[SOLVED] Need advice to upgrade my 6 years old PC

Oct 15, 2019
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Hello,

I have a 6 years old PC I am considering to upgrade. My main goal is to be able to play Borderlands 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 with highest settings @1080p ~60fps and benefit from the ray tracing.

My current config is:

MOBO: ASUS Z87 PRO, LGA1150, SLI/CFX, WLAN (LGA 1150, Intel Z87, ATX)
CPU: Intel Core i5 4570 BOX (LGA 1150, 3.20GHz)
GPU: Gigabyte GTX-760 WindForce OC 2GB GDDR5, PCI-E x16 3.0 (2.05GB)
RAM: Corsair Vengeance (2x, 4GB, DDR3-1600, DIMM 240)
SSD: Samsung 840 Pro Basic (128GB, 2.5")
HDD: WD Green (1TB, 3.5", Desktop)
PSU: Seasonic G-650 (650W)
Tower: Corsair Carbide 200R (Midi Tower)
Screen: AOC E2450SWHK, 24" LED Wide (1080p)

As a "minimum" upgrade, I am contemplating to upgrade the GPU to a RTX 2060 Super and add 2x4GB of the same RAM. I understand that I will likely run into some CPU bottleneck issues, but not sure how much it would matter. I looked for possible CPU upgrades, but considering the socket LGA 1150 is rather old, the prices I found were pretty high for a minor performance improvement.

Considering I only want to keep 1080p, I thought it should be a good upgrade for <500 $. It seems to me than any other further upgrade would require a new mobo+ram+cpu, which then basically means building a new machine. Would you recommend such an upgrade or do you have any further advice? I would be ok so spent ~700 $ for an upgrade, beyond that I guess I should better start from scratch.

Last side note: I live in Switzerland, hence the market is more limited and expensive than in the US.

Thanks for the help!
 
This looks good, thanks. However since I will need to replace most parts anyway, I think I'll look into a brand new system and extend my budget to ~1300$. Is there any component worth keeping if I go to this range? Would you have another config suggestion?
I would still reuse the case as it is a good one, reuse the storage as well while introducing a better 3rd gen. ready board, faster RAM, better PSU, and even better CPU and GPU for more longevity, along with a faster monitor...

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor | $327.30 @ Amazon
Motherboard | ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming 4 ATX AM4 Motherboard | $134.99 @ Newegg
Memory | G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory | $84.99 @ Amazon
Video Card | Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC 3X Video Card | $499.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply | Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | $94.99 @ Newegg
Monitor | Acer XFA240 bmjdpr 24.0" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor | $179.99 @ Amazon
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $1337.25
| Mail-in rebates | -$15.00
| Total | $1322.25
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-18 06:01 EDT-0400 |
 
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I would also look for a 4770/4790/k in the used market. That should give you a good performance jump over the i5. AFAIK, both of those games are CPU intensive, and besides, that i5 might struggle a bit to keep up with the 2060.
 
Here is the list:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.90 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Pure Rock Slim 35.14 CFM CPU Cooler ($24.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($74.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($64.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB Video Card ($374.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $746.64
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-16 06:08 EDT-0400


This will give you biggest improvement over your previous setup. I kept it around $700.
I replaced the PSU with a lot better one as the old one had to go.
That CPU and GPU combo will give you very decent 1080p gaming experience.
 
If you want to go newer gen. instead of the 4770/4790/k, then this should be better...

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor | $194.79 @ OutletPC
Motherboard | MSI B450M PRO-M2 MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard | $78.98 @ Newegg
Memory | Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory | $69.98 @ Amazon
Video Card | Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC Video Card | $399.99 @ Newegg
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $743.74
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-16 09:35 EDT-0400 |

Better CPU, faster RAM, 3rd gen. Ryzen ready motherboard and video card with Ray Tracing as you wanted. Also the stock cooler provided with the CPU is pretty good quality.
I would keep the PSU, as its a pretty good quality unit and can be replaced when you can save up some more...
https://www.kitguru.net/components/power-supplies/zardon/seasonic-g-series-650w-power-supply-review/7/
 
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I would also look for a 4770/4790/k in the used market. That should give you a good performance jump over the i5. AFAIK, both of those games are CPU intensive, and besides, that i5 might struggle a bit to keep up with the 2060.
So far the best offer I could find for a 4790K is 270 $. As highlighted your posts, for this price I can get a better new gen config.
 
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If you want to go newer gen. instead of the 4770/4790/k, then this should be better...

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor | $194.79 @ OutletPC
Motherboard | MSI B450M PRO-M2 MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard | $78.98 @ Newegg
Memory | Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory | $69.98 @ Amazon
Video Card | Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC Video Card | $399.99 @ Newegg
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $743.74
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-16 09:35 EDT-0400 |

Better CPU, faster RAM, 3rd gen. Ryzen ready motherboard and video card with Ray Tracing as you wanted. Also the stock cooler provided with the CPU is pretty good quality.
I would keep the PSU, as its a pretty good quality unit and can be replaced when you can save up some more...
https://www.kitguru.net/components/power-supplies/zardon/seasonic-g-series-650w-power-supply-review/7/
This looks good, thanks. However since I will need to replace most parts anyway, I think I'll look into a brand new system and extend my budget to ~1300$. Is there any component worth keeping if I go to this range? Would you have another config suggestion?
 
Here is the list:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($194.79 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard ($111.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($69.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Intel 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC 3X Video Card ($499.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($88.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer XFA240 bmjdpr 24.0" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1320.59
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-18 05:26 EDT-0400


Yes I also included monitor. That supports G-Sync and is great pairing with the RTX2070 Super.
 
This looks good, thanks. However since I will need to replace most parts anyway, I think I'll look into a brand new system and extend my budget to ~1300$. Is there any component worth keeping if I go to this range? Would you have another config suggestion?
I would still reuse the case as it is a good one, reuse the storage as well while introducing a better 3rd gen. ready board, faster RAM, better PSU, and even better CPU and GPU for more longevity, along with a faster monitor...

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor | $327.30 @ Amazon
Motherboard | ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming 4 ATX AM4 Motherboard | $134.99 @ Newegg
Memory | G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory | $84.99 @ Amazon
Video Card | Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC 3X Video Card | $499.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply | Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | $94.99 @ Newegg
Monitor | Acer XFA240 bmjdpr 24.0" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor | $179.99 @ Amazon
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $1337.25
| Mail-in rebates | -$15.00
| Total | $1322.25
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-18 06:01 EDT-0400 |
 
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