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    Hey guys, just wondering from those who are more tech like then me what would be a decent upgrade for my pc.
    Ive copied and pasted my specs from the speccy app.

    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3770K @ 3.50GHz 49 °C
    Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology
    RAM
    8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 668MHz (9-9-9-24)
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Technology Co. Ltd. Z68XP-UD3 (Socket 1155) 32 °C
    Graphics
    N19W (1440x900@60Hz)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000 (Gigabyte)
    3071MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 (EVGA) 31 °C
    ForceWare version: 376.19
    SLI Disabled
    Storage
    465GB Western Digital WDC WD5000AZRX-00A8LB0 (SATA) 27 °C
    465GB Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB (SSD) 27 °C
    Optical Drives
    HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH24NS95

    Also my monitor is ancient I think.
    Name N19W on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
    Current Resolution 1440x900 pixels
    Work Resolution 1440x860 pixels
    State Enabled, Primary
    Monitor Width 1440
    Monitor Height 900
    Monitor BPP 32 bits per pixel
    Monitor Frequency 60 Hz

    I'm guessing a new graphic card will probably be needed soon (the 660 has done me well).
    I was thinking updating my ram to 16gb but I'm not sure that will achieve much.
    Motherboard is fairly old I think.

    Be grateful to have some feedback! Not that I have the cash atm with crimbo but always good to know what to get next.
    Cheers!

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    I've got an i5 3570k (so same generation as yours) with 16Gb and it's still holding up really well combined with a GTX770 (at 2560x1440).

    My first thought for your setup was instantly the graphics card.
    Pretty sure you'd get a really nice boost by just upgrading to a GTX1060/1070 (depending on your budget).

    Upgrading the RAM is a tricky one... if you're considering upgrading your CPU sometime in the near future I wouldn't do it just yet since getting a new CPU means getting a new motherboard, which in turn usually means getting a new set of ram...

    With your current monitor a new GPU will be more than enough, however... if you're looking at a new monitor take a look at the 1440p 144hz ones. They're quite expensive, but very much worth the money. Once you go 60hz+ you will most likely never look back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThunderbirdOne View Post
    I've got an i5 3570k (so same generation as yours) with 16Gb and it's still holding up really well combined with a GTX770 (at 2560x1440).
    Coming from the guy with constant bf1 crashes :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow View Post
    Hey guys, just wondering from those who are more tech like then me what would be a decent upgrade for my pc.
    Ive copied and pasted my specs from the speccy app.

    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3770K @ 3.50GHz 49 °C
    Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology
    RAM
    8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 668MHz (9-9-9-24)
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Technology Co. Ltd. Z68XP-UD3 (Socket 1155) 32 °C
    Graphics
    N19W (1440x900@60Hz)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000 (Gigabyte)
    3071MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 (EVGA) 31 °C
    ForceWare version: 376.19
    SLI Disabled
    Storage
    465GB Western Digital WDC WD5000AZRX-00A8LB0 (SATA) 27 °C
    465GB Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB (SSD) 27 °C
    Optical Drives
    HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH24NS95

    Also my monitor is ancient I think.
    Name N19W on NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
    Current Resolution 1440x900 pixels
    Work Resolution 1440x860 pixels
    State Enabled, Primary
    Monitor Width 1440
    Monitor Height 900
    Monitor BPP 32 bits per pixel
    Monitor Frequency 60 Hz

    I'm guessing a new graphic card will probably be needed soon (the 660 has done me well).
    I was thinking updating my ram to 16gb but I'm not sure that will achieve much.
    Motherboard is fairly old I think.

    Be grateful to have some feedback! Not that I have the cash atm with crimbo but always good to know what to get next.
    Cheers!
    i'd get a 1060 if you plan on keeping your cpu, a 1070 may cause a small bottleneck, which will only get worse through time.

    So a 1060 wil be a good performance increase with no bottleneck issues that should hold out for a year or 2 until you do a full on upgrade
    Winner Stev V Snostorm 2014

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    Quote Originally Posted by snostorm View Post
    Coming from the guy with constant bf1 crashes :P
    Lately I've been playing without the Nvidia Geforce Experience overlay and I haven't had any crashes... might be a coincidence with recent updates though... but I'll see what the future holds.

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    Cheers thanks for that. 1060 sounds good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow View Post
    Cheers thanks for that. 1060 sounds good.
    Just to add my 2p to this, I think a 1060 or AMD 480 would be a good fit too, or a second hand 970 wouldn't be the worst idea - lots on ebay currently. If you're going much beyond those, you're shifting bottlenecks elsewhere. I'd grab one of those for now, and be thinking of a larger overhaul in a year or two.

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