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GPU Upgrade to Old Build - Best GPU my current set up can handle for under $300?

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  • 3 months ago

Looking to upgrade my ancient build for gaming to get more than 15-20 fps on newer games. Not sure what my motherboard / power supply / etc. can handle since a friend helped me with the original build years ago, so I'm looking for advice. It seems like the GTX 1660 is a pretty popular choice from the few posts I checked out and a couple people I've spoken to, but I really have no idea and am not set on any particular brand or type as long as it works! I can spend up to $300 (maybe more), but cheaper would obviously be best.

This is my current setup (copied/pasted from my pc build page):

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor

CPU Cooler:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

Motherboard:
MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard

Memory:
Corsair Vengeance 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
+Corsair Vengeance Pro 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1866 Memory

Storage:
Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Storage:
Samsung 840 Series 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive

Video Card:
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 2 GB WINDFORCE Video Card

Power Supply:
Rosewill Hive 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply

Optical Drive:
Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer

Wireless Network Adapter:
Rosewill RNX-N250PCe PCIe x1 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter

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  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-4770 3.4 GHz Quad-Core Processor Purchased For $0.00
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler Purchased For $0.00
Motherboard MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 Motherboard Purchased For $0.00
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1600 Memory Purchased For $0.00
Storage Samsung 840 Series 120 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $0.00
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $0.00
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6 GB SC ULTRA GAMING Video Card $233.98 @ Newegg
Case NZXT Phantom 410 ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $0.00
Power Supply Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $69.98 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer Purchased For $0.00
Wireless Network Adapter Rosewill RNX-N250PCe PCIe x1 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter Purchased For $0.00
Keyboard Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard Purchased For $0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $303.96
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-10 14:23 EST-0500

That PSU is quite old, right? It's a 2011 unit or near to that.

So i would change it.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Good idea, i'll probably upgrade that as well. So the GTX 1660 is your top recommendation for a GPU upgrade in this build? And I guess this doesn't matter too much but there's an additional 8gb of RAM (total 16) not included in that build list that I just updated

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

And I guess this doesn't matter too much but there's an additional 8gb of RAM (total 16)

If it works on your build that would not be a problem with a GPU change.

In fact it would be even better, as you will have more Ram in your system. :)

So the GTX 1660 is your top recommendation for a GPU upgrade in this build?

Yes it would be a huge improvement over your previous GTX 770 2GB GPU.

It's an aggressive looking dual fan solution from EVGA + back plate and has all the available (*)ports for any kind of Monitor.

(*) HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4 and Dual-Link DVI

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, thank you very much!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

You're welcome :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

The GTX 1660 is good the 1660Ti is better, the 1660 Super just came out and is almost a Ti but the price is better for what you get. Beyond that you are looking at a RX 5700, GTX 2060, GTX 2060 super, all above $300 generally. You could go with a RX 590 but its older and takes more power they are around 200, but the plain GTX 1660 is slightly better and the Super version is better yet and they take less power, less noise/heat than the older radeon cards.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Would all of those cards be compatible with the parts I already have? I'm still planning on upgrading the PSU like mark said, as well.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Should be, if you happen to get a triple fan version they are longer and some cases only fit so much length. That is usually the only issue with gpu fitting, and some cards are thicker and can cover the 2nd pcie that can be an issue if you need to use it.

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