PC upgrade guide

Abhishek1025

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I have a 2011 desktop
i7-2600k, Asus P8Z68 Vpro mobo, Asus ML238H monitor,8 GB Corsair DDR3 memory,Coolermaster 430Black cabinet,Radeon 6870HD 1GB GPU,Samsung 850SSD 120GB and a 1TB HDD,Corsair HX750W power supply, coolermaster HyperX 212 cooler.

I want to upgrade my desktop

Budget is around $850-900
I am a casual gamer. Would need to upgrade my pc . It's been 6 yrs, my monitor,gpu psu,mobo, processor,ram everything is 6 yrs old. I desperately need a really good cable management cabinet.
Never upgraded anything internally.

Please guide, what components will fit in that budget?
 
In what way is your pc not doing the job?
I might guess that a I7-2600K is still a very good gamer. Particularly with an overclock.


120gb is a bit small for a ssd these days.

The 6870 is likely to be in need of an upgrade. It is barely better than today's best integrated graphics. Perhaps something like a GTX1050ti or GTX1060

Nothing wrong with your HX750 psu.
A PSU will only use the wattage demanded of it, regardless of it's max capability.

Buy a case you love. Looks count. As you know, a case can last a very long time so it pays to bust your budget if necessary to get what you like.

If you do not have a 27" 1440P monitor, that might be tops on my list.
And, keep your old monitor as a side monitor.

8gb is ok if you do not multitask much.
A 2 x 8gb ram kit might be in order. Speed is not particularly important for intel processors.

 
Keep SSD and HDD, sell the rest. NZXT very good cable management. BTW, this setup is 1440p ready :)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($195.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock - AB350 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($138.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Zotac - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Mini Video Card ($399.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT - S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: SeaSonic - 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($35.89 @ Newegg)
Total: $909.73
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-09-27 23:56 EDT-0400
 
In what way is your pc not doing the job?
I might guess that a I7-2600K is still a very good gamer. Particularly with an overclock.


120gb is a bit small for a ssd these days.

The 6870 is likely to be in need of an upgrade. It is barely better than today's best integrated graphics. Perhaps something like a GTX1050ti or GTX1060

Nothing wrong with your HX750 psu.
A PSU will only use the wattage demanded of it, regardless of it's max capability.

Buy a case you love. Looks count. As you know, a case can last a very long time so it pays to bust your budget if necessary to get what you like.

If you do not have a 27" 1440P monitor, that might be tops on my list.
And, keep your old monitor as a side monitor.

8gb is ok if you do not multitask much.
A 2 x 8gb ram kit might be in order. Speed is not particularly important for intel processors.

 

Abhishek1025

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It's definitely a very good cpu, i was pondering over bottleneck issues with the new gpu . So had a thought of changing the system entirely.
 
Here is a test you can do:
Run YOUR games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
If your FPS increases, it indicates that your cpu is strong enough to drive a better graphics configuration.
If your FPS stays the same, you are likely more cpu limited.
 

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