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Upgrading computer - CPU and GPU compatibility?

TeamSharkie 2,837 320 November 23, 2015 at 11:54 AM
I have a 5-year old computer and am primarily looking to upgrade the graphics card so I'm able to play some more recent games. I currently have an Intel i5 750 and a Radeon HD5770. I'm interested in that GTX 980 on the front page but just want to make sure there won't be any compatibility or bottleneck issues. What do you guys think?

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the I5 750 will bottleneck a GTX 980. How much? I am not too sure. But I wouldn't recommend spending the money on a top end graphics card if the rest of your computer cant keep up.
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the I5 750 will bottleneck a GTX 980. How much? I am not too sure. But I wouldn't recommend spending the money on a top end graphics card if the rest of your computer cant keep up.
Assuming your right (Not super sure, I have a i7 920 that still plays anything I throw at it), OP can buy the GPU and get better performance now and move the GPU to a new system when the time comes.
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Assuming your right (Not super sure, I have a i7 920 that still plays anything I throw at it), OP can buy the GPU and get better performance now and move the GPU to a new system when the time comes.
And then he/she will have a new computer with an outdated card, still never getting the $ worth out of that $400 card cause in 2 years it will $100.

Dont get me wrong, the i5 750 is still a decently powerful cpu. But is a >$300, 5 year old computer worthy of a $350 card? I am assuming that OP will need to purchase a new power supply as well.

I think he just wants a reason to bite on the deal.

I'd probably get something like a 950 ti instead.

Just my 2 cents.
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And then he/she will have a new computer with an outdated card, still never getting the $ worth out of that $400 card cause in 2 years it will $100.

Dont get me wrong, the i5 750 is still a decently powerful cpu. But is a >$300, 5 year old computer worthy of a $350 card? I am assuming that OP will need to purchase a new power supply as well.

I think he just wants a reason to bite on the deal.

I'd probably get something like a 950 ti instead.

Just my 2 cents.
I completely forgot about the psu. I'm currently using an Earthwatts 430W. That should be able to handle a GTX 980, right?

I basically just want to play Fallout 4 right now on at least High settings. My current vid card doesn't even meet the minimum requirements so if not the 980, what would you recommend? I don't really want to have to upgrade everything but I know if I get a higher end card, I will need to upgrade my cpu as well, which means I would most likely have to get a new mobo.
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I completely forgot about the psu. I'm currently using an Earthwatts 430W. That should be able to handle a GTX 980, right?
Highly doubted, sorry.
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Quote from bcotran View Post :
And then he/she will have a new computer with an outdated card, still never getting the $ worth out of that $400 card cause in 2 years it will $100.

Dont get me wrong, the i5 750 is still a decently powerful cpu. But is a >$300, 5 year old computer worthy of a $350 card? I am assuming that OP will need to purchase a new power supply as well.

I think he just wants a reason to bite on the deal.

I'd probably get something like a 950 ti instead.

Just my 2 cents.
That's valid, I guess I was looking at it more like the OP would buy/build a new system within 6-8 months. If OP has no plans for that I agree about buying a lower end card. I am sure OP will need a new PS for a modern high end card.
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I completely forgot about the psu. I'm currently using an Earthwatts 430W. That should be able to handle a GTX 980, right?

I basically just want to play Fallout 4 right now on at least High settings. My current vid card doesn't even meet the minimum requirements so if not the 980, what would you recommend? I don't really want to have to upgrade everything but I know if I get a higher end card, I will need to upgrade my cpu as well, which means I would most likely have to get a new mobo.
A lot of games are limited by the GPU much moreso than the CPU, so upgrading your GPU (and PSU as needed) may be all you need. That said, your CPU can and will eventually become the bottleneck, so I'm not sure you'd want to spend $300+ on a GPU. You might look at http://www.tomshardware.com/revie...107-7.html, and look 2-3 (or more) tiers above your current card. Try and find the sweet spot between performance and price, but I'd guess something like a R9 270 or GTX 660 Ti would be leaps and bounds above what you've got now, and should go for ~$150 or less.
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I completely forgot about the psu. I'm currently using an Earthwatts 430W. That should be able to handle a GTX 980, right?

I basically just want to play Fallout 4 right now on at least High settings. My current vid card doesn't even meet the minimum requirements so if not the 980, what would you recommend? I don't really want to have to upgrade everything but I know if I get a higher end card, I will need to upgrade my cpu as well, which means I would most likely have to get a new mobo.
Maybe the 960 on fp? you may need to upgrade your psu regardless.
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Maybe the 960 on fp? you may need to upgrade your psu regardless.
No need to upgrade a 430W PS to run a 960. They are very efficient.
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Quote from TeamSharkie View Post :
I completely forgot about the psu. I'm currently using an Earthwatts 430W. That should be able to handle a GTX 980, right?

I basically just want to play Fallout 4 right now on at least High settings. My current vid card doesn't even meet the minimum requirements so if not the 980, what would you recommend? I don't really want to have to upgrade everything but I know if I get a higher end card, I will need to upgrade my cpu as well, which means I would most likely have to get a new mobo.
Your cpu is going to be a huge bottleneck for Fallout 4 which is very cpu intensive. You can see from this test how much of a difference it makes and your cpu is slower than the slowest in the test as well as below the minimum recommendation for Fallout.

http://www.gamersnexus.net/game-b...difference
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