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Honestly I'd just grab a GTX1070 and call it a day. Upgrade the rest in 4yrs.

Agree lol
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Yep on a GTX 1070. and not an nvidia founders edition, get something like MSI Gaming X
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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.

SSDs are nice and all, but they won't make a lick of difference in Overwatch, or most other games for that matter.
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I personally would just get an SSD and a GPU. Get the SSD with the amount of storage you need and pick up something like a 1060 or a 470/480. More/faster ram is always a solid upgrade for relatively little money (the kits others have shown should be perfect). The ram won't work with new stuff, so if you do plan to upgrade your platform in the next year or so, I wouldn't worry about it and just get the GPU/CPU for the mid range cards your CPU should be fine.

I don't think the money spent getting an i7 2600k/2700k would be money well spent (save that for a new CPU+Mobo+Ram down the road). $150-200 doesn't seem like it will be worth the slight perf increase.

You could try getting a nice CPU cooler and overclock your i5 to get more perf.

Edit: GPU upgrade really depends on current/future monitor. If sticking at 1080p60hz for awhile the 470/480/1060 will be perfect. The 480/1060 are okay for 1080p120+Hz and for 1440p I'd say step up to a 1070 or you'll likely have to lower some settings to keep 60+Hz at all times with a less powerful card.
Edited by Jedi Mind Trick - 8/13/16 at 5:06pm
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I agree that the monitor's refresh rate is the important missing info here. If the monitor is only capable of displaying 60fps anyway upgrading won't make a huge difference. If it is something like 120Hz or more then sure a better video card like a 1060 or 1070 would make a big improvement. I would leave the CPU and board be for the moment. The 2500k is STILL a solidly good gaming CPU even though it is a few years old now. It should absolutely be overclocked though. Sandybridge is one of the best overclocking architectures there is and it's a travesty to run at stock when there is nearly free performance to be had. Grab a decent aftermarket cooler if you don't have one (something like a Hyper 212 Evo is cheap and effective) and get that chip to 4.5Ghz or so. Get the fastest DDR3 sticks your platform will support as RAM is getting dirt cheap these days. An SSD will make boot and loading times faster for sure but again won't affect performance much within the game.
 
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SSDs are nice and all, but they won't make a lick of difference in Overwatch, or most other games for that matter.
I wasn't suggesting a SSD for a better Overwatch experience, but better overall system performance. The single best upgrade I made to my system was installing a SSD. I always hated restarting my computer because it took over a minute to load into Windows. Now I don't care because I'll be back into Windows within sixty seconds. And it's a difference you will actually feel compared to going with a Z170 motherboard, i5-6600K or i7-6700K and 16 GB DDR4.

On that note, I probably wouldn't bother adding RAM to this system unless you're running out or want to play games that demand more RAM, like No Man's Sky. And if that were the case, there's other things you would want to upgrade before your RAM anyway.
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SSDs are nice and all, but they won't make a lick of difference in Overwatch, or most other games for that matter.

SSD's help games that stream content in alot. ARK, NMS, FO4, all seem to run better from a SSD.

120hz monitor is not needed. The OP is coming from an HD 6800 series GPU, a GTX 960 is technically an upgrade for them.

8gb of ram is cutting it close if you multitask while gaming. For example, having a web browser open in the background or on a second monitor. Especially if you use Chrome. biggrin.gif
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SSD's help games that stream content in alot. ARK, NMS, FO4, all seem to run better from a SSD.

120hz monitor is not needed. The OP is coming from an HD 6800 series GPU, a GTX 960 is technically an upgrade for them.

8gb of ram is cutting it close if you multitask while gaming. For example, having a web browser open in the background or on a second monitor. Especially if you use Chrome. biggrin.gif

As I already said, it won't help in Overwatch, or most other games.

I am fully aware of the small minority of games were a SSD can be one of the largest factors. One of my favorite games, Planetside 2, is such an example (less so today then in BETA and early launch, when a SSD was almost a requirement to play without constant hitching, but it is still relevant).

As for his monitor, lets examine that. The information he provided us states that he is currently playing at 90FPS. He has stated a desire for higher framerates. He has not stated anything about wanting higher visual settings. Taking this into account, if he currently has a 60hz monitor, any hardware upgrade at all other than a 120+hz monitor would be a total waste of money, as his goal of a higher framerate is already bottlenecked by his 60hz monitor.
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The 2500K is still good enough. Just grab an R9 480 to replace the 6850 and maybe some DDR3-2133 or faster RAM and you'll get the kick in the pants you're looking for, performance-wise.
     
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