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What is the best upgrade for my gaming PC? (specs inside)

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October 13, 2013 10:02:28 AM

Hello! I've been looking up stuff in these forums for a while, but this is my first post. Please let me know if I omit something of importance.

Objective: Running the latest and future games at 1080p 60fps (I game on the living room, no need for higher res), with all settings maxed out (apart from AA, so far I don't feel a huge improvement between 4x and 8x). I like my gaming high-quality but would prefer to avoid buying one of the new consoles.

Current State: I can hit these targets most of the time with most games, but some more recent games (Assassin's Creed 3, Hitman Absolution, fully modded Skyrim, etc) drop to 30fps every now and then, and at some times even sub-30.

Specs:

Operating System
MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
CPU
Intel Core i5 2500K @ 3.30GHz 37 °C
Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
RAM
8,00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard
Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. Z68X-UD4-B3 (Socket 1155) 34 °C
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN
Hard Drives
238GB SAMSUNG SAMSUNG SSD 830 Series (SSD)
932GB Seagate ST31000528AS (SATA) 28 °C
Optical Drives
ELBY CLONEDRIVE SCSI CdRom Device
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S223C
Audio
ASUS Xonar DX Audio Device

Budget: 1500€ (preferably 1000€)

So far I'm considering another Titan for SLI, but fearing other components would act as bottleneck.

Thanks in advance!

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a c 280 4 Gaming
October 13, 2013 11:08:29 AM

Those are your current specs? That is a great computer already that can max out any game on 1080p.
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October 13, 2013 11:29:11 AM

realchaos said:
Those are your current specs? That is a great computer already that can max out any game on 1080p.


I would think so, but that does not happen. Currently I am playing Rome II: Total war, and most settings need to be at High to have a mostly 60 fps experience. In Assassin's Creed III, I need to put shadows on low, environments on High (down from very high) and even then I drop from 60fps on heavily populated areas.

My experience is very good, but far from "maxing any game on 1080p", and that is my goal.
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a c 280 4 Gaming
October 13, 2013 5:16:47 PM

Do you have an aftermarket cpu cooler? Have you considered overclocking your system to get better performance?

Also, what is your psu?
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a c 280 4 Gaming
October 14, 2013 4:09:37 PM

A reasonable upgrade would be to buy a better cpu cooler and overclock that 2500k. The i5-2500k overclocks very well, and with a proper cpu cooler you can reach near the 5ghz mark. It should provide a nice increase in games.

When you're playing games like Rome II, did you check to make sure that your Titan is performing at 100%?
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October 14, 2013 4:53:21 PM

realchaos said:
A reasonable upgrade would be to buy a better cpu cooler and overclock that 2500k. The i5-2500k overclocks very well, and with a proper cpu cooler you can reach near the 5ghz mark. It should provide a nice increase in games.

When you're playing games like Rome II, did you check to make sure that your Titan is performing at 100%?


Thanks for the tips. Can you please recommend a good 2500K OC guide, and a good cooler? I thought mine was good. :/ 

Indeed, the Titan seems to hardly ever go over 60% GPU usage on Rome II... Why is that? Here are the stats for a 10-minute-ish play:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/foez4y5wcsio8bi/Rome-II-Titan...
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a c 280 4 Gaming
October 14, 2013 9:19:23 PM

What is your ram? (Corsair Vengeance, Corsair Vengeance LP, Kingston HyperX, Kingston Predator, G.Skill Ares, G.Skill Ripjaws, etc).
Also, what is your case?
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a c 280 4 Gaming
October 17, 2013 4:17:38 PM

This is a great aftermarket cpu cooler that will allow you to overclock extremely well: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/phanteks-cpu-cooler-phtc14...
It also comes in different colors. The last two letters indicate the color (BK = Black, BL = Blue, OR = Orange, etc. White has no two letter ending).
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October 27, 2013 3:05:34 PM

Thanks for the suggestions so far.

I got a good aftermarket cooler and overclocked my 2500K to 4.0GHz. Could go as far as 4.5Ghz but temps were too big for my liking ( around 80º during stress tests).

No noticeable performance increase in gaming. :(  Any other suggestions?
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