Question 2014 Mini ITX Build Upgrades?

fbermea

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Hello everyone, I have an Mini ITX build from 2014 that I'd like to (potentially) upgrade to play some newer games.

I'm interested in playing Elden Ring and Divinity: Original Sin II. I don't need the settings at the highest levels, just for it to be playable and not too laggy.

I'm wondering if there's $150-$350 in upgrade(s) that would be worth making to this PC that would make meaningful difference to how it handles more modern games? Be specific if possible, I haven't kept up with PC components in several years.

Assuming I make the upgrade, the plan would be to keep it another 2-4 years.

Here's my current build: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/WJ6Tnt

Oh, and I'm open to buying used parts as long as they're not too difficult to track down. If you have a specific recommendation, a link would be very appreciated.

I'm guessing the best use of money here would be to upgrade the GPU, but I'm unsure of what's out there that fits in this case or if my CPU would quickly become the bottleneck.

UserBenchmark Results: https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/52242395

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-3 months
Budget Range: $150-$350
Parts to Upgrade: Open to suggestions, guessing GPU and maybe CPU (I believe motherboard only allows 4th gen Intel).
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:
Open to most sites and used parts.
Location: South Texas
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe
 
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tennis2

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Monitor? 1080p, 60Hz?

Looks like you can get an i7-4770K for $80 or an i7-4790K. Check ebay/craigslist/FB marketplace, etc.

The GPU is going to be harder to fit in your budget. Graphics cards are still selling pretty far above MSRP and may not even be available. How far south in Texas are we talking? What's your budget flexibility in exceeding the $350?

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gpu-hierarchy,4388.html
 
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fbermea

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Monitor? 1080p, 60Hz?

Looks like you can get an i7-4770K for $80 or an i7-4790K. Check ebay/craigslist/FB marketplace, etc.

The GPU is going to be harder to fit in your budget. Graphics cards are still selling pretty far above MSRP and may not even be available. How far south in Texas are we talking?

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gpu-hierarchy,4388.html

As far South as possible, but I go to Austin/Houston a few times a year.

The i7-4770K looks like a good deal and nice upgrade, but I wonder if it makes a difference if I don't upgrade my GPU?

I was hoping the GPU situation was better. But if it doesn't make sense to upgrade I'll likely just wait a year or two and upgrade the MB/CPU/GPU.

24" -- 1920x1080v-- 165Hz
 

tennis2

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I'll likely just wait a year or two and upgrade the MB/CPU/GPU.
That would be your best bet at this point.

I just came from an i7-3770 (OCd) to a Ryzen 5600G+mobo+RAM for $350 (you'd probably want a larger SSD also) and my RTX3060Ti went 1.5-2x+ its FPS in most games.
My brother had an i5-4690K which my 4C/8T i7 was beating and his FPS also nearly doubled on his RX480 GPU when he upgraded to a Ryzen 5600X.
 

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