Upgrade ?

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  1. Forstie

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    I'm trying to decide if I should upgrade my old pc or just start from scratch.
    It is starting to show its age, wondering if it will be noticeable if I put some money into it.

    Current Specs:
    I5 4460
    MSI H97 Gaming 3
    8gig 1600
    Radeon RX550 2GB
    2TB HDD

    I have been slowing updating it over the years but I dont know if it has reached the end of its life.

    I was thinking about adding a M.2 drive, increasing the RAM to 16gig (startup is quite slow - which bugs me) and updating the GPU

    but is it worth the money, or would i be better off updating the cpu to an I7 instead?

    This is a little over my pay grade so i thought I would throw it out there what you guys would do with this setup?
     
  2. CAPT-Irrelevant

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    It's a 5 year old Gen 4 CPU. The RAM itself is DDR3. Time for a new build.

    To what, though, will depend on what you are wanting to do with it.
     
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    Forstie

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    Mostly gaming - not a AAA game type of person though, I play diablo, civ, overwatch currently. wanted to get RDR2 but specs dont meet recommended.
    There aren't any games on the horizon i'm excited about but I dont want to miss out on something that does catch my eye, even if i have to play it on medium settings
     
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    Fair enough. I lived off a i7 6700 build for the last 3 years, with 16GB (2x8GB) and a GTX1060 6GB (OC edition), so if you aim for that as a minimum, you should be good.
     
  5. luke o

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    You'd be well served with a Ryzen 3600X and a mid range graphics card of your choice, plus 16GB of reasonably spec'd DDR4. A SSD would also make your life a whole lot quicker!
     
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  6. kogi

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    I have similar specs to yours, recently got the rx570 to play outer worlds. I think if you get anything faster than a rx580 you might be cpu bound ( not sure, need an expert opinion )
    Being playing outer worlds on high 1080 and control on medium 1080

    i5-4460
    rx 570
    16gb ram
    ssd

    So I think it depends on your budget, Spending $500 to kick it along or more for a new machine
     
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    rams: even a high speed kit is pretty cheap now.
    grfx. dats a tough choice these days. 1080p its 1660S/Ti or a 570/580, or maybe an rx 5600 if/when it arrives. probly 570/580 if budget is tight.

    and of course ssd/nvme is a no brainer for value now. 1TB nvme is affordable. a bog standard ssd is just as good for a gaming/basic pc rig.

    sturff intel. i'd take the hyperthreaded cpu (6C/12T) for the price at the moment (300-315$)
     
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  8. straiton

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    IMO
    grfx upgrade
    small ssd for OS

    optional add 8GB ram

    see how it goes
    you can still take those parts(apart from ram) to a new build
     
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    Forstie

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    Im kinda on this train of thought at the moment. Went and purchased a M.2 NVME drive, see how that treats me while I look for some ram to bump it.
    Still on the fence about upgrading mb and cpu
     
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    If you are to upgrade the MB and CPU, you're basically going to have to aim for a new build anyway, because you'll also require upgrading your RAM. CPUs and MBs are somewhat generation interchangeable to a very limited extent (depends on the MB model and whether BIOS updates are available), but if you go for a DDR4 MB, your DDR3 will not be compatible.

    The only existing hardware you'll get away with is GFX and storage, but GFX will become a bottleneck.
     
  11. Comrade VPZ

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    I reckon those options would be great, you could always use the M.2 drive and GPU later down the line.

    I guess it all depends on what you use the computer for. For example, I just use mine for basic stuff like web browsing and the odd game of League of Legends, so I haven't really felt the need to go get a whole new platform. Plus these new motherboards and GPUs cost an arm and a leg compared to what they used to cost. Leave the hardcore stuff to the gamer kids and make use of what you have!
     
  12. Skramit

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    An ssd Will single handedly transform your windows experience. Grab a 500gb sata ssd for cheap and you won’t know yourself after you install windows and your common games on it.
     
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    thanks for the help guys, I have decided to update with a ssd and ram and gpu for now, then upgrade the main board later in the new year.
     

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