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    Is GTX 970 good enough for todays games?

    I built a gaming computer back in 2014/2015 (to play Witcher 3) but after 2016 never used it.. It was lying around in my garage and I took it out today whilst cleaning the garage because I want to play some games. Just checked and it has a Quad core processor and Asus gaming motherboard with 240gb SSD, 16gb RAM with GTX 970 card. Are these specs good enough for current games or do I need to get my computer upgraded?
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    It wouldn't be good enough for my standards but try it out and see. I use a 970 in my VR dedicated rig and it works just fine
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    That card should still be able to get you to 60 FPS on high or ultra.

    https://www.techspot.com/review/1822...radeon-r9-290/

    The processor might be getting a little long in the tooth, tough to say without knowing what it is.

    Assuming the processor's still OK, the next step up GPU wise would be a GTX 1660 for ~$200, so play a couple games on your current rig and decide if you need better graphics or a higher framerate that badly.

    240GB SSDs are also a little too small in a world where AAA games are now like 100 fukking GBs each. If you have an extra HDD slot in your case, you get this 2TB monster for $55 and gain a chit ton of Steam capacity.

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    I've been running 2 x 970s since 2014 and they still hold up decently
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    not great but not awful. You wont be maxing newer games out or anything like that
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    Just get a gtx 1060 6GB if you want a cheaper card that can hold it's weight with any game out there.
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    I had a 970 a while back. Actually my small secondary rig which is now my only rig only has a 960.

    You wont be able to max out games but you will certainly be able to play them.

    If its an older i5 with 4 cores and no HT (so 4 threads total) you may see some microstudder or bogging down in some games, they are finally able to use 8 threads these days.

    AMD is so cheap its rediculous, you can still sell those old intel pieces for a good amount on ebay too. The actual cost to get a ryzen system if you part out the old motherboard, cpu and ram is hardly anything. I got $150 for my 3770k and $87 for the motherboard, still have to sell the ddr3 ram. Of course ebay takes some fees but still when the Ryzen 6 core 12 thread 3600 was only $170 with a cooler, and another 150 for the new motherboard, its very cheap.
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    It's good enough for now, I wouldn't try to upgrade until the new GPUs come out sometime this year OP

    I'm holding onto my RX 580, it's definitely the bottleneck when it comes to maximizing my 1080P 144hz monitor, but it doesn't make sense to upgrade right now when the new GPUs are around the corner.
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    Originally Posted by TheOriginalBIG View Post
    It's good enough for now, I wouldn't try to upgrade until the new GPUs come out sometime this year OP
    Like OP I built my first rig mainly for Witcher 3, and now it's looking like I'll either upgrade or build another new one for Cyberpunk 2077


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    Originally Posted by Destor View Post
    Like OP I built my first rig mainly for Witcher 3, and now it's looking like I'll either upgrade or build another new one for Cyberpunk 2077


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    Fuark that's the plan for me too

    My prediction is that Nvidia will release the new GPUs just before Cyberpunk releases/the new consoles releases, in order to undercut the market
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    Depends on the resolution you want. Good enough for my old 1980x1200 monitor, could get solid fps on high but ultra had plenty of sub 60fps moments.

    On my new 3440x1440 monitor it falls quite short. Trying to decide whether I want to upgrade now or wait for 3000. Whether I want to wait until september with no games made in the last decade...
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    I actually ran witcher 3 on a 970 and it ran fine, but that was on one monitor at 1080p. Ran Ultra settings but cant promise I had 60 frames all the time.
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    I have one in my home machine, it's chit compared to my work machine 1080ti but it's lasted me until now running 1080 at 60fps on most games with a few settings gimped

    Wait until the 3080 /3070 is out before upgrading tbh
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    I'm running a 980TI and waiting for next gen to upgrade. You can probably get by with that card until the end of the year then look for an upgrade with a lower end of the next generation of cards.

    With that card the new consoles will have better graphics.
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    If you're just gaming in 1080p it should be fine
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