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    ROG Member Array Schooler PC Specs
    Schooler PC Specs
    MotherboardMaximus IV Gene-Z
    Memory (part number)HyperX Savage 2x8gb 1866MHz 1.5v
    Graphics Card #1GeForce 1070 GTX
    Storage #1Samsung 860 EVO 500gb SSD
    CPU CoolerNoctua NH-U9S
    Power SupplySeasonic 650W Titanium

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    Gaming w/ OC'd i7 2600K/GTX 1070. What upgrade(s) needed for a better FPS experience?

    Budget: Trying to decide whether to upgrade just GPU or CPU/mobo/RAM, so about $500-600
    Main uses of intended build: Straight gaming (RealTemp and MSI Afterburner running along with game)
    Parts required: CPU or GPU upgrade
    Previous build information (list details of parts):
    i7 2600K @ OC'd 4.7GHz, Maximus IV Gene-Z, Noctua D15S, EVGA GTX 1070 Black Edition (OC'd), 16GB HyperX 1866MHz RAM
    Monitor resolution: 1920x1080, 144MHz
    Storage requirements: 1T SDD
    Will you be overclocking: yes
    Any motherboard requirements: If I need a mobo, then 3 fan headers in addition to CPU fan header

    I been running this system for a long while, pulling about 80-90 FPS on CoDCW Zombies, without ray tracing enabled (which I'm okay with). My CPU runs about 70-75% (keeping an eye on all 8 cores in game), GPU about 75-80% -- both stats via RivaTuner. CPU temp is 68-69 degrees. So, from what I can tell, I'm not bottlenecked.

    But, I've played with the idea of upgrading in order to achieve higher FPSs, looking at both the 8700K and Ryzen 5 5600x. Would rather upgrade CPU/mobo/RAM -- IF NEEDED -- instead of GPU (since these are ridiculously expensive).

    I guess I'm wondering whether upgrading the CPU/mobo/RAM would be worthwhile if I kept the 1070. I mean, I want to see a huge increase in FPS. Or is it better to just keep the 2600K and upgrade my GPU.

    Will be playing 1080p.


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    TeamROG Moderator Array xeromist PC Specs
    xeromist PC Specs
    Laptop (Model)Dell Inspiron 15 7567
    MotherboardMSI x470 Gaming Plus
    ProcessorAMD 2600X
    Memory (part number)16GB Crucial Ballistix Elite 3600
    Graphics Card #1ASUS GTX 1080 Strix
    MonitorBenQ BL3200PT
    Storage #1Intel 600p NVMe
    CPU CoolerWraith
    Casecustom Antec 900
    Power SupplyCorsair HX1000
    Keyboard Logitech Orion Spark
    Mouse Logitech MX500
    Headset Plantronics 777 with Oregon Aero upgrade
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    While that is an older CPU you're still likely to see the most general benefit from a GPU upgrade, especially if you get something on the higher end. But you're going to want to upgrade that other stuff eventually. It's just a matter of how soon you want to get it all done. If you don't want to deal with the GPU shortage and you feel like you can wait until early next year then you could upgrade the system now and the GPU next year.

    The 1070 is no slouch. I'm still on a 1080 for the moment and I typically game at 1440p so not that different from you. When I need some more frames I tinker with individual graphics settings. Often you won't even notice if you choose carefully. I'll replace it when I can but I consider myself lucky that I have something that works well until I can get my hands on something newer.
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