Question Help upgrading around a gtx 970

bingler

Commendable
Oct 2, 2018
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Approximate Purchase Date:

This week.

Budget Range:

$600 total after shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important:

Gaming

Are you buying a monitor:

No

Parts to Upgrade:

CPU, Mobo, Ram, and SSD

(already have a gtx 970 and 650w psu)

Do you need to buy OS:

No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

prefer Amazon but it doesn’t have to be.

Location:

Seattle, Wa

Parts Preferences:

prefer intel, but not opposed to amd at all.

Overclocking:

No

SLI or Crossfire:

No

Your Monitor Resolution:

1080p for the near future

Additional Comments:

Looking to build up a decent gaming rig around this GTX 970 that I have for now.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading:

Old CPU died on me and was about 6 years old, so it’s time. I have a hdd, so an SSD isn’t a must have but it sure would be nice lol

Appreciate any help or advice, thank you!
 
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logainofhades

Titan
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With your budget, this would be my Intel pick. I went a bit higher, for motherboard, as you had the budget room for it. VRM wise it will serve you better than cheaper boards, should you decide you want a 11700k, or have a need for more cores from a 10850k later.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-11400F 2.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($184.01 @ Adorama)
CPU Cooler: Vetroo V5 52 CFM CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z590 UD AC ATX LGA1200 Motherboard ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($87.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Team T-Force Cardea Zero Z330 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($95.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $567.97
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-07-20 17:12 EDT-0400


This would be faster, and give you more upgrade options, as you could step up to a 5950x.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550 GAMING X ATX AM4 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($93.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Team T-Force Cardea Zero Z330 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($95.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $589.96
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-07-20 17:15 EDT-0400
 
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