Question Upgrading my RIG with medium budget (need recommendations)

Yarani

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Hello everybody, I'm looking for an upgrade to my RIG that I need to keep up with newly released games with "high" presets on most of them, my RIG now is:
-CPU: Intel Core i5 4690
-RAM: 16 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz
-MB: Gigabyte P85-Gaming 3-CF
-Vega: GTX 970 (Gigabyte)
-HDD: WD 1 TB black
-Display: Samsung S23A350H
-PSW: HEC600TC5WK 600W
-No SSDs, Stock fans, no cooling, commercial case and thats it.

My budget is not high (600$ max), Thanx in advance.
 

Wolfshadw

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While your system is far from obsolete, it is starting to get a bit long in the tooth. $600 isn't enough to get where you want. There are a couple of ways you could go to get you half-way there.

First would be a core system upgrade, replacing your CPU/Motherboard/RAM.
You could go with an Intel upgrade:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i7-9700KF 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($369.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG M9i 48.4 CFM CPU Cooler ($38.57 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI Z390-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($125.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $594.54
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-04 08:06 EST-0500


Or you could go with an AMD upgrade and have room to include an SSD:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: CRYORIG H7 49 CFM CPU Cooler ($62.71 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-M2 MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Crucial MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive ($66.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $582.65
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-04 08:11 EST-0500


The second upgrade option would be to just upgrade the graphics, but I wouldn't recommend spending all $600 just the card. I'd also recommend adding an SSD.
Something like this:
PCPartPicker Part List

Storage: Crucial MX500 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($66.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB BLACK GAMING Video Card ($493.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $560.96
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-04 08:15 EST-0500


The 2070 Super might be held back a bit in some game because of your Core I5, but that goes away when you get around to upgrading your core system.

Since I'm perfectly happy turning down settings in order to improve game play, I would always recommend the core system upgrade first. but that's just me. If you do go this route, since you're going to be installing Windows fresh anyway, why not do it onto an SSD?

-Wolf sends
 
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Rdslw

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Well it's not enough for full thing:
https://pcpartpicker.com/guide/DHTwrH/entry-level-amd-gaming-build
Those two are 500/770 options. (ignoring intel as they are 600/850 on same thing)

that leaves us partial upgrade And its in hard position as your build is nicely balanced.....

your cpu will not manage stronger card right now so I recommend you this:


PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8 GHz 6-Core Processor ($204.99 @ B&H)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: *Team T-FORCE VULCAN TUF Gaming Allian 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($116.28 @ Amazon)
Total: $461.24
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-04 08:24 EST-0500


gains:
  1. boot speeds/ loadings will go down INSANLY compared to HDD.
  2. games like GTA 5 will not stutter as you won't wait for textures to read from the HDD
  3. a lot of headroom for upgrades in future
  4. one of best cpus you can take now
cons:
5. gpu budget will have to come later

second option is a bit of a stretch of your budget but will be a great value:


PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($74.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: *Team T-FORCE VULCAN TUF Gaming Allian 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: ADATA SU635 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: XFX Radeon RX 5700 8 GB DD Ultra Video Card ($319.99 @ B&H)
Total: $634.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-04 08:28 EST-0500



same thing as above but:
1. solid mid-high gpu
cons:
1. sacrifice ssd /cpu for GPU $ so slower and less upgrade options & slower (still insanely better than HDD)

comparisons:
https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i5-4690-vs-AMD-Ryzen-5-2600X/2311vs3956


 
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