Build Advice £1000-£1400 New System Build + Existing System Upgrade

Nov 13, 2020
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Hi all,

I've posted a while back to ask for a recommendation when building my first PC and I got some really good feedback from the community, so I've decided to try it again for my second one.

Approximate Purchase Date: End of November to take advantage of Black Friday sales if any

Budget Range: £1000 total - £700 for new build + £300 for upgraded GPU; £1400 if RTX 3070

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, but mini-ITX not used for AAA games

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: GPU - currently GTX 970 with PSU EVGA 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX

Do you need to buy OS: No

Please note that if you're using an OEM license of Windows, you will need a new one when buying a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Anyone who would deliver to the UK, not in a hurry

Location: Bristol, UK

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Maybe, but probably no

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1440p for the upgraded system, 1080p for the mini-ITX

Additional Comments: Need a new system for the girlfriend, but she doesn't play AAA games - she mostly enjoys 2D games and platformers (which I know could still be demanding). She wants a mini-iTX with lots of RGB bling - the case is something she's chosen and is the only reason she's agreed to it in the first place. While at it, I've decided I can upgrade my existing system's (6 years old) GPU, GTX 970, and put it in the mini-iTX and ideally go for a 3070 (even though I realise it would be bottlenecked by my CPU, but looking to upgrade that next year). I have to order everything at the end of November, so if there is no 3070 available (for up to £700), I was thinking I could go for a 2060/2070 SUPER instead. Alternatively, if putting the GTX 970 in the mini-iTX is a terrible idea, then I would prefer not to upgrade it and just get another GPU for the new system. I think I am one of those 5-year types of people, so I'd rather not upgrade anything on the mini-iTX in that amount of time, but I understand I will have to upgrade the GTX 970 if I end up putting it in the mini-ITX.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Building a new system for my partner as she currently plays games on a Bootcamped 2014 Macbook Air, so you can imagine the frustration she's having...

1. The current system that I have is this: PCPartPicker Part List
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4 GHz Quad-Core Processor (Purchased For £0.00)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (Purchased For £0.00)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (Purchased For £0.00)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1600 CL9 Memory (Purchased For £0.00)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1600 CL9 Memory (Purchased For £0.00)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For £0.00)
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (Purchased For £0.00)
Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (Purchased For £0.00)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 160 GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For £0.00)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4 GB GAMING Video Card (Purchased For £0.00)
Case: Corsair 500R ATX Mid Tower Case (Purchased For £0.00)
Power Supply: EVGA 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (Purchased For £0.00)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WDN4800 PCIe x1 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter (Purchased For £0.00)
Monitor: Dell S2721DGF 27.0" 2560x1440 165 Hz Monitor (Purchased For £0.00)
Total: £0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-11-13 21:18 GMT+0000


2. The new mini-ITX system I am currently considering is this: PCPartPicker Part List
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8 GHz 6-Core Processor (£212.00 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550I AORUS PRO AX Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard (£172.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory (£73.87 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£92.29 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4 GB GAMING Video Card (Purchased For £0.00)
Case: In Win A1 Plus Mini ITX Tower Case w/650 W Power Supply (£220.00)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" 1920x1080 Monitor (Purchased For £0.00)
Total: £771.14
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-11-13 21:31 GMT+0000


A couple of more specific questions I have about this are:
  • Is it worth getting a 3070 now (considering I'll use it on my old system)? Should I just stick with my GTX 970 and buy a new £300-£400 GPU for the mini-ITX and upgrade my existing system at a later point?
  • Is the Ryzen 5 3600x/B550 combo good? I have mainly put that because I want to upgrade the GTX 970 on the mini-ITX in the next two years. Another alternative I have considered here is to use a Ryzen 3 3100/B450 with the GTX 970 and upgrade the CPU/mobo/GPU in the next year (this should save me at least £200 that I could use for the upgrade next year).
Thanks a lot for taking the time to read, looking forward to hearing your thoughts! :)
 

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