add arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up authorcheckmark clipboard combo comment delete discord dots drag-handle dropdown-arrow errorfacebook history inbox instagram issuelink lock markup-bbcode markup-html markup-pcpp markup-cyclingbuilder markup-plain-text markup-reddit menu pin radio-button save search settings share star-empty star-full star-half switch successtag twitch twitter user warningwattage weight youtube

4K 60fps - Upgrade or Start New?

OccamAsylum
  • 48 months ago

I've been doing some research into 4k, and while it isn't quite where I want it to be yet, I started planning now for the inevitable upgrade.

Listed below is my current PC along with the upgrades I found would be necessary (and some not so necessary). So at this point, the biggest part of the budget would go toward the monitor and new GPUs. I'm fully aware that my current setup can handle 1440p, however at the time I built this computer I had no interest in and little knowledge of 1440p/4K (built March 2015). As such, I am using a 1080p monitor. If I'm investing in 4K I want the best performance possible. I can't deal with 30fps in a game like RotTR. Without further adieu:

**I'm actually more interested in the X2 series of Swiftech CPU Coolers, but PCPP hasn't added them yet.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor Purchased For $0.00
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i GTX 70.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $104.99 @ Micro Center
Motherboard Asus Z97-PRO ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $0.00
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Blue 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory Purchased For $0.00
Memory Kingston HyperX Fury Blue 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $67.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $0.00
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $0.00
Storage Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $0.00
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) $676.98 @ Newegg
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card (2-Way SLI) $676.98 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake Core V71 ATX Full Tower Case Purchased For $0.00
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 1000G2 1000W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $163.99 @ SuperBiiz
Monitor Asus ROG SWIFT PG278Q 144Hz 27.0" Monitor $648.99 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $2389.92
Mail-in rebates -$50.00
Total $2339.92
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-23 22:02 EST-0500

Or I can go with a new Skylake 4K build.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

New Skylake won't gain you much beyond a better upgrade path. Since your CPU and the current top Skylake part are so close in performance, I'd be tempted to wait until Skylake-E (or whatever they call it) or bite the bullet on X99. Dual 390 seem popular in current 4K setups. It's probably the most economical "right now" solution, though 4k/60 might be too much to ask of it.

I dunno, I don't do high-end. Anandtech's Ashes of the Singularity article has some interesting data on multi-GPU at 4k in both DX11 and DX12 on an i7-4960X-based platform. You'll probably learn more from that than my idle speculation.

Sort

add arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up authorcheckmark clipboard combo comment delete discord dots drag-handle dropdown-arrow errorfacebook history inbox instagram issuelink lock markup-bbcode markup-html markup-pcpp markup-cyclingbuilder markup-plain-text markup-reddit menu pin radio-button save search settings share star-empty star-full star-half switch successtag twitch twitter user warningwattage weight youtube