1. Noctosphere

    OP Noctosphere Adoptive father of Zelda
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    So yea
    Next year, I might buy a GTX 2060, but first, I need to know
    To run it at its full potential, do I need to change my motherboard?
    I bought my computer pre-built in 2012 and never changed the motherboard

    What do you think?
    If you need more information, don't hesitate to ask
    thanks

    EDIT : For now, I'm using a GTX 1060 6GB, do you think this one is used at its full potential as well?
    thanks again
     
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  2. Originality

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    Modern graphics cards do not saturate 16 lanes of PCIe bandwidth so whether your motherboard has PCIe 2 or PCIe 3, there’s less than 5% difference in performance (generally).

    The only time you might need to upgrade your motherboard is if you’re upgrading to a new CPU, or if the new motherboard has specific features you might need (e.g being SFF for a new case).
     
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  3. Noctosphere

    OP Noctosphere Adoptive father of Zelda
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    alright, thanks
    Also, my cpu is an old intel i7-2600
    I've been told it's not necessary to upgrade it
    because most of games rely on gpu much more than on cpu
    does that still stand?
     
  4. Spoderman80s

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    Yes and No, I mean if all the games you want to play are running fine for you, don't change right now, if you want to change your CPU later you will need to change your motherboard and also your RAM (DDR4 instead of DDR3).
     
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  5. Kingy

    Kingy GBAtemp Advanced Fan
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    You only need to upgrade your motherboard if you have to upgrade your CPU (assuming the upgrade is on a different socket.)
    In most situations, the GPU should work as long as it fits and is given enough power, but may not perform as decently with a low-performance CPU than normal.

    EDIT: not gonna say you're wrong for considering a 2060 (we know next to nothing about it), but Navi may be interesting. You should also see Navi's performance when it is potentially revealed in January.
     
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  6. Noctosphere

    OP Noctosphere Adoptive father of Zelda
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    Navi?
    whats that?
    other than link's fairy
     
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    Kingy GBAtemp Advanced Fan
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    Navi is the GPU architecture being developed by AMD that'll be using the 7nm process. AMD seems to belive that it'll be high-performance, but we'll have to see in Janurary. Still though, 7nm is great (better than what Nvidia's using), and I expect it to do very well. Before Navi comes, Vega 7nm is gonna release.

    [​IMG]
     
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  8. Noctosphere

    OP Noctosphere Adoptive father of Zelda
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    alright, thanks for the info

    thanks everyone
     
  9. x65943

    x65943 the end is nigh, buy doge coin
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    By the way your image is broken
     
  10. Kingy

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    Looks fine on my end, but I'll reupload to imgur.
     
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  11. Noctosphere

    OP Noctosphere Adoptive father of Zelda
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    looked broken to me too, but not in reply lol
     
  12. subcon959

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    If you game at 1080p, I think you would see a decent performance gain going from sandybridge to coffeelake and keeping the 1060. The only problem is that the cost to upgrade cpu+motherboard+ram is rather a lot. I would stick with what you have until you find your pc struggling to play the games you want to play and then think about a full upgrade at that point.
     
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    By the time that happens, he's may more better off going Zen/Zen 2 than coffee lake, lower prices + more cores for like a 2fps drop (Not for Zen 2, IPC will be better). A CPU upgrade isn't a huge deal, anyways. As long as the PC doesn't bottleneck, he's fine with his 2nd gen CPU for quite some time.
     
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