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What should I upgrade next?

Hey everyone!

I bought my newest PC exactly 3 years ago and I am looking to upgrade. Most of the newer games I am playing are only allowing me to play on low graphics. I wanted to see what everyone's opinion was on what I should upgrade first and where my system might have bottlenecks. I'm assuming the graphics card would be the obvious choice, although I'm not very experienced with upgrading computers on my own.

Thank you in advance for the advice!


Rosewill Thor V2 Gaming Case


Intel® Core™ i7 4930K Processor (6x 3.40GHz/12MB L3 Cache) - overclocked 10%

Processor Cooling

Corsair Hydro Series H60 Liquid CPU Cooling System - Standard 120mm Fan


32 GB [8 GB x4] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair Vengeance

Video Card

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 - 4GB - SLI Mode (Dual Cards)


ASUS P9X79 LE -- 2x USB 3.0

Power Supply

1000 Watt - NZXT HALE90V2 1000W - 80 PLUS Gold, Full Modular

Primary Hard Drive

120 GB Corsair Neutron GTX SSD - Single Drive

Data Hard Drive

1 TB HARD DRIVE -- 32M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive

Network Card

Intel Pro 10/100/1000 Network Card

Operating System

Windows 8.1


ASUS 1440k monitor

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Tough call.

In reply to: What should I upgrade next?

With dual GPUs and a nice enough CPU, RAM and such, the only move might be to increase the small SSD. That way you can put your game there.

TL;DR. Looks fine.

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In reply to: Tough call.

That would be a good option I think you're right. What's your opinion on swapping out the SLI 770 for a 1080? Would the mobo/processor bottleneck it at all? Thanks again!

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I'm unsure if the move from dual 770 to 1080

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770 to 1080

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Seems pretty close to me as well. Maybe I'll wait a little longer then. That web site is very helpful, thank you!

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Let me share "What would Bob do?"

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1. I moved our office (dozens of PCs) to W10. I'm sold. It's a solid upgrade for us. What little troubles we had were little. Be aware we are a bunch of tech heads so most issues are small ones.

2. I'd really consider a 480 or so GB SSD. For me that's enough space for everything. Including games.

3. Canned air. It comes up so often that while we are in there we give the heatsinks, fans and vents a good cleaning. There are plenty of articles about use but given how many PCs I see that could use this, I must mention it.

4. The rest. I don't install an AV now that Microsoft's Defender is scoring better. HOWEVER I do bolster defenses in the browser with Web Of Trust and Ublock Origin.

Glad the above helped.

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