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gtx 780ti or R9 290X on an older PC.

Hi.
i'm planning to upgrade my old HD4870 X2 to a GTX780ti or R9 290X.
the MB is an Asus Maximus II Formula.
CPU is Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 @ 3960Mhz
Ram: 8Gb OCZ PC6400.
the question is if i'm gonna experience some bottleneck with my old components or i'll just be fine with the upgraded VGA.
I searched the web, but couldn't find anything related.

thanks.
Andrew
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  1. You will experience significant bottleneck there. That cpu benchmarks below an i3 4130 which is the minimum gaming cpu right now. So you're matching a lower than acceptable cpu with the most powerful cards.
  2. woltej1 said:
    You will experience significant bottleneck there. That cpu benchmarks below an i3 4130 which is the minimum gaming cpu right now. So you're matching a lower than acceptable cpu with the most powerful cards.


    ok, i was plannig to only upgrade the GPU because i also wanted to get a laptop.
    is it comparable my current setup with an alienware 18 (I7 4700, 780m sli). will i see a mayor improvement over my old rig?
    thanks.
  3. How much heavy duty gaming do you plan to do while being mobile? A much better solution would be to buy a laptop that suits your mobile needs then build a computer since you can stick a lot of money into laptops and get mediocre performance out of them yet.
  4. i know what you mean, but i live in Chile (southamerica) and prices here are higher than the ones you get in USA.
    a gtx780ti is US$1.037
    a R9 290X is US$805
    so, if i build a new rig, including MB, ram, gpu, etc, we are talking about at least US$3.500 here in Chile.
    That's why i was considerating to get a gamer laptop.
  5. What size screen do you play on? You can build a computer much more capable than any lap top for cheaper than you'd probably think.
  6. Best answer
    i just play in 1080p.
    my goal is always get the best components at the time i build my rig, because i usually keep it for years.
    i built my current PC in 2009, and works flawlessly.
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