Question Computer Upgrade without the $

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Hey Guys and Gals I am looking to pump some $ into my current 2013/14 build. I do not want a new computer nor to spend more than 1k, i think with some more ram, SSD and graphics card this thing will shine. I Love this current build which i spent a ton on back in he day so I do not want to ditc just yet. Please no ideas on new PC.

My current build is.

PSU: 850W
Processor: Intel i7 3930K
MBU: P9X79Pro
RAM: 4GBx4 = 16 GB total ram (Corsair Vengence 4x4 @ 1600 Mhz)
SSD: OCZ Vertex 3 (VTX-25SAT3) 120GB SATA III
Video: MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozer II 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 560 2GB
Advice on high capacity HDD storage drives around 10 TB i would like 1-2 of these.

For RAM I do not need 128GB (cost $) MAX ram which the MBU suports, i think 64 will be sufficient.

I would like to upgrade all but thre processor and motherboard. I am looking to go 4k with a new monitor down the road so i need a graphices card that can handle it.

Any additional questions feel free to ask. Its a work in progress.

Thanks for all the help.
 
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WildCard999

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What are you doing that would require 64gb of memory? 16gb is plenty for gaming and 32gb would be sufficient if your doing editing work.

The SSD & GPU would be the first things I'd upgrade.

What PSU do you have? (need exact model).
 
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I'd first upgrade the gpu, and ssd.
If you want 4k@60 gaming then you definitely need 2080ti, but your cpu might bottleneck it.
2080 super can also do 4k@60, you need to turn down a few settings.
2070 super is OK, but it can't realy do good 4k performance.

For ssd I'd take the intel 660p 1tb or 2tb.
For a better (faster) ssd you can take Samsung 860 evo.
 
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Also think about building a new pc. For 1000 you can get a decent rig, though it won't be able to do 4k@60, but if can save up to 1500 - you can get a rig that can do 4k@60, not on ultra though. Or maybe biuld a pc for 1000 then upgrade to the price of 1500 when you save up more money.
 
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What are you doing that would require 64gb of memory? 16gb is plenty for gaming and 32gb would be sufficient if your doing editing work.

The SSD & GPU would be the first things I'd upgrade.

What PSU do you have? (need exact model).
Yes 32GB would probably be fine and save me some $, 64GB would kinda be an overkill, but i am being told with the DDR3 i have I should do 64GB or max it to 128GB (I think 64GB would be fine)
 
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punkncat

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1660ti
32GB RAM
I didn't look up to see how many PCI-e but either M.2 on adapter
If you have slots and power connectors throw a few HDD of large capacity in for storage.

Should breathe a year or two life into that rig.
 
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Yes 32GB would probably be fine and save me some $, 64GB would kinda be an overkill.
My PSU is perfect i spent a fortune on it back in the day to made sure it lasted. The Model is OCZ ZX series 850W Fully Modular 80Plus Gold High Performance. I do NOT wish to replace the Power Supply,
 
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1660ti
32GB RAM
I didn't look up to see how many PCI-e but either M.2 on adapter
If you have slots and power connectors throw a few HDD of large capacity in for storage.

Should breathe a year or two life into that rig.
Thats not gonna work no M.2( no adapter, just an SSD worthy of my rig) nor PCI-e and no slots free unless i take out and upgrade HDD.
 
PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
Memory | Corsair XMS 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR3-1600 Memory | $139.99 @ Corsair
Storage | Crucial MX500 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive | $107.99 @ Adorama
Storage | Seagate IronWolf NAS 10 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | $249.99 @ Newegg
Video Card | Zotac GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB Twin Fan Video Card | $498.89 @ OutletPC
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $996.86
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-09-04 06:51 EDT-0400 |

Replaced your 120gb boot drive with a 1TB sata SSD. Added a 10TB HDD. Also added 32more GB ram. You should purchase another identical kit if possible.
4k really takes something more like a 2080ti to run it, but you don't have the budget. The 2070 super should do alright.
 

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