[SOLVED] Upgrade Mobo with cpu/gpu?

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I'm currently planning on upgrading my GPU from an EVGA gtx 960 ssc to a rtx 2080 and my CPU from i7-4790 to something newer. Should I upgrade from my current Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 3 -- 3x PCIe x16, 4x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0 to a newer motherboard, or is it unnecessary/ not worth the small increase I will get in performance?
 

WildCard999

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What resolution are you gaming at? While the 4790 is a older CPU it's still quite good nowadays and if your gaming at 1440P or 4K that CPU should be more then capable enough to deliver good FPS with that RTX 2080.
 

WildCard999

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What resolution are you gaming at? While the 4790 is a older CPU it's still quite good nowadays and if your gaming at 1440P or 4K that CPU should be more then capable enough to deliver good FPS with that RTX 2080.
 

Nmopt

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The CPU will be bottlenecking the GPU, especially since you cant overclock it.
 

WildCard999

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It depends on the resolution and game. I ran a stock 4770K (same as 4790) with a 1080 ti at 4K and at no point did the 4770K hold back the 1080 ti as with the higher resolution shifts the gaming load from the CPU to the GPU.

At the very least the OP should try it first before upgrading as it could save like $600+ as they have to buy a new CPU/MB/RAM.
 

Nmopt

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Yes, but he has to keep it in the back of his head that the upgrade can cost an additional $200 (the Z370 costs like $200, not $600)
 
But a cpu upgrade requires cpu/motherboard/RAM. I agree at 4K I doubt a cpu upgrade would show any material benefit and at 1440p the extra FPS that may been seen isn’t going going to be huge and probably hard to justify the cost of cpu/motherboard/RAM for such little return.
 
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Im using 16gb ddr3 ram that has a decent clock (cant remember since im not at home currently),so if i go with the z370, ill need to upgrade to ddr4. The goal is 2x monitors at 1440p that works through new games and upcoming high graphics games (thinking anthem, cyberpunk, etc.)
 

WildCard999

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Try your current setup first (once getting the 2080) and see how it performs, even at 1440P I think that CPU will be able to handle those games paired with that GPU.
 

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