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Upgrading some components in my current system - Looking for advice

Basically, it is time for a bit of an upgrade to keep the computer ahead of coming games! My current system is ok but it is over 3.5 years old and can no longer handle all new games at top resolutions (although some of that could be due to it needing a clear out of the hard drive etc – also, it has some overclocking ability but I have not done so at all because I don’t really know what I’m doing).

Current specs:

CPU: Intel Core i5 2500K
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Frio
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows 7 Home
Premium 64-bit
Motherboard: Asus P8Z68-V Pro
Memory: 8.0GB Corsair DDR3 1600mhz Vengeance
(2x 4GB)
Hard Drives: 1TB S-ATAIII 6.0Gb/s
Optical Drive: 22x DVD±RW DL S-ATA Lightscribe
Graphics card: ATI Radeon HD 6950 2GB
PSU: 650W Corsair TX Ultra-Quiet

Monitor is 24” screen at 1080p

I am looking at upgrading the GPU to a NVIDIA Geforce GTX 970 – but can my mobo handle it or do I need to upgrade? I would like to in the future possibly get a second for SLI.

Should I bother upgrading the RAM or is it probably sufficient for now?

My cpu is a Corei5 2500k – Not overclocked at all. I don’t want it to become a bottleneck but I am kind of relying on the soon to be released DX12 update to make the graphics cards more efficient etc. As chance would have it this article even says don’t get rid of the 2500k yet…


Should I upgrade the CPU now or rely on a new graphics card taking up the slack for a few months / year and then upgrade the CPU later when I will probably get more bang for my buck?

Thanks in advance for your help!
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    Stick with the 2500k, it's still a very viable CPU and with some overclocking (there are some very good guides for overclocking the 2500k out there and we can help) shouldn't create a bottleneck to any other components in the PC for some time to come.
    If not having issues, I don't really see the need for more than 8GB of ram
    About the only thing I would consider as far as upgrading would be to go to a R9-290X or GTX980 which would bump your graphics performance by 5 or 6 tiers according to the chart found here http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107-7.html
    Throw an SSD in there for OS/boot, up your clocks some and I'd say you're set for the next year or so
  2. your cpu is plenty enough powerful ...your mobo is very good too
    you need to upgrade your gpu card only....
    8gb of ram is plenty enough for gaming
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