Question Upgrade 5yr old build


Jul 8, 2015
Used your advice roughly 5 years ago for a build and I'm coming back for more. The nuts and bolts of what I have now are posted below:

Case: NZXT - S340 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
CPU: i7-8700k
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4-3200
Storage: Samsung SSD 970 EVO 1TB
Storage: WDC WD10EZRZ-00HTKB0
Power Supply: SeaSonic - FOCUS Plus Gold 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

Since then, my family has grown, so the PC is not primarily for gaming anymore. Kids and school, but also gaming when I get time. I like to tinker as well.

I have been out of the "game" for awhile now with a more time consuming job and larger family, so I am not at all familiar with the advances that have been made since 2018 and cost as well. I'd like to keep an upgrade to $1,500 and under if possible. One of the reasons I'm coming back to this is I was able to play Cyberpunk when it came out just fine, maxed out and now the new additions and DLC are coming and I won't be able to touch it and then looking through everything made me realize how old everything had become.

Will be keeping the monitor I have now and/or buying an OLED TV to use in its place.

Mouse/Keyboard will stay. Speakers will stay.

In rural Iowa, so limited brick/mortar stores available. I like Amazon as I get 5% cash back with their card, but am obviously open to other reputable retailers as well.

Let me know if more information is needed. I essentially copied and pasted the above specs from my thread back in 2018 and HWINFO. Appreciate the help.
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Jul 8, 2015
I'd like to plan on 4k. Don't have it now, but will likely be trying to catch an LG OLED on sale soon. I have a 77" C2 that I love and have been eyeballing maybe a 48" C2.
for 4k, i would say 7900XT as the minimum. 4080 is out of budget.

so thats a new GPU and PSU as 650W wont be enough.

PCPartPicker Part List

Video Card: Sapphire PULSE Radeon RX 7900 XT 20 GB Video Card ($749.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master MWE Gold 850 - V2 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($95.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $845.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-09-22 09:50 EDT-0400

I would say wait for i7 14700 launch and then upgrade the CPU.

reuse rams and get a B760 DDR4 mobo and new CPU cooler bracket for LGA 1700.

400 USD probably for 14700.

170 USD -

SSD for 100 USD -