[SOLVED] upgrade from 8 year old gaming PC (£600 budget).

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Hi

I am looking to upgrade my PC from the below specs (around 8 years old) i have had a look around and realised i'm probably going to cause a bottleneck if i don't get help. only 2 parts i have changed in 8 years are the GPU and PSU (both died) 3 or 4 years ago. Any help would be much appreciated, I'm sure there are plenty of bottlenecks and will need quite a few bit changing.

i have a £600 budget. can go slightly higher if it would mean a bigger jump in performance.

I'm guessing biggest upgrade right off the bat would be a new hard drive as currently i have a 290-320mb read write speed SSD with windows on it which takes ages to load.


Mobo:
ASRock Z77 Extreme 4, Intel Z77, S 1155, DDR3, SATA III - 6Gb/s, SATA RAID, PCIe 3.0 (x16), D-Sub/ DVI-D/ HDMI, ATX

Cooling:
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, 4 Heat Pipes Direct Contact, with 120mm Quiet Fan (2012)

Graphics card:
ASUS GeForce DUAL-GTX1060-O6G 6 GB Graphics Card - Silver

Screen:
Acer S230HLBbd DVI LED Full HD DVI/VGA 1920x1080 250cd/m2 100M:1 5ms Black
AND
27" Curved Monitor - 1.8m Curve Radius Full HD LC27F390FHUXEN 1920 x 1080 pixels

RAM:
8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance Low Profile Cerulean Blue, PC3-12800 (1600), CAS 9-9-9-24, XMP, 1.5V

DVD Drive:
Samsung SH-118AB/BEBE Black 18x SATA DVD ROM

PSU:
EVGA 750W SuperNOVA NEX750G Gold Fully Modular PSU

OS:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP1, Operating System, Single, - OEM

Hard drive:
3TB Seagate ST3000DM001 Barracuda 7200.14 SATA III 6GB/s 7200rpm 64MB Cache 8ms NCQ OEM
And
KINGSTON SV300S3 SATA Disk Device, KINGSTON SV300S3 SCSI Disk Device, ATA KINGSTON SV300S3 SCSI Disk Device

CPU:
Intel 3rd Generation Core i5-3570K CPU (4 x 3.40GHz, Ivy Bridge, Socket 1155, 6Mb L3 Cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0)

Case:
Coolermaster Storm Enforcer Mid Tower ATX Case.

Thanks in advance for help.
 

Barty1884

Retired Moderator
What are you looking to achieve with the system?
While older, a 3570K + 1060 and 8GB DDR3 is still viable enough for 1080p gaming.... Although overly CPU intensive tasks/games will definitely see a 3570K struggle.

Assuming gaming, predominantly, I'd look to something along these lines (keeping the PSU and secondary storage):

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£184.50 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-M2 MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£64.98 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory (£54.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Green 480 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive (£44.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB GAMING AMP Video Card (£219.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P300 ATX Mid Tower Case (£53.99 @ Box Limited)
Total: £623.44
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-09-28 18:18 BST+0100


If you're prepared to reuse your case... maybe even drop the new SSD down to a ~250GB class drive and the CPU back a generation, you could just about squeeze in a much faster GPU

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor (£132.97 @ Laptops Direct)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450M S2H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£54.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory (£54.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Green 240 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive (£24.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB VENTUS OC Video Card (£399.98 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £667.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-09-28 18:21 BST+0100
 

Barty1884

Retired Moderator
What are you looking to achieve with the system?
While older, a 3570K + 1060 and 8GB DDR3 is still viable enough for 1080p gaming.... Although overly CPU intensive tasks/games will definitely see a 3570K struggle.

Assuming gaming, predominantly, I'd look to something along these lines (keeping the PSU and secondary storage):

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£184.50 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-M2 MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£64.98 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory (£54.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Green 480 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive (£44.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB GAMING AMP Video Card (£219.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P300 ATX Mid Tower Case (£53.99 @ Box Limited)
Total: £623.44
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-09-28 18:18 BST+0100


If you're prepared to reuse your case... maybe even drop the new SSD down to a ~250GB class drive and the CPU back a generation, you could just about squeeze in a much faster GPU

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor (£132.97 @ Laptops Direct)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450M S2H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£54.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory (£54.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Green 240 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive (£24.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB VENTUS OC Video Card (£399.98 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £667.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-09-28 18:21 BST+0100
 

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