5 years....time for an upgrade pls help.

Associate
Joined
21 Jul 2010
Posts
140
Hello,

I built my PC in 2015 from the advice from this forum and it has worked extremely well since. I only do gaming on it. The specs are:

KFA2 GeForce GTX 980ti HoF 8 Pack Approved edition 6144MB GDDR5
Gigabyte X99-SLI
Intel Core I7 5820k
Corsair Hydro H115i CPU Cooler
XFX XTR 850W '80 Plus Gold' FUlly Modular PSU
Fractal Design R5 Midi Tower Case
Samsung 250 GB 850 Evo SSD
Seagate Baracuda 2 TB 7200RMP 6 GBs
16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM
Samsung G7 27 inch 1440p monitor.

Unfortunately, with the release of Cyberpunk and the upgrade from 1080p to 1440p on my monitor it has become apparent that my PC is beginning to struggle. I dont have the time to do a full upgrade currently and I think the only thing holding my system back is the GPU. My plan would be to slot a 30xx series GPU in to keep my PC up to speed on the latest games and then upgrade the SSD/HDD/CPU/MOBO in due course when I have more time. I would likely need to do the CPU/MOBO next as the MOBO ethernet port is damaged (one of the pins in the port bent) but I have fixed the issue but I guess it will eventually stop working. I would most likely look at a 3080ti (when it releases) I presume my system could handle it due to the 3090 requiring a 750w PSU. I am also worried that I might hit a bottleneck if I just upgrade the GPU, is this worry unfounded?

If anyone could possibly check my plan over and say if it is workable I would be very appreciative or if anyone has better advice please let me know - im open to suggestion.

Thanks in advance for the help.

Happy Christmas as well ;)
 
Associate
Joined
25 Apr 2010
Posts
2,309
Location
Bracknell
Slotting a 3080 or even a 3070 should be fine at 1440p.

Later on a ryzen 5 5600x, b550 motherboard and 16 gig 3600mhz ram, 1tb m.2 drive and you will be fine,
 
Associate
Joined
8 Oct 2013
Posts
1,010
worst time to upgrade......ever! but yeah get the best gpu you can get and work around it from there.
 
Associate
Joined
24 Apr 2019
Posts
52
Definitely makes sense to add a 3080 for you and yeah it might bottleneck but so what, still gonna be better performance than now and you can always do a CPU upgrade later. 6800xt if you're not fussed about ray tracing
 
Associate
Joined
23 Dec 2011
Posts
92
If you don't see raytracing like the ultimate accomplishment for pc gamers then it really boils down to your personal preference. Both AMD and NVIDIA are on level playing field at the moment.
And if you want to stick to only 1440p don't go to expensive, look up some benchmarks online.
 
Soldato
Joined
6 Jun 2008
Posts
11,357
Location
Finland
GPU would be definite priority upgrade.
But availability of new cards are even worser than that of Zen3 Ryzens.

But you could already get new SSD.
 
Soldato
Joined
6 Jun 2008
Posts
11,357
Location
Finland
Samsung drives tend to be brand overpriced.
Also for new PC would definitely use NVMe (PCIe) M.2 as main drive.
That motherboard would actually support it.
Though installing Windows later to it in new PC would have its challenges without first emptying drive.

Leaving out entry level drives at the moment best priced (and out of stock) 1TB drive is WD Black SN750.
https://www.overclockers.co.uk/wd-b...-solid-state-drive-wds100t3x0c-hd-55v-wd.html
Corsair MP400 is QLC Flash drive and would avoid it. (=slower than HDD in long wites after running out of cache)
From in stock models Corsair MP510 and Seagate 510 would be good.
https://www.overclockers.co.uk/cors...-state-drive-cssd-f960gbmp510b-hd-065-cs.html
https://www.overclockers.co.uk/seag...state-drive-rv.1-zp1000cm3a001-hd-3c0-se.html

In 2TB size best priced are Seagate and WD.
https://www.overclockers.co.uk/seag...olid-state-drive-zp2000gm30021-hd-3bc-se.html
https://www.overclockers.co.uk/wd-b...-solid-state-drive-wds200t3x0c-hd-55z-wd.html
 
Associate
Joined
11 Jul 2020
Posts
110
worst time to upgrade......ever! but yeah get the best gpu you can get and work around it from there.

100% this.

Samsung drives tend to be brand overpriced.
Also for new PC would definitely use NVMe (PCIe) M.2 as main drive.
That motherboard would actually support it.
Though installing Windows later to it in new PC would have its challenges without first emptying drive.

Leaving out entry level drives at the moment best priced (and out of stock) 1TB drive is WD Black SN750.
https://www.overclockers.co.uk/wd-b...-solid-state-drive-wds100t3x0c-hd-55v-wd.html
Corsair MP400 is QLC Flash drive and would avoid it. (=slower than HDD in long wites after running out of cache)
From in stock models Corsair MP510 and Seagate 510 would be good.
https://www.overclockers.co.uk/cors...-state-drive-cssd-f960gbmp510b-hd-065-cs.html
https://www.overclockers.co.uk/seag...state-drive-rv.1-zp1000cm3a001-hd-3c0-se.html

In 2TB size best priced are Seagate and WD.
https://www.overclockers.co.uk/seag...olid-state-drive-zp2000gm30021-hd-3bc-se.html
https://www.overclockers.co.uk/wd-b...-solid-state-drive-wds200t3x0c-hd-55z-wd.html


Worth considering PCIe 4. O nvme ssd if you plan to go AMD route.
 
Top Bottom