Question Advice on upgrading / updating my machine

rabidocelot

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Currently my machine has a P8Z77-v Pro with a i5-3570K 3.4GHz and 8 gigs of RAM. I am trying to determine if I could get by with just adding a bit more RAM or if I'd see a pretty drastic improvement if I upgraded my mobo/processor. My two lines of thought currently are to just buy 8 or 16 gigs of DDR3 for my current setup or get a new mobo/processor(ryzen 5 maybe 7)/16 gigs of ram. My video card is a 2070 if that makes any difference. Thanks for any advice.
 

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The biggest improvement without spending money will be overclocking that CPU which should help on more CPU intensive games however if your upgrading budget would allow for something like the 3600/B450/2x8gb DDR4 @3200mhz then your better off going that route. If you do end up with newer parts including the motherboard it will require doing a clean install of Windows & drivers (MB & GPU).
 
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If you are on a budget i will recommend getting 8 more GB of RAM (same CL, same MHz and the most importat same Voltage) and if you have a good cooler then overclock your CPU or try to find a dirt cheap i7 3770k
 

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Currently my machine has a P8Z77-v Pro with a i5-3570K 3.4GHz and 8 gigs of RAM. I am trying to determine if I could get by with just adding a bit more RAM or if I'd see a pretty drastic improvement if I upgraded my mobo/processor. My two lines of thought currently are to just buy 8 or 16 gigs of DDR3 for my current setup or get a new mobo/processor(ryzen 5 maybe 7)/16 gigs of ram. My video card is a 2070 if that makes any difference. Thanks for any advice.
I would get another 8 gigs of ram to make your total 16. As a best practice you shouldn't settle for anything less, especially if its cheap to get. You didn't specify your power supply, but make sure you double whatever wattage your GPU recommends to power your whole system. Your particular GPU recommends a 550 watt PSU, which means you should have a PSU that can at least give you no less than 1000 watts, if not 1100. I have a 1250 watt PSU, and I probably should have gotten more than that. I'd take your CPU into account as well with that decision.

Others will tell you to go solely by what the GPU recommends, which will probably be around 600-700 watts depending on how high end it is. But a good rule of thumb is to exceed whatever is recommended. A component as important as the PSU is far too important to just get "enough". Other than that, there are websites that will tell you if your computer meets the minimum or recommended specs for a particular game such as the one linked below. It first has to scan your computer before it can tell you anything, its fairly straight forward.

System Requirements Lab - Can you Run it?
 

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Thank you all for your input so far. Some things I wanted to add and ask are: Currently my PSU is a Seasonic gold with 650w and my question is about buying more RAM. I found the same RAM 8gig(2 4s) setup I currently have (https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Channel-CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9/dp/B004CRSM4I), would I be fine just purchasing another set so that I have 4 sticks of 4 or would I be better off spending an extra 20$ for 2 sticks of 8 and just be done with my current RAM? Thanks
 

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Thank you all for your input so far. Some things I wanted to add and ask are: Currently my PSU is a Seasonic gold with 650w and my question is about buying more RAM. I found the same RAM 8gig(2 4s) setup I currently have (https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-240-Pin-Channel-CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9/dp/B004CRSM4I), would I be fine just purchasing another set so that I have 4 sticks of 4 or would I be better off spending an extra 20$ for 2 sticks of 8 and just be done with my current RAM? Thanks
Just get two sticks of 8 and be done with it. 16 gbs on dual channels should be considered the new minimum for gaming, and I wouldn't recommended anything less.
 

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