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[Build Upgrade] 1080p+ 60fps+ Gaming Rig - Upgrade Suggestions, perhaps to CPU or GPU?

Here's my current build:

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CPU: Intel - Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($275.00 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - Hyper 212 LED 66.3 CFM Rifle Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus - P8Z77-V LK ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Crucial - Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX - Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card
Case: Rosewill - Challenger S ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill - HIVE 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($88.89 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: BenQ - XL2420TE 24.0" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor
Total: $593.85
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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Intended use is gaming. I'm looking to upgrade one of the components to boost performance here.

My current monitor is 1920x1080, but I am interested in eventually upgrading, perhaps to a larger 4k monitor of some sort.

I currently have about $250 to spend, but I could have around $500 after Christmas.

I'd say I prioritize framerate slightly over graphics quality. My monitor is capable of 144 fps, which of course I love when I can get it on older games. Right now, Far Cry 4 and Fallout 4 are sitting well below 60 on low graphics settings, and I was affected by the ongoing Arkham Knight bug that makes that one completely unplayable.

I'm guessing the most advantageous upgrade would be to the CPU or GPU? I'm leaning more toward an NVIDIA card this time around, but could be OK with Radeon again if I get significantly more bang for my buck.

Should I just buy the best NVIDIA card within my budget (and what might that be?), or should I be concerned about bottlenecking with the CPU yet?
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  1. A GTX 1060 6 GB would be a nice upgrade or wait until after XMAS and get a GTX 1070 or Ti.

    If you are going to go 4K you really want a GTX 1080 for that.
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  2. alot of gamers are still using that core i5. it should support a nice gtx1060 3gb just fine. the weakest point is your gpu. maybe a 1060 and a cheap ssd for now till you wanna do a whole platform upgrade.
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  3. jankerson said:
    A GTX 1060 6 GB would be a nice upgrade or wait until after XMAS and get a GTX 1070 or Ti.

    If you are going to go 4K you really want a GTX 1080 for that.


    Would the i5-3570K be able to handle a GTX 1080?
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  4. Meriwether_R said:
    jankerson said:
    A GTX 1060 6 GB would be a nice upgrade or wait until after XMAS and get a GTX 1070 or Ti.

    If you are going to go 4K you really want a GTX 1080 for that.


    Would the i5-3570K be able to handle a GTX 1080?


    At 4K yeah.
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  5. ARICH5 said:
    alot of gamers are still using that core i5. it should support a nice gtx1060 3gb just fine. the weakest point is your gpu. maybe a 1060 and a cheap ssd for now till you wanna do a whole platform upgrade.


    Will my CPU support anything higher than the 1060?
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  6. jankerson said:
    Meriwether_R said:
    jankerson said:
    A GTX 1060 6 GB would be a nice upgrade or wait until after XMAS and get a GTX 1070 or Ti.

    If you are going to go 4K you really want a GTX 1080 for that.


    Would the i5-3570K be able to handle a GTX 1080?


    At 4K yeah.


    So am I hearing you say that my CPU isn't really in danger of bottlenecking with any modern GPU?
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  7. Best answer
    1080p gaming isnt really that stressfull with your cpu and a modern gpu, no. once you get into 4k then your i5 will bottleneck. but anything over a 1070 would be wasted. you mentioned a 1080.....that would be just silly paired with a 500$ rig like you have.
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  8. Found this, with all the charts! Also "The Bottlenecker" calculator. Think I'm going to just go with a 1060 6GB for now, as I shouldn't have to worry about any bottlenecking then, and I'll maybe put away some of the Christmas money for a new monitor and CPU.
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