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Post Date: 2016-05-20

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    Posted: 20 May 2016 at 8:05am
I got a Vanquish 2 with a 760 gtx back in about March of 2014. I'm looking to upgrade and I have a few concerns.

GPU: I'd like to get a 980. I'm just wondering if the psu and cooling are also going to need upgrades (in which case I would probably just spring for a new rig). And whether it'll fit the case. And will it help, or am I bottlenecked elsewhere?

RAM: I'm running the stock 8gb. What are my best options, in terms of brand/what I should look for, to upgrade this to 16?

Apologies if this is the wrong forum for this type of question, and grateful for any input.

Edited by GeorgiaCav - 20 May 2016 at 8:06am
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  Quote Snaike Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 May 2016 at 8:48am
hi GeorgiaCav...

I have the Vanquish 2 (Lvl 4) with the GTX 770 and I am waiting for the new GTX1070...

As for RAM, look for any matched pair of DDR3 RAM at 8Gb each (you have to use 2 as you only have 2 DIMM slots available. Personally, I'm looking at http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/h81m-e/CT7350633
To add with the GPU.

I expect to get 2-3 more years of top performance from this machine with these upgrades.
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  Quote Snaike Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 May 2016 at 8:50am
Download and use this tool to make sure you can find compatible RAM...

http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/systemscanner
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Awesome, thanks!
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  Quote Ariktu Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 May 2016 at 7:15pm
I would guess what GPU you buy would depend on your CPU and if it is overclocked or running at stock.

Plus what resolution you are running your games at and what games you even play.

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  Quote db188 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 May 2016 at 8:26pm
i don't recommend a 980.  it's a bad price>performance point.  if you're looking at the new cards, it's going to be a while before you can get anything other than a "founder's edition" which comes with a $100 early adopter tax.  you might be best off either waiting on a 1070 (when the price drops to the MSRP) or looking for deals on remaining stock of 970 or even 980ti cards.  the 980 is just a niche card at too high a price.  the 970 maxes out 1080p and a single 980ti maxes anything under 4K and even allows 4K at reduced settings.    
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  Quote kiass Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 May 2016 at 9:54am
Agree, it's better to take GTX 980 Ti in this case.
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  Quote Snaike Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 21 May 2016 at 11:18pm
Originally posted by kiass

Agree, it's better to take GTX 980 Ti in this case.


Personally, I'm waiting for the MSRP price drop for the GTX1070.
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