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it's been a long time since I got a chance to upgrade my computer due to the typical college life but was wondering if someone wouldn't mind helping me out. I have a couple dollars saved up now. Here is my current setup that I'm concerned with what I need to upgrade. At the moment I am casually playing Overwatch around 90fps. I just want to increase the fps a bit more with a more up-to-date hardware. My eyes are set on changing the GPU and maybe the CPU.

Motherboard: Biostar TZ68A+
CPU: i5-2500k
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850
RAM: 2x G-Skill F3 4GB
PSU: 750w (don't know the exact model but I know that I can leave this alone)


What is your budget?

Around $600

What is your resolution?

1920x1080

What are you using it for?

Mostly gaming. Just a casual gamer mostly playing Overwatch at the moment and would love the option of possibly streaming it as well.

What is your upgrade cycle?

This is probably my last cycle of the PC and then after this I will be starting a new tower/comp in the future (~4 years).

When do you plan on building it?

Within the next couple days/weeks.

Do you plan on overclocking?

If I need to but would prefer not.

Do you need an Operating System?

No

Do you plan to add a second GPU for SLI or Crossfire?

Not at the moment.

Where are you buying your parts from?

Newegg preferably but there are local Fry's and MicroCenter stores I can drive to.
post #2 of 24
Honestly I'd just grab a GTX1070 and call it a day. Upgrade the rest in 4yrs.
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Does your monitor even support refresh rates over 60? If not, the 90fps you are currently getting is more than your monitor can display, and any hardware upgrades (well, any other than a new monitor itself) would be totally useless.

Anyway, to replace your processor, you really only have two choices. Either get a 2600k/2700k used and drop it into your motherboard for the extra threads and slight bump in clock speeds, or replace the majority of your system (newer processors will require newer motherboards, and those motherboards will require DDR4 memory, and by the time you've gone that far you're probably going to want a new GPU as well so that your current one doesn't become a massive bottleneck...)

Personally, I'd look for a used 2700K, another 8 gigs of RAM (might actually be cheaper and/or faster to just replace the whole kit than trying to add two additional sticks to your current setup, you'll have to check that), and an RX480. Most cost effective upgrade you're going to get without a total rebuild.

I also wouldn't bother with any stronger of a GPU than the 480/1060 as anything better is going to be seriously bottlenecked and will just be a waste of money. The money you save can be put into a better monitor that can actually make these upgrades useful for the games you play, and/or saved for a better system next time you rebuild. I'd also avoid the 1060 (or any last gen Nvidia products) personally, as I see absolutely no reason to pick it over a 480, and a whole lot of good, albeit mostly minor, reasons not to in a desktop.
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Just change the GPU, get 16GB of DDR3-2133MHz and you should be good.
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Just because a PSU has lots of wattage does not make it good or something safe to use
Please find out the brand and model of the 750 watt PSU you have

If its rubbish you should get something decent.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by shilka View Post

Just because a PSU has lots of wattage does not make it good or something safe to use
Please find out the brand and model of the 750 watt PSU you have

If its rubbish you should get something decent.

Shilka I upgrade my TX750 after 9 years. The 24-Pin cable after many system swaps started to break and would shut down the system.
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You got an EVGA SuperNova G2 to replace it from what i recall.
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Quote:
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You got an EVGA SuperNova G2 to replace it from what i recall.
P2.
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GPU, memory, an i7, largeish SSD if you dont have one yet.

GTX 1060 (~$250)
i7 2700k (~$200)
16gb DDR3 2133 (~$70)
480gb SSD (~$150)

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RX 470 (~$200)
i7 2700k (~$200)
16gb DDR3 2133 (~$70)
960gb SSD (~$220)
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As others have said, if your monitor doesn't have a high refresh rate (120+ Hz) then there's little benefit in upgrading. I think it would be best if you continued setting money aside for a new build. I don't think a Sandy Bridge i7 and more RAM is a cost-effective upgrade. Getting a solid state drive, however, is a cost-effective upgrade. You could comfortably afford a 500/512 GB or 1 TB SSD, it's just a matter of how much you would want to spend on a SSD. With some good 512 GB SSDs as low as $130 I would probably opt for one of those.

When you can comfortably afford to upgrade your monitor, you can grab a GTX 1060 or RX 480. If you go with a 1440p monitor, you'd want a GTX 1070.

As for your processor, you will want to go with Skylake eventually. Kaby Lake will be hitting the market soon and I doubt the performance difference will make the price difference worth it, but it should drive Skylake prices down a bit. You could actually afford an i7-6700K, Z170 motherboard and 16 GB DDR4 with your budget, but I think you would feel a bigger difference from a SSD. Especially if you're just playing Overwatch. You won't need any serious overhauls unless you're playing more demanding games.
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