Question Should i only upgrade my CPU? or other components aswell?

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Hello i currently have a Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics card and i believe it is bottlenecking my pc since my cpu is a worse model. In games im getting very bad fps drops and my discord lags like crazy. For example if im playing pubg i will have huge fps drops and my discord + the rest of my pc becomes basically unusable. The same thing happends with other CPU craving games. My cpu is at a constant 100% and after a while i can hear my fan go loud. CPU temp is usually about 70-80 degrees celsius.

Specs:
GTX 1070 Graphics card
i5-4460 CPU
Acer Predator g3 605 motherboard.
24gb DDR3 ram
500Watt PSU
stock cooler.
( i put these components into a Acer Predator g3-605 PC.)
I was wondering if i should upgrade my CPU and cooler only or if i should get a new motherboard and DDR4 ram + new CPU.

in either case what CPU should i get? i'm open to any recommendations . :)

Thanks!
 
If you can find a used i7 for super cheap, it may be worth it. But you'd probably also want a cooler at that point. I wouldn't spend more than 50ish on a cpu that old.

A new core platform will certainly increase performance. A ryzen 3600 or higher would be an awesome system and pair well with the 1070.

What's your budget? You will also need a new psu, as a 500w is pushing it with the 1070. I'd recommend a good quality 550 or 650. 3600/board/3600mhz ddr4 and a psu.
 

grimfox

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Looks like your upgrade path is the i7-4790 as that is the best your motherboard is likely to support...not a substantial upgrade according to userbenchmark. 15% maybe. Best pricing I saw in 2min search was 120USD. If you can find one for cheap or pull one out of a junk system, go nuts. Otherwise I would save up for a new platform. You can probably get yourself into an AMD ryzen platform for double that. Entry level sure but it's something that you could build on.

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Hey thanks for replying so fast!

My budget i guess is around $250 to maybe 300.

i'm looking at buying a corsair vs650 PSU for $60. amd ryzen 3600 looks like a good fit for my budget. that's around $200. and a new cpu cooler for about $30 . and maybe in the future upgrade my motherboard and RAM.

Do you think FPS drops will be reduced to zero when playing games like pubg with this setup? if so i will definitely buy it!
 
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($174.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.99 @ B&H)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($104.99 @ B&H)
Total: $479.96
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-13 11:40 EST-0500

This is a solid upgrade, imo. Add a cooler if you want, about 50 more. The stock cooler is ok, but its noisy and runs a bit warm for alot of folks.
 
Hey thanks for replying so fast!

My budget i guess is around $250 to maybe 300.

i'm looking at buying a corsair vs650 PSU for $60. amd ryzen 3600 looks like a good fit for my budget. that's around $200. and a new cpu cooler for about $30 . and maybe in the future upgrade my motherboard and RAM.

Do you think FPS drops will be reduced to zero when playing games like pubg with this setup? if so i will definitely buy it!
Very likely fps drops will be none. It would be a solid setup. But in order to go ryzen, you have to upgrade the board and ram at the same time.

The vs series is corsair lowest tier psu. I wouldn't recommend it. One place you dont wont to cheap out on is the psu. Ots the most important component!
 

logainofhades

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Yea, Intel, and AMD have both moved on to DDR4. Your board and ram won't work, with a Ryzen CPU. This is really the cheapest, that I could recommend.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($78.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CXM 650 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($79.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $343.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-13 16:23 EST-0500
 

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I would probably get at least a cooler master hyper 212 for the cooler. I have a 3600 and have a stock wraith prism, which is the one that came with higher end cpus, better than the regular cooler for the 3600, and I'm considering upgrading that cooler.
 

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Hey thanks for replying so fast!

My budget i guess is around $250 to maybe 300.

i'm looking at buying a corsair vs650 PSU for $60. amd ryzen 3600 looks like a good fit for my budget. that's around $200. and a new cpu cooler for about $30 . and maybe in the future upgrade my motherboard and RAM.

Do you think FPS drops will be reduced to zero when playing games like pubg with this setup? if so i will definitely buy it!
You most certainly do NOT want the VS series PSU, especially with a reasonably powerful video card to support.

You will need a new MB and RAM to go to the Ryzen CPUs . . or even to go with any Intel CPUs above the 4000 series.

The AF version of the Ryzen 5 1600 is available again at Amazon for $85. I'd suggest the following:


PCPartPicker Part List

Motherboard: ASRock B450M Steel Legend Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($77.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($83.98 @ Newegg)
Custom: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 AF stepping ($85.00) <--- link goes directly to Amazon
Total: $331.95
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-13 17:44 EST-0500


You can save $19 by going with @logainofhades 's selection of motherboard and RAM.

With the 1600AF CPU instead of the 2600, you're giving up, real world, less than 5% performance for a $35 savings.

Note that the PSU gets that price only after a $20 mail-in rebate. Still, for only $4 more (after rebate) than the CXM power supply, I would most strongly recommend going with the TXM power supply - it's definitely a higher quality unit.
 
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