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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi guys, I just need a few advice if I should upgrade my CPU or GPU first. I am upgrading because I felt like my PC was aging (LOL) and needed an upgrade, also I like PC building projects :)
I mostly game on my computer and do a little bit of web development as well.

I play games like Monster Hunter World, Starcraft 2, Tomb Raider, Assassin's Creed.


I just want to get a upgrade that would last at least 2 years again because it's really hard to find some good deals here in my country (Philippines).



CPU: i5-6600k

CPU Cooler: HyperX212 Evo
Motherboard: MSI Z170 Gaming M5
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory
Storage: 2TB Seagate, 256GB Samsung SSD

Monitor: Asus VC239h (1080p)
Video Card: MSI GTX 1060 6GB
Power Supply: SeaSonic M12II Evo 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Power Supply


Thank you in advance!

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7 minutes ago, markaldric said:

If so, is a GTX 1080 good for now or just dive in to the RTX series

Used prices on 1080s are decent, can't really go wrong.

I WILL find your ITX build thread, and I WILL recommend the SIlverstone Sugo SG13B


Primary PC:

i7 8086k (won) - EVGA Z370 Classified K - G.Kill Trident Z RGB - Force MP500 - Jedi Order Titan Xp - The venerated Hyper 212 Evo (with RGB Riing flair) - EVGA G2 650W - Black and green theme, Razer branwashed me.

Draws 400 watts under max load, for reference.


Linux Proliant ML150 G6:

Dual Xeon X5560 - 24GB ECC DDR3 - GTX 750 TI - old Seagate 1.5TB HDD - Dark moded Ubuntu (and Win7, cuz why not)


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i wouldn't bother upgrading this yet either.


GPU first, then maybe add more RAM if you need it. 

intel CPUs of that same socket are not compatible with older chipsets. (eg: you can't buy an 8800k and put it in a board with a z270 chipset or lower.)

even if you have a BIOS update.

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Assassins Creed Odyssey, just like the previous AC titles, is quite taxing on the CPU. It really likes more threads.

If the performance you get isn't satisfactory, I would first upgrade the CPU, but sadly, in some cases, that would require the motherboard to be changed too.


Replacing only the GPU (or the GPU first) would yield mixed results - some games would profit, but most new titles wouldn't.

Simply put, the 6500K would bottleneck a stronger GPU on 1080p in those games. It even does so now in some games.


There's three ways to go with such a system.

1. a higher resolution monitor + a stronger GPU + an i7 6700K or 7700K

2. a new platform (CPU+MBO, eventually RAM) + a stronger GPU [and then later a new monitor]

3. upgrading only the CPU to an i7 6700K/7700K


So, you choose, an expensive (used) i7 6700K/7700K that fits your system if you don't plan on upgrading the GPU, or a new platform with a CPU that has more than 4 cores.

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If you're just playing at 1080p60 I wouldn't even bother upgrading. Save up for next year when we'll see what Intel brings to the table.

Current PC:




Mothballed PC:



CPU: Intel i5 4690k Cooler: Corsair H100i V2 Motherboard: MSI Z97i AC ITX

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 16GB DDR3 Storage: Kingston Fury 240GB GPU: Asus Strix GTX 970

PSU: Thermaltake TR2 Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX

Monitor: Dell P2214H x2 Mouse: Logitech MX Master Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red



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