Question Upgrade options for 5/6 year old rig

geneticmaterial

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Hi
potentially looking to upgrade the rig but don't really want to do a brand new build.

If I wanted to upgrade the GPU for eg (preferably a single card that could run triple screens), what would be a good option before it starts being bottlenecked by the cpu etc.

Current build (fully watercooled inc both 970s):
CPU
Intel Core i7 4790K @ 4.00GHz
RAM
hyperX fury 16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 933MHz (10-11-10-30) (2x8gb)
Motherboard
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. Z97-AR (SOCKET 1150)
Graphics
NV Surround (5760x1080@60Hz)
4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (ZOTAC International)
4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (ZOTAC International)
ForceWare version: 441.87
SLI Enabled
Storage
465GB Western Digital WDC WDS500G2B0A-00SM50 (SATA (SSD))
596GB Hitachi HTS547564A9E384 (SATA )

Thanks!
Dan
 

Remeca

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I have an RX 570 8gb in my pc with a non K 4770, I'm still limited by the GPU, so pretty much any modern mid range card would perform well with your cpu, just depends on what your preferences and budget are.
 
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ohio_buckeye

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Thing about sli is that sli and crossfire are starting to not be a thing anymore. You are dependent upon the game developer to support it and then have to deal with how they would scale, plus more power to run 2 cards. You get the idea.

This might be worth a read.

https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/970-sli-vs-1070.2886864/

But for the most part now, I don't think many recommend sli or crossfire as it's easier to have a single more powerful gpu.

Just for reference, they talk about the GTX 1070 in that thread. In benchmarks, the GTX 1660 super and 1660 ti are about the same performance as a GTX 1070.
 

Blitz Blitz

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Grab cheapest card up to gtx 1070 level, or higher tier cards if you overclock cpu, it's up to you and your budget. After few years you should upgrade again, tech getting old very fast.
 

DeauteratedDog

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With respect, I think the other posters are suggesting an under-upgrade.

Two 970s, depending on the game, have the potential to be pretty stout and if you but a shiny new card you want to really feel the improvement.

A single RTX 2070 Super would be enough upgrade to feel.
 
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