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GTX 970 or GTX 1070?


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#1 errorx777

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 07:37 AM

Well, my current build is an i3-4160, 8gb ddr3, gtx 750ti sc 2gb, 1tb hdd. I bought the 750ti last year, it still holds up medium-high settings. The i3 can handle alot more than most people think, havent had a problem with it really, but i recognize times are changin and its about time i upgrade to an i5-4590, and get a 500gb samsung ssd. My only question is do i get a gtx 970 4gb, or go for the 1070?... I mean i bought the 750ti near the end of its lifespan and its held up rather well. But i would enjoy to have the settings close to max and not worry about it for a few years. I dont really plan on gaming in 4k, but i hear the 1070 is like twice as powerful than the titan x. Im not sure if it comes in 4gb of gddr5 or 8gb. but will i be better of getting the 970 4gb ? Will it last atleast 3-4 years for gaming? Also, if i get a 970, do i really have to worry about upgrading to an i5? Seeing as the i3 holds up even to today. (I dont really intend to upgrade to skylake)

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 08:19 AM

Upgrading the CPU really depends on what games you are playing and if they are CPU intensive. With quad core CPUs prevalent and abundant it really doesn't make much sense to me to keep with a dual core. Just seems outdated. But that is my opinion.

 

As far as the GPUs. It really doesn't make sense to go for the 970 with the new cards coming out and they are apparently going to be cheaper then when the 9 series came out. So I would wait until they start hitting shelves to make a decision.


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Posted 20 May 2016 - 08:23 AM

Yeah id say youre probably right. Ill upgrade to the i5. As for the gpu; ill probably get the 1070. Now that i sit and think about it, its way more juice for a deasant price. Plus it will last.

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 08:26 AM

I think i will hold off on the ssd to save some cash.

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 08:29 AM

Don't forget to make sure you motherboard supports the i5 processors and which versions of them.


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Posted 20 May 2016 - 08:35 AM

I cannot recommend upgrade from i3-4160 to i5-4460 unless you can sell that i3 for good price. Speed difference is just too small and total cost in that platform will rise so high that I recommend buying LGA1151 platform instead and sell old parts. LGA1151 is also supported much longer than LGA1150.

 

GTX970 is 3.5GB card in fact and because it lacks many DX12 features, it's very hard to recommend. AMD Polaris 10 probably comes at same price range soon.



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Posted 20 May 2016 - 08:38 AM

Drillingmachine makes a good point on the CPU. I hadn't checked out specs. But if you are going to upgrade I would take the above advice and upgrade to a new socket.

You then have to realize you will be upgrading your entire computer at that point. It all depends on what you want to do and how much you want to spend.


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Posted 20 May 2016 - 09:17 AM

Drillingmachine makes a good point on the CPU. I hadn't checked out specs. But if you are going to upgrade I would take the above advice and upgrade to a new socket.

You then have to realize you will be upgrading your entire computer at that point. It all depends on what you want to do and how much you want to spend.

 

That's the problem. This high cost is reason why I never recommend "buy i3 and upgrade later to i5" as i5 prices do not get lower and when time to upgrade, socket is already replaced with new one. So anyone who wants i5 should buy it right away.


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Posted 20 May 2016 - 09:32 AM

Yeah, i originally bought my current build for around $400. It was my first custom build. Lessons learned the hard way i suppose. Have some skylake stuff in my newegg cart now. With a new motherboard cpu and ram, adds up to about $310. Ill probably get that first then get the 1070 later on. Thanks for the help guys i appreciate it!. One more question though, i have a 550w psu with 2 6+2 pins, will this powersupply be sufficiant for the new 1070? (I made sure its compatible with the motherboard im getting too)

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 09:48 AM

550W PSU should be sufficient, especially with the power consumption going down on newer gen parts. I would think that having the 6+2 connector would be fine, typically cards have the 8 pin connector for power. Unless they decide to change it on the newer cards.


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Posted 20 May 2016 - 09:50 AM

Happy to hear that. One less product to upgrade for the time being. Alright then, its settled, im upgrading to a new socket :). Time to stop being so cheap and make the jump. Thank you all for the help

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Posted 20 May 2016 - 09:52 AM

When it comes time to buy the new GPU just check out a power supply calc and make sure that 550 is enough. But I doubt you'll have an issue.

Awesome, good luck!


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