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Best GPU for i7-4790K

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As far as I've seen the best CPU I can get for a computer my friend is giving me is the i7-4790K so I was wondering what graphics card I could pair it with to keep bottlenecking at a minimum. Keep in mind this CPU is limited to DDR3 ram. The gt 720 he has in it atm won't cut it.

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The 4790k is a beast, it can handle great graphics cards. Slap in whatever you can afford, just make sure you cool that CPU appropriately.

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well that CPU is not bad by any means, its actually really good. old does not mean its bad. im sure it can hold up with the latest GPU's

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Just now, fasauceome said:

The 4790k is a beast, it can handle great graphics cards. Slap in whatever you can afford, just make sure you cool that CPU appropriately.

^^^ And IIRC the real world difference between DDR3 and DDR4 is not much at all, DDR4 I think is more power efficient, but it has a higher latency than DDR3 so performance wise it kinda cancels out the clockspeed advantages.

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Just now, Zando Bob said:

^^^ And IIRC the real world difference between DDR3 and DDR4 is not much at all, DDR4 I think is more power efficient, but it has a higher latency than DDR3 so performance wise it kinda cancels out the clockspeed advantages.

Yeah gaming doesn't favor DDR4 very much

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The i7-4790K can still outperforms most mid-range CPUs from AMD or even Intel today. There should be no bottlenecking whatsoever, so slap any bad boy into the build and you will be fine.

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Should handle a 1060. Even if the game is cpu intensive. I wouldn't go higher than that unless its a game like pubg. Something that wont make it struggle.

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7 minutes ago, Dimondminer11 said:

Awww hell yeah! Im gonna slap a 1060 6gb in it then!

I used to use the 1060 6gb with my 4790k

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Well not much is cheaper than the 1060 6gb for same performance (unless you go AMD but bleh)

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Actually the 1060 is going to be fine for at least a few years. I won't expect big changes in the GPU's/CPU's performance, like what Nvidia did from Maxwell 2.0 to Pascal, or Intel's Kaby Lake to Coffee Lake. However, I'm still interested on how the GTX/RTX 2060 will performs though...

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Im using 4770K 4.3ghz with GTX 1080ti OC at 2560x1440 and in most games the GPU is the limiting factor and same in VR.

Some games will see some slight GPU usage drops like BF1 multiplayer, Far Cry 5 and assassin's creed though, but the GPU is still in the 85 to 90% load range minimum and FPS are still high.

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Yeah if the RTX 2060 is better than the 1060 (probs not in price) then I might buy it.

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11 minutes ago, i_build_nanosuits said:

Im using 4770K 4.3ghz with GTX 1080ti OC at 2560x1440 and in most games the GPU is the limiting factor and same in VR.

Some games will see some slight GPU usage drops like BF1 multiplayer, Far Cry 5 and assassin's creed though, but the GPU is still in the 85 to 90% load range minimum and FPS are still high.

You need to play black ops 4 and tell me how to make it work. 

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8 minutes ago, i_build_nanosuits said:

Im using 4770K 4.3ghz with GTX 1080ti OC at 2560x1440 and in most games the GPU is the limiting factor and same in VR.

Some games will see some slight GPU usage drops like BF1 multiplayer, Far Cry 5 and assassin's creed though, but the GPU is still in the 85 to 90% load range minimum and FPS are still high.

I'm in a similar position, I have the same CPU at 4.2ghz paired with the RTX 2080 Ti and I ain't worried about a CPU bottleneck since I game at 3440x1440, max ingame video setting (games like Metro 2033 Redux at max ingame, enabling SSAA at 2.0 bring framerate down from 150-200fps to just about 60-90fps). I also have a pair of VEGA 64's (about as powerful as the RTX 2080 Ti) paired with a 3960X at 4.25ghz and I've yet to come across a game that these CPU's can't handle. Now, I must qualify my assertion by saying that I don't play online games, I do know that online games can be hard on the CPU so that may be why I've not encountered any issue.

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27 minutes ago, Mick Naughty said:

Should handle a 1060. Even if the game is cpu intensive. I wouldn't go higher than that unless its a game like pubg. Something that wont make it struggle.

seen a gtx 1080 TI run with it no issues. thats actually what my next upgrade is going to be, same CPU since its the best for my socket and a 1080ti. my buddy has the same setup.

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58 minutes ago, Dimondminer11 said:

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it can handle a 1060 no problem with room to spare*

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26 minutes ago, Mick Naughty said:

You need to play black ops 4 and tell me how to make it work.

I don't play that game...sorry :(

 

12 minutes ago, xg32 said:

it can handle a 1060 no problem with room to spear

it can handle a lot more than that...

1070/1070ti are good choices for 1080p

1080/2070/1080ti/2080 are good choices for 1440p

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34 minutes ago, shmoochie said:

seen a gtx 1080 TI run with it no issues. thats actually what my next upgrade is going to be, same CPU since its the best for my socket and a 1080ti. my buddy has the same setup.

Hope that works out. Mine doesn’t do well. Hope it can handle streaming better than it does gaming. 

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2 minutes ago, Mick Naughty said:

Hope that works out. Mine doesn’t do well. Hope it can handle streaming better than it does gaming.

you are running two cards in SLI...this is the issue,...you're not reaching 100% GPU usage not because of the CPU it's because of SLI scalling issues.

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1 hour ago, Dimondminer11 said:

As far as I've seen the best CPU I can get for a computer my friend is giving me is the i7-4790K so I was wondering what graphics card I could pair it with to keep bottlenecking at a minimum. Keep in mind this CPU is limited to DDR3 ram. The gt 720 he has in it atm won't cut it.

I did a recent updated upgrade for a kid on his 4690K I added a 1060 for his system, butter smooth

With your 4790K I think even a 1080ti should be no problem. 

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1 minute ago, i_build_nanosuits said:

you are running two cards in SLI...this is the issue,...you're not reaching 100% GPU usage not because of the CPU it's because of SLI scalling issues.

Well the 4770k is using a single card and cant handle it. Cods scale perfectly though, would do the same with a single card. Still capped at 130 frames or so regardless of cards or settings. This is on bf1, single 1080 at 1440. Prolly the best its looked. Could show all cores and get it pegged at 100% on a few maps. 

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15 minutes ago, Mick Naughty said:

Well the 4770k is using a single card and cant handle it. Cods scale perfectly though, would do the same with a single card. Still capped at 130 frames or so regardless of cards or settings. This is on bf1, single 1080 at 1440. Prolly the best its looked. Could show all cores and get it pegged at 100% on a few maps. 

 

Gpu still maxed out though I guess (I know I played bf1 1440p gtx1080 a lot) so a better cpu would not increase performance...also have you tried it in dx12 like I told you the other day your cpu load will drop to 65%

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I'm pairing 2080 with my 4790k and its fine. I play many types of games at 2560x1440, 130+ fps. 90-100% gpu usage on all of them. But reading some stuff yesterday, I bought a 8086k(got a sweet deal) but after reading this thread, I got buyers remorse :D I really hope I gain 20-30 fps out of it, and if not... fml. 

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2080ti on a 4770k at 1920X1080 im seeing a cpu cap for sure but I am getting well over 100fps in everything.

At 4k I am seeing 70-100fps

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