Question I5 4590 gtx 1060 3gb should I upgrade?

Jul 21, 2019
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Hey,

I have an i5 4590, gtx 1060 3gb and 16gb of ram

I've had this PC a few years now, and it honestly runs everything I play very well. I mostly play RPGs, but am really wanting to play Cyberpunk 2077 and Bloodlines 2 next year.

I know it's just speculation since no system requirements released, but think I'd be able to run those games at say medium? Or will I most likely need a new gpu/CPU?

I'll have about $150 to $200 to spend next month and am considering an upgrade. Would I benefit more from a new CPU or video card upgrade? I have 16 GB of ram and a ssd.

The best CPU my motherboard can take is i7-4790K and is about $190 used, so sorta expensive.
 

AngelTech

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I'd save up money until the requirements are announced and then upgrade based on that also I am quite hyped for bloodlines 2 as well probably gonna pre-order it I am decently excited for cyberpunk but gonna wait for more news on the game.
 

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Although it is best to wait for the official requirements to be released, you are likely to find that 3GB of VRAM will be a limiting factor, and so it might be a good choice to upgrade to a 1660 Ti, or RX 5700, for example.
 
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Although it is best to wait for the official requirements to be released, you are likely to find that 3GB of VRAM will be a limiting factor, and so it might be a good choice to upgrade to a 1660 Ti, or RX 5700, for example.
Thanks! I posted a similar question on a tech reddit and the people told me to just upgrade to a new motherboard. I can't really afford that, so I'll probably just get a better GPU when needed
 

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Thanks! I posted a similar question on a tech reddit and the people told me to just upgrade to a new motherboard. I can't really afford that, so I'll probably just get a better GPU when needed
There isn't too much need to upgrade the motherboard. However, due to the price of 4th Gen i7 CPUs, you would be better off getting a Ryzen 2600 and B450 motherboard that getting an old i7. Getting a new GPU however will be able to be kept for any possible new build in the future, making it a good investment.
 
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There isn't too much need to upgrade the motherboard. However, due to the price of 4th Gen i7 CPUs, you would be better off getting a Ryzen 2600 and B450 motherboard that getting an old i7. Getting a new GPU however will be able to be kept for any possible new build in the future, making it a good investment.
Thanks! I'll take your advice. And when new RPGs come out next year, I'll save up and get a new motherboard, ram, etc if I can't play them with my current setup.
 
My advice is to wait on upgrades until you find a game that does not play well on your current setup.
Over time, the price/performance of parts tends to get better.

Some games are graphics limited like fast action shooters.
Others are cpu core speed limited like strategy, sims, and mmo.
Multiplayer tends to like many threads.

You need to find out which.
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To help clarify your CPU/GPU options, run these two tests:

a) Run YOUR games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
If your FPS increases, it indicates that your cpu is strong enough to drive a better graphics configuration.
If your FPS stays the same, you are likely more cpu limited.

b) Limit your cpu, either by reducing the OC, or, in windows power management, limit the maximum cpu% to something like 70%.
Go to control panel/power options/change plan settings/change advanced power settings/processor power management/maximum processor state/
This will simulate what a lack of cpu power will do.
Conversely what a 30% improvement in core speed might do.

You should also experiment with removing one or more cores/threads. You can do this in the windows msconfig boot advanced options option.
You will need to reboot for the change to take effect. Set the number of threads to less than you have.
This will tell you how sensitive your games are to the benefits of many threads.
If you see little difference, your game does not need all the threads you have.



It is possible that both tests are positive, indicating that you have a well balanced system,
and both cpu and gpu need to be upgraded to get better gaming FPS.
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