Question What is the next "logical" step for upgrades?

Thebonius

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Hi! I've been contemplating upgrading my desktop for a while now but im unsure what i should sink money into first. With newer games being more taxing (especially with this nights Cyberpunk release) I've noticed my pc is starting to "lag" behind.
My current specs are:
Mobo: ASUS ROG Strix Z370-E Gaming
RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR4 3600MHz
CPU: Intel Core i7-8700k (@4.3GHz)
GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 1080Ti ROG Strix Gaming
PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650W
Storage: OS and some games on Samsung 970 EVO Plus, and mass storage on an Seagate IronWolf 6TB

As the neanderthal I am I of course thought of getting a 3000-series nvidia card as my next upgrade but I'm unsure if it would be the biggest upgrade for my system at the moment.
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maikutech

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If you are going the RTX 3000 series route, I highly recommend buying a new psu at 1000watts so it will be able to handle along with your other system components.
https://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Supernova-Titanium-Warranty-220-T2-1000-X1/dp/B018JYHGQE/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2XDTFBE3UFZUT&dchild=1&keywords=evga+1000w+power+supply&qid=1607615865&sprefix=evga+1000w,aps,169&sr=8-2
Seing as how the rtx 3000 series is very costly right now, I suggest you wait till the 4th week of janurary = end of 2nd week of feburary to reconsider buying a rtx 3060-90 by then.
Hopefully the price will dip down enough to purchase one of them for under 600.00 dollars.
 

Thebonius

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If you are going the RTX 3000 series route, I highly recommend buying a new psu at 1000watts so it will be able to handle along with your other system components.
Yeah I was affraid that my 650 would be a tad bit too small for the 3000 series, so that would add to the price, also seeing as I live in Norway the price of the cheapest 3080 is currently at just under $1000 its not gonna be something that I just jump on immediately. Maybe it would be more worth it to upgrade the cpu first and then save up for a GPU later? This is what I'm most unsure about honestly, is the biggest upgrade at the moment GPU or CPU, going CPU currently tho I'd probably go with an amd processor.
 

popatim

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While you dont need 1000w, you do need to make sure your PSU has enough Amps available on the 12v rail to run the sysem. The 3080 uses about 20A by itself.
Your 650 has 54a available. I'm guess-timating you still have roughly 10a to spare.
 

Thebonius

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While you dont need 1000w, you do need to make sure your PSU has enough Amps available on the 12v rail to run the sysem. The 3080 uses about 20A by itself.
Your 650 has 54a available. I'm guess-timating you still have roughly 10a to spare.
Hmm fair, though would a GPU or a CPU upgrade make most sense?
 

Thebonius

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While you dont need 1000w, you do need to make sure your PSU has enough Amps available on the 12v rail to run the sysem. The 3080 uses about 20A by itself.
Your 650 has 54a available. I'm guess-timating you still have roughly 10a to spare.
GPU. You've got decent CPU.
Ok sweet. I tried out Neweggs PSU calculator and it landed me, even with a 3080, at ~100w below my current psu so I guess that would be fine ampere wise too?
EDIT: Using a amp to volt to watt calculator it landed at 8.33 spare amps
 

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12vz10a = 120w so looks like they agree with me.

Yes it would work but doesn't leave a whole lot of headroom. and i wouldn't even consider it on a lower tiered PSU. LoL
Ok sweet. I tried out Neweggs PSU calculator and it landed me, even with a 3080, at ~100w below my current psu so I guess that would be fine ampere wise too?
EDIT: Using a amp to volt to watt calculator it landed at 8.33 spare amps
It should. Be but like popatim said, if it's lower tier, buy new definitely. I'd say buy new anyway lol. Minimum 750W preferably 850. Corsair's RMx series is good.

I'd say upgrade your CPU in 2022 when DDR5 shows up
 

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