Question Improving my PC

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I have an old gaming pc with some newer parts but most haven't been replaced yet and im trying to see which part of my pc needs some changes. Im kinda of a noob at building a pc. Thanks in advance.


- CPU
Intel Core i7 4790 @ 3.60GHz
Haswell 22nm Technology
- RAM
16,0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)
- Motherboard
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. B85M-G (SOCKET 1150)
- Graphicscard
4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Gigabyte)
- Storage
1863GB Western Digital WDC WD20EFRX-68EUZN0 (SATA ) ( I know I should use a SSD)
Optical Drives
No optical disk drives detected
Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio

I used Speccy for this info
 
I have an old gaming pc with some newer parts but most haven't been replaced yet and im trying to see which part of my pc needs some changes. Im kinda of a noob at building a pc. Thanks in advance.


- CPU
Intel Core i7 4790 @ 3.60GHz
Haswell 22nm Technology
- RAM
16,0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)
- Motherboard
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. B85M-G (SOCKET 1150)
- Graphicscard
4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Gigabyte)
- Storage
1863GB Western Digital WDC WD20EFRX-68EUZN0 (SATA ) ( I know I should use a SSD)
Optical Drives
No optical disk drives detected
Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio

I used Speccy for this info
All of this is old, budget?
 

larsv8

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When I approach a build, I think it is always best to start with goals and that starts with Monitor.

Your monitor is the decoder of performance and the bridge to you the user.

If you have a bunch of old hardware, I am going to assume you have an old monitor and I would guess its 1080p 60hz.

If you just want to max out a 1080p 60 hz monitor, well that's pretty easy and cheap to do.

So what are your goals? You have a good healthy $1500 budget, and that's a good start, but need some more dialogue to deliver the best advice. What sorts of games do you play? What game do you play the most?
 

GarrettL

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Are you in the US? Do you have a Micro Center near you? They have the best cpu pricing right now.

Just an example of what your budget will get you;

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8 GHz 6-Core Processor ($219.99 @ B&H)
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard ($183.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($81.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Blue 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB GAMING X Video Card ($405.00 @ B&H)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.99 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($106.99 @ Other World Computing)
Total: $1232.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-03-04 11:05 EST-0500
 
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When I approach a build, I think it is always best to start with goals and that starts with Monitor.

Your monitor is the decoder of performance and the bridge to you the user.

If you have a bunch of old hardware, I am going to assume you have an old monitor and I would guess its 1080p 60hz.

If you just want to max out a 1080p 60 hz monitor, well that's pretty easy and cheap to do.

So what are your goals? You have a good healthy $1500 budget, and that's a good start, but need some more dialogue to deliver the best advice. What sorts of games do you play? What game do you play the most?
I want to play more AAA games if possible but my steam library has mostly indie games.
My pc is still doing fine with overwatch on the highest possible settings working just fine and games like Skyrim but unmodded work perfectly but I just want to get a little better performance hence why im not looking to get a completely new build.

27G1G4 (1920x1080@60Hz)
2D HD LG TV (1366x768@60Hz)
These are my monitors btw.

I also would really like to start playing vr games. Like Alyx and Beat saber.( I'd say this is my main goal, playing some really good vr games)
I can up the budget but I prefer not to if possible.
 

GarrettL

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Ok. Your current hardware is still ok for gaming even at 1080p. As your monitor resolution increases the load on the cpu decreases.

I would suggest you spend the $1,500 on a good SSD or two, a 1440p capable gpu and nice 27" monitor. These new parts can then be used on your next PC build in a year or two, if needed.
 
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Ok. Your current hardware is still ok for gaming even at 1080p. As your monitor resolution increases the load on the cpu decreases.

I would suggest you spend the $1,500 on a good SSD or two, a 1440p capable gpu and nice 27" monitor. These new parts can then be used on your next PC build in a year or two, if needed.
I'm for sure planning to put my OS on a SSD but can I use my HDD for storage or should I also use an SSD for that?
Also do you have any recommendations for a good gpu?
 
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Are you in the US? Do you have a Micro Center near you? They have the best cpu pricing right now.

Just an example of what your budget will get you;

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8 GHz 6-Core Processor ($219.99 @ B&H)
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard ($183.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($81.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Blue 1 TB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB GAMING X Video Card ($405.00 @ B&H)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($114.99 @ B&H)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($106.99 @ Other World Computing)
Total: $1232.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-03-04 11:05 EST-0500
Do you think this would run Half life Alyx? Thats kind of the game I really want to play.
 

GarrettL

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Your current CPU exceeds the minimum requirements.

An HDD in general is better for storage, games load quicker off the SSD.

What monitor do you have now? What resolution?
 

larsv8

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27G1G4 (1920x1080@60Hz) - So yes, you are at 1080p 60hz.

Your 1050ti will push 40-60 frames on ultra at 1080, so I don't know if upgrading is smart for you. Definitely no need to spend $1500 there.

Biggest upgrade for you is an SSD. I have had good luck with Crucial MX500s.

If you really want to upgrade your GPU, a 5600xt is a cheapish stop gap upgrade which will comfortably handle 1080p.

If you really want to spend your whole budget, perhaps an entire new setup built around a 5700xt / ryzen WITH an upgraded monitor - either a 1080p at 120+ HZ, or an entry level 1440p monitor.
 
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27G1G4 (1920x1080@60Hz) - So yes, you are at 1080p 60hz.

Your 1050ti will push 40-60 frames on ultra at 1080, so I don't know if upgrading is smart for you. Definitely no need to spend $1500 there.

Biggest upgrade for you is an SSD. I have had good luck with Crucial MX500s.

If you really want to upgrade your GPU, a 5600xt is a cheapish stop gap upgrade which will comfortably handle 1080p.

If you really want to spend your whole budget, perhaps an entire new setup built around a 5700xt / ryzen WITH an upgraded monitor - either a 1080p at 120+ HZ, or an entry level 1440p monitor.
Im kinda Just looking for the upgrades to run Alyx. I dont want to make a whole new build. That would be a waste of my money.
I will start with an SSD I suppose.

Thanks for the advice guys
 

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