but it will probably take 2-3 years at least before games will benefit. Until then the GPU is the most important component. Only decision you have to make is what kind of resolution you want to play at. 1070 may be a little slow for 4k on the latest games, it should do fine on most of the current stuff though.




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#6 1 year ago

Does the board support DDR4? Would you stump for a 1080?


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#7 1 year ago
"Mikey"Does the board support DDR4? Would you stump for a 1080?

I don't actually know if it does, you know. Can DDR3 boards support DDR4 memory?

My next card is probably going to be a 1070 though.


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