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Hi there!

I'm currently thinking if i should upgrade or not.

I'm on a DDR3 platform, but as DDR5 is on the market, i don't know if it's still worth to go on the DDR4 platform.

Currently my build is as follow :

- I7 4770k OC @4.2Ghz
- Noctua NH-D15 for the cooling
- G Skill Ares 8Go x 4 @ 1600Mhz
- RTX 2080 Super EVGA FTW3 Hybrid
- Seasonic Gold 750W
- Motherboard : MSI Z87-G55 (MS-7821)
- OCZ Agility 3 - 128 Go(need replacement)
- Crucial MX500 2To
- Seagate Brracuda 2 To

Case is as corsair Crystal 680X, with full Noctua Fans.
I'm running on 1440p with a Samsung Oddyssey G5 27".

Here the only upgrade i see is on the MB+CPU+RAM combo. But what?
Should i go for the DDR5 platform with the new Zen4 AMD/Intel 1700 or stay at DDR4? Or waiting for DDR5 to be more developped?

Of course, going to DDR5 i will be BottleNeck with GPU, but i make an upgrade like.. every 5-10 years? haha

Thanks
 
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I mostly game or video. Make some IT stuff but if i make a home/labo environnement i would go with a specific server aside anyway.
Well mostly i would tell 600-700€ Max if possible but i don't want to go overkill either. Futurproof yeah but not overkill
 
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I went with MSI for the board, because that's what you already have.

CPUs are both 8 core (well, 13700F also has 8 E-Cores), which should help if you plan to keep it for 5-10 years.

My basket at OcUK:

Total: £656.92 (includes delivery: £7.99)​

Optional cooler upgrade: here.

My basket at OcUK:

Total: £617.96 (includes delivery: £7.99)​

Cooler: here.
 
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Thanks you! For the MB, MSI isn't really needed. If there is an other brand that has a better model, go for that haha.

How is the DDR5 state as of right now? Good? Still not enough upgrade compared to DDR4?

Thanks
 
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How is the DDR5 state as of right now? Good? Still not enough upgrade compared to DDR4?

The prices are a lot better, but then... DDR4 is also way lower than it used to be.

This review includes DDR4 and DDR5 for a 13500, but keep in mind that 1. they're using a 4090 and 2. the resolution is 1080p, so taken together the difference is exaggerated:


This review also includes DDR4 and DDR5, with a 3080:


My opinion on DDR4 vs DDR5 is: the question is not "Is DDR5 worth it?", the question is: "What can you afford?".

If you have the budget (or are going AM5), then you get a DDR5 build, but if you don't, then you buy DDR4.

And, by "can you afford" it, what I mean is: does going DDR5 have a significant impact on the rest of the PC? In your case (to stay under budget), you'd actually have to drop CPU to a 13600K or Ryzen 7600 and I'd rather have the 7700 (and exceed the budget) or 13700 (and buy DDR4) if I'm keeping it for 5-10 years.
 
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I went with MSI for the board, because that's what you already have.

CPUs are both 8 core (well, 13700F also has 8 E-Cores), which should help if you plan to keep it for 5-10 years.

My basket at OcUK:

Total: £656.92 (includes delivery: £7.99)​

Optional cooler upgrade: here.

My basket at OcUK:

Total: £617.96 (includes delivery: £7.99)​

Cooler: here.
AMD build looks similar to the parts I've been looking at actually. Assuming the RAM will work fine with expo enabled? No need for manual settings etc?
 
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