Upgrade or new build £1500

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Hi,

I would really appreciate your help. My budget is £1500 and for that, I need to get a modest gaming PC for my son, mainly to play things like RoadBlox, Fortnite & Minecraft at 1080p and potentially upgrade my 5 year old PC which I use for video editing in Davinici Resolve, VR, MSFS etc.

Option 1 is to spend the £1500 on a new build for me and give him my old PC or Option 2. I buy him a £600 ish system and spend £900 upgrading mine.

What would you do? Is it worth upgrading my system further?

My current spec:

i5 [email protected] 4.4GHz - Kingston Fury Black 16GB DDR4 - Alpenföhn Brocken 2 CPU Cooler - Crucial BX200 240GB SSD - 1 X Seagate Firecuda 2TB SSHD1 X Seagate 320GB HDD - Zotac Amp Extreme GTX1070 - SuperFlower HX 550W
 
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How does your system perform for your needs ? Ms 2020 can be very demanding any plans to go higher resolution.

The gtx 1070 is on average 3% faster than a 1660 super.

There are new cpu and gpu out but availability is an issue.
 
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Thanks. Good question, on reflection my current system does everything I ask of it and pretty well. I guess I'm asking in both options, either replace (£1500) or upgrade (£900) would I end up with a much better system? If not then I may be better off just building him a 1080p budget build for £600 ish
 
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You have many options here's one keep your 1070 and drop in a 1650/1660 super in your old system. If you can you could just outright get a 3070 but availability is an issue.

Your build I have gone for a 3700x 8 core as the new cpu are hard to get. 32gb of ram ms 2020 can use more than 16gb .

Gpu upgrades are hard to recommend above a rtx 2060 because of the new ones.

Your gonna have to make a call with gpu and cpu choices.

CODE My basket at Overclockers UK:
Total: £1,183.78 (includes shipping: £15.90)
 
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You have many options here's one keep your 1070 and drop in a 1650/1660 super in your old system. If you can you could just outright get a 3070 but availability is an issue.

Your build I have gone for a 3700x 8 core as the new cpu are hard to get. 32gb of ram ms 2020 can use more than 16gb .

Gpu upgrades are hard to recommend above a rtx 2060 because of the new ones.

Your gonna have to make a call with gpu and cpu choices.

CODE My basket at Overclockers UK:
Total: £1,183.78 (includes shipping: £15.90)

Thank you, much appreciated
 
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Does it have to be new?
I was in the same predicament, I could of built a new PC with the £1500 I had for him but id only be buying parts because the better option wasn't available.

I managed to get a second hand build for £800 which wipes the floor with any £1500 new build. 8700k and 1080TI from a social media marketplace. Now when new cards and chips are readily available ill be able to see this for at most £100 loss if not get my money back, and had a brilliant PC as a stop gap.
 
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