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August 16, 2013 7:48:24 AM

I current have the following:

Radeon 7950 3GB
ASRock Z68 PRO3
Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz
8GB DDR1600

I want to either upgrade the video card to a more quiet/cooler running GT770 2GB or replace the motherboard/cpu with a ASRock Z87 Extreme4 and Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell 3.4GHz.

Both upgrades are ~$400, which will give me the largest increase in FPS for a game running 1920x1080p? I'm thinking I'll eventually do both but which one first? I'm leaning towards the GPU because it's less work as I almost always reload the OS when I place a motherboard/cpu.

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a b 4 Gaming
August 16, 2013 7:59:45 AM

The biggest increase in FPS would be the 770
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August 16, 2013 8:01:46 AM

GTX770 is the way to go. It will give you more FPS boost.
Additionaly I would consider getting used 2500k/2600k and overclocking it. With your current setup there is no point in getting Haswell. It's not much faster.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 16, 2013 8:03:11 AM

Bejusek said:
GTX770 is the way to go. It will give you more FPS boost.
Additionaly I would consider getting used 2500k/2600k and overclocking it. With your current setup there is no point in getting Haswell. It's not much faster.


+1 As I said go 770, and later on when you can afford it upgrade your CPU. Good luck
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August 16, 2013 8:15:04 AM

Thanks for the info. Why that particular 770 Patrick? I was eyeballing this due to the higher clock speeds: http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GDDR5-2GB-WINDFORCE-Grap...

I considered the 2500k or other k CPU to drop into my motherboard, but its still a $200 affair and I wasn't sure there was good value there versus the 4th gen stuff?
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a b 4 Gaming
August 16, 2013 8:23:50 AM

It is the cheapest, has a great cooling system, and can overclock fairly well
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August 16, 2013 8:31:03 AM

Thanks again. I'll get a 770 ordered today!
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a b 4 Gaming
August 16, 2013 8:33:41 AM

Good luck
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