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BinkyBill 1,843 156 June 1, 2016 at 04:57 PM More Intel.com Deals
My son currently has a system I built for him for general use and light gaming. He wants to do more PC gaming, which I'm not very savvy on. He is think of getting a high end card...maybe even a GTX 1070 when it come out.

So my question is whether I just need to scrap my mainboard/cpu or whether it can handle more hard core gaming with some upgrades.

Currently we are running:
* a Gigabyte GA-B85M-Gaming 3 mainboard [gigabyte.com].
*Intel Pentium G3258 CPU [intel.com] at 3.2ghz
*4Gb Ram
*480 PSU

So I know that we will need to up the memory. I'm assuming at least 8gb. I'm also assuming we will need a bigger PSU to support a bigger GPU.

Other than that, can this mb/cpu combo handle being converted to a gaming rig or am I going to have to start from scratch?

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Add 4 to 12 gigs of ram (for 8 to 16 total). 8 is good, 16 is ideal - ram is incredibly cheap right now.
Change Processor to an i5 4460 or i7 4790 (depending on budget/desires) to remove bottenecks from a more powerful gpu.

PSU should be fine for a 1070 or similar GPU So long as it is a high quality unit. What brand/model?

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You should start from scratch.
Not necessary and in fact would benefit in no way by doing so.
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is 480 watts good enough for a 1070?
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is 480 watts good enough for a 1070?
With a stock i5 or i7 and a quality Power supply unit, absolutely. its tdp is only 150.
You could probably run it on a poor quality unit, but id never trust one with a 1070 and i5/i7.
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With a stock i5 or i7 and a quality Power supply unit, absolutely. its tdp is only 150.
You could probably run it on a poor quality unit, but id never trust one with a 1070 and i5/i7.
nvidia really raised the bar on this one.
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nvidia really raised the bar on this one.
Their 970 was actually the same TDP, so they have left the bar the same Stick Out Tongue
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Their 970 was actually the same TDP, so they have left the bar the same
well the 1070s benchmark are higher right? lol. never knew the 970 could run on a 480. thanks for the info.
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well the 1070s benchmark are higher right? lol. never knew the 970 could run on a 480. thanks for the info.
Yes, but its the next generation, they went from a 28 nm process to a 16 nm process so they gained a lot of performance just from that. So thats how I mean the bar is the same in that sense.

And again, it will run on a 480 watt psu, but may not run on every single one, so just be sure to check the 12v rail amperage as well. Smilie
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[QUOTE=SecretlyJesus;85615707]Add 4 to 12 gigs of ram (for 8 to 16 total). 8 is good, 16 is ideal - ram is incredibly cheap right now.
Change Processor to an i5 4460 or i7 4790 (depending on budget/desires) to remove bottenecks from a more powerful gpu.

PSU should be fine for a 1070 or similar GPU So long as it is a high quality unit. What brand/model?

Looks like it is a linkworld LPK-1230 rated at 450 watt, but I'm having a hard time pinning it down online. I also have a new Corsair cx430m [newegg.com] (obviously at 430 watts) that I could put in there.
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Add 4 to 12 gigs of ram (for 8 to 16 total). 8 is good, 16 is ideal - ram is incredibly cheap right now.
Change Processor to an i5 4460 or i7 4790 (depending on budget/desires) to remove bottenecks from a more powerful gpu.

PSU should be fine for a 1070 or similar GPU So long as it is a high quality unit. What brand/model?

Looks like it is a linkworld LPK-1230 rated at 450 watt, but I'm having a hard time pinning it down online. I also have a new Corsair cx430m [newegg.com] (obviously at 430 watts) that I could put in there.
I wouldn't put anything too high end on that unit. would buy a high quality PSU if you're going to spend some 600 dollars on other parts.
do you have a budget? I can just link you to some recommends if you can give me a number.
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I wouldn't put anything too high end on that unit. would buy a high quality PSU if you're going to spend some 600 dollars on other parts.
do you have a budget? I can just link you to some recommends if you can give me a number.
Man, coming up with a number is tough. He's got to figure our some way to pay me for this. So I'm guessing that he wants the cheapest system that will play Overwatch at a medium frame rate. I'm guessing that means that he's not going to be able to afford the GTX 1070. Let's say we put in 8gb of memory, a decent psu, got the i5 4460, and what card? Thanks for all your help!
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you need very little to run overwatch. you also can use the 430 watt corsair's just fine, so long as the card doesn't need as much power. you could get a gtx 950 and be fine. you may also not even need an i5 for just overwatch.
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you need very little to run overwatch. you also can use the 430 watt corsair's just fine, so long as the card doesn't need as much power. you could get a gtx 950 and be fine. you may also not even need an i5 for just overwatch.
OOOh. Good news! I just bought a MSI Radeon R7 360 [newegg.com] that was on sale a little bit ago. Would that do the job for Overwatch?
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OOOh. Good news! I just bought a MSI Radeon R7 360 [newegg.com] that was on sale a little bit ago. Would that do the job for Overwatch?
yeah. feel free to look up digital foundry on YouTube they did an overwatch analysis with a 750 ti and a 360.
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