Build Advice Under $1200 system upgrade


Mar 22, 2014
Approximate Purchase Date: This month

Budget Range: After shipping should be under 1200 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, MMORPGs like Final Fantasy 14. Aiming to run Cyperpunk2077, future AAA games on mid settings.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg / local retailers preferred

Location: India

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: Light

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1600 x 900

Reason to upgrade : 1 of my ancient DDR3 RAM stick failed

Current hardware :
CPU - FX 6300
GPU - gtx 960 super 4 GB
Mobo- gigabyte 970a- ds3p am3+socket
RAM - (4GB x 2) corsair vengeance ddr3 1600
PSU - Corsair VS550 (wont upgrade if not necessary)
Storage - 500GB Samsung EVO SSD + 1TB WD GREEN HDD (not considering upgrade)
CPU cooler - Coolermaster 212 EVO (not considering upgrade)
Case - from 2005 era, solid 10 kg of iron, no side panels exist, its 24x7 in an Air Conditioned room (not considering upgrade)

I don't upgrade often (as visible from the ancient setup) wont upgrade often again in the near future, i can wait for 3-5 months if efficient/beneficial but then i will have to buy another DDR3 Kit right now which is costing me around 70$.

I can procure a Ryzen 5 5600x for around 310$ from a local retailer. (which may last me for a long time?)
But i am confused about the GPU, RAM, Mobo and how to balance my budget among other items, and if my VS550 will hold. I would have preferred 6800/xt but its over 1000$ here on retailers.

Please consider that i wont be upgrading anything for a considerably large amount of time in the future since selling old PC parts is a hassle for me. Budget should not exceed 1200$.


Mar 22, 2014
Intel's 11th gen Rocket Lake due out in a few weeks from now offers native support of 3200MHz RAM, PCIe 4 along with improved IPC. TBH though, this is the worst time ever to try and obtain a graphics card due to the shortage on them.
EVGA SuperNOVA 650 GM, 80 Plus Gold 650W, Fully Modular PSU $89.99
ASUS PRIME B560-PLUS LGA 1200 SATA 6Gb/s ATX $119.99
Intel 11th gen Rocket Lake i5 - 11400F ($170 if I had to guess)
G.SKILL Aegis 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3200 (PC4 25600) CL16 $79.99
Western Digital WD Blue SN550 NVMe M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 3.0 x4 3D NAND Internal SSD $104.99
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB GDDR6 PCI Express 4.0 Graphics Card $399.99

Total: $965
Thanks for the suggestion!
If i am waiting on the CPU, i will have to buy a DDR3 RAM KIT, which is costing me around 80$, but then i can probably postpone it all for a few months.
I am not looking for storage as i already mentioned in my original post.
The card you linked is out of stock.,5717.html
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Here's two reviews of the current Intel 10th gen Comet Lake i5 10400F. Expect the newer Rocket Lake version of that chip (i5 11400F) to pump out better numbers for the reasons I stated up above.
Intel Core i5-10400F Review - Six Cores with HT for Under $200
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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Founders Edition Review
I am not looking for OS or for monitors.

I can postpone just the GPU for now and upgrade other things; or just buy the new DDR3 kit for my current rig and postpone it all for few months.
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