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Which hardware upgrade gives the most performance increase?

I want to upgrade my computer to play modern games with no lag and medium to high settings, 1080p/60hz, and was wondering which upgrades matter more. For example, can I possibly only upgrade the GPU and be satisfied with the performance?

My current computer has:
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3570K CPU @ 3.40GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.4GHz
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LK

Thanks in advance
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  1. Yes a GPU is definitely teh way to go as your CPU is still quite powerfull and will run any game brilaintly.
    What you can afford, in this order: GTX 1070 > GTX 1060 6GB > RX480(8/4GB) > GTX 1060 3GB > RX 470
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  3. PandaBear88 said:


    The 1060 6GB is significantly better and your CPU can handle it without issue so it is very much merited.
  4. PandaBear88 said:


    Better, but not much better. I woudl still get it for the extra 2gb of ram though. That and teh added performance is worth the extra 25 IMO.
    That being said, both are great 1080p cards so you'll be fine with either.
  5. PandaBear88 said:


    No. Those are loud and only justify their existence if you have a very cramped case and want all teh heat from the GPU to be exhausted outside. In a normal case, the way to go is a dual fan card.
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1271029-REG/gigabyte_gv_n1060wf2oc_6gd_geforce_gtx_1060_windforce.html
    239 after rebate.
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