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May 23, 2014 3:02:29 PM

Currently I have an Intel i5-4670, ASRock Extreme 4 mobo, and a GTX 760 2GB (among all the other innards). I would really like to upgrade to a GTX 770 4GB but because of funds I can't upgrade from the 760 to the 770. (I can save...but who really wants to wait that long? ;)  ). A friend of mine said he would buy the CPU mobo and GPU from me for $550. (I just built the desktop about a month and a half ago because my 3 year old gaming laptop died). But I'm kind of sad that I can't run ultra quality graphics with texture packs on a couple games. While I am satisfied with the 760 and it is running flawlessly for me (other than the graphics thing), I would like to keep the total cost for CPU, mobo, and GPU under $600. I was looking at the FX-6300, but I'm not sure what mobo to partner it with. Or are there better CPU's or combos that would work more effectively with the 770 keeping under the $600 mark?

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May 23, 2014 3:07:51 PM

I would go with the 6300 you can overclock the hell out of it and its a good reliable processor. I just picked up at ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0 MOBO for 135 dollars its a great mobo if u can come up with a little extra cash.
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May 23, 2014 3:09:07 PM

I don't think you see much increase in performance jumping from a 760 to a 770.
Your cpu is fine as it is. It is better than a FX6300. You can get a i5 'k' model to allow overclocking since you already have a Z87 motherboard. You won't need a new motherboard.
Save up for a GTX 780 to consider as a gpu upgrade. Make sure you have a decent power supply. What power supply do you have?
If you are talking about Skyrim, for texture packs, a 760 is probably beginning to have difficulties in running in a heavily modded skyrim.
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May 23, 2014 3:12:52 PM

I wouldn't, essentially, trade an Intel CPU for an AMD CPU. An i5-4670 to an 6300 is a rather large downgrade, and you'd likely notice more bottlenecking with the 6300 + 770 setup.

I'd advise you to wait for the 770, or just be satisfied with the 760's performance.
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May 23, 2014 3:35:51 PM

Suztera said:
I don't think you see much increase in performance jumping from a 760 to a 770.
Your cpu is fine as it is. It is better than a FX6300. You can get a i5 'k' model to allow overclocking since you already have a Z87 motherboard. You won't need a new motherboard.
Save up for a GTX 780 to consider as a gpu upgrade. Make sure you have a decent power supply. What power supply do you have?
If you are talking about Skyrim, for texture packs, a 760 is probably beginning to have difficulties in running in a heavily modded skyrim.


I have a Seasonic 550W. I didn't actually take that into account when I was thinking of upgrading. (Whether that's enough or not I'll have to look into after the post). I also apologize, my i5 is a 'k' model (it was only $10 more at the time), I just haven't looked into overclocking at all, and I don't really think that I'll get into it until I upgrade again a few years out. Although the longer I've lurked around the forums an overclocked CPU could last you a long time.

But Skyrim is the biggest culprit of the recent crashes due to the 760. Which, as enemy1g mentioned, I might just have to be satisfied until I decide to upgrade next. :) 
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May 23, 2014 3:40:06 PM

if skyrim crashes, it doesn't have to be the 760. It could be the mods you installed.
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May 23, 2014 3:50:55 PM

Suztera said:
if skyrim crashes, it doesn't have to be the 760. It could be the mods you installed.


Possibly. I know that it is at least a texture mod that is causing the crash. When I ran into the problem originally I started playing turning on mods one by one saving all of the texture packs for last, and then turning on the textures one at a time, cycling through them all. It was only when more than 2 or 3 of them were running I encountered the crashes. I checked online and they were all compatible with one another so I just assumed it was too much for the system.
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May 23, 2014 3:55:09 PM

markador4 said:
Suztera said:
if skyrim crashes, it doesn't have to be the 760. It could be the mods you installed.


Possibly. I know that it is at least a texture mod that is causing the crash. When I ran into the problem originally I started playing turning on mods one by one saving all of the texture packs for last, and then turning on the textures one at a time, cycling through them all. It was only when more than 2 or 3 of them were running I encountered the crashes. I checked online and they were all compatible with one another so I just assumed it was too much for the system.


Make sure you know how to run and use BOSS and TES5 Edit to help reduce crashing problems
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May 23, 2014 4:25:05 PM

And another thing to note, assuming you sort out the crashing of Skyrim. If you're a heavy Skyrim player, you'll see a massive decrease in performance if you switch to an AMD CPU. Skyrim absolutely loves the single core performance of Intel's CPUs
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