[SOLVED] Should I buy the radeon rx 5700 xt?

Feb 24, 2020
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Hey, I'm just wondering if its worth upgrading from my gtx 970 to the rx 5700 xt or if I should just buy a ps5/series x.
Thanks!
 

Barty1884

Titan
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Hi, My Specs are
Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC Mate
CPU: i5-4460
GPU: GTX 970
RAM:16GB DDR3
PSU:500watt

Reason for asking is if the pc will be powerful enough for next-gen games (probably) and if for example the ps5 will play games better than my pc!
Thanks again !
You should still see benefits in the upgrade to a 5700XT, but I'd expect the 4460 to be showing it's age and hindering you a little bit - depending on the games you play. It should still be sufficient to hit the 'minimum requirements' in terms of CPU for a while yet, but it's going to be far from the most optimal experience in time (if not already).

As far as the PS5 etc, there's no way to know until they launch and can be tested. Consoles are a different animal, with less overhead & phenomenal optimization. "Better" overall is subjective... Objectively though, I'm sure some games will run smoother on a next-gen console that they will on your current config + 5700XT.

If I were you, I'd give serious consideration to one of two options:
1. Picking up a used i7-4770K or 4790K and overclocking it.... The taking the purchase price (~$100, hopefully) off the price of a 5700XT and stepping down the GPU to something like an RTX2060 / 1660 Super / 5600

2. Selling your current system for (probably) around $250-$350 and putting that money + your budget for a GPU into a new system. Example:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (14nm) 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M Pro4-F Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($71.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: GeIL EVO SPEAR 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Team MS30 256 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.70 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 8 GB MECH OC Video Card ($313.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman S2 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($69.33 @ Amazon)
Total: $757.93
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-03-10 15:25 EDT-0400


to be clear, this is not necessarily a recommendation for this exact config, just an example
 
Feb 24, 2020
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Hi, My Specs are
Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC Mate
CPU: i5-4460
GPU: GTX 970
RAM:16GB DDR3
PSU:500watt

Reason for asking is if the pc will be powerful enough for next-gen games (probably) and if for example the ps5 will play games better than my pc!
Thanks again !
 

Barty1884

Titan
Moderator
Hi, My Specs are
Motherboard: MSI Z97 PC Mate
CPU: i5-4460
GPU: GTX 970
RAM:16GB DDR3
PSU:500watt

Reason for asking is if the pc will be powerful enough for next-gen games (probably) and if for example the ps5 will play games better than my pc!
Thanks again !
You should still see benefits in the upgrade to a 5700XT, but I'd expect the 4460 to be showing it's age and hindering you a little bit - depending on the games you play. It should still be sufficient to hit the 'minimum requirements' in terms of CPU for a while yet, but it's going to be far from the most optimal experience in time (if not already).

As far as the PS5 etc, there's no way to know until they launch and can be tested. Consoles are a different animal, with less overhead & phenomenal optimization. "Better" overall is subjective... Objectively though, I'm sure some games will run smoother on a next-gen console that they will on your current config + 5700XT.

If I were you, I'd give serious consideration to one of two options:
1. Picking up a used i7-4770K or 4790K and overclocking it.... The taking the purchase price (~$100, hopefully) off the price of a 5700XT and stepping down the GPU to something like an RTX2060 / 1660 Super / 5600

2. Selling your current system for (probably) around $250-$350 and putting that money + your budget for a GPU into a new system. Example:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (14nm) 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M Pro4-F Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($71.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: GeIL EVO SPEAR 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Team MS30 256 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.70 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 8 GB MECH OC Video Card ($313.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Zalman S2 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($69.33 @ Amazon)
Total: $757.93
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-03-10 15:25 EDT-0400


to be clear, this is not necessarily a recommendation for this exact config, just an example
 

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