Question Upgrade from i7-6700K / GTX980


Jan 26, 2018

I built a PC back in 2015 mainly for VR use and as a general workstation. I am keen for an upgrade and am thinking of moving to the NVIDIA 3000 / Zen 3 when they come out.
Its clearly been awhile since my build so would really appreciate some advice on the best way forward. As far as I see it Option 1 is to just upgrade the GTX 980 to a 3070/80, and then upgrade the rest early next year assuming my i7-6700K can make effective use of the new 3000 series (assuming the power supply is ok).
Option 2 is to just wait and upgrade everything next year.

So the main question is will the system below support a 3000 series card?

Approximate Purchase Date: I would like the system anytime from now. Original build is from Sept 2015.

Budget Range: ~£1500-2000. Budget is not a major issue but I don’t want to spend beyond the point of getting a return on the spend.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Workstation for general office work, Gaming (including VR)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Either just to GPU or the whole system.
Current Build:
CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4 GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i GT
Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VIII GENE Micro ATX LGA1151
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB)
Storage: Samsung 950 PRO 256 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
Video Card: KFA2 GeForce GTX 980
Case: Fractal Design Define R6 ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: SeaSonic 660 W 80+ Platinum
Case Fan: Noctua NF-F12 industrialPPC-2000 PWM 71.69 CFM 120 mm Fan
Case Fan: Noctua NF-A8 PWM 32.66 CFM 80 mm Fan

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any

Location: London, UK

Parts Preferences: No preference.

Overclocking: Maybe (But would only be super stable overclocks)

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution:
Main screen;
ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q 27 inch WQHD Gaming Monitor (2560 x 1440, IPS, up to 165 Hz, DP, HDMI, USB 3.0, G-Sync)

Additional Comments: Having a fairly quite system is important.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I would like better performance in games and VR especially.
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