SSIops Mar 24 @ 5:33pm
New CPU or New GPU?
So I'm gearing up for an upgrade to my system and can't determine if upgrading to an SLI setup or updating my Mobo and CPU would yield the greatest results. Ultimately the goal is dual GTX 780's with CPU and PSU to support.

Currently I have a GTX 680, Core i7 2700k, and 16GB of DDR3 RAM. The Motherboard only supports LGA1155 processors which I think the i7 2700k is the best available.

So...

Would it be better to get Dual 780's+ PSU now and upgrade the Mobo+CPU down the road?
or
Upgrade the Mobo+CPU (and maybe a single GTX 780) and go SLI in the future?

Typing this out I think I know what I'll do, but I'd like to hear from more experienced builders on their thoughts.

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Jamebonds1 Mar 24 @ 5:37pm 
You don't need upgrade CPU/Motherboard, you are fine with it. Just go for Dual 780 and PSU. You need only about 750 Watt i think.
_I_ Mar 24 @ 5:48pm 
you can upgrade to 3570k or 3770k (if its supported by the board, they are socket 1155 *typo fixed* cpus)
but wont gain much

a single gtx680 should be fine yet

do you have a good cpu cooler?
those can be easily overclocked if your board is a z77
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Rumpelcrutchskin Mar 24 @ 6:23pm 
Nothing to really upgrade in your PC. If you are running only one 1920x1080 monitor then this setup should still last quite a while.
I would wait for new GTX 800 series cards.
Jamebonds1 Mar 24 @ 6:24pm 
Originally posted by _I_:
you can upgrade to 3570k or 3770k (if its supported by the board, they are socket 1150 cpus)
but wont gain much

a single gtx680 should be fine yet

do you have a good cpu cooler?
those can be easily overclocked if your board is a z77

No... Not all LGA 1155 would support 3570k or 3770k. Plus LGA 1150 are Haswell and LGA 1155 are ivy and sandy.
SSIops Mar 24 @ 6:54pm 
I thought I could go with a 3570K but it's the wrong socket type. The motherboard only supports LGA 1155. The 2700K is the highest I could find. I'll probably wait for the 800 series Geforce cards. They're currently set to arrive during the 2nd half of 2014 which is good timing.
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Jamebonds1 Mar 24 @ 7:19pm 
Originally posted by SSIops:
I thought I could go with a 3570K but it's the wrong socket type. The motherboard only supports LGA 1155. The 2700K is the highest I could find. I'll probably wait for the 800 series Geforce cards. They're currently set to arrive during the 2nd half of 2014 which is good timing.

No. 3570K are LGA 1155 too. Reread my last post. Haswell are 4700K CPU.
SSIops Mar 24 @ 10:06pm 
I saw that after a little more looking around. Though performance increase over 2700K isn't worth the price.
HBZK100 Mar 24 @ 10:17pm 
I would go for the dual 780s over a new mobo and cpu since the 2700K is just as capable as a amd 8 core piledriver cpu. (That is if your only gaming.)

However depending on your screen resolution I think you would be better off just getting another 680 and SLIing them until you can get a gtx 880 or 980
Bad-Motha Mar 24 @ 10:19pm 
Sandy Bridge are Intel 2000 series (2nd Gen) CPUs, 1155 Socket
Ivy Bridge are Intel 3000 series (3rd Gen) CPUs, 1155 Socket

Haswell are Intel 4000 series (4th Gen) CPUs, 1150 Socket

Check your motherboards specs and also check for BIOS updates.
Most likely your 1155 board supports the 3rd Gen CPUs, but again make sure before buying.

TBO, since u have a 2700K, I doubt u will see enough of a difference in a 3rd Gen to justify the upgrade cost. Better off just OC'ing your current CPU, since u have one that is unlocked.

If anything just keep the 680 until 800/900 series GPUs get here. As they are not far off.
If you are on stock Intel cooler, upgrade to better cooling to allow for further OC while still keeping temps down.
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