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Which new GPU for PC or buy next gen console?

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The time has come to replace the GPU in my gaming PC, but life has moved on and I stopped following the gpu arm's race many years ago so have no idea where to start nor the time to invest in starting … Read More
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5m, 4w agoPosted 5 months, 4 weeks ago
The time has come to replace the GPU in my gaming PC, but life has moved on and I stopped following the gpu arm's race many years ago so have no idea where to start nor the time to invest in starting research from scratch.

Currently split my limited gaming time between the PC (and huge steam back catalogue), a 360 and PS3 so the crux of the issue is affordability - as in no PC upgrade should cost proportionally more than switching to XBOneS (as 4K blu-ray is an interest and affordable players are some way off).

PC is an intel i7 920 running 6GB of ram at stock speeds on a Foxcon Bloodrage. PSU is a seasonic m12d in the region of 850w from mem so should be sufficient and I game either on a 42" 1080p LCD 9ft away or a 1080p NEC 24wmgx3. All very retro I know. I can't run more than 6GB of RAM as the board is only rated to 6gb and whilst it will run with 12gb I get too many random shut downs.

I'd want to run the majority of games at 1080p either maxxed out or with most of the bells and whistles turned up, I'd rather not have to invest in a new mobo / Cpu / DDR4 ram in order to do so but a GPU that would scale with the system should I feel like burning a grand doing so in the next year would be a bonus. There's no immediate need to change, so if a new ground breaking architectures close (I know it almost always is) then I can hold off a little while.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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5m, 4w agoPosted 5 months, 4 weeks ago
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If you pick the right time you can buy a mb package from overclockers. I bought a great bundle with a Maximus V111 ROG Board, I7 6770K water cooler and 16gb x 3200 ram for around £600 i think. Then all i did was upgraded the rest what i needed. Good for a few years. Oh it come with a free SSD 500mb as well. I topped it of with a GTX 1080 FTW

Edited By: gr8h8me on Nov 27, 2016 10:57
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amis1975

You sir win the internet for 2010. I'm not after the best gpu - my CPU and Mobo will bottleneck the £$£% out of it.

Jog on.

gr8h8me
If you pick the right time you can buy a mb package from overclockers. I bought a great bundle with a Maximus V111 ROG Board, I7 6770K water cooler and 16gb x 3200 ram for around £600 i think. Then all i did was upgraded the rest what i needed. Good for a few years. Oh it come with a free SSD 500mb as well. I topped it of with a GTX 1080 FTW

Thanks, it's an option for later down the line - having missed so many upgrade cycles i know I'll need to replace the lot when the time comes. Current GPU is holding me back atm so if it can be replaced within the confines of the current rig then it shall be.
#4
Bluray is dead 4k is too cinavia killed both
Better of with an iptv or a pc linked to tv then you can use non cinavia writer software.
#5
If you want something new, a GTX 1060 or RX 470/480. If you looking at something used, you could take a look at GTX 970/980 or a R9 390/390X or a R9 fury.
#6
Well it definitely sounds like you need a new motherboard anyway, because you could really do with upping it to 8gb RAM, but I don't think it's a serious need
I personally think the RX 480 is the best choice, I don't see your CPU bottlenecking it, at least too badly
But with such an old CPU you won't be able to run everything maxed out, so even if you do buy a higher performance GPU you'd then be bottlenecking
#7
was in a similar position you ,and I just went for ps4 pro .I know its not going to match a proper gaming pc,but limited time to.actually sit and play and simplicity won it for me.
#8
An RX 470 or 480 wouldn't do to bad with your Cpu. I have a friend who runs the same cpu with a GTX 970 and there's very little to no bottleneck.
#9
I would go with a 480/1060 as others have said, that way if you do upgrade in the future you have a card. Pretty much whatever card you buy performance will be effected by the CPU bound part of the game, you could even go gtx970 and with the same settings there wouldnt be much of a difference. However where the difference would lie is things like being able to use higher resolutions or better textures. As more and more games become less CPU bound due to the power of GPUs, CPUs are less important so in certain games you will see a massive increase.


Edited By: catbeans on Nov 27, 2016 14:37

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