[SOLVED] Should I upgrade my PC or Buy a New Computer?

May 4, 2021
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I’m thinking of slowly upgrading my computer both for gaming (Skyrim/Borderlands 3) and for heavy programs like Photoshop and Unity. Sadly, I’m not very tech savvy and the computer repair store I used to visit closed down recently, so I was hoping someone here had some suggestions.

I’m on a bit of a budget – though I am hoping to do this upgrade over a few months so that I can spend what I need on each part to get quality rather than the cheapest prices. I figured I’d probably have to start with the motherboard first, right? Currently, I have another stick of 8gb RAM that I would like to add to my PC, but I’m worried the motherboard won’t be able to support it without overheating. Any help would be appreciated!

Specs:

Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Chassis: Aerocool strike-x one gaming mid-tower
PSU: Consair CX600
CPU: AMD FX(tm)-6300 Six-Core Processor 3.50 GHz
RAM: Patriot 8gb DDR3
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 740
Storage: WD10EZEX - Hard drive - 1 TB - internal - 3.5-inch - SATA 6Gb/s



Approximate Purchase Date: I guess the sooner, the better? I don't mind waiting later to purchase things for a better option, but I'd like to at least start working on upgrading my system now

Budget Range: Currently between $600-800 after tax right now and again in two months.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: PC was mostly used as a family computer for web browsing and video watching, but now it's solely mine with the intent to use it as a gaming PC and to work on programs and art in Unity and Photoshop.

Are you buying a monitor: As of right now, no. If the system needs a better monitor to keep up with the new system then I will, later.



Parts to Upgrade: Uh... everything? Probably. I'm not sure.

Do you need to buy OS: Most likely if I get a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anything but Ebay? Again. Not very tech savvy, so I'm not too sure what are good websites to rely on. Amazon has kind of been my go-to for parts or electronics.

Location: North Carolina, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, Consair, MSI, AMD and NVIDIA are brands I know and use, so...

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: I... don't know what that means.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
 
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Antec A40 PRO Blue LED FAN CPU Cooler $24.90

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Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition CPU Air Cooler $39.10


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkJxoATZyds
 
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Lutfij

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Welcome to the forums, newcomer!

First question is how soon do you want to upgrade? Given the current situation of parts and the pandemic, you might need to hold off any upgrades until mid or late 2022. Yes your platform needs a complete overhaul. upgrading the ram, processor and motherboard will be a must, not to mention the PSU and the chassis. You're also asked to stylize your post like that shown on this thread to help get a more wholesome suggestion.
 

Eximo

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You can certainly add memory to a board without risk of overheating. That might be worth doing for photoshop. You could get a SATA SSD to improve general performance.

You can't replace the motherboard without also replacing the CPU and Memory at this point. You are basically looking at a full upgrade no matter what. (You have a DDR3 motherboard, we are just now reaching the end of the DDR4 era)

Graphics cards are basically unavailable, so gaming improvements will be difficult unless you have a lot of cash.
 

Eximo

Titan
Ambassador
Investing in a DDR3 based computer at this point is throwing money away. Even the cheapest late model CPU can run circles around an FX6300. GT740 is roughly the performance of Intel's HD750 that comes with the i5-11500 or above. Newer systems offer PCIe 4.0, USB 3.2/Type-C, NVMe storage options.

Maybe wait a bit for the Ryzen 5000G series APUs to release (Though you can buy them now from OEMs in pre-builts). That will get you better graphics performance then you have now and keep you running until GPUs become affordable again.
 
May 4, 2021
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In that case, I don't suppose anyone could recommend a new PC to purchase? I could probably push my budget as high as 1200 if there's a PC I could potentially buy either this month or next month.
 
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https://www.newegg.com/black-phanteks-eclipse-p360a-atx-mid-tower/p/N82E16811854103
Phanteks Eclipse P360A ATX Mid Tower $69.99

or ...

https://www.newegg.com/black-phanteks-eclipse-p400a-atx-mid-tower/p/N82E16811854085
Phanteks Eclipse P400A ATX Mid Tower $69.99

https://www.newegg.com/super-flower-leadex-iii-sf-550f14hg-550w/p/1HU-024C-00008
Super Flower Leadex III 550W 80+ Gold, 10 Year Warranty, Three-Way ECO Mode Fanless, Silent & Cooling Mode, FDB Fan, Full Modular Power Supply, Dual Over Power Protection $84.99

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813157978
ASRock B560M PRO4 $112.99

https://www.adorama.com/inbx8781140f.html
Intel Core i5-11400F $174.99

https://www.ebay.com/itm/254134258990
Antec A40 PRO Blue LED FAN CPU Cooler $24.90

https://www.newegg.com/ballistix-16gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820164176
Crucial Ballistix DDR4 3200MHz Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 16GB (8GBx2) CL16 $88.99

https://www.newegg.com/western-digital-blue-sn550-nvme-1tb/p/N82E16820250135
WD Blue SN550 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 3D NAND Internal SSD $109.99 ($99.99 w/ promo code SSDMAY33)

https://www.ebay.com/itm/233986549627
ASUS GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER OC 6GB GDDR6 Graphics Card $500.00

Total: $1,155

https://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/B560M Pro4/index.asp

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/get-windows-10-free-or-cheap,5717.html
How to Get Windows 10 for Free (or Under $30)

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1621132-REG/intel_bx8070811400_core_i5_11400_2_6_ghz.html
Intel Core i5-11400 $188.99

https://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-212S-20PK-R1-Contact-Silencio/dp/B07H25DYM3
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition CPU Air Cooler $39.10


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkJxoATZyds
 
Last edited:
https://www.newegg.com/black-phanteks-eclipse-p360a-atx-mid-tower/p/N82E16811854103
Phanteks Eclipse P360A ATX Mid Tower $69.99

https://www.newegg.com/super-flower-leadex-iii-sf-550f14hg-550w/p/1HU-024C-00008
Super Flower Leadex III 550W 80+ Gold, 10 Year Warranty, Three-Way ECO Mode Fanless, Silent & Cooling Mode, FDB Fan, Full Modular Power Supply, Dual Over Power Protection $84.99

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813157978
ASRock B560M PRO4 $112.99

https://www.adorama.com/inbx8781140f.html
Intel Core i5-11400F $174.99

https://www.ebay.com/itm/254134258990
Antec A40 PRO Blue LED FAN CPU Cooler $24.90

https://www.newegg.com/ballistix-16gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820164176
Crucial Ballistix DDR4 3200MHz Desktop Gaming Memory Kit 16GB (8GBx2) CL16 $88.99

https://www.newegg.com/western-digital-blue-sn550-nvme-1tb/p/N82E16820250135
WD Blue SN550 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 3D NAND Internal SSD $109.99 ($99.99 w/ promo code SSDMAY33)

https://www.ebay.com/itm/233986549627
ASUS GeForce GTX 1660 6GB GDDR6 SUPER OC Graphics Card $500.00

Total: $1,155

https://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/B560M Pro4/index.asp

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1621132-REG/intel_bx8070811400_core_i5_11400_2_6_ghz.html
Intel Core i5-11400 $188.99


View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkJxoATZyds
https://forums.tomshardware.com/thr...ating-ryzens-budget-gaming-dominance.3701558/
Intel Core i5-11400 Review

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Intel Core i5-11400F Review

https://www.techspot.com/review/2232-intel-core-i5-11400f/
Intel Core i5-11400F Review

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOpWJCWYa6k
 

Bob.B

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I’m thinking of slowly upgrading my computer both for gaming (Skyrim/Borderlands 3) and for heavy programs like Photoshop and Unity. Sadly, I’m not very tech savvy and the computer repair store I used to visit closed down recently, so I was hoping someone here had some suggestions.

I’m on a bit of a budget – though I am hoping to do this upgrade over a few months so that I can spend what I need on each part to get quality rather than the cheapest prices. I figured I’d probably have to start with the motherboard first, right? Currently, I have another stick of 8gb RAM that I would like to add to my PC, but I’m worried the motherboard won’t be able to support it without overheating. Any help would be appreciated!

Specs:

Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Chassis: Aerocool strike-x one gaming mid-tower
PSU: Consair CX600
CPU: AMD FX(tm)-6300 Six-Core Processor 3.50 GHz
RAM: Patriot 8gb DDR3
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 740
Storage: WD10EZEX - Hard drive - 1 TB - internal - 3.5-inch - SATA 6Gb/s



Approximate Purchase Date: I guess the sooner, the better? I don't mind waiting later to purchase things for a better option, but I'd like to at least start working on upgrading my system now

Budget Range: Currently between $600-800 after tax right now and again in two months.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: PC was mostly used as a family computer for web browsing and video watching, but now it's solely mine with the intent to use it as a gaming PC and to work on programs and art in Unity and Photoshop.

Are you buying a monitor: As of right now, no. If the system needs a better monitor to keep up with the new system then I will, later.



Parts to Upgrade: Uh... everything? Probably. I'm not sure.

Do you need to buy OS: Most likely if I get a new motherboard.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Anything but Ebay? Again. Not very tech savvy, so I'm not too sure what are good websites to rely on. Amazon has kind of been my go-to for parts or electronics.

Location: North Carolina, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel, Consair, MSI, AMD and NVIDIA are brands I know and use, so...

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: I... don't know what that means.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080
If you try to upgrade that machine you will go from one part to the next to the next until all you have left is the case which probably also needs an upgrade.

Save your money until you have 1200+ and then shop for a pre-built.
Maybe bestbuy or newegg.
 

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