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Upgrade my CPU or get a new video card

Hi guys,
I have an Intel i5 4460, got it a few years ago, and I also have an Geforce Gtx 970. Id like to know which I should look into upgrading next, to get better performance out of newer AAA games. So my question is, which will give a more beneficial performance boost to my system?

If I were to upgrade my CPU, Ive been looking at this - I'm not big on CPU's, so would this be pretty sufficent for the next say 2-3 years?
And if I were to upgrade my video card, I'd probably look to get the next one coming out this year.

Thanks in advance guys!
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  1. Well, first thing's first, what resolution is your monitor, and what refresh do you set it to?
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  2. King_V said:
    Well, first thing's first, what resolution is your monitor, and what refresh do you set it to?

    Good point, sorry for not including that.

    Currently, I use a 144hz moniter, at 1920x1080p. Normally, I can't run newer games at 144 fps, so I settle for anywhere between 75 and 100 fps, if that helps at all.
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    MiniGiant said:
    Hi guys,
    I have an Intel i5 4460, got it a few years ago, and I also have an Geforce Gtx 970. Id like to know which I should look into upgrading next, to get better performance out of newer AAA games. So my question is, which will give a more beneficial performance boost to my system?

    If I were to upgrade my CPU, Ive been looking at this - I'm not big on CPU's, so would this be pretty sufficent for the next say 2-3 years?
    And if I were to upgrade my video card, I'd probably look to get the next one coming out this year.

    Thanks in advance guys!
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    The 6700 in the link is on a completely different socket, and wouldn't fit into your motherboard. You'd need to get a new mobo and ram to go along with it = $$$. The 970 is still a good card.
    (Cheaper option)You can upgrade to a 4770k, which is on the same socket as your current cpu, and upgrade the 970 later... hopefully gpu prices will be somewhat sane by then.
    Also, when you are ready to buy a new gpu, you can sell the 970 on a site like ebay to get some cash back.
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  4. If you are trying to get to 144FPS then you'll want to move up to a 1070 GTX at least. GPU dictates your max framerate not CPU. A better CPU would give you more consisent FPS and set the point of lowest FPS at a higher level. 144FPS is a lot to ask for from a 2014 system for AAA games. I would start with a 1070 GTX and then upgrade to a new platform like Intel gen 8 or Ryzen 7 after that, or do it all in one big purchase.

    GPU prices are bad right now. You may want to wait a few months for suppliers to catch up.

    Buying a prebuilt PC that already has a graphics card is an idea. Lately it's been a viable option since just a 1070GTX level graphics card alone can cost about $200-300 less than an entire respectable rebuilt system from last year.
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  5. A 970 is really meant for 60hz 1080p gaming. Since you want much higher than that, your first upgrade should be to a 1070 or better. That means waiting a while, since you seem to want the next iteration of that card.

    Only after you have the card AND have played your games with it AND established that the CPU is holding you back should you consider a CPU upgrade.
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  6. I'm interested to see if changing the CPU to a devils canyon will increase the FPS. I don't think it would unless it's a very multithreaded game.
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  7. Overall, if you stick to 60 or 75 Hz and vsync it, your system as it stands is quite capable for 1080p gaming.

    Is there anything that you feel like your system is falling flat on? Or, if, say, you stuck to 75Hz and ran like that, do things feel smooth enough at the detail/quality settings you like?

    If so, I'd say give yourself more time to save up more for a bigger upgrade.
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  8. MiniGiant said:
    King_V said:
    Well, first thing's first, what resolution is your monitor, and what refresh do you set it to?

    Good point, sorry for not including that.

    Currently, I use a 144hz moniter, at 1920x1080p. Normally, I can't run newer games at 144 fps, so I settle for anywhere between 75 and 100 fps, if that helps at all.
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