[SOLVED] Want to upgrade from 1080 to 1440 monitor - need help with the system upgrade

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I'd like to upgrade my PC so I can go from my 1080 monitor to a 1440 monitor. I play non-competitive games like RPGs so color and immersion are most important. With everything so expensive I just want to see if I am upgrading the right things:

Current Build: PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/cxy2xG
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8400 2.8 GHz 6-Core Processor
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 CL16 Memory
  • Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
  • Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6 GB WINDFORCE OC Video Card
  • Power Supply: EVGA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
I'd like to reuse parts to save some cash - would this work? Is there a better / cheaper way?

Build for 1440 gaming: PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/6Bk8Kp

New parts added are in italics
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-12600K 3.7 GHz 10-Core Processor
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master MasterAir MA624 Stealth 67 CFM CPU Cooler
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Z690 GAMING X DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard
  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 CL16 Memory
  • Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8 GB Founders Edition Video Card
  • Power Supply: EVGA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
Any advice? Thank you.
 

Why_Me

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I'd like to upgrade my PC so I can go from my 1080 monitor to a 1440 monitor. I play non-competitive games like RPGs so color and immersion are most important. With everything so expensive I just want to see if I am upgrading the right things:

Current Build: PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/cxy2xG
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8400 2.8 GHz 6-Core Processor
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 CL16 Memory
  • Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
  • Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6 GB WINDFORCE OC Video Card
  • Power Supply: EVGA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
I'd like to reuse parts to save some cash - would this work? Is there a better / cheaper way?

Build for 1440 gaming: PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/6Bk8Kp

New parts added are in italics
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-12600K 3.7 GHz 10-Core Processor
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master MasterAir MA624 Stealth 67 CFM CPU Cooler
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Z690 GAMING X DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard
  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 CL16 Memory
  • Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8 GB Founders Edition Video Card
  • Power Supply: EVGA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
Any advice? Thank you.
You want a set of 2x8GB 3200mhz CL16 RAM, not 3000mhz.
 
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As you increase resolution, the CPU side of things becomes less critical as you become more GPU bound.

I think you could probably get away with keeping your existing CPU and Motherboard and just upgrade the GPU and screen - especially if you are looking for high quality visuals rather than high frame rates.

The 8400 is still pretty good for modern titles imo.
 
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Why_Me

Glorious
I'd like to upgrade my PC so I can go from my 1080 monitor to a 1440 monitor. I play non-competitive games like RPGs so color and immersion are most important. With everything so expensive I just want to see if I am upgrading the right things:

Current Build: PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/cxy2xG
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8400 2.8 GHz 6-Core Processor
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 CL16 Memory
  • Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
  • Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6 GB WINDFORCE OC Video Card
  • Power Supply: EVGA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
I'd like to reuse parts to save some cash - would this work? Is there a better / cheaper way?

Build for 1440 gaming: PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/6Bk8Kp

New parts added are in italics
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-12600K 3.7 GHz 10-Core Processor
  • CPU Cooler: Cooler Master MasterAir MA624 Stealth 67 CFM CPU Cooler
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte Z690 GAMING X DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard
  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 CL16 Memory
  • Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8 GB Founders Edition Video Card
  • Power Supply: EVGA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply
Any advice? Thank you.
You want a set of 2x8GB 3200mhz CL16 RAM, not 3000mhz.
 
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As you increase resolution, the CPU side of things becomes less critical as you become more GPU bound.

I think you could probably get away with keeping your existing CPU and Motherboard and just upgrade the GPU and screen - especially if you are looking for high quality visuals rather than high frame rates.

The 8400 is still pretty good for modern titles imo.
I agree with this. It should still give very stable fps for non competitive gaming. You can maybe go up in gpu performance.
 
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Mashuguna

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As you increase resolution, the CPU side of things becomes less critical as you become more GPU bound.

I think you could probably get away with keeping your existing CPU and Motherboard and just upgrade the GPU and screen - especially if you are looking for high quality visuals rather than high frame rates.

The 8400 is still pretty good for modern titles imo.
I had no idea - thank you! I'll upgrade the video card now and then put off the CPU/motherboard for another year or two.
 
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