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Upgrading Gfx Card, can my board keep up?

All,

I'd like to upgrade my current GTX 460 1 GB to a GTX 770 2GB. Leaning towards the MSI branded card at the moment.

The rest of my system will remain dated- my board is an EVGA P55 SLI (no plans to SLI a 770), and an i5 750 OC'ed to 4.2

I haven't kept up with tech over the past couple of years- is this a worthwhile buy for me, or will I miss out on some of the nice stuff in a new, beefy GPU due to having a board that doesn't offer enough on the PCI, SATA, or something like that? I know I'm RAM/GPU bottlenecked at the moment, but don't want to end up having a situation where running a top of the line GPU on an old board holds it back significantly either.

Thanks!
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    I actually suspect you'll be quite fine. You should probably wait with upgrading your CPU until after Haswell I'm thinking.
  2. I agree, you should be fine on the graphics upgrade. I wouldn't worry about waiting for Haswell since the 770 should have a long life expectancy of at least 3 to 5 years and should be compatible with whatever you upgrade to in the years to follow as long as they don't change the PCI-Express slot. You didn't say how much memory you have but if you have 4GB or less, my advice would be to upgrade while memory is on the cheap.
  3. X79 said:
    I actually suspect you'll be quite fine. You should probably wait with upgrading your CPU until after Haswell I'm thinking.


    Anonymous said:
    I agree, you should be fine on the graphics upgrade. I wouldn't worry about waiting for Haswell since the 770 should have a long life expectancy of at least 3 to 5 years and should be compatible with whatever you upgrade to in the years to follow as long as they don't change the PCI-Express slot. You didn't say how much memory you have but if you have 4GB or less, my advice would be to upgrade while memory is on the cheap.


    Currently at 4GB, though I 100% plan to buy 2 new sticks @ 2x4 when I upgrade my card. I don't think I'm CPU bottlenecked on anything- its a gaming upgrade. I'm starting to need to back some games down to High in order to keep up the frame rate ( FF XIV Beta atm, and quite excited for the release)- so I'd like to take the plunge on a new card and RAM without updating my board/cpu.

    I had kind of planned to do it this way anyways- and bought a nice XFX 750W (Gold or Silver Rated) Power Supply which was way nicer than my current components needed, so I should have plenty of overhead.
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