Input on CPU Vs GPU upgrade :)

Hey all,

Been sniffing around for pieces of information concerning to upgrade my rig a bit. Then I thought I’d post this to the forum to get more opinions in the hopes of deciding to go one way or another.
English is not my native tongue so I don’t mind being gramatically corrected as well :)

A bit of context below.

Rig: i5 4590, Asrock b85 pro4, Corsair 600w+ bronze, Corsair 2x4GB low prof CL9, Crucial mx100 256GB, Gigabyte GTX 760 2GB OC, Win10.

Budget Range: 700-1000eur

System Usage from Most to Least Important: gaming (MMOs, Hearthstone, no FPS or action), editing photos (raw files in Lightroom), browsing.

Are you buying a monitor: No, have Dell IPS 27’

Parts to Upgrade: GPU or CPU

Do you need to buy OS: No

Location: Northern Europe

Parts Preferences: Intel, Nvidia

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1440p

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: feel FPS drop significantly in crowded MMO cities when upgraded from 1080p to 1440p, also cannot run Ultra settings smoothly when on 1440p.
Gave up another hobby so have extra cash to put into the PC.

Comments: stability comes in front as well — I don’t want to OC or play around with settings too much, would rather pay more for solid and compatble parts.

Given the above I was considering the following options, what do you think?
A. I was waiting for GTX 2080 + PSU when it comes out later this year / early next. But when then I started thinking, should I upgrade CPU while waiting?

B. Keep current mobo, RAM and get i7 4790K into 1150, should fit perfectly. Although I would need to update my BIOS for the CPU to work at all.

C. Other alternatives? :) I start liking B + A combo tho...

Thank you for the input :)
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    The old-ish, low VRAM GFX card you have now is your weakest link. So for instant gratification, the gfx card would be first. Probably what is limiting your frame rates after switching to a higher rez display. If you are thinking about going the 1080/2080 route and play at 60Hz or even 120Hz, the i5-4590 is still sufficient for those cards. At least the 1080. We'll have to see if the 2080 lives up to its hype.
  2. Got it! So I need patience in either way regarding the graphics card — to see what’s the deal with a 2080, or drop in prices of 1080s :)

    Thank you for the input, I appreciate your time!
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