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I'm upgrading my computer, is the upgrade compatible with my current system and is it suitable for gaming at ultra-settings?

I'm upgrading my current PC - the old build can be found here. The new replacements for the upgrade include:

Replacing AMD FX 8350 Processor with Intel i7-6700K Processor

Replacing Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 Motherboard with Asus MAXIMUS VIII HERO Motherboard

Replacing Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB RAM with Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB RAM

I have mild experience with compatibility and all, but I always want to make sure and check, because I don't want to order incompatible parts, or even worse, order incompatible parts that damage my current PC (unlikely, but possible). Also, what FPS will this run demanding games at, such as GTA V and ArmA 3? Is there anything that I should change to make the build better or more efficient? Keep in mind that the budget for this upgrade is ~$1000.

Update: To make things more convienient, I made another link that contains the upgraded PC, you can find it here.

Update 2: I've decided to remove the once-here GPU replacement in favor of the pascal cards coming out in just a few months, will it still be compatible and smooth with all of these components?

Thanks,
Grant56810
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  1. It will work, however it is not a good upgrade in my eyes. The FX 8350 is still a good CPU, keep it for a while and invest in a GPU. The GTX 980 is one of the worst choices. Just keep everything, sell the gtx 970 and buy a gtx 980TI. It will run way, way better than a new CPU + new Ram + gtx 980.
  2. Gingerbread said:
    It will work, however it is not a good upgrade in my eyes. The FX 8350 is still a good CPU, keep it for a while and invest in a GPU. The GTX 980 is one of the worst choices. Just keep everything, sell the gtx 970 and buy a gtx 980TI. It will run way, way better than a new CPU + new Ram + gtx 980.


    While the 8350 is still a good CPU, I've wanted to upgrade to an Intel CPU for a while now, ever since my 8350 started dropping down to 40 FPS on some games (small difference but it shows that in a while, games will be too intensive for the 8350). I was considering upgrading to a 4790k for a while, but the 6700k is a bit better and only slightly higher in price (plus, a shiny new architecture). Looking at it now, however, the statement about the GTX 980 is definitely true, because the GTX 970 is almost as good and upgrading to the GTX 980 would be a waste of money, so I will change that in my list. Finally, a new CPU + new RAM + GTX 980ti won't exactly matter in most games now, it will "future-proof" my computer more, which I like because the process of upgrading and building computers is necessary but quite tedious, in my opinion.
  3. Personally I would change just the CPU and motherboard and ram and wait for Pascal (new nvidia gpus). The 980ti is over a year old and the prices haven't dropped one inch. Not to mention the gtx 970 is still a great card.
  4. Gingerbread said:
    Personally I would change just the CPU and motherboard and ram and wait for Pascal (new nvidia gpus). The 980ti is over a year old and the prices haven't dropped one inch. Not to mention the gtx 970 is still a great card.


    Good point, since there's no real urgency with this build I'll do that. I agree with you that both the 970 and 980ti cards are both great, but the pascal release is only a month or two away, and there's no real reason to upgrade to a 980ti right now if there are better, budget cards coming out in that short of a time. I assume that everything will still be compatible and smooth if I remove the GPU replacement?
  5. Upgrading to the 4790K,which is still a very good cpu,would give you the ability to reuse the ram you have,save money and maybe invest that in the gpu or a nice cooler.Just food for some thought.
  6. Best answer
    Yeap, you can put the new CPU, motherboard and ram and just move the gtx 970 to it. There won't be no problem whatsoever.
  7. Buying an i7 6700k really is a waste of money if you are just gaming. You will not see a difference in performance if you just bought an i5 6500 or 6600. Unless you've won the lottery, I would recommend upgrading to a i5 6600k (to allow OCing) and then just stick with everything else until Pascal is released.
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