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Upgrade gaming RIG

Discussion in 'New to PC gaming & upgrade advice' started by klaxhu, Jan 5, 2019.

  1. klaxhu

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    Hi all,

    I think I am ready for an upgrade.
    Currently on a i5 4690K 3.5Ghz, 16 GB RAM, Asus Z97 Pro Gamer, Palit GTX1080, 1x 250 SSD for Win10 and 1x TB SSD for games+others, Dell S2716DG Monitor.

    I was thinking of first upgrading CPU/Mobo/Ram and leave everything else the same and maybe upgrade GPU later on: yes/no? other suggestions?

    What chipset is it worth going for? CPU wise I was thinking of a i7 9700K, 16 GB DDR4 and a Z390 mbo? What benefits would a X299 bring if any? (I know that for gaming there aren't many)

    Budget wise I was thinking 400 for cpu, 100 for ram and 250 for mobo so about 750-800 total.

    Ideally I would like to upgrade my monitor too, but haven't seen still anything come up in the 1440p lineup on IPS in 27" (rather than the TN I've got now) that would satisfy my needs and be worth the upgrade. Maybe any advice for that too ?
     
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2019
  2. lltfdaniel

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    Yep go with the cpu, mobo, ram upgrade route and re use those parts and get a graphics card later on.
     
  3. orbitalwalsh

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  4. klaxhu

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    thanks!
    what would be a good Ryzen equivalent? Haven't had a AMD cpu in ages =)
    Pairing up with the 1080 ok?

    forgot to ask: will the PSU 750W in the signature still be ok ?
     
  5. klaxhu

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    How about this combo? Would it work well in terms of compatibility and performance?

    Intel i7-9700k CPU
    MSI Gaming Edge AC Z390 Mobo
    Ballistix Sport Gaming 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Red
     
  6. orbitalwalsh

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    board is a LOT BETTER quality! sound, vrm, design - bios not as nice to play with but UK RMA and rep support unlike MSI which is EU based

    like for like with aorus above , flagship x470 - details of ryzen 3000 should slip through soon , if you plan to run flagship ryzen2/3 in future good x470 board will help

    My basket at Overclockers UK:
    Total: £789.47 (includes shipping: £10.50)
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    paired with good quality samsung b-die memory - eats up extra funds but overclocks and plays with ryzen CPU well

    X570 is Q2 launch

    intel you need a cooler, good cooler - dark rock 4 level with overclocking 5ghz all cores
     
  7. klaxhu

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    brilliant, thanks!
    following CES now and looking at what's coming, maybe worth holding off for a bit to see what's down the line and prices drop a bit more? :)
     
  8. orbitalwalsh

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    ryzen 3000 is q2 June computex launch, might give out some details though . intel im sure is q4
     
  9. klaxhu

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    Reviving this a bit, I've decided to go for 9700k.
    Any reasons why I should go for the Gigabyte and not this Asus ROG Strix?
    What would be the major differences (keep in mind I will not plan a SLI)

    [​IMG]
    Intel Core i7-9700K 3.6GHz (Coffee Lake) Socket LGA1151 Processor - Retail


    £428.99*
    [​IMG]
    Asus ROG Strix Z390-F Intel Z390 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard

    Stock Code MB-6CT-AS

    10+ In stock
    £209.99*


    [​IMG]
    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound (3.5g)

    Stock Code AC-000-AC

    100+ In stock
    £6.49*


    [​IMG]
    Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 PC4-24000C15 3000MHz Dual Channel Kit - Black (CMK16GX4M2B30

    Stock Code MY-445-CS
    10+ In stock
    £128.99*
     
  10. orbitalwalsh

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    @klaxhu

    avoid the strix

    My basket at Overclockers UK:
    Total: £195.48 (includes shipping: £10.50)
    [​IMG][​IMG]

    double the vrm and better audio and uk rma.

    msi is another good shout for bios similar to asus

    ultra has same vrm set up as Elite



    difference in price £30 almost makes 9900k OEM reachable !

    My basket at Overclockers UK:
    Total: £665.47 (includes shipping: £10.50)
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    £20 diff from yours

    also corsair 3200hz is same price as 3000hz

    https://www.overclockers.co.uk/cors...hannel-kit-black-cmk16gx4m2b32-my-456-cs.html
     
  11. klaxhu

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    Excellent advice =) is what I need. I don't mind spending a bit extra... To future proof it a bit wouldn't it be worth going for the ULTRA for the added connections?

    Any better picks on memory? ATM I was focusing on low profile memory as I currently have a cooler I want to re-use that on my current Z97 board doesn't allow for a lot of clearance for the memory.
    Namely this one: https://www.overclockers.co.uk/phanteks-ph-tc14pe-cpu-cooler-black-hs-009-pt.html
    Any compatibility checker you recommend I use to check out what works with what?

    Assuming that staying on my current 750W PS is ok for this setup with a GTX1080?

    If you got other recommendations for memory let me know.
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2019
  12. orbitalwalsh

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    @klaxhu

    Ultra is nice board, same VRM but WiFi and RGB !
    Just a a shame the Pro WiFi wasn't in stock as £40 cheaper without the RGB .
    Though ultra VRM heatsink is a beast !!!

    Think you should get away with the corair low profile , fan might have to be raised slightly worst case
     
  13. klaxhu

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    I am not too fussed about the RGB to be fair, I can maybe wait a bit for it to come back into stock. Is that the only main difference between the two?
     
  14. orbitalwalsh

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    Yep, both 12+1 phase design and same audio.
    Just design layout, RGB and heatsink
     
  15. klaxhu

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    Many thanks for all the help :) Finally decided for what I am going to get as the 9700k OEM just dropped its price to £349
    If there are better alternatives for the memory in the same price-range, please share now!! :)


    Intel Core i7-9700K 3.6GHz (Coffee Lake) Socket LGA1151 Processor - OEM

    £349.99*


    Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Ultra Intel Z390 (Socket 1151) DDR4 ATX Motherboard


    £239.99*

    Team Group Vulcan T-Force 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 PC4-25600C16 3200MHz Dual Channel Kit - Black/Grey (TLGD

    Was: £149.99


    £119.99*


    Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut High Performance Thermal Paste - 1 Gramm


    £4.99*

    Total is around £705 as OC said they will price-match the Ultra which I found somewhere else at 222 since the Pro Wifi is not in stock.
     
  16. 4K8KW10

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    My basket at Overclockers UK:
    Total: £617.43 (includes shipping: £10.50) ​
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  17. lee32uk

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    The 3000MHz kit is £20 cheaper.


    My basket at Overclockers UK:
    Total: £108.65 (includes shipping: £8.70) ​
    [​IMG]
     
  18. orbitalwalsh

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  19. klaxhu

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  20. lee32uk

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    I doubt you would notice a difference to be honest between 3000 and 3200 Ram.