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What is bottle-necking me?

So last year I built my first gaming PC and it's been doing pretty good until now. With the comming of VR games and more resource intensive graphics, I feel like it's time for a little upgrade. So I wanted to know what single part should I replace to improve my FPS a bit?


GPU: GTX 980
CPU: i5-4690k
RAM: 8GB
Motherboard (don't know if it matters much): MSI Z97-G45 GAMING
PSU: Aerocool KCAS 700W
Monitor is only 900p

... Thanks!
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  1. First step is the graphics card. 1080 if you can.
  2. I'll probably get the 1080 at some point but anything cheaper for now?

    I'm mainly curious about my CPU. Could be holding the machine back?
  3. Best answer
    It really depends - on your resolution first of all.

    At 1080p, and upgrade to a GTX 1070 would be nice
    If you're beyond 1080p (moreso at 4K) an i7 really starts to show some gains.

    Pushing into higher resolutions 1440p+, you may want to consider a RAM upgrade, and definitely clarify the PSU. If it's a generic "700W", you probably don't want to risk any kind of investment to run on it, address that first.

    All in all though, especially at 1080p, you've really got no need to upgrade.
  4. Alright, thanks for the advice!

    I updated the post to show my PSU and current resolution.
  5. The CPU has to do with frame rates. Lower or higher resolution does not affect the CPU's load at all.

    With a 900P screen you seem to be okay.
  6. Even on ultra?
    I already get some frame drops in ROTTR everything ultra.

    Also, sometimes you just gotta deal with a badly optimized mess like those last two Assassin's Creed games.
  7. babernet_1 said:
    The CPU has to do with frame rates. Lower or higher resolution does not affect the CPU's load at all.


    That's just not true. The i7 does show some FPS gains at higher resolution.

    babernet_1 said:

    With a 900P screen you seem to be okay.


    Agreed. If you're upgrading something, start with the monitor.
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