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Hey All,


Long time member and after a few years of console gaming I'm getting the itch to get back into PC Gaming, which means UPGRADES! I've been out of the loop for a little while so I could use some advice from my old friends here at overclock.net

Current Rig:
i5 4570
Asus Z87-A http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131981
8gb G.Skill Sniper 1600 PC3 12800
MSi GTX 1070 (just upgraded from a 560ti 448)




My first question is:

Should I take this opportunity to upgrade to the latest Socket/CPU and RAM to take advantage of DDR4? or I was thinking of just upgrading the RAM and possibly upgrading to one of the best 1150 CPU's in the future.

How much ram should I jump up to? Should I go ahead and go to 32gb or is that just overkill? As for speeds my mobo states that it supports up to DDR3 3000* but has the asterisk meaning OC for any frequency above 1600. Does this mean I can use any ram that has a base frequency up to 3000? Or can it only be overclocked passed 1600mhz?

I've heard theres a point of diminishing returns for any ram over 1866mhz or so.


TLDR: Upgrade my CPU/MOBO/RAM up to 1151 socket OOORRRR only upgrade RAM to 16gb-32gb and maybe upgrade CPU to 1150's best. I do mostly gaming and internet browsing/videos/music.
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500 Samsung 850 EVO SSD, 1tb Seagate SATA3 Pioneer Dual Layer, NEC DVD Burner Cooler Master EVO CPU Windows 10 64bit 
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He is a question for you.
Are you having any problems with the rig you have right now?
Because that rig should be just fine. Might look at 16gb of memory instead of 8gb if you really need to upgrade something.
But the hardware you have should be absolutely powerful enough to play anything you want to play on it.
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If I were you I would keep the board, upgrade to a higher end CPU with a good memory controller and which is still supported by the mobo. Then pick a 2800MHz 16 GBs (2 x 8) kit.

There is no need to get a new motherboard and CPU architecture.
Edited by Cybertox - 7/4/16 at 12:40am
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Originally Posted by gabe1231 View Post

TLDR: Upgrade my CPU/MOBO/RAM up to 1151 socket OOORRRR only upgrade RAM to 16gb-32gb and maybe upgrade CPU to 1150's best. I do mostly gaming and internet browsing/videos/music.

I have to agree with the other posters, in reality you aren't going to see much benefit even moving to an entirely new system with a 6700K.

The difference between an overclocked i5-4690K and a 6700K is insignificant in most games. My i7-3770K at 4.5 GHz felt just as fast as my 6700K at 4.7GHz, it benchmarks a bit lower but I cannot feel the difference in Windows or games.

At most you should get an i5-4690K with a cooler so you can overclock and two 8 GB sticks of very reasonable DDR3 2400, the large price increase for 2666 or 2800 DDR3 is not remotely worth it.

This is if you need to upgrade something but aren't looking to spend another $500+ for a few more percent improvement.

A fast SSD would also be a good place to spend money that you would notice during normal use.
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AudioAudioOther
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-5960X @ 4.2GHz Asus Rampage 5 Extreme Nvidia GeForce GT 545 32GB DDR4 (2400-12-12-12-28-1T) 
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Samsung 950 Pro M.2 512GB HGST NAS 4TB x8 - 21.8TB RAID6 Western Digital Black 4TB Samsung SH-S183L 
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Noctua NH-D15 Windows 10 Pro Asus VG278H WASD "CODE" Keyboard 
PowerCaseMouseOther
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