Build Advice System upgrade

Dirtysnot

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Hey, it’s been a while since I’ve completely upgraded some parts. I need to upgrade from a HDD to a SSD, gpu needs upgrading. Any recommendations?

Any additional upgrade recommendations? I primarily use this PC for gaming.

Complete setup:
Asus Nvidia GeForce 2GB GTX 670 DirectCU II Graphics Card
Asus LGA 1151 TUF MK2 Intel Z270
Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2 GHz QuadCore 8MB Cache Processor
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Air CPU Cooler "RR-212E-16PK-R1, 4 x Heatpipe, 1x 120mm PWM Fan, Intel/AMD"
Cooler Master 720W Silent Pro M2
2x Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 8GB RAM

Thanks
 
Hey, it’s been a while since I’ve completely upgraded some parts. I need to upgrade from a HDD to a SSD, gpu needs upgrading. Any recommendations?

Any additional upgrade recommendations? I primarily use this PC for gaming.

Complete setup:
Asus Nvidia GeForce 2GB GTX 670 DirectCU II Graphics Card
Asus LGA 1151 TUF MK2 Intel Z270
Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2 GHz QuadCore 8MB Cache Processor
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Air CPU Cooler "RR-212E-16PK-R1, 4 x Heatpipe, 1x 120mm PWM Fan, Intel/AMD"
Cooler Master 720W Silent Pro M2
2x Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 8GB RAM

Thanks
What's your budget?
 

Dirtysnot

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Let's do the HDD to SSD part first.

What is your current HDD and what SSD brand/capacity do you want to buy?
Hi, I currently have a WD 1TB HDD. I was looking at those SSD’s that fit straight into a pci slot but not sure if my motherboard supports them.. I have been looking at the Samsung 980 PRO SSD’s
 

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Would you say the 980 PRO is worth a punt?
for gaming I don’t think so. Maybe im slow but i did not notice much of a difference between that and an 870 evo.
I’d get the cheapest one i could find and spend the money saved in upgrading something else, but if you have extra cash then why not 😃 would be good to have…

edit: i mean, any reasonably good ssd would be a massive upgrade over an hdd. I just don’t see any benefit getting the absolute bleeding edge ssd… upgrade the gpu if you could find one.
 
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Dirtysnot

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Not in your system.
980 Pro is PCIE 4.0 drive. Your system supports PCIE 3.0 mode only. So full performance of 980 Pro is unattainable on your system.
Get 970 evo or 970 pro instead. Should save you some money.
In regards to GPU upgrades, are the new generation of them supported by this motherboard too? Not sure if it would be worth upgrading the mobo as well as SSD and GPU?
 
Depends, if it’s one or two things to upgrade probably £700 total. Don’t really fancy shelling out too much on a whole new rig.
https://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-tuf-gaming-b560m-plus-intel-b560-s-1200-ddr4-pcie-40-sata3-2x-m2-25gbe-usb-32-gen2-micro-atx
ASUS TUF GAMING B560M-PLUS £129.98

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-11400f-s-1200-rocket-lake-6-cores-12-threads-26ghz-44ghz-turbo-12mb-cache-65w-retail
Intel Core i5 11400F £149.99

https://www.ebuyer.com/743022-corsair-vengeance-lpx-16gb-2x8gb-ddr4-dram-3200mhz-c16-memory-kit-cmk16gx4m2b3200c16
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz CL16 Memory Kit £84.99

https://www.ebuyer.com/947319-wd-blue-sn550-1tb-nvme-m-2-2280-pcie-gen3-ssd-wds100t2b0c
WD Blue SN550 1TB NVME M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3 SSD £83.98

Total: £449 inc VAT

Review of that cpu.

https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/intel-core-i5-11400f-processor-review,1.html


 

InvalidError

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The 7700k is still relatively decent so if you want to stretch its useful life, something like a 860EVO (SATA3) would help quite a bit. For most everyday use and gaming in general, there is almost no difference between a good SATA3 (6Gbps) SSD and NVMe 4.0x4.

If you meant two DIMMs for a total of 8GB, then getting a 16GB kit worth carrying over to an eventual LGA1200 or AM4 upgrade later in the year would be a good idea, especially if you can get a decent price on good memory.

I wouldn't worry too much about upgrading the rest until you manage to score a chunky GPU upgrade for a reasonable price.
 

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https://www.scan.co.uk/products/asus-tuf-gaming-b560m-plus-intel-b560-s-1200-ddr4-pcie-40-sata3-2x-m2-25gbe-usb-32-gen2-micro-atx
ASUS TUF GAMING B560M-PLUS £129.98

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-11400f-s-1200-rocket-lake-6-cores-12-threads-26ghz-44ghz-turbo-12mb-cache-65w-retail
Intel Core i5 11400F £149.99

https://www.ebuyer.com/743022-corsair-vengeance-lpx-16gb-2x8gb-ddr4-dram-3200mhz-c16-memory-kit-cmk16gx4m2b3200c16
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz CL16 Memory Kit £84.99

https://www.ebuyer.com/947319-wd-blue-sn550-1tb-nvme-m-2-2280-pcie-gen3-ssd-wds100t2b0c
WD Blue SN550 1TB NVME M.2 2280 PCIe Gen3 SSD £83.98

Total: £449 inc VAT

Review of that cpu.

https://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/intel-core-i5-11400f-processor-review,1.html


Interesting read. Do you think the i5 boasts enough over the i7 I have to justify the change?
 

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Interesting read. Do you think the i5 boasts enough over the i7 I have to justify the change?
You have an i7-7700k on a Z motherboard, you could hypothetically overclock a bit and get mostly comparable performance.

Your three biggest bottlenecks right now are:\
  • HDD
  • only 8GB of RAM (maybe, not sure if you meant "2x (Corsair 8GB)" or "(2x Corsair) 8GB total")
  • GTX670
SSD and memory prices are expected to rise and since you could use both in your current system immediately, I'd start there.
 

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