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How important is a CPU upgrade when I gpu upgrade?

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My desktop has a 2* nvidia 780's and a 4770k with a liquid cooler and both are slightly over clocked.  Working a dream at the moment.  I'm running into the usual problem of games needing more frames per second to hit the magical 60 mark at 1440p.

 

I'm wondering if I get a new gpu (10 series), will I need to upgrade my CPU also?  There's no real features I know of i'd be missing out on cpu-wise.  Cores? Threads? Etc...

 

Little help?


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4770k Will handle any of the 10 series. You're good. Worry about upgrading your CPU in about 3 years


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That CPU is still good for gaming, so you should be fine, although you shouldn't get 2 1080s in SLI imo


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The 10 series works well with any CPU of that caliber. You wont have to upgrade your CPU for at least 5 years before you really notice hardware bottlenecks. I'd recommend a 1070, since the 1080 may be a bit overkill if you are looking for 1440p@60fps in any game so far. For gaming, threads and cores don't always show as much, since most games are designed to run on a single core and thread. Some use 2 or even all of your cores, not sure about that much though. Lets just hope you can get your hands on a 1070, they are flying off of shelves and inventories. :)


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4 hours ago, silencerbob said:

My desktop has a 2* nvidia 780's and a 4770k with a liquid cooler and both are slightly over clocked.  Working a dream at the moment.  I'm running into the usual problem of games needing more frames per second to hit the magical 60 mark at 1440p.

 

I'm wondering if I get a new gpu (10 series), will I need to upgrade my CPU also?  There's no real features I know of i'd be missing out on cpu-wise.  Cores? Threads? Etc...

 

Little help?

The 4770k is still a very good CPU. Sure, there are slightly better, but you are not in a need for a CPU upgrade just yet. Sell those 780s of yours and focus on getting yourself a 1080 (or 1070 if you wanna do it on the cheap).


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The only reason I went from Sandy Bridge to Skylake was because of the MB I had, and didn't have a 2500/2600 already. I considered going with a Haswell chip earlier to try and save some money. In hindsight, maybe I should have.

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10 hours ago, silencerbob said:

My desktop has a 2* nvidia 780's and a 4770k with a liquid cooler and both are slightly over clocked.  Working a dream at the moment.  I'm running into the usual problem of games needing more frames per second to hit the magical 60 mark at 1440p.

 

I'm wondering if I get a new gpu (10 series), will I need to upgrade my CPU also?  There's no real features I know of i'd be missing out on cpu-wise.  Cores? Threads? Etc...

 

Little help?

Your CPU is good, and your GPU setup is no dummy either.  Power hungry compared to newer generation cards, but still powerful. So, if you are not getting the performance you want, make sure what your limiting factor is. My guess would be that a single, high-end newer card will perform better than your SLI and improve your experience, possibly all the way to your target, since 60FPS isn't as demanding for the CPU as 1440p at high quality settings is for the GPU.

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