Build Advice £1000 new gaming system, using old components if suitable (old parts listed in post)

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Hi all! I am an avid gamer and looking to update my system. I'm wanting to upgrade my system to help make Cyberpunk 2077 look and play great. I play quite a bit of Overwatch and so want something that will be able to play Overwatch 2 competitively. I am quite keen on getting G-SYNC/FREESYNC and playing at 144fps on a 144hz monitor.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 weeks.

Budget Range: ~£1000 before shipping.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, I was looking at ACER PREDATOR XB253QGP as it comes with 144hz and G-SYNC. Please exclude cost of monitor from system price.

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, GPU, mobo, RAM, potentially SSD. My current power supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply

Do you need to buy OS: Not sure (how do I check if I have an OEM license of Windows?). If I do please exclude this from cost.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Providers with quick delivery in the UK.

Location: London, United Kingdom.

Parts Preferences: None.

Overclocking: No.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Your Monitor Resolution: Priority is refresh rate and G-SYNC. Preferenced 2560 x 1440, considering 4k if graphics card can handle it.

Additional Comments:

Potential reuse of case, PSU, Optical drive and storage. Not too sure about CPU cooler. Curreny system parts listed below.
I play a lot of Overwatch and will likely play a lot of Overwatch 2 upon release.
I mainly building now as I want to be ready for the release of Cyberpunk 2077.
The quality of the image matters a lot to me. I am planning to colour calibrate the monitor I get.
I would like a system and monitor that support GSync / FreeSync.
I would prefer a 144hz monitor.
I need WiFi and bluetooth (bluetooth for headphone connection).
If I can reuse old components I will, but if they will be a bottle neck I am happy to switch them out.
I would prefer a system that can support 4k gaming and VR, although this is a lesser desire than 144hz gameplay.
I'm not sure whether I should get a newer and bigger SSD.
I prefer a quiter system.
Quite keen on monitor recommedations.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
My system is outdated. I want a system that will make Cyberpunk 2077 look and feel great to play. I can't get a consistent 60fps on Overwatch anymore. My system doesn't play games like Destiny 2 smoothly. I want to build something that makes games look great,
with a secondary utility of being able to play games like Overwatch with a competitive edge.

Current system: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/BHg999

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 54.36 CFM CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Kingston 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (one stick doesn't work anymore)
Storage: Crucial M4 256 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 4 GB Video Card
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-23 19:26 GMT+0000

A build recommended to me by a friend: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/b9rgFG

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor (£259.98 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£27.77 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard (£107.80 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£120.45 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Asus GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB STRIX GAMING Advanced Video Card (£580.98 @ Box Limited)
Total: £1096.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-23 19:51 GMT+0000

Thanks for taking the time to read over my post :)
 

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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£154.99 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S 55 CFM CPU Cooler (£54.98 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard (£98.99 @ Box Limited)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z Neo 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory (£178.68 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£67.92 @ BT Shop)
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB VENTUS OC Video Card (£449.98 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £1005.54
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-23 20:25 GMT+0000
 
Hi all! I am an avid gamer and looking to update my system. I'm wanting to upgrade my system to help make Cyberpunk 2077 look and play great. I play quite a bit of Overwatch and so want something that will be able to play Overwatch 2 competitively. I am quite keen on getting G-SYNC/FREESYNC and playing at 144fps on a 144hz monitor.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 2 weeks.

Budget Range: ~£1000 before shipping.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes, I was looking at ACER PREDATOR XB253QGP as it comes with 144hz and G-SYNC. Please exclude cost of monitor from system price.

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, GPU, mobo, RAM, potentially SSD. My current power supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply

Do you need to buy OS: Not sure (how do I check if I have an OEM license of Windows?). If I do please exclude this from cost.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Providers with quick delivery in the UK.

Location: London, United Kingdom.

Parts Preferences: None.

Overclocking: No.

SLI or Crossfire: No.

Your Monitor Resolution: Priority is refresh rate and G-SYNC. Preferenced 2560 x 1440, considering 4k if graphics card can handle it.

Additional Comments:
Potential reuse of case, PSU, Optical drive and storage. Not too sure about CPU cooler. Curreny system parts listed below.
I play a lot of Overwatch and will likely play a lot of Overwatch 2 upon release.
I mainly building now as I want to be ready for the release of Cyberpunk 2077.
The quality of the image matters a lot to me. I am planning to colour calibrate the monitor I get.
I would like a system and monitor that support GSync / FreeSync.
I would prefer a 144hz monitor.
I need WiFi and bluetooth (bluetooth for headphone connection).
If I can reuse old components I will, but if they will be a bottle neck I am happy to switch them out.
I would prefer a system that can support 4k gaming and VR, although this is a lesser desire than 144hz gameplay.
I'm not sure whether I should get a newer and bigger SSD.
I prefer a quiter system.
Quite keen on monitor recommedations.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
My system is outdated. I want a system that will make Cyberpunk 2077 look and feel great to play. I can't get a consistent 60fps on Overwatch anymore. My system doesn't play games like Destiny 2 smoothly. I want to build something that makes games look great,
with a secondary utility of being able to play games like Overwatch with a competitive edge.

Current system: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/BHg999

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 54.36 CFM CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard
Memory: Kingston 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (one stick doesn't work anymore)
Storage: Crucial M4 256 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 4 GB Video Card
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair Professional Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-23 19:26 GMT+0000

A build recommended to me by a friend: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/b9rgFG

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor (£259.98 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£27.77 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard (£107.80 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£120.45 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Asus GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB STRIX GAMING Advanced Video Card (£580.98 @ Box Limited)
Total: £1096.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-23 19:51 GMT+0000

Thanks for taking the time to read over my post :)
I would do something more along these lines.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor (£259.98 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard (£98.99 @ Box Limited)
Memory: Patriot Viper 4 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory (£66.22 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Sabrent Rocket Q 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£219.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB EVOKE OC Video Card (£346.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £992.17
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-23 20:27 GMT+0000

For gaming there isn't a full need for 32GB RAM right now so if you need more you can always add it later. The 3700X has a cooler that will be just fine for itself so you can save money there. The 5700XT offers 95% the performance of the 2070 Super at 80% the price. Those savings allow you to get the 2TB SSD for games and you can still use the old SSD for an OS drive.
How old is your PSU?
 

Lsakurifaisu

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I would do something more along these lines.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor (£259.98 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard (£98.99 @ Box Limited)
Memory: Patriot Viper 4 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory (£66.22 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Sabrent Rocket Q 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£219.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB EVOKE OC Video Card (£346.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £992.17
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-23 20:27 GMT+0000

For gaming there isn't a full need for 32GB RAM right now so if you need more you can always add it later. The 3700X has a cooler that will be just fine for itself so you can save money there. The 5700XT offers 95% the performance of the 2070 Super at 80% the price. Those savings allow you to get the 2TB SSD for games and you can still use the old SSD for an OS drive.
How old is your PSU?
Thanks for the recommendations :)

I bought my PSU in Jan 2013, so around 7 years old now. Would that be an issue?
 
Here's a build to consider-

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£145.98 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Scythe Mugen 5 Rev. B 51.17 CFM CPU Cooler (£48.94 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard (£98.99 @ Box Limited)
Memory: G.Skill Flare X 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory (£83.72 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£94.49 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB GAMING OC 3X Video Card (£478.94 @ More Computers)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£60.97 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £1012.03
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-23 22:20 GMT+0000
 
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Thanks for the recommendations :)

I bought my PSU in Jan 2013, so around 7 years old now. Would that be an issue?
Since the PSU is 7 years old, you will want to get a new one. Here is a new build suggestion that takes into account the new PSU.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor (£259.98 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard (£98.99 @ Box Limited)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix RGB 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory (£89.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Sabrent Rocket Q 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£99.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB EVOKE OC Video Card (£346.99 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£88.72 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £984.66
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-23 23:25 GMT+0000
 

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