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I have been using my own build for a good few years now and it can run the newer games but not on the highest settings (which is fine by me) and most of them I can reach around high 40 fps to mid/high 50 fps and sometimes 60 fps . But I have been thinking to upgrade some of my pc parts.


So I'm wondering which parts are best to upgrade.

(note I live in EU) 


-------------PC SPEC----------------

CPU: Intel i5-6500 @3.2ghz

GPU: MSI gtx 960 4GB

RAM: Kingston 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 

CPU cooler: be quiet! shadow rock 2

Motherboard: MSI z170A pc MATE ATX LGA1151

Storage: Samsung SSD 750 EVO 250 GB

WD Blue 1 TB 7200 RPM

PSU: Cooler Master G550M 80+ bronze

case: NZXT Phantom 410


monitor: iiyama G-Master GE2788HS, 1920x1080, 60Hz


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How much are you wanting to spend?


You could throw in an RX 580 and it should help decently

If you're looking to upgrade the cpu you can get a 6700k or (imo what I would do is) switch to an R5 2600 and the corresponding upgrades

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Upgrading to a newer generation CPU and motherboard with faster DDR4 ram would be the more logical choice, if you're not looking to upgrade the whole system you could go for just a GPU upgrade (keep in mind newer high end gpus could bottleneck with that older i5), it all just depends on budget and what you feel comfortable upgrading. If it were me I'd do a complete system overhaul.

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Since you've got a Z series board, a used i7 6700k off eBay is a really economical upgrade choice. Follow that with a used graphics card and you're good. Did you have a budget of some kind?

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13 minutes ago, Keonos said:


Just save your money for Ryzen 3000 and NAVI coming soonish in june/july.

It'll have $99 6 core CPUs most likely.

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10 minutes ago, Streetguru said:

It'll have $99 6 core CPUs most likely.

That means absolutely nothing

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I'd start with the gpu and if you still want more you could do cpu+mobo+ram.

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Just now, Constantin said:

That means absolutely nothing

It means a modern platform, with a cheap 6 core maybe hitting 5ghz at best, Vs just a 6700K.

Still leaves room for a future upgrade to more cores on AM4 as well, and the CPU + Motherboard costs the same as a 6700K most of the time.


Also his CPU is still mostly fine for gaming. Could just replace the GPU with a cheap RX 570/580, which is like 40-50% faster and cheap.

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Look at getting a better GPU. Something along the lines of Rx 570/rx580/gtx1660/gtx1660ti.


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I would grab a i7-6700K and grab a used RX580

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