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Best possible upgrade on my current 5years old system.

I built this system 5 years ago but atm I can't meet even the min requirements in most of the modern games mostly because of my 5770. I can't spend that much money for a new system and thus I decided to upgrade just my GPU but since my CPU is also quite weak, my ram is slow and my PSU's quality questionable I don't want to buy something too strong for my system or get a bottleneck from my CPU with my new GPU at lower than 60% usage.

The GPUs I could afford to buy in my country are:

R7 250x
GTX 750ti
R7 260x
R7 265
R7 270(not the Xs editions)

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 620 @ 2.6 GHz
Motherboard: GA-MA790XT-UD4P
GPU: ATI Radeon 5770 HD
Ram: Corsair 4x2gb @ 1066Mhz
PSU:Coolermaster B2 Series (RS600-ACABB1) 600Watt 80+ EU 230V ECO Power Supply Unit

I guess I could possible OC my CPU at 3.0 or 3.4 GHz and my memory to 1333Mhz but atm only the GPU is holding me back in most of the games.

I'm mostly playing RPGs (Skyrim,Witcher etc), FPS,GTA V, the Total War series and the Assassin's Creed series. I forgot the last couple of years what's like to play in high and ultra settings so even an upgrade that could allow me to play at medium settings for the next couple of years would be awesome!

The games I would like to play but I cant with my current build are the Witcher 3, Batman: Arkham Knight, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Assassin's Creed Unity. I just want them to be playable at over 30fps.

Thank you!
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  1. I would stay away from anything lower than the 260x. I had a 750 ti and the experience while playing GTAV can best be described as less than ideal.

    If you could expand your budget just a little bit, you would be immensely pleased with the price to performance of an R9 280. They are about $160 although I've seen them for as low as $130. You can buy them used all day long on ebay for much less. It's a powerful card that seems to have been looked over most of the time. I've done several builds with the card and it is nothing short of excellent when considering the price.
  2. I'd grab a 750 Ti as it will be a substantial upgrade from what you have. Assuming 1080p, the titles you listed would certainly be playable but unfortunately not at high/ultra settings. However, a mixture of medium/high/ultra settings will certainly be possible with an average framerate of 40-55 FPS.

    Side note: Unity is garbage (poorly optimized too), that series as a whole has gone down hill. Witcher 3 is okay until you get piled on with side quests. It can overwhelm you and you may end up not wanting to play altogether. That said, MGSV Bf3 Mad Max and Fallout 4 will be awesome on PC.

    EDIT:
    What he said, maybe expand your budget a bit and save for a better card.
  3. @zcarm and @spagalicious

    R9 280 is @ $275 in my country (Greece) and I can't buy anything from ebay with our current capital control.
    The GPUs I listed above are the only ones under 180-200 euros ($200-$220) which is my max budget for this upgrade.
    Other than that I think it is also too powerful for my current PSU.

    Since a R9 280 or anything better than a R7 270 is out of the question for both budget and power consumption reasons which from the rest GPUs will be better in the long run?

    GTX 750ti
    R7 260x
    R7 265
    R7 270
  4. Your PSU is fine. From that list, I'd choose 750 Ti or R7 270. Whatever is cheaper.

    Possibly look at the GTX 960? Though that is in the same range as the R9 280 in terms of price.
  5. I agree with Spagalicious. One of those two would be your best bet from that list. However, most if not all 750 ti's can't sli so if you went with a r7 270 you could at least add another card later on. Just go for the cheaper of those two.
  6. I like the GTX 960 but as you said Spagalicious is the same with R9 280 in terms of price.

    I found an Asus R9270X-DC2T-2GD5, AMD Radeon R9 270X, 2GB GDDR5, 256 Bit, DirectCU II TOP offer under my budget limit while I was searching for a better offer for the simple SAPPHIRE RADEON R9 270!

    Is this the best vfm gpu for me guys?
  7. Best answer
    if you can get an r7 270x I would take that over the 750 ti.
  8. Why not get a GTX 970 or R9 390? My choice would be the 970.
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