Build Advice Upgrading 2013 eara PC

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I have a Gtx 970 and a i7-4790k PC. As you can see I've upgraded to the best CPU that this socket will allow but I think it's time to switch from DDR3 to DDR4 ram and upgrade the mobo, CPU and ram.

I'd like to do this over the next month and I'm in the US.

I use my PC for many different things, and those things tend to change on a monthly bases, so I do like to have a PC more powerful than is probably required for whatever might interest me at the time.

For example, over the last 6 years I've used it for emulation (the reason I built the PC) storage for all of lifes documents, videos and pictures, bit coin mining, 'smooth video project', light gaming (hence the 970), some 4k gaming on lighter games (Hearthstone, minecraft etc), server hosting. It's main uses as for watching media (using it as a TV).

I'm upgrading now because I feel like faster ram, a 4 channel m.2 nvme, and a more modern cpu would increase the overall speed of the PC.

I've always used Intel CPU's, when I built the PC i was told Intel was best for emulation which I still plan to do. So I'm thinking the i5-9600K would be the obvious choice as the i7-9700K is a large price jump for the extra speed.

On the m.2 drives, Samsung seems to be the way to go, I just don't understand the model differences.

As for ram and a mobo I'm clueless.

This will all be in PC case that has no window so don't need anything too pretty, certainly no RGB stuff.

I have an aftermarket cooler and will be overclocking.

Shooting for 16gbs of ram.

Budget is pretty flexible, but $500-$600 is the ballpark for all 4 things.

What will remain in the PC is 2 ssd's, 2 HDDs, the gpu, the psu and the cooler.

I think that's everything, if I've missed any relevant info left me know.

Amazon preferred as I get 5% back on their credit card.
 

ConanLock

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You could go for something like this:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor ($218.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z390-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($114.95 @ Amazon)
Total: $523.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-27 01:19 EDT-0400


DDR4-3000 is considered fast RAM. However, you could increase the speed to maybe around DDR4-3466 and it still be within your $600 budget. I left it at 3000 as this is adequate and keeps things closer to $500.
As for the motherboard, anything would probably do, bit for overclocking on with a decently cooled VRM is best (heatsink to the left of CPU).
 
Aug 24, 2019
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You could go for something like this:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor ($218.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z390-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($114.95 @ Amazon)
Total: $523.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-27 01:19 EDT-0400


DDR4-3000 is considered fast RAM. However, you could increase the speed to maybe around DDR4-3466 and it still be within your $600 budget. I left it at 3000 as this is adequate and keeps things closer to $500.
As for the motherboard, anything would probably do, bit for overclocking on with a decently cooled VRM is best (heatsink to the left of CPU).
Awesome, thank you so much. Is there much of a difference between the non-pro and pro version of the m.2 drive?
 

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