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Upgrading PC with Asus Rampage III Extreme, what GPU?

Hi Guys,

 

My brother has this old computer with the Asus Rampage III Extreme Motherboard and I wanted to upgrade some components on it, so that it might be still useful for him even for gaming. My plan and research so far:

Upgrading with:

CPU: Intel Xeon X5690

Ram: Crucial CT2K102464BD160B - 3 x 16GB Kit (48GB in total), the board actually only supports 24GB in total on paper, but with the Xeon processor, it is actually capable to handle 48 GB of ram

HDD: SSD

BIOS: Modded one for this particular motherboard to unleash more potential

GPU: ? Absolutely not sure which one, as the PCIe slots are 2.0 revision and I have read a lot about throttling.

 

Can anyone tell me which GPU card would be the best choice for gaming with the configuration above?

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budget? region? psu wattage and rating? what resolution/refresh rate will your brother game at?

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Motusawa said:

 

HDD: SSD

 

i had a good laugh after reading this

 

HDD means Hard Disk Drive, SSD means Solid State Drive, your Hard Disk Drive cannot be a Solid State Drive.

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1 minute ago, Asez23 said:

i had a good laugh after reading this

 

HDD means Hard Disk Drive, SSD means Solid State Drive, your Hard Disk Drive cannot be a Solid State Drive.

Sorry, I meant to upgrade his actual installed HDD to a SSD now

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well?

4 minutes ago, Asez23 said:

budget? region? psu wattage and rating? what resolution/refresh rate will your brother game at?

 

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Asez23 said:

budget? region? psu wattage and rating? what resolution/refresh rate will your brother game at?

 

 

 

Resolution 1080p with 60 Hertz (does it make sense?), not sure if more is actually possible with his hardware.

Need to ask him about psu wattage and rating, I do not remember it anymore.

Lets keep budget away at the moment, as I want to know what the motherboard can handle at it´s best

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LGA 1366, which means no AVX instruction set support. Some games will run badly and some may refuse to launch. Beware.

 

Dont worry about PCIe, they are backwards compatible. I'd get something like a 1660S, so it's good even if you replace the rest of the system later.

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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14 hours ago, Asez23 said:

budget? region? psu wattage and rating? what resolution/refresh rate will your brother game at?

 

 

Hi,

He is using a "be quiet!" dark power pro 900W PSU (model: BQT P8-PRO-900W)

 

13 hours ago, Jurrunio said:

LGA 1366, which means no AVX instruction set support. Some games will run badly and some may refuse to launch. Beware.

 

Dont worry about PCIe, they are backwards compatible. I'd get something like a 1660S, so it's good even if you replace the rest of the system later.

I think the 1660s might be actually a good choice, its not very old (from Q4 2019), seems to handle quite newer games in 1080p with high settings. Not sure how much throttling there would be because of the PCIe 3.0 it was designed for and with the X5690 I thought as a replacement (probably needs some OC). The only thing I see is that it has not a lot of connectors (only 1xDP, 1xHDMI and 1xDVI), would have loved to see the same connectors like for example on the 1070 (2xHDMI, 2xDP and 1xDVI), but this should not be the bummer here.

 

If someone else has maybe a different proposition, let me know.

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3 hours ago, Motusawa said:

Hi,

He is using a "be quiet!" dark power pro 900W PSU (model: BQT P8-PRO-900W)

 

I think the 1660s might be actually a good choice, its not very old (from Q4 2019), seems to handle quite newer games in 1080p with high settings. Not sure how much throttling there would be because of the PCIe 3.0 it was designed for and with the X5690 I thought as a replacement (probably needs some OC). The only thing I see is that it has not a lot of connectors (only 1xDP, 1xHDMI and 1xDVI), would have loved to see the same connectors like for example on the 1070 (2xHDMI, 2xDP and 1xDVI), but this should not be the bummer here.

 

If someone else has maybe a different proposition, let me know.

also consider the pci-e connectors, you might need to buy a new power supply or some sort of adapter to power the 1660s

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