Jan 29, 2016
Hey guys so I got a build I did a few years ago and I'm thinking it's time for an upgrade I'll leave my specs to see what you can recommend Thanks

MOBO : Asus B150 Pro Gaming/AURA
PSU : Corsair Cx550m
CPU: Intel i5 6500 3.2 GHz
Ram : 8gb Kingston Fury X Ram 2133MHz
SSD: Kingston uv400 240gb
Case Nzxt 340

I'm trying to add more RAM and a graphics card but Which one do you recommend ? or Should I just do a new build I wanna hear some different opinions maybe my build can still be good for a couple more years or maybe its time for a new build ?


Jul 27, 2016
I do life cycle builds. 4-6 years don't touch it, build it for your needs.

Then after say 5 years, build new rig, sell old rig to help pay for new rig, rinse and repeat.

I look at passmark as a guide as well your CPU passmark score is 5645. I would say triple that passmark score (should be pretty easy). What do you see yourself needing over the 4-6 years?

Just budget and keep a plan.

I see people upgrading every generation and its not worth the pain of upgrading and everything that comes with it.


You should just try selling that one and go for a new one, that is pretty low spec by todays standards...

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i3-10100F 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($102.99 @ PC-Canada)
Motherboard: ASRock B560M-HDV Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard ($112.43 @ Vuugo)
Memory: Patriot Viper Steel 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($69.98 @ Amazon Canada)
Storage: Kingston A400 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8 GB Founders Edition Video Card ($399.00)
Case: Deepcool MATREXX 30 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Power Supply: ADATA XPG PYLON 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $834.37
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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I would go i5-11400 + Asus TUF B560M + 16GB DDR4 3200-16, reuse the rest for the time being, toss in an NVMe 3.0x4 or 4.0x4 SSD in the main M.2 slot if you'd like.

That's pretty much what I upgraded my i5-3470 to a week ago, except I used a 32GB kit in mine. Still waiting for the NVMe and 212 EVO. Now I'm in the "parts musical chair" stage of upgrading my older PCs using my new loose parts.
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Something I tend to use is Youtube. Insert your CPU and GPU and add "benchmark". For example 'i5-6500 gtx 1060 benchmark' Then you change out your GPU to something you plan to get. Check the FPS difference at same resolution, same quality, same game. As last step, you change the CPU to something current that you plan to get. How big is the FPS difference now? You might have to watch 10 videos to get the data. But it's cheaper than having to buy stuff blind (is it called pig in a poke in english?).

Are you planning to get a 1440p monitor as well? Well, you will need an even better GPU for that.