Upgrade Advice

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So I need some advice on my gaming PC.I have been playing at 2560 x 1440 at 144 hz but I am thinking upgrades maybe needed I do mainly like to play games that are either AAA or indie. My VRAM gets maxed out straight a way and a lot stutter in games like RE2 any help is appreciated these are my specs. I want a Wi-Fi motherboard Budget is 500

EVGA RTB 3070 8GB XC3 ULTRA
ASUS PRIME H410M-E MOTHERBOARD
1TB WD BLUE SSD 2.5 3D NAND SSD
16GB 2X8GB DDR4 2666 CORSAIR VENGEANCE LPX
ARCTIC F7X CPU AIR COOLER
INTEL CORE I7 10700 CPU
TECWARE NEXUS M BLACK MID TOWER
POWER SUPPLY I THINK IS A CORSAIR 550 W
 
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Can you run a benchmark like 3D Mark and report back the score?

Based on example videos I can find on YouTube, your spec should easily run this game.
 
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Based on the results in reviews on Guru3D, your graphics score looks fine, but I think the CPU score is quite low.

It might be fine, but I do wonder if you're stuttering because the CPU, or the motherboard VRM are overheating.

How much troubleshooting have you done about the stuttering so far?

Do other games play alright?
 
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The case looks useable, but an Nvidia RTX graphics card and Intel CPU really need a lot of attending to when it’s comes to heat output. You probably want to add some high speed fans to the front of the case.
 
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I don't like the case anyway so I will just change it over. It does have 2 fans in the front that came with the prebuilt but there is zero air flow in the front
 
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Valheim stutters sometimes same with FarCry 3. As far as troubleshooting I don't really know what I am doing

Stutter is a hard one, I mean, just the term "stutter" means different things, to different people.

If you could describe exactly what it means to you, that would help.

Did the PC always do this, since it was built?

Do the stutters happen at one point, or is it random? E.g. just after the map loaded, or in big fights?

How often do they happen?

Some steps I'd take:
- monitor system temperatures with something like hardwaremonitor from cpuid (or gpu-z for graphics card), that should tell you if it is throttling
- run a cpu-oriented benchmark like cinebench to monitor cpu temperatures
- disable all other running apps (including browser and messengers) while playing games
- check the event viewer at the time of the stutters, look for errors, or running apps (e.g. automatic updates, Windows desktop screensavers)
- try enabling/disabling vsync & g-sync and running at 60 Hz
- disconnect any unneeded wireless devices and use cabled mouse and keyboard if possible

What current upgrades should I make to this PC

The problem is: for £500 you could only do one (CPU/motherboard/RAM OR graphics card) and I don't know if either is necessary. You have fairly decent hardware already, so it would be rather easy to waste your money and end up buying a sidegrade or a minor upgrade.
 
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I’d be tempted to retest without the side panel and see if that improves the performance. Pointing a fan at the VRM would likely help too.

You could probably get a 5800X3D, motherboard and 32Gb of faster memory plus case for £500~ That would offer a decent boost in gaming, but if that is worth the money is another question, as it’s 8 cores to 8 cores.
 
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