Question Looking for PC Upgrade Advice

Liquidraine

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Hi guys,

Looking for some advice as to whether i should bother upgrading my PC yet or not.

Current specs:-

i7 4790K
Asrock Z97 Extreme 4 (might be 6)
16GB RAM
Nvidia 1060 6GB
250GB SSD
6.5TB SATA storage drives

I play most AAA game titles on a 56" TV so high refresh isn't a priority. I don't do much else besides gaming and web browsing. Black Friday is around the corner so some deals may spring up. I have around €1000 to play around with. The PSU is 850 watt platinum (bought it a few years age to ensure it didn't need replacing for a while).

Overclocking is an option as i have a custom cooler for the CPU but i don't know the voltage ratings needed to do it 'safely.'

Any input would be greatly appreciated :)
 
I would buy something like a Ryzen 5600X + B550 Tomahawk board + 16GB of DDR4 3600MHz CL16. You still have £500 for the GPU and a nice NVMe 1TB SSD. You can bring the HDD's from the old system to the new one. If you have a good PSU you can keep it. You can even sell that GTX 1060.

There is always the possibility of upgrading to a 5800X/5900X/5950X later if you want.

At what resolution and refresh rate are you playing? If you're at 1080p you won't need a top high end GPU.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor (£279.00)
Motherboard: MSI MAG B550 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard (£159.95 @ AWD-IT)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory (£101.10 @ Newegg UK)
Total: £540.05
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-11-09 22:24 GMT+0000
 

Liquidraine

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Case is a Zalman Z4 Plus but it's on its last legs as most of the front panels are off and the sound / USB ports are dead. I must have had since around 2010 give or take.

I play on a TV so max refresh is 60hz. I don't care for anything above that as there is only enough room for one PC at the desk and my fiancee uses that for her writing. So i just play on the TV.
 

Liquidraine

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Desktop resolution is native at 3840 x 2160. However, i sit on the sofa to play games so i drop the resolution down to 1920 x 1080 so i can see the icons without zooming everything in.

Most games are played on 1080 because any higher and the FPS starts to drop way below 30 on higher settings. I get a steady 50-60 on games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey with most settings on max at 1080. However, something like RDR2 wrecks my FPS on high settings.
 
The GTX 1660 Super is a good 1080P. The 2060 is better but cost like 50 more dollars. It's up to you. Both card are good 1080p card. The case can be changed. Just added it as place holder. To play at 4K 60 FPS you need a stronger card. Could wait for the new AMD GPU's too.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor (£279.00)
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO CPU Cooler (£37.73 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Motherboard: MSI MAG B550 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard (£159.95 @ AWD-IT)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory (£101.10 @ Newegg UK)
Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£84.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB KO GAMING Video Card (£284.86 @ Amazon UK)
Case: NZXT H510 ATX Mid Tower Case (£68.20 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £1015.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-11-10 00:19 GMT+0000
 
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Liquidraine

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The GTX 1660 Super is a good 1080P. The 2060 is better but cost like 50 more dollars. It's up to you. Both card are good 1080p card. The case can be changed. Just added it as place holder. To play at 4K 60 FPS you need a stronger card. Could wait for the new AMD GPU's too.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor (£279.00)
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports DUO CPU Cooler (£37.73 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Motherboard: MSI MAG B550 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard (£159.95 @ AWD-IT)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory (£101.10 @ Newegg UK)
Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£84.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB KO GAMING Video Card (£284.86 @ Amazon UK)
Case: NZXT H510 ATX Mid Tower Case (£68.20 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £1015.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-11-10 00:19 GMT+0000
A few friends recommend the i5 10600K. You guys are recommending the AMD chips. Is there a reason for the AMD over the Intel?
 
A few friends recommend the i5 10600K. You guys are recommending the AMD chips. Is there a reason for the AMD over the Intel?
Before Ryzen 5000 series Intel was the clear winner in gaming. Now with the 5000 series it's the same or AMD is even better than Intel in some games. It's the first time that AMD is actually better in gaming than Intel. And if you buy a new AMD GPU 6000 series your FPS will even be higher since the Ryzen 5000 series and GPU 6000 series can work together using a new thing and the FPS is boosted by like 5 to 13%. That's what they showed us. Still need to be tested of course when the AMD GPU 6000 series is out.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uew-ZkKj3Go


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY_COsGE_K8


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ed2-aS-B0iw
 

Liquidraine

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Before Ryzen 5000 series Intel was the clear winner in gaming. Now with the 5000 series it's the same or AMD is even better than Intel in some games. It's the first time that AMD is actually better in gaming than Intel. And if you buy a new AMD GPU 6000 series your FPS will even be higher since the Ryzen 5000 series and GPU 6000 series can work together using a new thing and the FPS is boosted by like 5 to 13%. That's what they showed us. Still need to be tested of course when the AMD GPU 6000 series is out.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uew-ZkKj3Go


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY_COsGE_K8


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ed2-aS-B0iw
Apologies if this constitutes a necro. However, i'm seeking some additional feedback from you.

This is the current built PC (or at least when the new parts are delivered).

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600X 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Scythe Mugen 5 Black RGB Edition 51.17 CFM CPU Cooler
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING B550M-PLUS (WI-FI) Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL19 Memory
Storage: Gigabyte UD PRO 256 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 6 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: Seagate BarraCuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6 GB Founders Edition Video Card
Case: Antec P101 Silent ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply

I'm aware the power supply is overkill but that is because surprisingly i have been left with a budget of around 550 Euro's for a video card. This leaves me contemplating whether i should maybe look at the Nvidia 3070 or not.

What would you advise?
 

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