[SOLVED] GPU upgrade on computer built in 2012


May 7, 2012
Hello everyone,

In 2012, I built my first gaming computer with the help of this forum. The help was very appreciated and everything worked out perfectly. I have played different games over the past 7 years and none were very GPU intensive. I never had any issue running games at max graphics. I recently downloaded Mordhau and I am not able to run Mordhau at max settings. I had to drop to medium graphics and tweak other settings to get the game to run decently and it is still a little choppy. It seems to take a couple minutes to fully load the maps up and for it to smooth out "mostly". I would like to put in a SSD (since I didn't when I built it) and upgrade the GPU to hold me over for a couple years. Reason being, the plan is to head off to pharmacy school within the next two years and I won't even have time to game there. Once out I'll just simply build another computer. What would be the best GPU my computer could handle without bottlenecking? Thank you for the help now and in the past. It's great that someone who knows so little like me is able to come here and get great, solid advice. The components are:

Motherboard - ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813157271

PSU - OCZ ZS Series 750W 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 - no link for some reason

GPU - VisionTek Radeon HD 7850 DirectX 11 900505 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - https://www.newegg.com/visiontek-radeon-hd-7850-900505/p/N82E16814129230

Processor - Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W BX80623I52500K Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 - https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i5-2nd-gen-core-i5-2500k/p/N82E16819115072

Ram - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 - https://www.newegg.com/corsair-8gb-240-pin-ddr3-sdram/p/N82E16820233144

Hard drive - WD Blue 500GB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 16MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD5000AAKX - OEM - https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16822136769

Heatsink - ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink - https://www.newegg.com/zalman-amd-am4-not-compatible-cnps9500-at/p/N82E16835118003
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An AMD RX 580 8gb is the most I'd pair with an I5 2500k. Still, a 2500k+580+8gb will play most games at 1080p high detail with 60fps.
You could even save a buck and go with an RX570 since they perform within 10% and both are great at 1080p.
I would also recommend adding an SSD as a boot drive to make the computer snappier and everything load quicker.
PS: OCZ went out of business which is why you can't find them on Newegg.