Help with PC upgrade for no more than $1000 AUD

Jul 2, 2018
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Hey guys,
so I'm going to upgrade some parts soon, and I would like some help on what to choose. I want to change my case, get a better CPU cooler, get a new motherboard and ram, and maybe a new power supply. So far, I'm thinking of changing my case to the Thermaltake View 71 and the Corsair Hydro Series H150i Pro for the CPU cooler. Do you guys have any recommended parts or anything better than what I have chosen that is within my budget?

Current PC build:
Motherboard: ASRock Z170 Pro4/D3
RAM: Corsair Vengeance CMZ16GX3M2A1600C9 16GB DDR3 (I want to upgrade my ram to DDR4)
CPU: Intel i5 6600k
GPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H80i
GPU: Nvidia GTX 980 Ti
PSU: Corsair TX650M
Case: Thermaltake Overseer RX-I
 

The Paladin

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well with a budget of 1000 dollars and your first though is a 289 dollars case, and a 215$ AIO unit, I will say.. your doing cosmetic upgrades and its pointless. Here is what I suggest, assuming your reusing your Hard drives/SSD in the new unit as well as your GTX 980TI.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8400 2.8GHz 6-Core Processor ($248.00 @ Shopping Express)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - MasterLiquid ML120R RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($115.00 @ Umart)
Motherboard: ASRock - H370M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($139.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Memory: Patriot - Viper RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($325.00 @ Amazon Australia)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Video Card (Purchased For $0.00)
Case: Thermaltake - View 28 RGB ATX Mid Tower Case ($88.00 @ Shopping Express)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $1034.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-07-02 21:18 AEST+1000

 

Captaingadget

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Do you think an i5-8400 represents a worthwhile step up from i5-6600K? Also the Asrock website suggests that that mobo will only take DDR4, so he must have DDR4 already?
I'm not sure I'd change anything on that system myself...
 
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The motherboard I currently have now (ASRock Z170 Pro4/D3) is the DDR3 version of the normal Pro4, so I could just get the normal version. Also Paladin, the system you suggested seems like a downgrade from mine, so I'd rather not.
 

The Paladin

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Captaingadget
https://www.asrock.com/MB/Intel/Z170%20Pro4D3/index.asp clearly show it uses DDR3 memory


raz0rsp4rk
if you think a i5-8400 is a downgrade from an i5-6600K then I think you need to read more about computers
PassMark an authority in scoring computers shows....


calculating if the 8400 is truly worth the upgrade between cpus lets calculate the differencial percentage between the two scores
(11783 - 8050/8050)x 100% = 46.3726708075% so almost 50% faster cpu.

This is not even taking in consideration the DDR4 Speed over the DDR3, nor the number of PCIE channels on the motherboard (20 on 6th gen boards) , 24 on 8th gen boards.


but eh.. what do I know...





 

The Paladin

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Considering I kept the RBG look you seeked, I perosnally would focus even more on hardware capabilities and less flashy llights.
personally if I had your system I would. keep; Video card & hard drives, Sell rest on Ebay to get money back and system would look like this;

Performance over "cool rbg flashy lights" and since the 8600 is even more powerful than a 8400 is even more an upgrade. (scoring 12041 on passmark making it |8050 - 12041|/8050 = 3991/8050 = 0.49577 * 100= 49.577%)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8600 3.1GHz 6-Core Processor ($298.00 @ Shopping Express)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - C7 40.5 CFM CPU Cooler ($46.49 @ Kogan)
Motherboard: ASRock - H370M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($139.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Memory: Patriot - Viper RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($325.00 @ Amazon Australia)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Video Card (Purchased For $0.00)
Case: Corsair - Carbide Series 88R MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($68.00 @ Shopping Express)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $995.49
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-07-03 03:33 AEST+1000

and that isn't even looking at the possible power of the Ryzen type hardware.

keeping the RGB theme on case/AIO and pumping the cpu to even faster system
This last one make this a MAJOR upgrade... as the score of the CPu is so high that the upgrade value is now 70%
|8050 - 13749|/8050 = 5699/8050 = 0.70795031055901 *100 = 70.795031055901%

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 1700 3GHz 8-Core Processor ($285.00 @ Scorptec)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - MasterLiquid ML240L RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($86.00 @ Skycomp Technology)
Motherboard: Asus - PRIME B350M-A Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($105.00 @ BudgetPC)
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($239.00 @ Umart)
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Video Card (Purchased For $0.00)
Case: Thermaltake - View 28 RGB ATX Mid Tower Case ($88.00 @ Shopping Express)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Total: $922.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-07-03 03:43 AEST+1000


any questions ?



 
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Sorry, I read up on the 8400 after I posted the thing, and I was wrong it is better. But I also forgot to mention that I was thinking of getting the normal/blue Thermaltake View 71, not the RGB one. The system looks pretty good, except I don't think going from my 650W PSU to a 550W PSU is a good idea. I'm also looking into overclocking, so thats why I chose the H150i Pro originally, but I'm not sure if the CRYORIG or Cooler Master are also good options for that. And just one question, is there any difference from getting a Micro ATX vs ATX? I prefer the look of ATX cases but have never used a Micro ATX motherboard.
 

The Paladin

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So you want a system you can overclock for less than 1000.. okay that changes things… the 8400,& 8600 cannot be overclocked.

1/ I would not reuse a power supply from one system to another unless its less than 1 years and I have not been overclocking on it, and considering the Corsair TX650M is a 80 bronze power supply I would not use it at all. (of course you might of forgot to mention it is the Corsair TX650M Gold model)
2/ the only i5 you can get to overclock would be the i5-8600K, and you dont need an AIO to over clock it, but lets see what I can find.
3/ the ThermalTake 71 TG is still 199$ AUD and when on a budget that is a ridiculous price for a case.
4/ dimensions between ATX and mATX are minimal., but permit to have a MID tower instead of a massive box (full tower)

and to make my point… reusing your Case, HDD and psu. Be Eh! if that is what you want…

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor ($348.00 @ Shopping Express)
CPU Cooler: Corsair - H150i PRO 47.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($217.00 @ Shopping Express)
Motherboard: Gigabyte - Z370M D3H (rev. 1.0) Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($168.00 @ Shopping Express)
Memory: Patriot - Viper RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($325.00 @ Amazon Australia)
Total: $1058.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-07-03 20:16 AEST+1000
 
Jul 2, 2018
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That system seems to look pretty good, thank you. Probably gonna have to get some more money for a power supply though, since the TX650M I have is pretty much 5 years old. Then again, I'm gonna be selling some parts.
 

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