Should I upgrade components or build a whole new system?

I recently got Star Wars Battlefront and was very excited to get it installed. Fired it up and then got a dreaded display driver has stopped. Ok, forgot to update the driver. No problem, easy fix. Installed new AMD ATI driver and same error. I look at the minimum specs for the game and see that the recommended minimum graphic card is above what I currently have. Yes, I should have checked that but I guess it have never been an issue before. I am trying some other things, but nothing has gotten the game to work.

Anyway, current rigs' most important specs (the first PC I built on my own):
Intel Core I5-2500k processor
16 Gigs Ram
Dual ATI 6950s in crossfire
Plenty of HDD space, with both SSDs and HDD.
Power supply, I think is 1200w...yes it was way more than I needed at the time.

I built this over 4 years ago and it has treated me well. Even though I built this system, I have never tried to overclock anything and do not forsee doing that in the future.

So I am trying to decide if I should just pony up and build a new rig for $2k, which will be good for the next 4 to 5 years, or if I could ideally squeeze another year or so with my current rig just by upgrading the video cards.

My budget is tight right now and $2k would be a stretch as I was not planning on buying a new CPU. Ideally, I was thinking I might be able to get by with buying a new GTX 980 Ti video card and just swapping it into my old system. Yes, there are cheaper video cards that could do the trick. But I am hopeful to get a 4K gaming monitor sometime in the next year or two and want to be prepared for that. So I understand dual GTX 980 TIs would be more than enough for that.

If I go that route, I would only need to spend about $640 or so, which is palatable. However, would my older processor still stifle things? Or would the upgraded video card be just the trick to squeeze out another year until I can save enough to buy that $2k rig at which time I could just add my recently purchased GTX 980 Ti to it.

I should also add I really only use the computer for gaming. No streaming video or anything like that.

Thank you for the advice.
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  1. Hold out another year. In a year we'll be looking at a double process improvement and a new architecture in Pascal for NVIDIA and Arctic Islands from AMD. The 6950s should last another year or two, and you could probably just spring for a whole new rig on Zen or Kaby Lake.
  2. Before you spend any money, try disabling Crossfire. Sometimes programs just don't do well with it and that could be causing it.

    Another possibility is that the minimum requirements are an HD 7850, and even though crossfired 6950s are more powerful, it "sees" HD 6000 series and refuses to work. I would find that unlikely though; not really a huge fundamental difference in those cards' capabilities and there's not a DirectX issue; they're both capable of 11.0

    In any case - if you upgrade anything, just do the video card, get a good one, and in a year or two you can bring it over to another system. The i5-2500k is still more than adequate for most games, and overclocks easily. So you should be able to get a year or two out of it no problem.
  3. nothing wrong with you current setup. Just wait and save more money until the new Nvidia cards drop next year and maybe with luck the new AMD CPU as well which might change pricing some for CPUs.

    Yes the 980Ti can do 4K but it does not max it out or anything like that. None of the current cards do. So if that's important to you even more reason to wait for the next Nvidia cards which should handle it better. 4K stuff is all 1st gen right now.
  4. Agree with the above posts. A 390x or 980 or even less will be fine for Battlefront. 4K right now is a luxury that is bleeding edge and costs a fortune. A year from now a 980ti is not going to be bleeding edge and will still suck at 4K. If you look hard enough 980s are starting to dip below $400 and 970s well below $300.
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