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New Graphics Card - will it work?

Discussion in 'New to PC gaming & upgrade advice' started by Regfish, 17 Sep 2017.

  1. Regfish

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    Hi guys,

    This morning I ordered an MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming X to replace my GTX 570 ti however I worry that the rest of my PC may not be up to scratch. I've listed my specifications below:-

    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500k CPU @ 3.30Ghz 3.70 Ghz
    Motherboard: Gigabyte Z77-D3h
    Power supply: 650W OCUK Z Series
    16.0 GB RAM

    I'd appreciate anybody letting me know whether I will have any issues. Any advice is welcome.

    Thanks
     
  2. Plec

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    Clock that 2500K - if you have a decent cooler

    I have a 2500K @ 4.5GHz, 16Gb paired with a GTX 1070 - gaming at 1440p (when i game).

    My 2500K is clocked to 4.5GHz to give the GTX 1070 more breathing space and it copes incredibly well even with AAA titles - it's deferred my upgrade for this machine for at least another few months. If you have a semi-decent cooler(?) strapped to the top of your CPU i suggest that you clock your CPU to a relatively easy 4.3GHz/4.4GHz - usually a simple Vcore tweak.

    The 2500K will bottleneck a little bit but overclocking the chip will help reduce this - plus if you have nothing to compare it with you won't notice.

    The one thing you may have to do is flash the BIOS of the motherboard to the latest release to get the card working (not uncommon) - as this will usually increase the PCI-E compatibility for the newer GFX cards.
     
  3. Regfish

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    Thanks Plec - I'm grateful for your input.

    Any recommendations on which component should be my next upgrade?
     
  4. DarkHorizon472

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    After the overclocking with likely a new cpu cooler to keep temps down the next upgrade is likely to be more major such as motherboard, cpu, ram etc.
     
  5. Chaos666

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    what cooler do you have? and what temps you are getting
    if its a stock cooler get something basic like hyper 212
     
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  6. mistersprinkles

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    I ran a 980 with a 2600K for a year and a half. It worked. 2500K is a very handicapped CPU in today's world. Even "cojones to the wall" @ 4.8Ghz or so your IPC and lack of HT will let you down, and you will be bottlenecked in heavily threaded games compared to, say, a 7700K.

    Will it work? Yes. At high overclocks. You really should consider upgrading though. If you had a 2600K you could OC it as far as possible and be ok for a bit but 2500K has really exceeded it's useful life span and needs to be given the old yeller treatment behind the barn IMO.

    Try to upgrade ASAP.

    BTW thanks to intel soldering the lids on these chips, a Hyper 212 or similar smaller cooler will let you OC really high at reasonable temps. No need to get an NHD15 or anything.

    If you want to carry the cooler over to something like an 8700K in the future consider, at least, an NH-U14S if not an NHD14/15 or 240mm AIO.

    Mounting holes have been the same from 1156 thru 1155, 1150, 1151, and will be the same for the next socket.
     
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  7. Regfish

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    I've got an Akasa Nero 3. I believe it sits consistently between 40 - 45.
     
  8. Regfish

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    Great thank you for this. I may look to go for an i7-7700k, unless you can suggest a better alternative, as I can just about fit that into my budget right now.
     
  9. mistersprinkles

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    Wait for the 8700K and Z370. 2 extra cores, same price.
     
  10. Plec

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    As above.

    The 2500K coupled with a GTX 1070 will be a satisfactory stop-gap until Coffee Lake's release - which will be the perfect CPU if INTEL is your preferred flavour.
     
  11. mistersprinkles

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    Rumor has it we will see 8700K end of October but who knows. Haven't seen anything solid personally.

    There's always the risk that comes with being an early adopter. My friend got burned by the SATA bug on his P67 B1 board in January 2011.