Question What would you upgrade with a small budget?

traustic

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Hardware:
CPU: 2600k - 3.5ghz
Mobo: Asus P8Z77-V
RAM: 16gb DDR3 1333mhz
Video Card: EVGA 780FTW 3GB
Power Supply: Corsair 850w
HDD: 2TB storage, 500gb ssd games, 500gb ssd boot
Case: HTPC - Silverstone GD09
Monitors: Asus 24" 1920x1080 x 3 - surround (game on one) 60hz

Games played:
PUBG
Call of Duty Franchise
World of Tanks
Battlefield Series

I built the system probably 9 to 10 years ago and don't have a ton of money to spend on upgrades. Would it be viable to put $500 into an upgrade for the system?
I get decent frame rates at 1920 x 1080 with graphics turned down fairly low, but wondering if I can get into the 144 hz club without killing my budget.
 

ao_ika_red

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Your GPU should have plenty horsepower to run, but its driver ruins it. Just like in this review.
My cheap solution is to overclock your CPU to around 4.0-4.2 GHz and for cheap GPU recommendation is probably GTX 1660 Super or RX 5600 XT.
 

VirtualLarry

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I built the system probably 9 to 10 years ago and don't have a ton of money to spend on upgrades. Would it be viable to put $500 into an upgrade for the system?
I get decent frame rates at 1920 x 1080 with graphics turned down fairly low, but wondering if I can get into the 144 hz club without killing my budget.
No, not really. You would need a complete overhaul, of both platform (mobo/RAM/CPU), and GPU, to hit the 144Hz (steady) club.

Look at the Ryzen R7 3700X, Ryzen R9 3900X, or the Intel 9900KS, if you want a serious AAA game 144Hz PC. (High frame rates are dependent not only on a strong GPU, but also a strong CPU.)
 

LOUISSSSS

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You're going to want to upgrade your MB, CPU, GPU (and in turn, ram)

you can try to reuse some stuff: PSU, Case (maybe), HDD/SSD), monitor.

I'd go with the AMD 3600 or 3600x, and spend a $300 for a video card for 1080p gaming @ 144hz.
 

traustic

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I was looking at the following, but it does increase my budget.

Part Picker List

Shows an estimated $918 for all the parts but from my own research I can get it for closer to $880. (I set the ram to 16gb kit but it's keeping the 32gb kit for some reason)

If I leave out the monitor that gets me down to $770, then if I take out the nvme I'm looking at $650.

My current monitor is 60 hz and I really wanted one that would do more if I'm going for closer to 120-144 fps.
 

traustic

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AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8 GHz 6-Core Processor
MSI B450M PRO-VDH MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard
G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory
XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT 6 GB THICC II Pro Video Card

Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
ViewSonic VX2458-mhd 23.6" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor


I was thinking the 3600X because it comes with a better cooler and is clocked higher by default, but it is also 95w.


Reusing parts:
Silverstone GD09 Case
Corsair 850 PSU
2-3 Asus 24" 60hz monitors
2 SSDs
1 Mechanical Backup Drive
G510 Keyboard
G500 Mouse


I can sell my cpu/mobo/ram/cooler combo for around $150.
My EVGA 780 FTW is probably worth $50.
I also have an HAF 932 case in the corner that needs new fans I can sell.
 

VirtualLarry

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Interesting, I didn't know that MSI had come out with a "MAX" version of their B450M Pro-VDH board. Would make a nice little APU rig. It does even have a heatsink on the main VRM section too, very nice! Thanks!
 

traustic

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Looks like my budget is up to $1000 now. I've been researching AMD quite a bit through reviews and benchmarks and the consensus is the drivers are extremely flaky. I went through that before with the 5870 and do not want to go back to those issues.

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8 GHz 6-Core Processor
MSI B450M PRO-VDH MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard
G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory


Changes:
EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB SC ULTRA GAMING Video Card
ViewSonic XG2401 23.6" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor (Supports GSync)

Puts me at $950 online.

What do you think of the video card?

I could get the
Zotac GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB MINI Video Card - but it pushes me up to $1050.
 

Flayed

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Looking at the benchmarks the 2060 non super doesn't seem that much slower than the super version. I would consider it if you can find a good deal
 

traustic

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Finally finished my cooling a couple of days ago and here are the specs:

Hardware:
Case: Silverstone GD09 (existing)
PSU: Corsair CX750 (existing)
Motherboard: MSI Gaming Plus Max
CPU: Ryzen 5 3600
GPU: Nvidia 2080 Super Founders Edition
RAM: Corsair Vengence 16GB 3600 (2x8gb)
Storage: NVME 1TB, 2x 512GB SSD (existing), 2TB Mechanical (existing)

Cooling:
CPU - Evga CL24 - 240mm AIO
GPU - Evga CL11 - 120mm AIO w/ Kraken G12

I have a couple of silverstone fan filters on the way for the external fans.
 

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