Question Need help improving/building gaming PC

Feb 17, 2019
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Hi need some help. I currently have about a 4 year old 'gaming' PC which I have upgraded by putting 16GB of DDR3 ram and a geforce GTX 1050 in the system. Not thinking about upgrading CPU as i notice that it gets high usage during pretty much any game. My current specs are MSI A78M-E35 board with an A8 7650K radeon R7, 16 Gb of RAM, GTX 1050 and a 600W power supply. I'm thinking, having done some research, to replace both the motherboard and CPU with a MSI 970 and an AMD FX9590. However, I've never built a PC, never replaced a motherboard or CPU so a little apprehensive to go ahead and try it only to find out that it doesn't improve or I did it wrong or something.

Basically looking for advice as to whether this is a good plan or whether there is a better option. I'm looking to spend a max of £150 on CPU and motherboard. If it helps/matters, I usually use the PC for sim racing like iracing and realistic FPSs like Escape From Tarkov. Any ideas/advice would be useful as I'm pretty stumped at the moment as whats best to do.

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Lutfij

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You're best dumping that money down the toilet as opposed to buying that 9590 combo. In fact, you could spend the money on a current gen Ryzen 3000 platform and retain the system for a good 3-4 years.

So short answer, no it's not a good plan.

Best list your specs like so:
CPU:
Motherboard:
Ram:
SSD/HDD:
GPU:
PSU:
Chassis:
OS:

And include the age of your PSU so we can suggest another alternative that isn't as hot as the core of the sun.
 
Feb 17, 2019
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You're best dumping that money down the toilet as opposed to buying that 9590 combo. In fact, you could spend the money on a current gen Ryzen 3000 platform and retain the system for a good 3-4 years.

So short answer, no it's not a good plan.

Best list your specs like so:
CPU:
Motherboard:
Ram:
SSD/HDD:
GPU:
PSU:
Chassis:
OS:

And include the age of your PSU so we can suggest another alternative that isn't as hot as the core of the sun.
CPU: AMD A8-7650K
Motherboard: MSI A78M-E35
Ram: 16GB (14.9 usable) DDR3
HDD: 1TB
PSU: ATX-500B 500W
Case: Vantage Dragon Case
OS: Windows 10

And the PSU is about as old as the pc so 4 years maybe.
Would the Ryzen 3000 platform be a whole new system?
 
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