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Need an upgrade for an older home-built PC

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
August 5, 2013 8:42:41 PM

About two years ago I built a PC on a low-end budget. Over the years my graphics choice, A 5750, has proven to be a massive annoyance and regretful decision. I have enough money to buy a new PC, but before I get a chance to I want to see how a new NVDIA GTX 760 would do with my PC. ( I'm not %100 I'll get to build another since I'm about to graduate high school.)

Here are my Specs:
CPU: AMD Phenom II x4 970
RAM: Kingston 4GB & G. Skill Sniper @1600Mhz
Motherboard: ASUS M4A79T Deluxe
Power Supply: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mk II 950W
Case: Antec 300 Illusion
OS: Windows 7

I have added some RAM and got a different PSU over the years so I included them. My question is how bad will my bottleneck be? I've heard that AMD CPUs have a bad time dealing with newer graphics and tend to hold back on games. How bad will it be? I'm also wondering if I picked a good 760 card: EVGA GeForce GTX760 SuperClocked w/EVGA ACX Cooler. I'm hoping that the bottleneck will not be bad. Tell me if it's worth it to get the card or not. I'm open to any suggestions on a different card as long as it's not over $300.

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August 5, 2013 8:51:00 PM

You'd be fine, though you could also get a $30 CM Hyper 212Evo and OC the Phenom if it does seem to be bottlenecking

760 is the best card in your budget range.
August 5, 2013 8:53:57 PM

Thank you, I'll consider it if my CPU does start to bottleneck.
August 5, 2013 8:57:11 PM

Yeah, I've seen benchmarks with a Phenom II 980 and a 680, and there wasn't a bottleneck. The 760 isn't quite as fast as a 680, but neither is a 970. You'll be fine. The suggestion for a Cpu cooler is solid though, and will help you extend the life of that processor a bit. When you finally upgrade the whole motherboard/cpu, you can reuse the same cooler, so it's something you'll want to buy anyways. And holy cow, a 950w PSU for that system? I'd expect to see a 950w in a system running dual Titans and a 3930k Cpu, wow. Nice Psu though, will last you a long, long time.