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What is bottlenecking me and what should I upgrade ($1000)?

Hey guys...here's my current computer:

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CPU: Intel Core i5-3550 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($215.11 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth Z77 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($114.99 @ Directron)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($154.84 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card


What parts should I upgrade first? I have about $1000 to spend. I was thinking about upgrading to a GTX 1080 and perhaps the CPU...what do you guys think?

EDIT: PSU: Corsair GS700 (750W)
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  1. A 1080 is really all that you need. What is the make/model, of your power supply?
  2. logainofhades said:
    A 1080 is really all that you need. What is the make/model, of your power supply?


    PSU: Corsair GS700 (750W)
  3. I would recommend a better quality unit, tier 1 or 2. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html?577d649323d54=reload

    If you are interested in overclocking, an i7 3770k, and Cryorig H5 ultimate wouldn't be a horrible idea.
  4. What monitor you use?
  5. What kinds of games do you play?
    If it is fast action shooters, then a graphics upgrade would be good.
    GTX1070 would be overkill for 1080P, and good for 1440P.

    If your games are strategy, sims, or mmo types, then increased single core speeds would be helpful.
    Your Z77 motherboard will allow you a i5-3570K which can be overclocked to good effect.

    A i5-6600K with an overclock is as good as it gets today.
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    To help clarify your CPU/GPU options, run these two tests:

    a) Run YOUR games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
    If your FPS increases, it indicates that your cpu is strong enough to drive a better graphics configuration.
    If your FPS stays the same, you are likely more cpu limited.

    b) Limit your cpu, either by reducing the OC, or, in windows power management, limit the maximum cpu% to something like 70%.
    Go to control panel/power options/change plan settings/change advanced power settings/processor power management/maximum processor state/
    This will simulate what a lack of cpu power will do.
    Conversely what a 30% improvement in core speed might do.

    You should also experiment with removing one core. You can do this in the windows msconfig boot advanced options option. You will need to reboot for the change to take effect. Set the number of processors to less than you have.
    This will tell you how sensitive your games are to the benefits of many cores.

    If your FPS drops significantly, it is an indicator that your cpu is the limiting factor, and a cpu upgrade is in order.

    It is possible that both tests are positive, indicating that you have a well balanced system, and both cpu and gpu need to be upgraded to get better gaming FPS.
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  6. neblogai said:
    What monitor you use?


    BenQ XL2411 1080p resolution. I am VERY sensitive to FPS drops...anything lower than 100 FPS is not acceptable since I play competitively (Dota 2...I currently get 50 FPS during big fights). I also want to boost my streaming capabilities and be able to play dota at 100+ frames while streaming. Currently I'd be lucky to be able to get 30 FPS during a big fight.

    I want to play the Witcher 3 on full graphics as well.
  7. Since you are doing 1080p, a GTX 1070, better PSU, 3770k, and a good cooler, will be a solid upgrade. With you streaming, the extra threading will be beneficial. This way you avoid needing a new copy of windows, as well.
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    StrelokRAGE said:
    neblogai said:
    What monitor you use?


    BenQ XL2411 1080p resolution. I am VERY sensitive to FPS drops...anything lower than 100 FPS is not acceptable since I play competitively (Dota 2...I currently get 50 FPS during big fights). I also want to boost my streaming capabilities and be able to play dota at 100+ frames while streaming. Currently I'd be lucky to be able to get 30 FPS during a big fight.

    I want to play the Witcher 3 on full graphics as well.


    For this, better option would be to get i7 3770K like others said, and overclock it. High cpu clock is needed to get really high FPS at low resolution for competitive gaming. While Witcher3 could be a good example of graphically intensive game and good for choosing GTX1070 or GTX1080 depending on desired FPS - 80FPS or 100FPS before OC.
    https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_1070/20.html
  9. Any reason why I wouldn't get the I7 6700K or 6800k?


    EDIT: Duh...LGA1555 socket derp
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