Build Advice Advice for $1,000 to $1,500 Build Upgrade

kdays62

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Folks,
Back in January 2014, I built my first computer. It was used for gaming, work, photos, YouTube watching, etc. I have made some upgrades in the last 6+ years. The current configuration is listed below. I am seeking some advice on my current upgrade configuration. The advice I received 6 years ago was very helpful, so I am returning to the well again.

I am would like to get some advice on the upgrades that I am thinking of making to my current system. I have between $1,000 and $1,500 as a budget. I’d like to keep some of the existing components to keep the costs down. I have identified the new components in the upgrade configuration. The new system will be used to play games, watch videos, surf the internet, etc. I am simply looking for the upgrade to keep the system in good shape for another 4 to 5 years.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Current Configuration
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 (PC3 12800)
Storage: Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 2.5" Solid State Disk, Samsung 850 EVO 500GB, Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM; Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB Hard Drive 3.5 Inch, 32 MB Cache, 7200 RPM SATA II
Video Card: ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2060 Overclocked 6G GDDR6
Case: Corsair 750D ATX Full Tower Case
Power Supply: Seasonic 850W 80 Plus Gold ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply - X-850 SS-850KM
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
DVD: ASUS BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS 12X Blu-ray Internal Burner Drive
Monitors: ASUS PB278Q 27-inch WQHD (x2); Acer T232HL bmidz 23-Inch Touch Screen LCD, ViewSonic VX2452MH 24" 2ms 1080
Keyboard: Razer Huntsman Elite Gaming Keyboard Optical Switches - Chroma RGB Lighting - Magnetic Plush Wrist Rest
Mouse: Razer Basilisk v2 Wired Gaming Mouse: 20K DPI Optical Sensor - Chroma RGB Lighting - 11 Programmable Buttons
Gamepad: Razer Tartarus Pro Gaming Keypad: Analog-Optical Key Switches - 32 Programmable Keys - Customizable Chroma RGB Lighting

Proposed Upgraded Configuration (New Items are bolded and italicized)
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core, 16-Thread Unlocked Desktop Processor
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition CPU Air Cooler, Anodized Gun-Metal Black, Brushed Nickel Fins, RGB Lighting
Motherboard: ASUS ROG Strix B550-E Gaming AMD AM4 (3rd Gen Ryzen ATX Gaming Motherboard
Memory: G.SKILL Trident Z Neo Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin RGB DDR4 SDRAM

Storage: Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 2.5" Solid State Disk, Samsung 850 EVO 500GB,Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM; Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB Hard Drive 3.5 Inch, 32 MB Cache, 7200 RPM SATA II
Video Card: ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2060 Overclocked 6G GDDR6
Case: LIAN LI LANCOOL II MESH PEROFRMANCE BLACK Tempered Glass ATX Case
Power Supply: Seasonic 850W 80 Plus Gold ATX12V/EPS12V Power Supply - X-850 SS-850KM
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
DVD: ASUS BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS 12X Blu-ray Internal Burner Drive
Monitors: ASUS PB278Q 27-inch WQHD (x2); Acer T232HL bmidz 23-Inch Touch Screen LCD, ViewSonic VX2452MH 24" 2ms 1080
Keyboard: Razer Huntsman Elite Gaming Keyboard Optical Switches - Chroma RGB Lighting - Magnetic Plush Wrist Rest
Mouse: Razer Basilisk v2 Wired Gaming Mouse: 20K DPI Optical Sensor - Chroma RGB Lighting - 11 Programmable Buttons
Gamepad: Razer Tartarus Pro Gaming Keypad: Analog-Optical Key Switches - 32 Programmable Keys - Customizable Chroma RGB Lighting

Happy to hear any feedback!
 

ScrewySqrl

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If you can hold off for about a month:
the Ryzen 7 4700X or 4800X Will be available (late oct/early nov). You can skip the cooler, as the r7s already come with an excellent cooler that already has RGB.

I'd go with Patriot Viper 16 GB of DDR4-3733 CAS 17, which is the sweet spot for speed for the 3xxx series, and only about $99

Consider a 3070, due out next month over the 2060, for only about $100 more than a 2060 SUPER, about $150-200 over a 2060, and considerably more performance

The 850W PSU is overkill. You could use a new 3090 with a 650-700W PSU, 550-600W for the 3070, 500W for the 2060. If you already have it, keep it though...PSU's are overpriced due to short supply.
 

ocer9999

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Depends on what you are doing with the rig but 32Gb is a lot of memory, I would put that to a better CPU, the new ryzens are coming in oct...
For the price the ROG is a bit over priced, I would suggest a Steel Legend which is pretty good features and good quality VRM.
 

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