Question Computer upgrade or just graphics - i7-4790/GTX1060

Dec 16, 2020
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Q1 2021

Budget Range: $2000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Generally MMOs, but single player FPS and other various games. Nothing competitive.

Are you buying a monitor: No, I have a 55" 4K 144Hz LG TV I play on.

Parts to Upgrade: (e.g.: CPU, mobo, RAM) Include Power Supply Make & Model If Re-using

Intel Core i7-4790
Corsair CPU water cooler (don't remember the model)
ASRock Z97M Pro4 Motherboard
GSkill DDR3 PC3-14900 16GB (2 x 8GB)
ASUS NVidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
Samsung 500GB 850 EVO
Corsair 550W Full Modular PSU
Corsair Carbide Air 240 Case

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.:, -- to show us selection & pricing); Amazon

Location: City, State/Region, Country - we need to know where these parts are being assembled and whether there are good store-only deals available
Tennessee, USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to upgrade to Intel CPU)
My current system is the only Intel based computer I have had in 30 years. I went with it because at the time AMD's Ryzen CPUs were just a rumor. I would prefer to go AMD this time around.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 2560x1440

Additional Comments: I prefer micro-ATX format. Not super concerned with RGB. This system has been upgrade a few times. It started out as an i5 with a GTX 960 card. So over all I estimate that I have had the core of the system for about 7 years.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:
Feel like it is time to upgrade. Newer games are starting to be noticeably laggy.

My primary question is, can I get away with just getting a video card upgrade and wait a bit longer for what will end up being a full system upgrade? Obviously, the answer to that question would determine how much my budget will be impacted. If I can do just a GPU then I could spend a bit more and get something higher-end, but if I need to do the whole system at once then I will have to make concessions. I could go the other way and upgrade the CPU, RAM and Motherboard, but keep the GPU and other components; upgrading them later.

Just looking to see what other's thoughts are.



Jun 17, 2013
Okay, I would say you can save some money and focus more on your PSU & GPU, 3GB memory is a bit low for modern titles. Your 4790 can make it for now and 16GB of RAM looks fine to me. RAID 0 (stripe) with a solid-state drive, looks okay. For PSU, look for an efficiency anything starting from Gold standard and 750+ wattage which will provide you with enough space for future up-gradation. That's ONE way.

Another way, apart from your storage, you upgrade the rest of your components. It would look something like this:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X 3.8 GHz 8-Core Processor ($449.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Corsair iCUE H100i RGB PRO XT 75 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($93.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI MAG B550M MORTAR WIFI Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($154.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8 GB GAMING X TRIO Video Card ($489.99 @ Adorama)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1503.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-12-17 02:53 EST-0500

Maybe, add an NVME drive for fast loading but I think that's all you can do. :)