Question GPU Upgrade Question

Danigar

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Hello guys,

I'm planning on upgrading my Radeon RX 480 but I face a couple of dilemmas that I hope I can get some advice on.

First I plan on playing mostly at 1440p and some 4k and my idea was to get one of the newer 3070 or 3060 Ti, but of course it's has been impossible to get one. It's there any other card out there that can give me good performance at 1440p and is there even good deals out there for good cards or should I just wait until the market improves and can get one of the 30xx. I saw as an other option an RX 5700 XT but apparently they're also on short supply or are too expensive right now. (Budget would be around $400 - $500)

My other question is if I'm able to get one of those 30xx cards, what (budget) processor would be a good complement? I was thinking a Ryzen 5 3600 but wanted to make sure it won't bottleneck the newer cards and would be good for the future. Lastly the PSU I have right now it's a Seasonic 525W so once I get a new GPU and processor should I upgrade PSU as well? What would be s the recommended power for the 30xx cards?

Thanks
 
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jadenwoolworth

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I personally made the same upgrade from a gtx 1060 level card to an rx 5700. It was a huge difference and I highly suggest the card to people. At the same time, if you can afford a 30 series card it's definitely worth waiting for one to come available. These 30 series cards have way more bang for the buck and the Nvidia software is better as well.
CPU: you probably don't need another cpu if you're just gaming. If you want to start recording video, using stuff like shadowplay, streaming on twitch/mixr/youtube or editing video you want a beefier processor. In the case that you do, make your upgrade worth something. I suggest getting a cpu that can support your next upgrade as well. A ryzen 7 5th gen will fit your board and will be up to date for a long time.
PSU: Depends on which 30 series card you get, but off the top of my head, you probably need a new one. Check to see what you need by using this calculator: https://www.newegg.com/tools/power-supply-calculator/
 
Hello guys,

I'm planning on upgrading my Radeon RX 480 but I face a couple of dilemmas that I hope I can get some advice on.

First I plan on playing mostly at 1440p and some 4k and my idea was to get one of the newer 3070 or 3060 Ti, but of course it's has been impossible to get one. It's there any other card out there that can give me good performance at 1440p and is there even good deals out there for good cards or should I just wait until the market improves and can get one of the 30xx. I saw as an other option an RX 5700 XT but apparently they're also on short supply or are too expensive right now. (Budget would be around $400 - $500)

My other question is if I'm able to get one of those 30xx cards, what (budget) processor would be a good complement? I was thinking a Ryzen 5 3600 but wanted to make sure it won't bottleneck the newer cards and would be good for the future. Lastly the PSU I have right now it's a Seasonic 525W so once I get a new GPU and processor should I upgrade PSU as well? What would be s the recommended power for the 30xx cards?

Thanks
Definitelly wait for the 3000 series.
You will regret if you buy something else.
For the CPU,3600 would be a nice choice,perphaps a 5600X if you have the budget for it.
I made this config,see if it fits your budget:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor
Motherboard: MSI B550-A PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard ($139.99 @ B&H)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $228.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-01-07 08:55 EST-0500

The cpu is around 300$ so the whole thing with shipping would probably be 600$
What config are you using now?
 

Danigar

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Thanks for the replies guys. Yeah I'll probably wait for the 30 series to become available. It's just frustrating that having the money now and be ready to upgrade for the new generation of games coming but not being able to for lack of sock and not having alternatives that are worth right now :(

I'll probably go for the Ryzen 5 3600, it fits more my budget. I don't want the whole upgrade to exceed $700 if possible

Right now I have:
Intel i5 6500
MSI Gaming Motherboard
Radeon 480 X 4GB
16 GB Memory
Seasonic 525W psu
 

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Do note that the official nVidia recommendation for a 3070 is a 650w PSU, guru3d.com recommends a 550w one. nVidia recommends a 600w PSU for the 3060Ti. Not saying that you definitely need that much, depending on the rest of your system, but something to keep in mind. Generally speaking Seasonics are great, so you might be ok anyway. But I don't see how could you fit an RTX 3060Ti or 3070 and a CPU & mobo upgrade into 700 bucks. 😕
What I did was to ugprade my PSU from CoolerMaster 550w -> Seasonic 650w and upgrade the GPU from GTX 1060 6 GB to RTX 3070, and NOT upgrade my CPU or Mobo, sticking with the i7-4770k. This worked out great, the FPS improvement in games is huge, and I can upgrade the CPU in about a year or so.
 
5700
5700XT
6700 (when it's released)
2060 Super
2070
2070 Super
3060

All will play 1440p

6800 and 6800XT will do 1440 like a beast, but they are overkill for 1440p IMHO. These should be 4K cards, and NVIDIA best the 6800 series at 4K.
 

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6800 and 6800XT will do 1440 like a beast, but they are overkill for 1440p IMHO. These should be 4K cards, and NVIDIA best the 6800 series at 4K.
It does depend a lot on what games you play. For example, no GPU is overkill for Cyberpunk 2077 at 1440p, when maxed out it can happily saturate even an RTX 3090 if you want to get closer to 100 fps.
 

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