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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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  1. 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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    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. :)
  5. if skyrim crashes, it doesn't have to be the 760. It could be the mods you installed.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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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