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Video card upgrade old system i7 first generation ok or shell out tons of $ build new system.

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January 25, 2014 7:17:06 PM

Would it be ok to just upgrade my GPU on my first generation i7 system to just play games like Far Cry 3, Crysis 3, Skyrim and BF4 or will there be a huge bottle neck in trying to run these games at full graphics? And if old i7 system ok which GPU would be best for my needs without wasting tons of money on a high end GPU that will not get the bang for my buck?

I don't use the computer for high end graphics rendering. I just play games and do basic home stuff on it.

I do plan on maybe adding on a Samsung 840 EVO SSD or Crucial M500 for main OS drive and high end games.

I been looking at the reviews on NVidia GTX 770 and 780. Have some money to spend on maybe a GPU upgrade now or save for a new upgraded overall system?

Current system:
i7 860 processor 2.8GHz (not overclocking currently)
ASUS P7P55D EVO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
8 GB Corsair XMS memory
XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0
WD 1TB black drive (main drive)
WD 1TB blue drive (basic storage)
Corsair 750TX power supply
ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2, CPU Cooler (was always nervous about water cooling. LOL)

Any advice would be grateful. Thanks.

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January 25, 2014 7:24:48 PM

It depends on the game, but currently your cpu should be able to play most new games with a better graphics card on high settings.
This won't be future proof though.
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January 25, 2014 7:49:54 PM

sunder25 said:
It depends on the game, but currently your cpu should be able to play most new games with a better graphics card on high settings.
This won't be future proof though.


Thanks. Any recommendations on GPU? Think a GTX770 too much card for old system? I know it is not future proof but just to casually play games like Crysis 3 or BF4 for example.
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