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Posted · Original PosterOP

I'm not an avid pc gamer so I'm not too concerned about the most competitive framerates or the most powerful hardware, but I do want to upgrade in the near future. Considering I don't really play online fps too much (though i may start) I want to to buy either a 4k/60hz or 1440p/144hz monitor, and a new graphics card to go with it. I know that an increase in resolution will reduce bottlenecks, but how much do I need to worry about it? I have a ryzen 5 2600 6-core processor that i don't plan on upgrading. The cards i'm considering are either a gtx 1070/1660ti (which ever i can find cheaper) or an rtx 2060 if i feel like spending a bit more. 

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Those will not bottleneck at all. Great CPU choice

Ryzen 5 1500X (2.8GHz@0.8875V) === ASRock B450 Gaming ITX/AC === 24GB DDR4 === Sapphire RX 570 4GB === Optane 800P 58GB === Patriot Burst 240GB === Toshiba Q300 240GB === beQuiet SFX Power 2 400W === Silverstone ML08B


OK, i'm not even gonna build this, but is this a good workstation?

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CPU: AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($72.99 @ Amazon) 
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($168.99 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard  ($62.99 @ NCIX US) 
Memory: Samsung 32GB (1 x 32GB) DDR3-1866 Memory  ($256.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar He8 8TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($479.99 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card  ($179.99 @ NCIX US) 
Case: Lian-Li PC-V2130WX ATX Full Tower Case  ($499.99 @ Newegg) 
Power Supply: EVGA 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply  ($23.98 @ Newegg) 
Total: $1745.91
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The whole 4K@60 or 1440p@144hz, is more a quality of life kind of choise.

If you like to enjoy content like photos and videos, i'd recommend 4K.

For gaming with a 1070/1660 or 2060 i'd recommend 1440p. (Games look really bad sub native res, and at 4K you will have mayor compromises in fidelity with said gpus).


In pure performance perspective. You will probably aim at 60-100fps nonetheless, so most of the time you will find yourself "wasting 144hz". But to be honest, once you get your eyes around a 144Hz panel, going back to 60hz sucks so bad. Daily things like managing files, scrolling the web, reading moving text. It's not easy to describe how much impact it has until you sit your face in a 60hz panel. No matter how bad of a gamer you are, if you are many hours in front of your pc, you will notice.


Forget about fps, and think what will you be doing most. Consuming media? Then go 4K, else, go 1440p.

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Seeing as how you're not too big into PC gaming I might steer you in a different direction here. First off, CPU is fine. 2600 is a great chip and will be fine for years. However, if you're going for a 1440p 144hz monitor, I would vouch for a Vega 56 over a RTX 2060 or even a 1660ti. Why you may ask? FreeSync! Adaptive Sync monitors are basically a must-have and AMD's FreeSync is quite a bit cheaper than Nvidia's Gsync. A Vega 56 is a little cheaper than the 2060, and performs nearly the same (if not better). The Vega uses significantly more power than the 2060, but if you aren't gaming all the time that won't much matter, just ensure your case has proper airflow.



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Posted · Original PosterOP

Thanks for the advice guys. I'm hoping to get more into pc gaming in the future but as most of my friends are on consoles it's my main platform, though i mostly play single player games on pc.

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