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2600k still viable?

Discussion in 'New to PC gaming & upgrade advice' started by EdGey, 9 Jan 2019.

  1. EdGey

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 21 Jan 2008

    Posts: 8,108

    Location: England

    I'm currently running a 2600k, 16GB DDR3 and a GTX1070

    I want to play on 2560x1440 at a confident frame rate to make use of a high Hz monitor. My friends are encouraging me to upgrade my CPU, Motherboard, RAM to the latest and greatest. Is that really necessary at this point?

    My own feelings are that the 2600K still has a bit of punch in it and that investing a hefty amount on a new GPU alone should do the trick. Am I stubborn or is there some truth in what they say? Last thing I want is a huge bottleneck.

    Many thanks!
     
  2. wedrum

    Soldato

    Joined: 11 Aug 2016

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    Location: Cheshire

    Overclock the 2600k and your golden at 1440
     
  3. no idea what

    Capodecina

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    Mine oc'd to 4.6ghz with a GTX1080 is still hanging in there at 1440p. Pretty much any new game has all threads pegged at 100%,so an upgrade would increase performance a lot. But the 2600k still gives perfectly playable performance.
     
  4. Heisenberg

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Scotland

    Are you getting good performance in the games you play? If not, upgrade. If you are, wait until you are not.
     
  5. EdGey

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 21 Jan 2008

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    Location: England

    I'm not currently as I'm using a GTX1070. Essentially my question boils down to - will my 2600K bottleneck a new graphics card.

    I should have mentioned - my 2600k is currently at 4.3GHz
     
  6. steve45

    Mobster

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    Well when you consider that I had no glaring issues running 1440 on a 2500k @ 4.4Ghz, albeit with a 1080. Yeah CPU was starting to show its age, a few games had it running flat out, but FPS was still comfortable for me. I think you will be more than fine for for a while.

    I'd still be running the 2500k had my USB ports on the mobo not crapped out on me.
     
  7. EdGey

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 21 Jan 2008

    Posts: 8,108

    Location: England

    Thanks, that's what I thought - I'll give it a miss then chaps. New GPU incoming!
     
  8. azazl187

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 Jan 2010

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    Yea I think it wise to go for a gpu, that will give you best performance for the cash spend.

    Its slightly different but my 2600k OCed to 4.6 still bosses games with a 1080ti at 4k
     
  9. 233

    Capodecina

    Joined: 21 Nov 2004

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    Location: Glasgow

    And you'll find your 2600k still had a bit to give I'd imagine

    They clock like demons
     
  10. orbitalwalsh

    Capodecina

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    either jump to 9600/9700k and push nice 5ghz overclock or wait till computex for X570 & Ryzen 3600X :D

    all depends on what games you play. jump into BFV online with 63 other players and netcode/pathways will slam your CPU regardless on resolution
     
  11. EdGey

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 21 Jan 2008

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    All I really seem to play these days is World of Warships and whilst it doesn't look amazing, it does hog resources!

    I've not heard of the X570 before. I'll have to look into that.
     
  12. tamzzy

    Capodecina

    Joined: 26 May 2012

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    overclocked 2600k is fine for GPU such as the 1070 (unless the game is highly multithreaded)
    https://www.techspot.com/review/1546-intel-2nd-gen-core-i7-vs-8th-gen/page5.html