How's things, I'm a long time reader of toms first thread though. I have a question related to future bottlenecking in my system. I play a lot of games at 1920 x 1080 and generally aim for highest settings at 50+ frames 2x AA, Idealy VSync at a solid 60 fps. In the past year a few games have started to give my system a run for it's money and I'm considering a new GPU, basically I'm wondering how future proof the other componants are and if a simple GPU upgrade would be sufficient. My specs are:
Intel 920 i7 @ 3.8 GHz D0 revision
ATI 5870 @ 875 / 1250 Mhz
8 GB DDR3 1600 MHz tripple channel config
128 GB SSD
1 TB HDD
Mobo is a Gigabyte UD5 edition, don't remember the model number off by heart, but it's a good mobo.
So I'm thinking of either upgrading to the 580 GTX, or waiting to see what the 7xxx series from ATI brings, or Nvidia's next offering...Will a simple GPU upgrade be enough? Should I wait for the next gen of cards at this stage? How much longer (estimated) do you think the other componants will hold up, with Ivy Bridge on the way. The system is 2 years old now btw.
Joe, ur cpu (with this OC) is totally OK. You shouldn't upgrade it for now.
I'm pretty much sure u will need only a GPU upgrade, for the sake of VGA's God, please wait the new iterations from both AMD and Nvidia.
With this you can either buy the new generation, or the old generation cheaper.
Since ur GPU is pretty powerful, how do u feel about crossfire it? It could upgrade ur VGA power with little money for the run. What do you think?
Thanks for the replies, I did consider the option of crossfire but I'm using a 630 W PSU and I know it won't handle two 5870 with all the other stuff I have crammed into my tower and the OC. I did a bit of research and the Xfiring 5870 doesn't seem to scale very well anyways. Plus there can be some issues with drivers to get the most out of crossfire, as a personal preference I think I prefer single card solutions!
So with all that said it's good to hear my CPU will do me another few years anyway, think I'll wait to see what the next gen brings