[SOLVED] Upgrading Advice - Which component am I failing to upgrade/overlooking?

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I would describe myself as rookie when it comes to computer building: I've built 3 desktops and I've upgraded something close to 10 computers. However, I don't always choose the correct part to upgrade the first time around.

The user of one build is usually underwhelmed with the improvements that I make to the machine, so I wanted to get some advice on the next upgrade.

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Here is the build currently:
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Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI
CPU: Intel i5-7500
RAM: G.Skill 8GB (2 x 4GB) Ripjaws V Series DDR4 PC4-17000 2133MHz
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC GAMING 3GB, ACX 2.0 (Single Fan)
PSU: Corsair CX500W
HDD: WD Blue 1TB 7200 RPM
Tower: Thermaltake Commander G41
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The user thinks it needs a RAM upgrade to 16GB with a higher frequency.

I usually make budget builds, but I think this person has finer tastes. It's used mostly for gaming--to give examples: Darksouls 3, PUBG, and Rainbow Six Siege--however I'm not sure if the game, cant be played, isn't smooth enough, or if the computer is already good as is--considering it was built on a budget.

If you could provide me some advice, I'd really appreciate it. Let me know if you need more info.
 

volkgren

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Why waste your time and money going from 2133 to 2400? That's only a slight improvement when 3000 or 3200 can be had for only a little more cost.

Upgrading the memory is not necessary, but it can help gaming performance and would be beneficial in the next stage of upgrading the system. https://pcpartpicker.com/products/memory/#s=403000,403200&Z=16384002&sort=price&page=1
 
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Thanks for the quick replies.

Yes Volkgren, this is a currently working system (already built). Sorry for the confusion, I'm just miserly with cash when it comes to electronics.


I don't know which component would net the greatest improvement to the system. In my research, I found that 16GB of ram is becoming the optimal amount for gaming, so there's that. I also know that an SSD hastens loading times, but I don't want to reinstall windows. And of course, the GPU could be upgraded for higher fps, but I'm not sure if it's currently the weakest component.

I have no problem upping the frequency of the ram, thank you for the suggestion. I'll check out the list of ram you hyperlinked.


Am I correct in my understanding that the current processor should last a couple years or more?
 
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Thanks for the quick replies.

Yes Volkgren, this is a currently working system (already built). Sorry for the confusion, I'm just miserly with cash when it comes to electronics.


I don't know which component would net the greatest improvement to the system. In my research, I found that 16GB of ram is becoming the optimal amount for gaming, so there's that. I also know that an SSD hastens loading times, but I don't want to reinstall windows. And of course, the GPU could be upgraded for higher fps, but I'm not sure if it's currently the weakest component.

I have no problem upping the frequency of the ram, thank you for the suggestion. I'll check out the list of ram you hyperlinked.


Am I correct in my understanding that the current processor should last a couple years or more?

Well, maybe I'll create another thread for my last question. Thanks for the help.

I've figured out the user has a great deal of startup programs and runs multiple programs at once; therefore, ram seems like it's the best choice for an upgrade.

Cheers.
 

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