Question Upgrading CPU, Mobo, RAM & SSD. Is it poop or not? Are there better options?

pollo20

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Hi all,
I’m planning to upgrade my old pc because I’m afraid that it might die completely in the near future. For the upgrade, I would need to replace the CPU, Motherboard, RAM, and buy an additional SSD. I’ve picked together a few components, but I’m not sure if they would work together (I’m kinda new at this). I would like to put an emphasis on parts that will last for at least the next 5 years, but don’t really know what to look at in terms of quality.

Could you guys give me some advice on:
  1. Whether the 4 upgraded parts would work together.
  2. Whether the upgraded parts would work together with the old GPU and HDD
  3. Do I need any other components?
  4. If you have any better suggestions for the upgrade, please feel free to comment! I just picked some stuff together that seemed good, but no real thinking behind it ..
Below you'll find the additional data per the sticky post.

Approximate Purchase Date:
In the upcoming 2 weeks
Budget Range: 500 – 700 Euros, 570 – 790 Dollars
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
  • Watching Netflix / movies
  • Data Analysis with Python 3 and maybe R in the future
  • Maybe a little bit of gaming
Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade:
CPU (currently: i7 920 @2.67 GHz)
Motherboard (currently: Acer FX58M)
RAM (currently: DDR3, 6 GB)
HDD (currently:
Barracuda 1TB, 3.5”, SATA-600, 7200 rpm)

Reusing:

GPU: Radeon RX 470, Sapphire 4GB
Power Supply: Seasonic X-850, 850W
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DGX, PCI-E
HDD: Barracuda 1TB, 7200 rpm
Case: Fractal Design Define R4
Monitor: Dell U2410

Planned Upgrade:
I’ve been thinking about upgrading using the following;

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X (price: 390)
https://tweakers.net/pricewatch/1618234/amd-ryzen-7-5800x-boxed.html

Motherboard: Gigabyte B550 AORUS ELITE V2 (price: 130), (selection criteria: Displayport, 4x PCI-e)
https://tweakers.net/pricewatch/1630982/gigabyte-b550-aorus-elite-v2/specificaties/

RAM: 2 x 8 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX CMK16GX4M2Z3600C18 (price: 75)
https://tweakers.net/pricewatch/1236917/corsair-vengeance-lpx-cmk16gx4m2z3600c18/specificaties/

HDD: SSD Samsung EVO 870 QVO 500 GB (price: 70)
https://tweakers.net/pricewatch/1645078/samsung-870-evo-500gb.html

Do you need to buy OS: No (Will be upgrading to Windows 10 or 11)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Available in Europe
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200
 

TommyTwoTone66

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Looks great.

The define R4 is too small and has too little airflow for that build. You will need a bigger case with many fans to keep this beast tamed. It will probably work fine in the old case but it will just be very noisy and likely start thermal throttling.
 

Zerk2012

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Hi all,
I’m planning to upgrade my old pc because I’m afraid that it might die completely in the near future. For the upgrade, I would need to replace the CPU, Motherboard, RAM, and buy an additional SSD. I’ve picked together a few components, but I’m not sure if they would work together (I’m kinda new at this). I would like to put an emphasis on parts that will last for at least the next 5 years, but don’t really know what to look at in terms of quality.

Could you guys give me some advice on:
  1. Whether the 4 upgraded parts would work together.
  2. Whether the upgraded parts would work together with the old GPU and HDD
  3. Do I need any other components?
  4. If you have any better suggestions for the upgrade, please feel free to comment! I just picked some stuff together that seemed good, but no real thinking behind it ..
Below you'll find the additional data per the sticky post.

Approximate Purchase Date:
In the upcoming 2 weeks
Budget Range: 500 – 700 Euros, 570 – 790 Dollars
System Usage from Most to Least Important:
  • Watching Netflix / movies
  • Data Analysis with Python 3 and maybe R in the future
  • Maybe a little bit of gaming
Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade:
CPU (currently: i7 920 @2.67 GHz)
Motherboard (currently: Acer FX58M)
RAM (currently: DDR3, 6 GB)
HDD (currently:
Barracuda 1TB, 3.5”, SATA-600, 7200 rpm)

Reusing:

GPU: Radeon RX 470, Sapphire 4GB
Power Supply: Seasonic X-850, 850W
Sound Card: Asus Xonar DGX, PCI-E
HDD: Barracuda 1TB, 7200 rpm
Case: Fractal Design Define R4
Monitor: Dell U2410

Planned Upgrade:
I’ve been thinking about upgrading using the following;

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X (price: 390)
https://tweakers.net/pricewatch/1618234/amd-ryzen-7-5800x-boxed.html

Motherboard: Gigabyte B550 AORUS ELITE V2 (price: 130), (selection criteria: Displayport, 4x PCI-e)
https://tweakers.net/pricewatch/1630982/gigabyte-b550-aorus-elite-v2/specificaties/

RAM: 2 x 8 GB Corsair Vengeance LPX CMK16GX4M2Z3600C18 (price: 75)
https://tweakers.net/pricewatch/1236917/corsair-vengeance-lpx-cmk16gx4m2z3600c18/specificaties/

HDD: SSD Samsung EVO 870 QVO 500 GB (price: 70)
https://tweakers.net/pricewatch/1645078/samsung-870-evo-500gb.html

Do you need to buy OS: No (Will be upgrading to Windows 10 or 11)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Available in Europe
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1200
I would try for cas 16 memory instead of 18 and add a decent aftermarket cooler for the processor they run hot under load.

Other than that looks fine.

Nothing wrong with the case you have.
 
Looks great.

The define R4 is too small and has too little airflow for that build. You will need a bigger case with many fans to keep this beast tamed. It will probably work fine in the old case but it will just be very noisy and likely start thermal throttling.
The R4 is a great case, good enough to cool that rig for sure. Mine is fine with a 250W graphics card in it.
 

TommyTwoTone66

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Yeah… but you end up with an MSI mainboard and PNY graphics. Ghetto brand parts that should be avoided.
 

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