Question Should I upgrade graphics card and power supply or build a new pc

Apr 27, 2023
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Hey!!
My current pc is 7 years old and working fine but I'm considering it's time to upgrade my graphics card and power supply to match the power usage of the graphics card.

These are my current pc specs below:

Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H60 CPU Cooler System LGA1150 1155 1366 1156 2011 AM2 AM3 FM1 & FM2
Note: 2013 Edition

1 x Corsair Vengeance Lpx 16GB 2X8GB DDR4 2400MHZ C16 1.2V Memory

1 x INTEL® CORE™ I7-6700K Processor 8M Cache 4GHZ Base 4.2GHZ Turbo FC-LGA1151 Retail Box Skylake

1 x GIGABYTE G1 Sniper B7 LGA 1151 DDR4 PCIEx16 PCIEx4 2PCIEX1 M2 WiFi USB 3.0 CrossFire ATX Motherboard

1 x GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 OC 1216MHZ 4GB 7.0GHZ GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI 3xDisplayPort PCI-E Video Card

1 x Corsair CX Series CX600 600W ATX 12V 80 Plus Bronze Power Supply 120mm Fan

1 x Corsair Carbide Series 230T Window Black Gaming Case ATX 3X5.25 4X3.5 Front USB3.0 Audio No PSU

2x LG32GP83B 1440p 165hz monitors

If I just need to upgrade the graphics card and power supply, looking for a new 4070ti and a 1000W power supply.

Would it make sense to just upgrade the graphics card and power supply or go in for a new pc

Location Canada

Budget minor upgrade 1.3k,major upgrade 2.5-3k

Thanks!!
 
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Eximo

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At this point, new PC, and you don't need a 1000W PSU for a 4070Ti. A good 750/850 will do. Only get a 1000W if the price difference is minimal.

i3-12100 will outperform your 6700k, so you don't need to go crazy.

I'll see what the maple bucks can do.
 

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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-13600K 3.5 GHz 14-Core Processor ($419.99 @ Newegg Canada)
CPU Cooler: Deepcool AK620 68.99 CFM CPU Cooler ($124.11 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z790 UD AC ATX LGA1700 Motherboard ($267.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR5-6000 CL36 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Crucial P5 Plus 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive ($199.96 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: Gigabyte GAMING OC GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 12 GB Video Card ($1181.67 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Corsair Graphite Series 230T ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Corsair RM850e (2023) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($169.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Total: $2508.69
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-04-27 16:51 EDT-0400
 
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This gives you an idea of what you can do with that budget.

Add this fan to that Focus 2 case for a rear exhaust fan.
https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/68WfrH/arctic-p12-563-cfm-120-mm-fan-acfan00120a
ARCTIC P12 PWM 120mm 4-Pin Case Fan $16.98 CAD

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: *Intel Core i5-13400F 2.5 GHz 10-Core Processor ($275.95 @ shopRBC)
CPU Cooler: *Deepcool AK500 68.99 CFM CPU Cooler ($54.99 @ Canada Computers)
Motherboard: *Gigabyte B760 GAMING X AX DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard ($217.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: *Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory ($104.99 @ Memory Express)
Storage: *Western Digital Black SN770 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive ($169.08 @ iSanek)
Video Card: *MSI VENTUS 3X OC GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 12 GB Video Card ($1069.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: *Fractal Design Focus 2 ATX Mid Tower Case ($103.40 @ Vuugo)
Power Supply: Corsair RM850e (2023) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($159.99 @ Memory Express)
Total: $2156.37
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-04-27 21:23 EDT-0400


A better look at those components.

https://www.fractal-design.com/products/cases/focus/focus-2/black-tg-clear-tint/

https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/B760-GAMING-X-AX-DDR4-rev-10#kf

https://ark.intel.com/content/www/u...3400f-processor-20m-cache-up-to-4-60-ghz.html

https://www.deepcool.com/products/C...formance-CPU-Cooler-1700-AM5/2022/16040.shtml

https://www.msi.com/Graphics-Card/GeForce-RTX-4070-Ti-VENTUS-3X-12G-OC

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What kinds of games do you play?
Fast action games like shooters would likely benefit from a fast graphics card,

OTOH, games like sims, mmo and strategy games depend more on the cpu, particularly single thread performance.

Try this simple test:
Run YOUR games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
This makes the graphics card loaf a bit.
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..

If you are cpu limited, a current 13th gen processor like the i3-13100 is almost twice as strong as your 6700K.
A B760 motherboard is sufficient. You can reuse your ddr4 ram.
 

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fellow canadian here...keep it.

the 4gb 970 will last for medium spec gaming. you could upgrade to a 7700 cpu but wont see a huge difference. your ddr4 memory is decent but its not dual-channel.

imho...get a big ssd and high-speed internet of 1gb/s and youll have a fast medium spec gaming rig.
 
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What kinds of games do you play?
Fast action games like shooters would likely benefit from a fast graphics card,

If you are cpu limited, a current 13th gen processor like the i3-13100 is almost twice as strong as your 6700K.
A B760 motherboard is sufficient. You can reuse your ddr4 ram.

I mostly play sim racing games and the occassional RPG or single player games. My main reason for looking to upgrade is coz I'm testing dual screen gameplay with the intention of upgrading to triple screen in the near future or switch to VR depending on space constraints. Currently I get about 40-50fps which is what I'm looking to improve upon.

fellow canadian here...keep it.

the 4gb 970 will last for medium spec gaming. you could upgrade to a 7700 cpu but wont see a huge difference. your ddr4 memory is decent but its not dual-channel.

imho...get a big ssd and high-speed internet of 1gb/s and youll have a fast medium spec gaming rig.
I already have an ssd and M.2 and a 1G internet albeit I'm currently connected via wifi coz my office machine is directly plugged in.

Thanks @Eximo and @Why_Me for the specs, will check them out and look to start a new build.

I'll see what the maple bucks can do.
lol this cracked me up
 
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ARICH5

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I mostly play sim racing games and the occassional RPG or single player games. My main reason for looking to upgrade is coz I'm testing dual screen gameplay with the intention of upgrading to triple screen in the near future or switch to VR depending on space constraints. Currently I get about 40-50fps which is what I'm looking to improve upon.


I already have an ssd and M.2 and a 1G internet albeit I'm currently connected via wifi coz my office machine is directly plugged in.

Thanks @Eximo and @Why_Me for the specs, will check them out and look to start a new build.


lol this cracked me up
id recommend memory express or canada computers for upgrade shipments. sorry im old school.
 
Upgradeable AM5 platform with the current gaming CPU champ.

If you dont mind RTX, you can save some bucks by going with 6950XT

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D 4.2 GHz 8-Core Processor ($599.00 @ Canada Computers)
CPU Cooler: Thermalright Peerless Assassin 66.17 CFM CPU Cooler ($72.64 @ Amazon Canada)
Motherboard: ASRock B650E PG RIPTIDE WIFI ATX AM5 Motherboard ($259.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Kingston FURY Beast 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR5-5600 CL36 Memory ($134.99 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Crucial P5 Plus 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive ($175.99 @ PC-Canada)
Video Card: XFX Speedster MERC 319 Radeon RX 6950 XT 16 GB Video Card ($899.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Deepcool CK560 ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Power Supply: ADATA XPG CORE Reactor 850 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Total: $2392.58
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-04-28 03:51 EDT-0400


The 16GB VRAM will be handy if you go for higher resolutions like triple monitor setup or VR.
 
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