Question Looking to upgrade my desktop

Ravenhul_78

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I've got a gameing desktop. I'm looking to upgrade it.
These are the Specs
Processor: Intel Core i7 4790K 4.0 GHz (Codename Devils Canyon) (Unlocked CPU) (Quad Core)
Motherboard: GIGABYTE Z97X-SLI (Intel Z97 Chipset)
System Memory: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 850W EVGA SuperNOVA
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Optical Drive: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD (120GB Samsung 850 EVO)
Storage Set 2: 1x Storage (1TB Seagate)
Internet Access: Wireless PCI-E ASUS PCE-N53 (Dual Band Performance) (Supports 802.11n/g/b)
Graphics Card(s): 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB (Includes PhysX)
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
HPC Processor: - No Thanks
LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Fans: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Remote Controlled LED Lighting System (Multiple color options and lighting effects)
Extreme Cooling: H20: Stage 2: Digital Storm Vortex 120mm Radiator Liquid CPU Cooler (High-Performance Edition)
CPU Boost: Standard Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 Automatic Overclocking

As you can see i'm looking to upgrade the one terabyte storage, and the graphics card, and the power supply which will probably be necessary.

Anyone have idea's or recommendations. Also looking to upgrade the RAAM too. This is my first time upgrading a desktop. Any guides or help would be great. Thank you for you time.
 

Darkbreeze

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If this is a gaming system primarily, you don't need to upgrade the RAM. 16GGB is plenty for any current games. More than necessary probably but still a good thing to have. You don't need more.

Are you looking for MORE or FASTER storage as a replacement for the current 1TB drive? There are currently 1TB solid state drives available at very reasonable prices but if speed is less of a concern that capacity, then you will likely want to stick with a spinning hard drive as anything above 1TB becomes very expensive, very fast, when talking SSDs.

You don't mention WHICH model of EVGA Supernova power supply you have, so I'll just say if it's the G1 series, then replacement is commendable, but if it's the G2 series I seriously doubt you need to replace it at all unless you are having obvious problems with it. Those units come with a ten year warranty anyhow, so if you do have a problem it should still be covered.

It's also plenty of capacity for any current graphics card.

As to the graphics card, what resolution are you looking to target and what kind of settings are you looking for in terms of in game quality? What sort of frame rates are you looking for? What is the refresh rate of your current monitor? Are you going to be making a change of monitor anytime soon?
 

Ravenhul_78

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Darkbreeze I should have mentioned I actually have 32GB of RAM, I upgraded it a while back.

Are you looking for MORE or FASTER storage as a replacement for the current 1TB drive?
Yes I am, but am not going to go solid state unless it's really affordable. I am still willing to stick with 120Gigabyte SSD. I just want to replace the 1TB Regular hard drive with something quicker and maybe larger.

You don't mention WHICH model of EVGA Supernova power supply you have, so I'll just say if it's the G1 series, then replacement is commendable, but if it's the G2 series I seriously doubt you need to replace it at all unless you are having obvious problems with it. Those units come with a ten year warranty anyhow, so if you do have a problem it should still be covered.
All I know is the following:
850W EVGA SuperNOVA is the power supply, that's accoridng to digital storm. I think it's a G1 cause i bought it back in 2015


As to the graphics card, what resolution are you looking to target and what kind of settings are you looking for in terms of in game quality? What sort of frame rates are you looking for? What is the refresh rate of your current monitor? Are you going to be making a change of monitor anytime soon?

I'm looking to play it at 3840 by 2160 the whole 60 fps on max settings on what ever game i play. any video card that can do that would be great. or maybe 1920 by 1080 is just fine to me. just looking to upgrade.

As for my moniter. It is this:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824014345

Thank you so much for the help. Any help on what to buy to upgrade would be much appreciated.
 

Darkbreeze

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So, your monitor is 1080p, which means that unless you replace it with a higher resolution monitor, you won't be gaming or doing anything else at 3840x2160. Which, in terms of the cost you'd have to invest in a gaming card is good, because it would be a lot less expensive. If however you PLAN to upgrade to a higher resolution monitor down the road at some point, then you might want to consider a pricier graphics card now, so that you wouldn't have to again replace it later just to get the performance you need to support that higher resolution. What works well for a 1080p system does NOT work well, or at all really, for a 4k system or even in some cases for a 1440p system.

Honestly, unless you plan to buy a very high end card, I'd forget about the 4k display and instead either focus on improving performance on your 1080p display or possibly considering an upgrade to a 1440p display later on, and a graphics card that can support that. 1440p will give you a higher resolution but only half of what you'd get at 4k, so it's a lot less demanding that 4k as well while still being visually superior to 1080p by a fair measure.

As for your power supply. Take the side panel off your case, and look at the PSU. There will be a label on the PSU, on one of the four sides, that has all the specifications including the model number on it. In some cases it might be necessary to unbolt the PSU from the case and turn it to see the other side, but I know that EVGA tends to put the specifications on the side that is visible from outside the case panel so there should be no need to do that. Simply look printed on the side of the PSU for the model or series. It should specify G1, G2, etc.

As for the storage, I think hybrid systems are a waste because they are just as expensive in most cases as a full on SSD, and there are really no other "faster" options at HDD other than gaining a minor improvement with a model that has a larger cache size. If you get a spinning hard drive, you are still limited by the SATA bus no matter what model or size you choose. A model with a larger cache will momentarily have faster performance but that will quickly taper off. So, if your current SSD is still large enough for your main OS drive, and you just need faster storage space as a secondary drive, I'd suggest looking at this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Storage: Hitachi - Ultrastar 7K3000 3 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.88 @ Amazon)
Total: $53.88
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-31 12:34 EDT-0400


Or possibly considering an SSD instead, which for a 1TB model is going to run you somewhere in the area of about 110-130 dollars unless there happens to be a sale going on in which case you might find one for around 90-100 bucks.

What is your budget, as in, what are you willing to pay, for ALL of the upgrades INCLUDING a graphics card, that you are wanting to make?
 

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