Question Upgrade GPU or build new system ?

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hello guys , like the title said , i dont know if i should swap the gpu only , do a SLI , or make a new rig?

My current rig :
MB: Asus V Formula LGA 1155
CPU : Intel i7 3770k (overclocked to 4.1ghz)
CPU Cooler : Cooler Master Seidon 120M & Corsair h100i rgb platinum
GPU : Asus strix gt970 4gb GDDR5
PSU : Rosewill 80+ bronze 1000watts
Storage : Samsung 250gb / kingston 1tb x2.
Case : thermaltake phanteks & Rosewill Riseglow (both compatible with e-atx).
Fans : alot.

before you ask , the corsair h100i was a gift for my bday and the riseglow from my wife.
why im asking in this topic , since i got those new items , and the riseglow support a vertical gpu (which is new for me and looks dope) , what you guys recommend me to do .
first option is buying a gtx 1080ti 11gb gddr5
second option just do a SLI, but is worth it?
the third option is giving this rig to my wife and buy a new rig.
the normal use i do to this rig is gaming mmorpg/games in high quality /graphic design , the only time i turn off the pc is when im out city more than 1 week or when i clean it every 4 or 5 months , the rest of the time is always on.


thanks alot for taking you time reading this sh1t. for help me out :)
and yes , the rig is kinda ooooooooold :)
have a nice day.
 

Eximo

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Could certainly do with a CPU upgrade. Intel 10th gen chips are on a bit of a sale right now. That would mean a new LGA1200, DDR4, and the CPU. Good time to get an NVMe SSD as well.

Can't really buy a GPU right now unless you have deep pockets and lots of luck, even your GTX970 is commanding a few hundred dollars. A 1080Ti will set you back $800 or so unless you get lucky. Might as well try for an RTX3070 at $750-1000.
 

alexbirdie

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My son and me had 3770k-PC(2012/13). Over the years we changed from 7850->7970->390x->1080.
1080 only my son's, I changed to 1080ti.

Both PC with 16 GB 1600-DDR3-ram,and after some years change from HDD to SSD for system-volume.

Changing to 1080 and 1080ti was a large improvement for gaming.

Both PCs were running with 4.3 Ghz at about 1.15 Volt, that means overclocked.

Jan. 2020 I built 2 new PCs for my son and me, and our "old" PCs are still great PC's, way too strong for daily work. Even AAA-games are still running, with reduced graphic-details.

What do I want to say? ----> if you do not have too much budget, a 1080 or 1080ti would be an improvement for you, if you can get a good offer.

Can't really buy a GPU right now unless you have deep pockets and lots of luck, even your GTX970 is commanding a few hundred dollars. A 1080Ti will set you back $800 or so unless you get lucky. Might as well try for an RTX3070 at $750-1000.
Sorry to say, but Eximo is right. To get new CPU, MB and RAM is not too expensive ( f.i. a AMD 5600x or an Intel 10600), but GPUs?

Simply a horror-show, when looking at prices.

If you can wait ( that means, change is not absolutly neccessary), then do it.
 
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Most games are limited more by the graphics card than the cpu.
Try this simple test:
Run YOUR games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
This makes the graphics card loaf a bit.
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.

If you need a graphics upgrade, good luck in finding a card, let alone at anything less than 2x msrp.
GTX1080ti is an excellent upgrade if you can find one at a reasonable price.

Do not bother with the sli route.
Synthetic benchmarks will look wonderful, but your gaming experience will be better with a single good card.
SLI is prone to stuttering and screen tearing.
Few games today even support dual gpu.

If you need a stronger processor, there are no updates available for your motherboard.
You are looking at not only a processor and motherboard, but also at new DDR4 ram.
Today, look at ryzen 500 series or intel 11th gen processors with improved performance per clock.

What is your budget?
 
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Intel Core i5-10400F $154.90

 
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