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Upgrade advice please

Discussion in 'New to PC gaming & upgrade advice' started by obsweats, Feb 4, 2020.

  1. obsweats

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    Hi all,

    I would appreciate your advice on upgrading my PC. I've had advice from here before on upgrading my graphics card, SSD and PSU and the recommendations have always been spot on.

    I'm not really sure where to go next to get the most out of my PC. I was thinking a new processor or maybe new motherboard and RAM? Perhaps both are needed, as the computer is getting on a bit, some of the parts are from the original build in 2012. My budget is very flexible, I was thinking <£600, but happy to spend more if worth it.

    My build:
    Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™i5-2500k Quad Core (3.30GHz, 6MB Cache) + HD Graphics

    Motherboard ASUS® P8Z77-V LX: USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs, ATI®CrossFireX

    Memory (RAM) 8GB SAMSUNG DUAL-DDR3 1333MHz (2 X 4GB)

    SSD: Samsung 860 EVO 500 GB SATA 2.5" Internal SSD

    Backup HDD: Seagate 2 TB BarraCuda 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive 7200 RPM, 256 MB Cache, SATA 6 Gb/s (just purchased and not installed yet after my old HDD started to fail)

    GeForce GTX 970 TURBO OC 4096MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card

    DVD/BLU-RAY Drive 12x BLU-RAY ROM DRIVE, 16x DVD ±R/±RW

    Power Supply Superflower Leadex Gold 550W "80 Plus" Power Supply

    Processor Cooling INTEL SOCKET LGA1155 STANDARD CPU COOLER

    Sound Card ONBOARD 6 CHANNEL (5.1) HIGH DEF AUDIO

    1440p Monitor
     
  2. tamzzy

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    carry over

    new core:
    My basket at Overclockers UK:
    Total: £634.06 (includes shipping: £11.10) ​
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  3. obsweats

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    thanks for your reply, I really appreciate it! If I was going to change all of the above, I would probably increase my budget to 800-1000 to make it last a bit longer. Would you change anything from the above basket if so?
     
  4. Zeonixx

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    Take a look at the Rx5700XT as well as it offers 2070 super performance for about £100 less. Mine (Sapphire pulse variant) has been treating me great and I'm about to upgrade to 1440p to fully utilise it
     
  5. tamzzy

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  6. Kurgen

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    add an m.2 to the above (sabrent rocket) 1tb @£99 and have the 500gb spare for games etc.
     
  7. tamzzy

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    it's no longer that price :)
     
  8. Zeonixx

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    Crucial P1 1tb is £100
     
  9. Kurgen

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    the Sabrent Rocket Q 1TB NVMe PCIe is? is that not as good.. im using it in my current pc
     
  10. tamzzy

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    it's Q for QLC nand.
    the original sabrent rocket uses TLC nand = better nand endurance and sustained speeds

    QLC nand slows to a crawl once the SLC cache is used up
    (though it doesn't matter too much for 99% of real world uses)
     
  11. tamzzy

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    same again, uses QLC nand (as is the intel 660p 1tb for the same price)

    makes the original sabrent rocket a steal as it uses superior TLC nand
    (though now increased in price)
     
  12. Kurgen

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    if its the one thats £120 thats not much extra
     
  13. tamzzy

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    Used to be £100, so a 20% mark up. Though not much more in absolute terms.
    (The 2tb version was £185 at one point)
     
  14. obsweats

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    Thanks for your advice everyone, I have purchased the basket suggested by tamzzy and have cancelled my order for a replacement HDD. I will get a TLC Sabrent Rocket instead