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Inherited a PC, Need a GFX Card, Will These bottleneck me?

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This is the current PC,

 

Antec Black usb 3 case, not sure the model, but moderate in size

Asrock B75 Pro-3 M Motherboard

Intel i5 3330 Quad Core 3.0Ghz with 3.2Ghz Turbo Boost (Locked Multi)

Hyper 212 Cooler

24GB DDR3 1600Mhz

240GB Mushkin SATA III Solid State

CoolerMaster 1000W PSU

Currently Windows 7 Pro Installed w/ Windows 10 Notifier for upgrade when available.

Samsung 27" LED Monitor (Just a 1080P 60Hz)

 

I have been toying with the idea of tossing a video card in the pc, so I can play some pc games. I currently have been out of the pc gaming loop for quite some time. The last video card that I bought was a GTX 570, and that was around when I quit pc gaming. Looking to get back, so I was doing some research on some cards that caught my interest. I will be playing at only 1080P for the moment, and pretty much sticking at that resolution. Here are the top few cards that I have narrowed it down to:

 

1.GTX 970 4gb

2. R9 390 8gb

3. R9 280x 3gb

 

I was leaning more towards the 970 more and more but here is the thing. I keep fearing that the current setup is going to bottleneck. mainly the CPU. A few of my friends told me not to worry about the CPU as an i5 at 3.0ghz stock should be more than enough. The funny thing about me even listing the 280x even though its an old card, is that a friend of mine offered to sell me his windforce gigabyte 280x for $100 bux. I'm not really looking to drop a lot of money on a new gaming card, as I keep thinking to myself, that I would have to upgrade the CPU, and at that rate, if I will be doing that, I should just buy an 1150 motherboard, and go for a 4790K or something along those lines. But I am trying to keep my budget lower. Not really looking to dump money on a whole new system build, as this one is totally new really inside and out.

 

I apologize if I am rambling here, but I need some solid advice if I can please. The 280x seems like the best overall deal, but would it be worth going to the 390 or 970? Would any of these cards bottleneck the system at all? Is the i5 too weak to play the new games that are coming out? Thank you all so much in advance!

 

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That CPU should be fine for a while, regardless of video card you install in it. The big thing will be what games you play and whether they hit a CPU or GPU block first. Eventually a motherboard and CPU upgrade will be in the books, but wait until Skylake arrives.

 

The 390 and 280X are similar enough, outside of the VRAM amount, so if you have that $100 offer, may as well take it.

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You could get two 280Xs in crossfire for a pretty beast setup if your motherboard allows

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just playing at 1080p I would pick up the 970. I have a msi 280x twin frozr edition and like it I game at 1920x1200 with most games maxed out. with out a problem.

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For $100 i would get the 280X, it will last you for quite a while.

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