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July 21, 2013 7:23:07 PM

Hello all!
I want to run Skyrim on Ultra settings with mods (for graphics, etc). Maybe in the future I would like to run BF4, if it's possible.
So far this is what I'm thinking of ordering.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1jkyP
Parts that cost me zero dollars and is not included in budget: Monitor, operating system, optical drive, RAM, and SSD.

I'm having trouble deciding between a GTX 770 vs GTX 670 and the reason why. What parts should I change/cut/replace for something else because I feel like some components are an overkill.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $950

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming, watching movies, surfing

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: All, except for RAM, SSD, and DVD drive

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, amazon

Location: Southern California, Torrance

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080,

Additional Comments:

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Want to Run Skyrim on Ultra settings with graphic mods!

Thank you!

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July 21, 2013 8:02:59 PM

While you will definitely see a major frame rate improvement by adding the GTX 670, the card won't be able to live up to its full potential due to the CPU bottle necking it in games that are CPU intensive. On the other hand, if you plan on eventually upgrading to that new system anyway (card included), why not add the 670 now and enjoy it while you continue to save for the rest of the system?
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July 21, 2013 8:07:59 PM

clutchc said:
While you will definitely see a major frame rate improvement by adding the GTX 670, the card won't be able to live up to its full potential due to the CPU bottle necking it in games that are CPU intensive. On the other hand, if you plan on eventually upgrading to that new system anyway (card included), why not add the 670 now and enjoy it while you continue to save for the rest of the system?


I like your method! You're saying to replace my old ATI 5770 with the GTX 670. The mobo only has PCI-E 2.0 slot (the GTX 670 needs 3.0, but I'm guessing it's backward compatible?) Then somewhere down the line if I wanted a new system, trash everything and move the GTX 670 to the new system?
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July 21, 2013 8:13:23 PM

Yes, the PCIe protocol is backwards compatible. And yes, as long as you are planning on the system upgrade, go for the card you want in the new system. You'll see gaming improvement, just not to the card's max.
But if you don't see getting the new system this year, you might want to just go with a less expensive card that doesn't bottle neck to save some money.
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July 22, 2013 3:21:38 AM

clutchc said:
Yes, the PCIe protocol is backwards compatible. And yes, as long as you are planning on the system upgrade, go for the card you want in the new system. You'll see gaming improvement, just not to the card's max.
But if you don't see getting the new system this year, you might want to just go with a less expensive card that doesn't bottle neck to save some money.


Thank you. I've decided to just go for a brand new system :) 
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