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Old 10-04-2016, 04:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking at upgrading my current video card for gaming:
560 GTX (MSI GeForce GTX 560 (Fermi) DirectX 11 N560GTX Twin Frozr II/OC 1GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card-Newegg.com)

My MOBO is an ASUS P8z68-V with a i5 2500k processor. Not sure which card to buy since my MOBO is PCI 2.0 and I do not plan to upgrade the MOBO.

Also, should I be looking at upgrading my processor or should it be passable playing modern games? Preferably on something other than lowest settings

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CPU should be fine for the most part; what's your budget for a GPU? Also, what PSU do you have?
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Looking to spend around $250ish.
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Looks like GTX 1060 time to me. Only other option is a used 980 if you want to go that route.
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Well considering that your budget is $250ish you won't be able to get the best possible gpu for your motherboard but I would suggest spending a little extra on the ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 3GB even though I don't know for sure if its compatible with your motherboard but its definitely worth the money at around $215
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Should I just go for the 6gb?

Looks like $280 EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING, ACX 2.0 (Single Fan), 6GB GDDR5, DX12 OSD Support (PXOC), Only 6.8 Inches Graphics Card 06G-P4-6161-KR https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IPVSGEC..._Arf9xb5THS8KR
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I'd say yes, future proofs you in case you ever get a higher res monitor. Considering this card will likely last you for the next 2 years at least, an extra $60 is nothing over that time period.
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Actually the 6GB is aimed at 1080p as both 1060s are.
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You're right, though IMO they're still plenty fine at 1440p. With a very slight oc at that res most games tested around the 50fps mark. At 2160 it's swinging between 24-30fps, not too shabby but not ideal having to settle for less than fully maxed out graphics
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At 4k a 1080 is usually in the 20-40 range....... The 1070 is aimed for single card 1440p. The 1060 6GB replaces the 980 which was always more of a 1080p card. If it can't do 60fps at a given resolution then IMO it's not meant for it due to the dip.
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