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Would it be advisable to upgrade my computer or sell it to build a new rig?

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Currently, my gaming rig is unable to satisfyingly handle modern games. I had this rig for over two years and have placed a lot of money into it. However, I am unable to run games as well as I had hoped, such as Forza Horizon 3 with Low/Medium settings at 1366x768. Here is my current rig:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($198.78 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($55.25 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($41.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($105.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 770 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: XFX XTR 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($142.53 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($20.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM 64-bit ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN951N PCI 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter
Monitor: Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor ($149.99 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Thermaltake POSEIDON Z Wired Gaming Keyboard ($63.40 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Corsair Vengeance M95 Wired Laser Mouse
Headphones: Logitech G930 7.1 Channel Headset ($84.00 @ Amazon)
Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M50s Headphones
Speakers: Cyber Acoustics CA-3602 30W 2.1ch Speakers ($42.95 @ Amazon)
Total: $1110.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-10-06 17:12 EDT-0400

The price indicated above does not include the price of the SSD, GPU, and mouse. This means that the actual price is way higher than price shown (although some peripherals I am planning to keep are included). My brother is interested in buying my rig for $600 (hopefully I can convince him to pay more). Looking at how much I have spent on building my computer and taking good care of it for the past couple of years, I am hesitant on selling my computer. I believe the PSU is currently overkill and could work with a stronger GPU. What should I do? I am not looking for much. Running high end games for 1080p and 60 FPS is enough for me, though I wouldn't mind playing games at even higher resolutions and FPS.

If I choose to upgrade my computer, I am looking at switching out my current SSD for a larger one and upgrading my GPU (and CPU if needed). However, if I choose to build a new rig, I am looking at a new case as I am a little bothered by the power button of my current case, along with possibly an optical drive that can run Blu-Ray. I may even salvage the PSU. I don't plan on overclocking, although it should be noted that my computer is currently in a location with poor air ventilation.
Edited by Zokuta - 10/6/16 at 2:27pm
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With that CPU, upgrade to a better video card. With that PSU, you have enough power for any upgrade you want.

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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

With that CPU, upgrade to a better video card. With that PSU, you have enough power for any upgrade you want.

This, and if that still isn't enough, just get a used i7 and drop it in.
    
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Originally Posted by PostalTwinkie View Post

This, and if that still isn't enough, just get a used i7 and drop it in.

Say I am interested in the GTX 1070. Would my current CPU be enough or would it bottleneck the performance?
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Say I am interested in the GTX 1070. Would my current CPU be enough or would it bottleneck the performance?

 

It would be more than enough.

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post #6 of 15
Get a better GPU for certain. The 2gb is extremely limiting. Those that got the 7970/280x are much happier than the 680/770 buyer.

I'd also get a k series cpu
post #7 of 15
Is Forza 3 that difficult to run ? Your system should not be struggling with low to med settings on any game with what you have. Have you tried monitoring you clocks while gaming on both the CPU & the GPU ? At what clock is the GPU running during gameplay ? Is this the only game where you're not satisfied ?
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Low speed i5 cpu are not ideal no matter what intel fans say. In 2016 the AMD FX 8 core series overclocked to 4.5 ghz+ are running games better than the locked 3 ghz i5 (and several overclocked). Its the same as in 2013/2014 when people were buying nvidia 680/770 2gb cards instead of AMD 7970/280x because nvidia, and now the 7970/280x has held up where as the 680/770 no longer can keep up with the AMD.
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Originally Posted by huzzug View Post

Is Forza 3 that difficult to run ? Your system should not be struggling with low to med settings on any game with what you have. Have you tried monitoring you clocks while gaming on both the CPU & the GPU ? At what clock is the GPU running during gameplay ? Is this the only game where you're not satisfied ?

As of this moment, yes. Forza Horizon 3 is currently the only game which I am not satisfied with. However, it is not the only game where I am having troubles due to low VRAM. With the settings I am currently running for Forza Horizon 3, that game is virtually unplayable due to how unappealing it looks.
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Originally Posted by CravinR1 View Post

Low speed i5 cpu are not ideal no matter what intel fans say. In 2016 the AMD FX 8 core series overclocked to 4.5 ghz+ are running games better than the locked 3 ghz i5 (and several overclocked). Its the same as in 2013/2014 when people were buying nvidia 680/770 2gb cards instead of AMD 7970/280x because nvidia, and now the 7970/280x has held up where as the 680/770 no longer can keep up with the AMD.

I wish I knew that before hand. I was naive a couple of years back and my current rig is my first ever gaming computer I built by myself. I simply chose Nvidia for PhysX, yet I am unable to run PhysX on Borderlands 2, which is disappointing. AMD was my first GPU, however.
Edited by Zokuta - 10/8/16 at 4:30pm
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I find it funny thatit is always that pro/con between AMD/Intel.

I have done intel only to find I should have went AMD for both price and speed, but it seems like when I buy it is at the wrong time. I just updated my system and dropped around 1200 usd. 8370wraith TUF sabertooth R3.0 32GB Gskill tridend Z, M.2 EVO 850 500GB ssd, Mushkin SSD 240GB, MSI 1060 6GB X gamer and win X.. In your case you can skip the SSD's and just get 16GB ram to match you selection, (faster)

Then it is the matter of Intel/AMD again. Bang for bucks. In any case 32GB is way overkill and the 1060 gets me back into the game even though it is rather the bottom of the scale. It has VR support and 4k so I am happy.
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