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Upgrade advice

Discussion in 'New to PC gaming & upgrade advice' started by Rola86, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. Rola86

    Associate

    Joined: Dec 7, 2010

    Posts: 19

    Hi guys,

    While my current build from 2014 has served me well (and proved to be great value), it's now really starting to show its age and I think it's about time for an upgrade.
    While I don't really have a fixed budget, I certainly don't want to overspend on things that aren't necessary for me and would hope for my new build to last at least another 3/4 years.

    While I currently play games like Civ 6, Total War, Sniper Elite 4, Witcher 3, Skyrim, fine (albeit with various degrees of tinkering) I'm sure my GPU is being held back, and would at least, be adequate for a little while longer if it got some help (especially considering my monitor)!?
    I'm really not fussed about gaming at more than 1080p for the foreseeable future, but I don't want to get left behind at this resolution and I feel like it's starting to happen.

    So it's about time I updated my 2014 build...

    FX-6300 OC'd @ 4.3GHz
    Hyper 212 EVO
    Asus M5A97 EVO R2.0
    Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
    Seagate 1TB Hybrid Drive
    XFX R9 280X 3GB DD
    Corsair 200R
    XFX TS 550W 80+ Gold

    Asus VE247H 23.6" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor


    My new build will be only be used for everyday/general tasks & gaming on high/ultra @ 1080p (no streaming/content creation etc).
    I'm pretty much decided on the following;
    • Keeping my monitor (I think it's sufficient for the time being)
    • Fractal Design Define C (want something quiet & understated)
    • Seasonic Focus Plus Gold 550w PSU (open to suggestions but not prepared to cheap out on this)
    • RAM - cheapest 16GB available (whilst complimenting Ryzen)
    • A reasonably priced 500GB SSD (eg. Crucial MX500) & a 2TB HD
    • I also need wifi (no option for wired connection currently, hence the mobo choices)

    With respect to the rest, I am having trouble deciding between the following....
    Options 1 & 2: I keep my current GPU & wait to see what the new gtx 11 series offers/does to the market and go from there? (Maybe even look to get a new monitor if the GPU dictates/prices allow)?
    Option 3: Intel/AMD as below but with a new GPU now


    Option 1
    ~ £700
    i5 8400
    Cryorig M9i
    Gig B360 Aorus Gaming 3 (wifi)

    Team T-Force Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) 3200mhz DDR4
    500GB SSD
    2TB HD
    Seasonic Focus Plus Gold 550w
    Fractal Design Define C


    Option 2 ~ £800
    Ryzen 5 2600
    Cryorig H7
    Gig x470 Aorus Gaming 5 (wifi)

    Team T-Force Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) 3200mhz DDR4
    500GB SSD
    2TB HD
    Seasonic Focus Plus Gold 550w
    Fractal Design Define C


    Option 3 ~ £1000 - £1200
    Either Intel/AMD but with a new GPU - but which one?
    • 1060/RX580 - perfect for now but what about in 2/3/4 years time?
    • 1070 - more than enough for 1080p for a while?
    • 1070ti - overkill but almost the same price as 1070 so what the heck?

    Any thoughts/input would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks,
    Roberto
     
  2. orbitalwalsh

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Dec 1, 2015

    Posts: 8,409

    @Rola86

    Morning ! The Aorus B360 and X470 have the best WiFi in their class, specially the B360 and both work well with virgin and BT latest routers !

    My basket at Overclockers UK:
    Total: £600.50 (includes shipping: £12.60)
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    If Ryzen, wait to B450 Aorus Pro (3) .. looks exactly the same as Intel's version, same WiFi as X470 Aorus 5 and it's Phase set up is 10+1 (cpu/SOC) which is higher then most x470 boards, Aorus 5 is 8+3 and slightlter higher rates IR .

    Rough guestimate on B450 Aorus Pro pricing

    My basket at Overclockers UK:
    Total: £591.50 (includes shipping: £12.60)
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    Slap in GtX 1060 personally , 6GB model .

    Also, if your current PSU is in warranty, keep it and maybe push gtx 1070 and upscale resolution in games :)

    Intel would be faster for Pure gaming ! Ryzen will last the test of lime longer on that platform
     
  3. Rola86

    Associate

    Joined: Dec 7, 2010

    Posts: 19

    Thanks for the reply!

    I could always sell my R9 280x (seen as its prob the only thing that's worth more than the postage) to ease the jump from a 1060 to 1070/ti?
    Re. keeping my PSU - it does have a year left on the warranty - although I'd be happier to get a new one tbh (seen as I would probably be keen to replace it once the warranty ran out anyway).

    Im very tempted by your suggestion to wait for the new B450s.... thanks! I know the differences are minimal between Intel and Ryzen (for my needs) but I do like the idea of having a guaranteed upgrade path for a few years with AM4 (just in case).

    I'll eagerly keep my eyes peeled - thank you!
    Roberto
     
  4. orbitalwalsh

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Dec 1, 2015

    Posts: 8,409

    If keep the PSU until warranty runs out and/or you see one of the good units on here go on sale or one day flash sale which does happen weekly/bi weekly .
    Will see if I can flush out a month for B450 release