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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi all, 

 

Looking for some thoughts on whether to upgrade from a 970 to 2060 / 5600XT or upgrade my CPU ram and mobo to Ryzen 5 platform. Due to budget constraints would it be worthwhile? 

 

My question more specifically is, at this point in time (human malware ongoing etc) to upgrade or to wait until the new chips come out in Autumn / fall with a new system entirely (cpu + gpu). 

 

Specs:

4690k OC 4400 Ghz

CM hyper 212 turbo 

10GB ddr3 1333 (a stick died) 

Asus gtx 970 (blower style) 

 

Any thoughts much appreciated. 

 

Thanks 

 

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My opinion - don't upgrade till this blows over, while you still have the cash.  At least, Im personally not making any tech investments until this is done.

 

If you have to upgrade cause that itch (which I love to scratch too) I would go with the 2060 only because of the debacle with the 5600XT firmware, and driver issues with this release of AMD cards.


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So first of what memory configuration do you currently have with 10 GB is it 4 + 4 + 2?

You should have even pairs for dual channel, otherwise you loose some performance.

 

Now to your main question, a 2060 or 2060 Super would be a good fit for you CPU before upgrading to newer platform. Because of the drivers I's stay away from AMD but that's a personal preference right now and may change in the future.

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id say, stick with your current setup. its pretty hard to have no cash these days (trust me. i know) just keep it for now, save it just in case. we already had about 2 month extension in the lockdown period. that means no job for 2 months. money will be a problem. unless you are rich and have steady source of income in this crisis. 


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As of RN, i would not be spending money on a GPU upgrade. If you really have to, then a 2060, because the 5600XT does have a couple of firmware issues which might be a bit of a hassle, but honestly, just dont buy anything until this blows over, because parts are getting price inflated and youll be cut off some extra money you couldve saved if you had kept it.

 

also if you are going to get a whole new setup when the 3000s and 4000s come out, that might be a bit out of your budget, since youre basically looking at a brand new PC.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
43 minutes ago, Applefreak said:

So first of what memory configuration do you currently have with 10 GB is it 4 + 4 + 2?

You should have even pairs for dual channel, otherwise you loose some performance.

 

Now to your main question, a 2060 or 2060 Super would be a good fit for you CPU before upgrading to newer platform. Because of the drivers I's stay away from AMD but that's a personal preference right now and may change in the future.

Thanks all for your responses, much appreciated. 

 

Lockdown is definitely causing me to look to buy but you're right when you say wait due to personal finances and general market volatility. 

 

I'm running dual channel 4 + 4 and then a single 2GB stick. 

 

I saw an Asus TUF 5700xt for £300 but as you say, it's riddled with driver issues and this particular model runs toasty on the VRMs.

 

Fyi I have a 27 inch 1440p 144hz monitor from Ebuyer's own Element Gaming line so would be looking to utilise this resolution / frame rate when I do buy. 

 

Thanks 

 

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