I've been rocking the i5-2500k @ 4.4ghz for a while now with no issues, and everything was running fine with that and my GTX 970 until I got a 1440 (but 60hz) monitor. With that addition games are now a bit lagy. I'm almost certain that the solution is to just upgrade to a used 1070/1080, but before going ahead with the purchase I wanted to check in with you guys.
I only really use the desktop for gaming, hence my leaning towards upgrading the GPU first. I've found 1070s for around £150 and 1080s for around £250; my budget is less clear on the mobo/ram/cpu upgrade option as I haven't really looked at it, thinking mainly about the GPU at this point, but lets say £350 ballpark...
Please let me know what your thoughts are on upgrading either the i5-2500k or the GTX 970 with a view solely to gaming many thanks in advance, you guys on this forum helped me through my first build way back and have been consistently helpful ever since!
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
MOBO: Asus P8Z77-V LX
CPU: Intel i5-2500k @ 4.4ghz
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G
PSU: Corsair HX850i
RAM: Kingston - HyperX Fury Blue 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 @1600MHz
SSD: Crucial MX500 1TB
CASE: Phanteks Enthoo Pro
MNTR: 27"AOC Q2770PQU 2560x 1440 @60 Hz
EDIT: I'm liquid cooling the CPU so, in the case of the mobo/cpu/ram option, would look for a CPU upgrade that I could also OC. Not averse to investing in a cooling loop for the GPU upgrade.
Edited by Locla, 02 June 2019 - 06:06 PM.