I have been wanting to upgrade my PC since my 9800GX2 blew up a few months ago.
I have been getting by with a backup Radeon 4870, but its starting to fall behind and I wan't a good system for things like BF3 and Skyrim.
Long story short, can anyone see a problem with my current rig supporting a card like a GTX 590? (I know i will probably need to install a new PSU to support it)
Just curious of potential bottlenecks or if I am wasting my money? Would I be better off going for a unit like a ATI 6970 or GTX570? Or am I looking like needing a whole new MB and building from scratch?
I don't have to have everything at the best, I just want a DX11 capable system that will run games well for another 2-3 years
Thanks for any advise in advance. This site has proven invaluable to me.
What resolution do you play at?
I'm pretty sure OC CPU will greatly increase your PC performance (3.0GHz or more).
Otherwise, if you really want GTX590 then upgrade your PSU seems a must, that's a very power hungry card (2x8pin).
Do not think about bottlenecking, maybe GTX590 is a little bit overkill for your system, but you're still can use it in your next gaming PC in the future.
Well guys, I appreciate all the prompt ideas and suggestions, but in the end I decided for "bang for buck" and went for a 6950 and a new cooler unit to crank the 6600.
After hitting 3GHz clocks last night and finishing the flash to 6970 I can safely say the upgrade is finished and everything is running fantastic. BF3 & Skyrim are at home on this setup...
-Note I had incredible issues with Skyrim performance initially, once that had me doubting the usefullness of the 6950. Going to start a linked thread in the hopes that people with a similar build to me don't go through the same headaches (the game initially ran 10fps on the lowest settings! but now runs on Ultra settings minus the shadows)...