Upgrading options and give me your opinions

Hello everyone,

I am thinking of upgrading my PC. I have two options:

1: My GPU is the EVGA GTX 590. I want to have more FPS in games so I could sell the card and buy the GTX 690.

2: Keep the GTX 590 and sell my CPU ( Intel I7 920 D0 ), motherboard (P6T deluxe v2) my RAM (Corsair Dominator 6GB) and the CPU Cooler (CNPS10x Performa) and replace it with:

Motherboard: Gigabyte G1 Sniper M3
CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K (gonna overclock)
RAM: G.Skill RipjawsX 2133Mhz 16GB
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS12X

My case is the HAF X, you can search up my PC on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGaiJ4WRWgc&feature=plcp

Sorry for my English, it will improve later on.


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  1. You should upgrade to Ivy Bridge because that I7 920 is bottlenecking that powerful card and by the time you save up more money to upgrade to a new GPU later, The Gpu's will be more powerful.
  2. How much is my CPU bottlenecking my GPU when my CPU is at 4.0 Ghz?
  3. Well i don't know what resoloution your gaming at. If your gaming at 2560x1600 and above then the bottleneck is not bad at all. if you are gaming below that resoloution your card is most likley being bottlnecked by 10%-20%. That card you have is extremely powerful so you would be able to get by with it until later when you can afford an upgrade after the CPU/Ram upgrade.
  4. Bottleneck? What are you talking about? The i7 920 is equivalent to the i5 2500k in games. You have ZERO bottlenecking going with your current configuration.

    I would sell your GTX590 and upgrade to something else so you can get performance you're happy with. The i7 920 still has a long life ahead of it so you shouldn't worry one bit. Perhaps upgrade when Haswell hits the market; not now.
  5. Im talking about the 690. If he gets it he will have a small 10% bottleneck below 2560x1600. The 690 is extremely powerful and needs an extremely powerful cpu helping it.
  6. GTX 690 is roughly 10% slower than a GTX680 SLI configuration. an i5 2500k at STOCK will only bottleneck this SLIGHTLY. You're talking performance numbers you won't even notice.

    Now taking into consideration what I said earlier, i7 920 = i5 2500k performance (roughly) in games, I am almost certain that OP won't have any issues with bottlenecking. Even if he does run into a scenario where he can't take 100% advantage of his GTX690, he will STILL get more than playable framerates.

    There is no reason to upgrade an i7 920 if all you're going to do is game. It would be best to wait another generation or two of CPU's to upgrade as the i7 920 still has plenty of life in it.
  7. I think i'm going for the GPU upgrade then, GTX 690 or the Powercolor Radeon HD 7990 :). What are you guys thinking of my motherboard (pci 2.0) and the GPU being pci 3.0. Will it affect lots of performance? Thanks
  8. Currently there are no benefits to PCI-E 3.0 over PCI-E 2.0 :) You're talking performance numbers that you won't even notice.
  9. Alright, thank you mocchan for all the help :)

    Carry on mate
  10. This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
  11. Sorry, but I've got to ask. What kind of frames are you getting with your current config that are unacceptable?
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