What to upgrade at a reasonable cost

Perosteck1967

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Was hoping for some advice, below is my spec and feel it is struggling slightly on games recently, would like to upgrade to a new system but funds are low, can you give me a few ideas on best upgrades for my spec

Many thanks


Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64-bit
CPU
Intel Core i5 4670 @ 3.40GHz 44 °C
Haswell 22nm Technology
RAM
16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 799MHz (11-11-11-30)
Motherboard
Gigabyte Technology Co. Ltd. H81M-D2V (SOCKET 0) 28 °C
Graphics
PHL 272G5DY (1920x1080@144Hz)
Intel HD Graphics 4600 (Gigabyte)
2048MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 (Gigabyte) 40 °C
ForceWare version: 376.33
SLI Disabled
Storage
931GB Seagate ST1000DM003-1CH162 (SATA) 34 °C
Optical Drives
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-224DB
Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio
 


The 1070 would be the best option imo. Yes, you have to save longer. A little bit of applied patience. While the 1060 will be a significant boost the 1070 would offer more longevity. Eventually you will upgrade to a new PC. The 4670 will only last so long. You may move over to Skylake or Kaby Lake. The 1060 is a perfect pairing for the 4670 or my 4690K. But for the 66 or 7600 i5 the 1070 would be better qualified.

1060

https://www.amazon.com/MSI-GTX-1060-ARMOR-OCV1/dp/B01L9VB642/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483910524/

or

https://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Support-Graphics-06G-P4-6161-KR/dp/B01IPVSGEC/ref=sr_1_9?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1483910645/

1070
https://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GeForce-GDDR5-Graphics-GV-N1070IXOC-8GD/dp/B01JD2OSX0/ref=sr_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1483910645

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487265&ignorebbr=1

I much prefer the EVGA 1070.

Which card will I buy when I can afford one? The 1070. I have a 970FTW at this point and it fits my needs beautifully.
 
I would suggest a GTX 1060 6GB if you can afford it. They start at about $240. It has roughly double the performance of a 960 2GB @ 1080p, which is what I assume you're playing at.

https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_1060/26.html

Too bad you didn't do this just before the holidays, because even the Gigabyte that is normally $270 was going for as low as $235. Right now it's on sale at Newegg for $255.

You can get the PNY for $240, but it only has a 1 yr vs Giga's 3 yr warranty. It's also clocked lower than the Giga.

^Both the above sales are only good thru today (1/8/17). If you miss the sales, another option is the MSI OCV1 6G 1060 for $250 at Newegg, and that's the regular price. It's also clocked right in between the Giga and PNY. It also has a 3 yr warranty like the Giga.

The 3Gb 1060's run about $210 for the full sized ones, and as low as $195 for the single fan smaller ones. They perform within a few FPS of the 6GB version @ 1080p, but there are already an increasing number of games you can't run max textures with that low VRAM, so they're not exactly future ready.





 


The 1070 would be the best option imo. Yes, you have to save longer. A little bit of applied patience. While the 1060 will be a significant boost the 1070 would offer more longevity. Eventually you will upgrade to a new PC. The 4670 will only last so long. You may move over to Skylake or Kaby Lake. The 1060 is a perfect pairing for the 4670 or my 4690K. But for the 66 or 7600 i5 the 1070 would be better qualified.

1060

https://www.amazon.com/MSI-GTX-1060-ARMOR-OCV1/dp/B01L9VB642/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483910524/

or

https://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Support-Graphics-06G-P4-6161-KR/dp/B01IPVSGEC/ref=sr_1_9?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1483910645/

1070
https://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GeForce-GDDR5-Graphics-GV-N1070IXOC-8GD/dp/B01JD2OSX0/ref=sr_1_5?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1483910645

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487265&ignorebbr=1

I much prefer the EVGA 1070.

Which card will I buy when I can afford one? The 1070. I have a 970FTW at this point and it fits my needs beautifully.
 
^Agree with you on the 1070 being more future ready, but when the person asking is on an older platform and says "funds are low", I error on the side of budget.

That said, it's best to always include max allowable budget when asking such things.
 

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