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Hi everyone,


I am looking for suggestions on what to upgrade.


Here is my current PC specs:

Intel i5-7500 with water cooler

MSI H110M Gaming
Nvidia GTX 1060 5G

500W Bronze PSU


I'm planning to either:
- upgrade the CPU to i5-9600k, but the motherboard I'm using right now would also need to be upgraded to ASRock Z370 Extreme4. (total cost around $406 USD in my country)

- upgrade the GPU to RTX 2060 (cost around (cost around $348 USD in my country)


Any insight would be greatly appreciated. 

Edit: Forgot to mention what games I play, I usually play FPS games like CS:GO, R6S and PUBG in 1080p.


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5 minutes ago, haqinq said:

looking for suggestions

That would depend on whether your tasks are CPU dependent or GPU dependent.

If you are gaming, then def GPU.


Dark Rock TF

MSI Z170A Gaming Pro

Corsair LED 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3000

960 EVO NVMe M.2 500GB, PNY CS2211 960GB, 850 EVO 500GB, WD Black 1TB, WD Blue 4TB


Antec HCG M 750W

Creative Labs Z to Home Theater

Lian Li 011 Dynamic Black

BENQ GW2765HT. Samsung S22B420BW




ASUS Z170i Pro Gaming

ADATA - XPG Z1 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 

DREVO X1 PRO 128GB SSD, Barracuda 1TB, PNY - CS1211 240GB

MSI Radeon R9 390x 8GB

EVGA 750 BQ 

Thermaltake P3 White

LG - 27MP37HQ-B 27.0", LG L1952TX-SF



MasterAir G100M RGB

Gigabyte - GA-Z170XP-SLI 

Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-3000

Intel - 600p Series 256GB, WD Blue 1TB

Gigabyte GV-R777OC-1GD, Asus HD7770-DC-1GD5-V2

Antec HCG 620W

Corsair - Air 540

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Find a cheaper option than the 9600k, like a 1600AF. Then do both.

You're going to be limited by your CPU in virtually all future titles.

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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30 minutes ago, haqinq said:

Edit: Forgot to mention what games I play, I usually play FPS games like CS:GO, R6S and PUBG in 1080p.



I would say neither?

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