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What would probably be the recommended motherboard and cpu to pair with the gtx 1080?

Im interested in upgrading to the gtx 1080 when it comes out but i dont know if the i5-4590 and my msi h97 pc mate will be able to support it well enough.

By the way im still quite new to the pc scene when it comes to specs and putting one together. Any insight is much appreciated.
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  1. yes your 4590 will do just fine, not much of a difference unless you plan to get a new motherboard, cpu such as the 6700k and ram. relax about it the 1080 is nothing special your cpu will do just fine as if you were using a 980ti.
  2. Best answer
    Any recent generation i5 will work fine. The thing to ask yourself is what monitor am I using? If it's a 1080P 60hz. model then the GTX 1080 would be huge overkill and a waste of good hardware. Consider a 27" 1440P to pair with the GTX 1080. If you stay at 1080P monitor a GTX 970 can max out games most of the time.
  3. What about motherboards? My motherboard is only 2 years old but I don't know if it supports GDDR5 or GDDR5X. Will I need a new motherboard?
  4. jsmessick said:
    What about motherboards? My motherboard is only 2 years old but I don't know if it supports GDDR5 or GDDR5X. Will I need a new motherboard?



    doesn't matter. gddr5/gddr5x is on the gpu itself, motherboard doesn't matter
  5. I'm building my first pc this year. I was wondering will a 750 watt power supply and gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI be compatible? Im going to buy i7-6700...
  6. Selsss said:
    I'm building my first pc this year. I was wondering will a 750 watt power supply and gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI be compatible? Im going to buy i7-6700...


    yes, z170 boards are for skylake. what is your 750w power supply? check and make sure its a quality unit or else you may want to replace it but in general yes thats fine for a 6700, a graphics card is what pushes the power supply
  7. Why cant it be safely 750 watt? I heard that it uses a lot less power than some other same class cards. My supply is EVGA supernova 750 P2 PLATINUM, fully modular NVIDIA SLI and crossfire ready 10 year warranty. If it doesnt work how big is enough. and Btw what is "fully modular"
  8. Selsss said:
    Why cant it be safely 750 watt? I heard that it uses a lot less power than some other same class cards. My supply is EVGA supernova 750 P2 PLATINUM, fully modular NVIDIA SLI and crossfire ready 10 year warranty. If it doesnt work how big is enough. and Btw what is "fully modular"


    thats a fantastic tier 1 psu so no worrys there. and im talking about something like the corsair CX which alot of people buy, however they are built with cheap components and seem to have a tendency to fail/cause problems when overclocking which im assuming could be inconsistent voltage? and fully modular means every cable can be removed from the power supply. instead of having a bunch of wires coming out of a little hole in the power supply(non modular) that you plug in to your computer and have a bunch of extra cables laying around inside your case that are not being used and that you cant remove, you are able to remove them with a fully modular power supply. you plug one end into your power supply and one end into something else such as the motherboard. did i make that clear?
  9. gokitty199 said:
    Selsss said:
    Why cant it be safely 750 watt? I heard that it uses a lot less power than some other same class cards. My supply is EVGA supernova 750 P2 PLATINUM, fully modular NVIDIA SLI and crossfire ready 10 year warranty. If it doesnt work how big is enough. and Btw what is "fully modular"


    thats a fantastic tier 1 psu so no worrys there. and im talking about something like the corsair CX which alot of people buy, however they are built with cheap components and seem to have a tendency to fail/cause problems when overclocking which im assuming could be inconsistent voltage? and fully modular means every cable can be removed from the power supply. instead of having a bunch of wires coming out of a little hole in the power supply(non modular) that you plug in to your computer and have a bunch of extra cables laying around inside your case that are not being used and that you cant remove, you are able to remove them with a fully modular power supply. you plug one end into your power supply and one end into something else such as the motherboard. did i make that clear?
    Yeah! So my components are good? I want a good experience of pc gaming...
  10. Selsss said:
    gokitty199 said:
    Selsss said:
    Why cant it be safely 750 watt? I heard that it uses a lot less power than some other same class cards. My supply is EVGA supernova 750 P2 PLATINUM, fully modular NVIDIA SLI and crossfire ready 10 year warranty. If it doesnt work how big is enough. and Btw what is "fully modular"


    thats a fantastic tier 1 psu so no worrys there. and im talking about something like the corsair CX which alot of people buy, however they are built with cheap components and seem to have a tendency to fail/cause problems when overclocking which im assuming could be inconsistent voltage? and fully modular means every cable can be removed from the power supply. instead of having a bunch of wires coming out of a little hole in the power supply(non modular) that you plug in to your computer and have a bunch of extra cables laying around inside your case that are not being used and that you cant remove, you are able to remove them with a fully modular power supply. you plug one end into your power supply and one end into something else such as the motherboard. did i make that clear?
    Yeah! So my components are good? I want a good experience of pc gaming...



    yes very. just comes down to what gpu your getting
  11. gokitty199 said:
    Selsss said:
    gokitty199 said:
    Selsss said:
    Why cant it be safely 750 watt? I heard that it uses a lot less power than some other same class cards. My supply is EVGA supernova 750 P2 PLATINUM, fully modular NVIDIA SLI and crossfire ready 10 year warranty. If it doesnt work how big is enough. and Btw what is "fully modular"


    thats a fantastic tier 1 psu so no worrys there. and im talking about something like the corsair CX which alot of people buy, however they are built with cheap components and seem to have a tendency to fail/cause problems when overclocking which im assuming could be inconsistent voltage? and fully modular means every cable can be removed from the power supply. instead of having a bunch of wires coming out of a little hole in the power supply(non modular) that you plug in to your computer and have a bunch of extra cables laying around inside your case that are not being used and that you cant remove, you are able to remove them with a fully modular power supply. you plug one end into your power supply and one end into something else such as the motherboard. did i make that clear?
    Yeah! So my components are good? I want a good experience of pc gaming...



    yes very. just comes down to what gpu your getting


    As I said, the gtx 1080. So final question can I use it in my system? I have ddr4 memory
  12. Selsss said:
    gokitty199 said:
    Selsss said:
    gokitty199 said:
    Selsss said:
    Why cant it be safely 750 watt? I heard that it uses a lot less power than some other same class cards. My supply is EVGA supernova 750 P2 PLATINUM, fully modular NVIDIA SLI and crossfire ready 10 year warranty. If it doesnt work how big is enough. and Btw what is "fully modular"


    thats a fantastic tier 1 psu so no worrys there. and im talking about something like the corsair CX which alot of people buy, however they are built with cheap components and seem to have a tendency to fail/cause problems when overclocking which im assuming could be inconsistent voltage? and fully modular means every cable can be removed from the power supply. instead of having a bunch of wires coming out of a little hole in the power supply(non modular) that you plug in to your computer and have a bunch of extra cables laying around inside your case that are not being used and that you cant remove, you are able to remove them with a fully modular power supply. you plug one end into your power supply and one end into something else such as the motherboard. did i make that clear?
    Yeah! So my components are good? I want a good experience of pc gaming...



    yes very. just comes down to what gpu your getting


    As I said, the gtx 1080. So final question can I use it in my system? I have ddr4 memory



    you never said the 1080 lol. but yes you can, to put it this way, if you can use something like a gtx 660ti or radeon hd 7770 then you can use the new pascal cards. that will be a great build.
  13. gokitty199 said:
    Selsss said:
    gokitty199 said:
    Selsss said:
    gokitty199 said:
    Selsss said:
    Why cant it be safely 750 watt? I heard that it uses a lot less power than some other same class cards. My supply is EVGA supernova 750 P2 PLATINUM, fully modular NVIDIA SLI and crossfire ready 10 year warranty. If it doesnt work how big is enough. and Btw what is "fully modular"


    thats a fantastic tier 1 psu so no worrys there. and im talking about something like the corsair CX which alot of people buy, however they are built with cheap components and seem to have a tendency to fail/cause problems when overclocking which im assuming could be inconsistent voltage? and fully modular means every cable can be removed from the power supply. instead of having a bunch of wires coming out of a little hole in the power supply(non modular) that you plug in to your computer and have a bunch of extra cables laying around inside your case that are not being used and that you cant remove, you are able to remove them with a fully modular power supply. you plug one end into your power supply and one end into something else such as the motherboard. did i make that clear?
    Yeah! So my components are good? I want a good experience of pc gaming...



    yes very. just comes down to what gpu your getting


    As I said, the gtx 1080. So final question can I use it in my system? I have ddr4 memory



    you never said the 1080 lol. but yes you can, to put it this way, if you can use something like a gtx 660ti or radeon hd 7770 then you can use the new pascal cards. that will be a great build.

    But aren't those much lower quality cards?
  14. Selsss said:
    gokitty199 said:
    Selsss said:
    gokitty199 said:
    Selsss said:
    gokitty199 said:
    Selsss said:
    Why cant it be safely 750 watt? I heard that it uses a lot less power than some other same class cards. My supply is EVGA supernova 750 P2 PLATINUM, fully modular NVIDIA SLI and crossfire ready 10 year warranty. If it doesnt work how big is enough. and Btw what is "fully modular"


    thats a fantastic tier 1 psu so no worrys there. and im talking about something like the corsair CX which alot of people buy, however they are built with cheap components and seem to have a tendency to fail/cause problems when overclocking which im assuming could be inconsistent voltage? and fully modular means every cable can be removed from the power supply. instead of having a bunch of wires coming out of a little hole in the power supply(non modular) that you plug in to your computer and have a bunch of extra cables laying around inside your case that are not being used and that you cant remove, you are able to remove them with a fully modular power supply. you plug one end into your power supply and one end into something else such as the motherboard. did i make that clear?
    Yeah! So my components are good? I want a good experience of pc gaming...



    yes very. just comes down to what gpu your getting


    As I said, the gtx 1080. So final question can I use it in my system? I have ddr4 memory



    you never said the 1080 lol. but yes you can, to put it this way, if you can use something like a gtx 660ti or radeon hd 7770 then you can use the new pascal cards. that will be a great build.

    But aren't those much lower quality cards?


    those are much lower performers as in its a massive difference. for example the 7770 gets around the 30fps mark on bf4 at 1080p using the high detail preset. the 980ti gets around 70-80fps on bf4 at 1440p on the ultra preset
  15. gokitty199 said:
    Selsss said:
    gokitty199 said:
    Selsss said:
    gokitty199 said:
    Selsss said:
    gokitty199 said:
    Selsss said:
    Why cant it be safely 750 watt? I heard that it uses a lot less power than some other same class cards. My supply is EVGA supernova 750 P2 PLATINUM, fully modular NVIDIA SLI and crossfire ready 10 year warranty. If it doesnt work how big is enough. and Btw what is "fully modular"


    thats a fantastic tier 1 psu so no worrys there. and im talking about something like the corsair CX which alot of people buy, however they are built with cheap components and seem to have a tendency to fail/cause problems when overclocking which im assuming could be inconsistent voltage? and fully modular means every cable can be removed from the power supply. instead of having a bunch of wires coming out of a little hole in the power supply(non modular) that you plug in to your computer and have a bunch of extra cables laying around inside your case that are not being used and that you cant remove, you are able to remove them with a fully modular power supply. you plug one end into your power supply and one end into something else such as the motherboard. did i make that clear?
    Yeah! So my components are good? I want a good experience of pc gaming...



    yes very. just comes down to what gpu your getting


    As I said, the gtx 1080. So final question can I use it in my system? I have ddr4 memory



    you never said the 1080 lol. but yes you can, to put it this way, if you can use something like a gtx 660ti or radeon hd 7770 then you can use the new pascal cards. that will be a great build.

    But aren't those much lower quality cards?


    those are much lower performers as in its a massive difference. for example the 7770 gets around the 30fps mark on bf4 at 1080p using the high detail preset. the 980ti gets around 70-80fps on bf4 at 1440p on the ultra preset


    So as a final answer, can I buy safely presuming that the 1080 will work on my motherboard
  16. Selsss said:
    gokitty199 said:
    Selsss said:
    gokitty199 said:
    Selsss said:
    gokitty199 said:
    Selsss said:
    gokitty199 said:
    Selsss said:
    Why cant it be safely 750 watt? I heard that it uses a lot less power than some other same class cards. My supply is EVGA supernova 750 P2 PLATINUM, fully modular NVIDIA SLI and crossfire ready 10 year warranty. If it doesnt work how big is enough. and Btw what is "fully modular"


    thats a fantastic tier 1 psu so no worrys there. and im talking about something like the corsair CX which alot of people buy, however they are built with cheap components and seem to have a tendency to fail/cause problems when overclocking which im assuming could be inconsistent voltage? and fully modular means every cable can be removed from the power supply. instead of having a bunch of wires coming out of a little hole in the power supply(non modular) that you plug in to your computer and have a bunch of extra cables laying around inside your case that are not being used and that you cant remove, you are able to remove them with a fully modular power supply. you plug one end into your power supply and one end into something else such as the motherboard. did i make that clear?
    Yeah! So my components are good? I want a good experience of pc gaming...



    yes very. just comes down to what gpu your getting


    As I said, the gtx 1080. So final question can I use it in my system? I have ddr4 memory



    you never said the 1080 lol. but yes you can, to put it this way, if you can use something like a gtx 660ti or radeon hd 7770 then you can use the new pascal cards. that will be a great build.

    But aren't those much lower quality cards?


    those are much lower performers as in its a massive difference. for example the 7770 gets around the 30fps mark on bf4 at 1080p using the high detail preset. the 980ti gets around 70-80fps on bf4 at 1440p on the ultra preset


    So as a final answer, can I buy safely presuming that the 1080 will work on my motherboard



    yes as i explained(or tried to).
  17. Mafiamerc91 said:
    Im interested in upgrading to the gtx 1080 when it comes out but i dont know if the i5-4590 and my msi h97 pc mate will be able to support it well enough.

    By the way im still quite new to the pc scene when it comes to specs and putting one together. Any insight is much appreciated.


    I just bought my GTX 1080 Strix Oc edition yesterday and and has the same cpu and motherboard like you.But when I tried to play Just cause 3 with Maxed setting 1080p. the fps just drop "A Lot" like 40-60fps with no vsync at the beginning while Rico on the plane and shooting RPG. and i found other people play with same gpu with i7 was getting better performance 100fps above. i think i5 4590 bottleneck the 1080 strix.
  18. Shun1080 said:
    Mafiamerc91 said:
    Im interested in upgrading to the gtx 1080 when it comes out but i dont know if the i5-4590 and my msi h97 pc mate will be able to support it well enough.

    By the way im still quite new to the pc scene when it comes to specs and putting one together. Any insight is much appreciated.


    I just bought my GTX 1080 Strix Oc edition yesterday and and has the same cpu and motherboard like you.But when I tried to play Just cause 3 with Maxed setting 1080p. the fps just drop "A Lot" like 40-60fps with no vsync at the beginning while Rico on the plane and shooting RPG. and i found other people play with same gpu with i7 was getting better performance 100fps above. i think i5 4590 bottleneck the 1080 strix.


    well for starters the 1080 isnt meant to be a 1080p card, its meant for higher resolutions such as 1440p and 2160p. the lower the resolution the less stress on the gpu and it makes the cpu work harder in general so the gpu is waiting/relaxing while waiting for the cpu to send it the info it needs where as at higher resolutions the gpu is working harder and doesn't need to wait on the cpu. in cpu intensive titles im sure your cpu could be a limiting factor, however check other things. see what your gpu/cpu usage is during that game your having problems with.
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