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Upgrade or new Machine for 1440p 144hz gaming

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi

 

My good old trusty gaming machine is about 5 years old by now, and are starting to consider either upgrading or just getting a new one. It rocks a Core I7-4790K 4GHz and Gigabyte GTX970 G1 Gaming 4GB.

So my question is: Is it worth it to just upgrade the graphics card and wait with the CPU? (Because that means new motherboard, which means new ram so basically a new computer :D) or just buy it all at once? Because if I could safe some money and wait a least a half to 1 years to upgrade the rest, I would be nice :P

 

I want to play games in 1440p 144hz will CPU could keep up or just be a bottle neck? If so which graphics card to upgrade too?

 

I want to get the most for my money as possible :P

 

Thanks for everyone who takes time to answer.

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I have an overclocked i7 4770k and 165Hz 1440p monitor. 

While the CPU is starting to show its age, it can still handle at the very least 100-120FPS in the more demanding games. 

 

Definitely upgrade your graphics card first, your CPU will still be fine for at least 1-2 years unless you absolutely must see 144FPS+ in every game. 

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Your CPU can last you a little while longer, I reckon (especially with an OC). But a 970 is not going to cut it for 1440p, let alone at 144Hz. 

A 1070 or 1070 Ti would suit 1440p 60Hz pretty well, but if you want 144Hz you should look at a 2070 or 2080. 

 

You could upgrade to Ryzen later this year after Zen 2 comes out, but for now I'd get a GPU and see how it performs.


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Thanks @WereCat & @Eastman51 for the great answer

 

That was what I had hoped and had in mind myself. I knew my 970 wasn´t going to cut it so something had to happend :P Glad that I was not total of with the idea of keep going with the CPU and get a new GPU.

 

Mabye you could help me find a new graphics card:

Which graphic cards would you recommend to get the most performance pr. buck that fits my demands the best?

 

And I dont think I would go to team red :D I like blue and green :P

 

Again Thanks

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7 hours ago, Darki said:

Mabye you could help me find a new graphics card:

Which graphic cards would you recommend to get the most performance pr. buck that fits my demands the best?

For 1440p 60Hz:
Get a 1660Ti or find a good deal on a used 1070 Ti. Just depends on what you're comfortable going with.

1660Ti's MSRP for around $280 (the EVGA XC Black triple slot is a good card, I've tested one before), 1070Ti's look to be around $180 to $310 on ebay (which is roughly the same price spacing as 1660Ti's). 

 

Both perform pretty similarly, though the 1660Ti might be just a little bit better.


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Yeah your CPU should be fine for 100fps though not 144. That said unless you get a 2080ti you're not going to be getting 1440p 144hz anyways. 1660ti and RTX 2060 are both fine for 1440p 60hz, ignore the 2070 it's a dumb card that nobody should buy, and the 2080 would be suitable for 1440p 100fps. If you want 1440p 144hz you'll need a 9700k at 5ghz and 2080ti...so yeah I'd go 100fps lol. 



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