Hello, looking to upgrade my PC, share your opinions!

RiceMerchant

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This is my current build:

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/m4qhpb

I built this with the potential to upgrade in mind.
I was hoping to upgrade to a i7-8700k and a 1070/ti in the near future, now two years have passed and and I'm thinking a that combination is slightly outdated.
My goal is to stream games at 1080p above 60 fps, also I am on 2 monitors.
Budget isn't as important to me as long as I meet my requirement above, the most cost efficient way.

What is the most efficient way to upgrade?
 

jeremyj_83

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The 8700k is still a very good CPU, however, there is no official support for that CPU on a z270.

You could do something like this and overclock the 2700 to 2700X levels.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 2700 3.2 GHz 8-Core Processor ($219.99 @ Newegg Business)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - MasterLiquid ML240L RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($66.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Intel - 660p Series 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI - GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card ($279.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $831.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-06 14:49 EDT-0400


You already have good RAM so that can be reused, same as your other drives. I just added a 1TB SSD to use as your games drive. The PSU is better in this build and will last for years.
 

RiceMerchant

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Hi Jeremy, thanks for the reply! What do you mean when you say theres no support for the i7-8700k. If I remember correctly, I was on tomshardware when I asked for a motherboard that I could upgrade on with an i7-8700k in the near future and I was recommended that motherboard. Does it not work?
Maybe it was the I7-7700k... Would that have made more sense?
Even so, would the I7-7700k be a good buy?
 
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jeremyj_83

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Hi Jeremy, thanks for the reply! What do you mean when you say theres no support for the i7-8700k. If I remember correctly, I was on tomshardware when I asked for a motherboard that I could upgrade on with an i7-8700k in the near future and I was recommended that motherboard. Does it not work?
Maybe it was the I7-7700k... Would that have made more sense?
Even so, would the I7-7700k be a good buy?
Officially Intel requires a 300 series motherboard for Coffee Lake, that being said people have been able to get around that https://www.pcgamer.com/modders-get-intels-coffee-lake-cpus-to-run-on-incompatible-motherboards/ The 7700K will work just fine on a Z270 motherboard but it costs $365 on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MXSI216/?tag=pcpapi-20 for that much money you can get a 8c/16t Ryzen, B450 motherboard (which allows overclocking), and an AIO. For only $47 more than the 7700k you could go with the Ryzen, X470 motherboard, and AIO.
 

RiceMerchant

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Officially Intel requires a 300 series motherboard for Coffee Lake, that being said people have been able to get around that https://www.pcgamer.com/modders-get-intels-coffee-lake-cpus-to-run-on-incompatible-motherboards/ The 7700K will work just fine on a Z270 motherboard but it costs $365 on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MXSI216/?tag=pcpapi-20 for that much money you can get a 8c/16t Ryzen, B450 motherboard (which allows overclocking), and an AIO. For only $47 more than the 7700k you could go with the Ryzen, X470 motherboard, and AIO.
Thanks for the tips Jeremy, it will be taken into high consideration. I've used entry level amd cpus in the past and they always seem get hot real easy, even with a bunch of fans. Are the newer amd cpus better in terms of that regard?
 

jeremyj_83

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Thanks for the tips Jeremy, it will be taken into high consideration. I've used entry level amd cpus in the past and they always seem get hot real easy, even with a bunch of fans. Are the newer amd cpus better in terms of that regard?
The Ryzen CPUs have better per core efficiency than Intel and the included HSF for Ryzen will save you $30 of your cooler. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-core-i7-8700-cpu-review,5638-2.html that is a review of the Intel 8700's stock cooler. You see that while the 8700 is a "65W" CPU, it peaks at 126W during the benchmark, that is more than the Ryzen 2700X tops out at and the Ryzen is 8c/16t vs the 8700 6c/12t.
 

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