Build Advice Upgrade existing PC and buy MSI MAG274QRF monitor, or a new build ?

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hi', i'm thinking of buying new monitor MSI MAG274QRF and upgrading my old pc or buying new one, will this build give me 165hz or 144hz on competitive games like valorant even on low settings
my current pc:
cpu: i5-6600
motherboard: gigabyte H110M-DS2
cooler: NOCTUA NH-L9i
gpu: AMD RX 580 4gb
ram: Kingston 9905622-058.A00G 2x8GB 2133 MHz
psu: seasonic S12II 520W
ssd: samsung 860 evo 500gb

option #1: budget upgrade
cpu: i5-1140F
motherboard: gigabyte b560 ds3h
cooler: keep
gpu: keep
ram: keep??? or hyper x fury 3200mhz cl 16
psu: keep
ssd: keep

option #2: completely new pc but with the (same GPU for now)
i5 10600KF or i7 10700KF and z590
 
11400F is more than enough for gaming, with the money saved by going with it you can get a better GPU down the road.
You havent mentioned a budget.
I would replace that psu when you get a better GPU.
You can keep the ram.
You can keep the cpu cooler.
So the only thing you will actually be upgrading now is the CPU and the motherboard.
 
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11400F is more than enough for gaming, with the money saved by going with it you can get a better GPU down the road.
You havent mentioned a budget.
I would replace that psu when you get a better GPU.
You can keep the ram.
You can keep the cpu cooler.
So the only thing you will actually be upgrading now is the CPU and the motherboard.
thanks! what about the monitor? ( overkill but really want it lol) i planned on buying high end pc with such expensive monitor, but the difference in price seems unjustified and this upgrade might just be enough.
 
My suggestion is to buy the monitor first, then see how you do with it.
Most games are limited by the graphics card and not so much by the cpu.
Unfortunately, today, graphics card upgrades are hard to come by.
They are scarce and are sold at over 2x MSRP.
If you need a new card, good luck.

Try this simple test:

Run YOUR games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
This makes the graphics card loaf a bit.
If your FPS increases, it indicates that your cpu is strong enough to drive a better graphics configuration.
If your FPS stays the same, you are likely more cpu limited.

If you need a stronger processor, the i5-10400F is a strong upgrade.
Your i5-6600 has 4 threads and a passmark rating of 6116.
That is when all 4 threads are fully loaded.
The single thread rating is 2276 which is really not bad.
Single thread performance is what most games need most.
The i5-11400f has 12 threads and a rating of 12,500/2588.
The i5-11400 which includes integrated graphics is about $10 more.
I would buy that because you never know when a discrete card will fail, leaving you out of luck.
Intel does not depend on fast ram for performance.
2133 speed will be fine.
 
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khaleel9ib

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My suggestion is to buy the monitor first, then see how you do with it.
Most games are limited by the graphics card and not so much by the cpu.
Unfortunately, today, graphics card upgrades are hard to come by.
They are scarce and are sold at over 2x MSRP.
If you need a new card, good luck.

Try this simple test:

Run YOUR games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
This makes the graphics card loaf a bit.
If your FPS increases, it indicates that your cpu is strong enough to drive a better graphics configuration.
If your FPS stays the same, you are likely more cpu limited.

If you need a stronger processor, the i5-10400F is a strong upgrade.
Your i5-6600 has 4 threads and a passmark rating of 6116.
That is when all 4 threads are fully loaded.
The single thread rating is 2276 which is really not bad.
Single thread performance is what most games need most.
The i5-11400f has 12 threads and a rating of 12,500/2588.
The i5-11400 which includes integrated graphics is about $10 more.
I would buy that because you never know when a discrete card will fail, leaving you out of luck.
Intel does not depend on fast ram for performance.
2133 speed will be fine.
yeah i will do that buy a monitor and upgrade accordingly, talking about graphics card i just remembered that i have a used gigabyte rx 460 2gb which sells nowdays for like 150$ lol
 

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