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Feel I need to upgrade! Yes? No?

B14cKs0LB14cKs0L Member UncommonPosts: 147
CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge Quad-Core 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost)
GPU: GeForce GTX 1060 6Gig
RAM: DDR3 8gig Dram 800.7mhz
MB: Z77X-D3H


Where would you spend the money?


  • RidelynnRidelynn Member EpicPosts: 7,258
    Is anything in particular bothering you about it now, or just getting the itch to upgrade?

    I totally understand both ways. For gaming, at least, not going to see a lot better than what you already got though.
  • QuizzicalQuizzical Member LegendaryPosts: 23,408
    Why do you feel like you need to upgrade?  If you want to upgrade for the sake of upgrading, then don't.  If there's some particular reason why your computer isn't good enough anymore, then that often points to what you should upgrade.
  • laxielaxie Member RarePosts: 1,113
    Doesn't seem like a terrible build at all.

    My father builds PCs and many people still want 1060s today.

    When you decide to upgrade the CPU, you'll be buying a motherboard too - which might mean RAM as well. That will be a substantial upgrade, so I only do those when there is a big leap in technology.

    Others will know better, but I've heard new CPUs are coming later this year. Apparently those won't have the meltdown exploit, which will mean better performance.

    Are you struggling to run some specific games? Or simply looking to treat yourself?
  • B14cKs0LB14cKs0L Member UncommonPosts: 147
    Well I feel I need to upgrade because I'm running a 3-4 year old MB,CPU and RAM.

    The CPU don't bother me as much as the faster RAM and a good MB. But I can't upgrade RAM and MB without a CPU upgrade.

    Hold tight? Or is there a option? If its less than a 25% upgrade then Ill hold...

  • RidelynnRidelynn Member EpicPosts: 7,258
    It's less than 25%.
  • SandmanjwSandmanjw Member RarePosts: 435
    Only things i would look at upgrading are maybe the mem if you can get 16 gig  for a reasonable price, and maybe a vid card if you have any issues playing games you like.

    If not, ride that system for another 1-2 years and get new system and either sell or make this one a backup.

    But then again i do a new system every 5 years, unless something major dies, with a new upgraded vid card on year 2-3. Every 5 years seems to be about right, to me, for  main systems to be in need of a jump in specs to be worth it.
  • TorvalTorval Member LegendaryPosts: 21,555
    edited May 2018
    I have nearly the same build, slightly newer gen, but older and slightly weaker card. I'd like to upgrade and see a solid bump, but it's not quite time yet.

    i7 4790, 16GB DDR3-1600, GTX970, ASROCK fatal1ty Z97, 1TB 860 EVO, 1TB 850 EVO, LITEON 256. It's essentially the same system except I have a couple more virtual cores and 8GB more ram. I'd recommend 8GB more ram for you if you can get it cheap enough. I use this, but I'd try to match models if not at least timings. It's $70. 

    The 970 has begun to annoy me, but it still holds up. I beat the hell out it by pushing things. Since I game at 1080 right now there isn't a lot of motivation to upgrade though. With 6GB ram in the 1060 it's a decent card, a bit stronger than the 970 imo especially because of the ram.

    I'm waiting to see what the Nvidia 1100 launch brings where AMD is going and what holiday sales will look like. I might just put a better video card in it and call it done for good.

    Then again I may skip the upgrade this fall entirely and wait a year or two and just get an xbox and new TV instead. I neeeeed an xbox. I don't need a pc upgrade soon. :smiley:
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  • Octagon7711Octagon7711 Member LegendaryPosts: 8,973
    I know it's time to upgrade when I can't play a game because of the limitations of the pc.  Then it's time to upgrade, otherwise hold off and when you do need to upgrade you can get something even better then what's available now.  Unless you won the lottery or something, hold off.

    "We all do the best we can based on life experience, point of view, and our ability to believe in ourselves." - Naropa      "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."  SR Covey

  • blueturtle13blueturtle13 Member LegendaryPosts: 12,970
    if anything I would get more RAM 

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  • bonzoso21bonzoso21 Member UncommonPosts: 380
    System seems solid enough to not worry about upgrading any of that hardware before we see what the next gen of GPUs and CPUs will be. If you're really itching and don't already have one, I can attest that a nice 120hz+ adaptive refresh monitor is an immediately noticeable improvement for gaming, as well, and if you go 4k, you'll be ready to take advantage on day one with your next build. 
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