Question Advise on which to upgrade first, monitor or GPU ?


Nov 16, 2016
Hello everyone! I'm planning to update my PC in probably in a few months. My current specs are..
CPU: INTEL i5-6500
GPU: NVIDIA MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6gb
RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance 4x4gb 2133
Motherboard: Asus H170 Pro Gaming
Primary Drive: HDD 1TB Western Digital Blue Caviar
Secondary Drive: SSD Samsung 850 EVO 250gb
Power Supply:Corsair RM5 550x
Case: NZXT S340
Display: ASUS VG248QE

I'm planning to upgrade the following parts.
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 12-Thread 3.6-4.2 ghz
Motherboard: MSI B450 Tomahawk Max
Case: NZXT H500

I could add one more part to upgrade but I can't decide which one to choose. Is it GPU or Monitor?
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I had this decision a few years ago.
I upgraded the monitor first, and I think it was a good decision.
I could then see just how good/bad my old graphics card was for the games I play.
With a larger higher resolution monitor, you will always have the option to scale back the resolution or graphics details.
I found that upgrading to a 4k monitor, I got acceptable performance with my old graphics card.
But, it was not perfect and I eventually upgraded the gpu.

Plan on keeping your old monitor as a side monitor for such apps as email and performance monitors.
A second side monitor is very helpful for ordinary desktop work.

To get a getter idea of what to expect, run this test:
Run YOUR games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
If your FPS increases, it indicates that your cpu is strong enough to drive a better graphics configuration.
If your FPS stays the same, you are likely more cpu limited.