Question Upgrade to current system or new one entirely?


Feb 3, 2015

I am thinking about picking up a 2080ti and matching it with an i9 9900k. I don't know a whole lot so feel free to tell me i'm being an idiot but this is the system I built quite a while ago now. Would it be possible to just upgrade these and everything will be great or does it looking like I'll need to do a bigger overhaul?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£260.34 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£25.70 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£115.05 @ YoYoTech)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£121.41 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive (£79.48 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£34.45 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card (£269.96 @
Power Supply: Antec TruePower Classic 650W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply (£59.98 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-16D1HT Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer (£63.56 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£74.20 @ Amazon UK)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter (£9.79 @ CCL Computers)
Other: Acer GN246HL (£200.00)
Total: £1313.92


Well....I think you can upgrade your GPU pretty significantly with that CPU.
You have a GTX 970.
I think that CPU would run a GTX 1080 well.
or and RTX 2060
You would get about 50% more GPU power.
Just make sure your PSU has the right plugs for the GPU you buy.
I'm pretty sure 650 watts will be enough for all those cards....but double check.


What resolution are you playing at or planning on getting?

The 4790K is a older CPU but still quite good nowadays. If your going to 4K then you could get the 2080 ti and run it with your current CPU as it should be able to handle 60 FPS fairly easy.


Feb 3, 2015
Okay, so to be honest i'm probably gonna be doing 1440 at most. So If I get the 2080ti, I'm happy to pay to get this and not upgrade for a very long time, I should be good to just put it in this system. Provided I make sure the PSU is compatible.
The 9900k isn't going to give me such a boost to be worth the extra cost right now though?
Also is there anything in that system I kind of need to get upgraded too? Might add more ram.