Alright. I built my modest system nearly 4 years ago. I just have an i5 6500 with an ASRock mobo that allows BCLK overclocking. I actually never got around to overclocking as I figured I never really needed it. I love my 960. It’s probably the fastest model that’s ever been made. It holds up great against older games. It KIND of shows its mid-tier performance in games like Fallout 4 where performance suffers in some areas and I have to take the graphics down a little bit.
Honestly, I don’t want to put anymore foreword in here. I’m just kind of worried about my CPU. I’ve decided to buy a 1440p monitor for the holidays and figured that would get rid of any potential excess frames and lessen load on the CPU, thus lowering any potential CPU bottleneck. However, the 960 won’t really be enough for 1440p. I’ve already seen benchmarks of some games I play like Doom. The bump up from 1080p takes a substantial performance cost overtop of whatever it takes to currently run what you’re playing.
This is where i’m torn. I don’t know if I should get my GPU in the next couple of months alongside my monitor. Or if I should wait. The reason for this is simple. The new consoles. I’ve enjoyed approximately 60% more performance than the PS4’s GPU with my 960. It’s been great overall. But I know what’s coming. An entire console generation. And I have to be prepared to be able to run the next Elder Scrolls - or Cyberpunk in less than a year. I was thinking of finally owning a 7-tier Nvidia cars like a 2070 Super. Ideally I like having 100% the performance of consoles. Or more.
So with all of that pile of text in mind, what does everyone think? Should I simply wait until I do a GPU upgrade? Later next year, closer to when the new consoles come out? I also ponder the idea of building a new i5 9600K system, salvaging what I have. I keep thinking about the idea of being able to plug drives right in without installing. Running a Caviar Blue and 850 EVO for OS. I really don’t know what to do now… I sometimes hate technology.
The entire premise of my build was to use it for some designing and gaming, waiting until Intel release their next Nehalem - something borderline revolutionary (responding to Ryzen in full force basically) and then retiring the system to my dad as it’d be perfect for him. He can get himself a new case, BAM, transplant the guts of this system into and it’s a done deal. Then I get to finally build the savage system i’ve always dreamed of. The problem is, Intel is a mess. And to be fair, have been since releasing Skylake. I can’t believe I paid $CDN 260 for my non-K i5. And they charged $CDN 450 for the 6600K when it released. No cooler? Intel are great at making new CPU designs and doing things like Nehalem. But they were NEVER good at being reasonable and giving people something solid for their money. I really wish Ryzen was available when I built this thing.
So there it is. A flood of thoughts, and I just plain don’t know if I should splurge a little or if I should just do a GPU upgrade and wait a couple years. Supposedly Intel have something planned for 2022. A “new generation” of CPUs. Hopefully this time it’s not an i7. “NOW FEATURING 8 CORES YET AGAIN! YEAH! WITHNOMULTITHREADING.”