Hi everyone, this is my first post in this forum, so please excuse me if i do some things inccorrectly.
For this post I just followed the "Build Plan Thread Recommodations" post.
0. Background Info:
I bought my current PC from a friend about 5 years ago, when he built himself a new one. Since then I only swapped the graphics card (previously 2 GeForce GTX 670 in SLI) for a Gainward GTX 1080 GLH.
Here are the current specs:
Mainboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
CPU: Intel i7 3770K
CPU Cooler: Corsair H80 All-in-one CPU Cooler
GPU: Gainward GTX 1080 GLH
RAM: 4x 4GB Corsair Vengeance LP DDR3 1600MHz
PSU: be quiet Dark Power Pro 850W
Storage: Various SSDs and one HDD
Now I decided to upgrade my PC, though I realised that would basically mean just building a new one and reusing parts like the PSU and GPU.
I have done some researched in the past few weeks, but to be honest I'm overwhelmend with all the things to consider (like matching RAM clock speed and CPU capability to use it, ect.)
I have also always been somewhat of an Intel fanboy, but now I'm not sure what to buy anymore.
1. Budget and Location
I'm from Germany, and prices here seem to be a bit higher than in the States. Now I plan on keeping the GPU (and whatever else I can), but apart from that I really want to future-proof this PC. Still I don't want to spend more than 1000€.
The System will be primarily used for gaming. Anything from Strategy (eg. CIV or StarCraft), RPGs (eg. TW3, Cyberpunk) or FPS (Borderlands 3, Rainbow 6).
I also do photo editing, some coding and desing 3D-Models for 3D-Printing, etc.
I don't stream or do anything like that.
The PC is hooked up to two Monitors, my "main" 1440p 144Hz GSync Monitor and a standard 1080p 60Hz Monitor (I only play on one).
4. Why I'm Upgranding
I want to be able to run my games in glorious 1440p and 100+fps, and while my GPU never seems to reach it's limit (yet), the CPU is really struggling in newer games.
5. Additional Info/ questions
This is my first PC Build, so I don't know all the nuances yet.
I want to keep my harddrives, but add an M.2 SSD.
RGB would be nice, but ins't a priority.
What about RAM? Should i go for 16 or 32 GB?
Intel or AMD?
Would my old CPU Cooler be enough for whatever CPU you recommend?