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Xander Bolinget

Upgrade CPU or GPU?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello, 

I am looking to upgrade my pc. 

I have a i5 6600k and a gtx 1070. 

I want to upgrade both, cpu and gpu, but for now I can only upgrade one. 

 

Which should I upgrade? My budget is $500-600

 

I am thinking about either a RTX 2070 or a i9 9900k or i9 9700k? What would you reccomend?

 

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GPU, as the CPU is still good enough.


Also, go with AMD, not Intel, especially if you're on a tight budget. 

Just as good, if not better when you consider multithread. 


CPU: AMD Ryzen 3600 / GPU: Radeon HD7970 GHz 3GB(upgrade pending) / RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8GB DDR4-3200
MOBO: MSI B450m Gaming Plus / NVME: Corsair MP510 240GB / Case: TT Core v21 / PSU: Seasonic 750W / OS: Win 10 Pro

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It really depends on what you want to use your computer for! If it is for gaming then probably the GPU, but if you are doing editing or rendering, then go for the cpu!


CPU: Intel Core i3-4310 @ 3.40 GHz

GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4400

Ram: 1x4GB 800MHz DDR3 

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
3 minutes ago, TetraSky said:

GPU, as the CPU is still good enough.


Also, go with AMD, not Intel, especially if you're on a tight budget. 

Just as good, if not better when you consider multithread. 

Thanks for the info! I will have to take a look at AMD. 

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
3 minutes ago, GamingSeargent said:

It really depends on what you want to use your computer for! If it is for gaming then probably the GPU, but if you are doing editing or rendering, then go for the cpu!

Definitely gaming, starting to lean more towards getting a GPU. 

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1 hour ago, TetraSky said:

GPU, as the CPU is still good enough.


Also, go with AMD, not Intel, especially if you're on a tight budget. 

Just as good, if not better when you consider multithread. 

i've seen several threads where OP was complaining about performance because their quad core i5s were bottlenecking their GTX 1070/980ti, it's not really enough anymore.


CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700@3.8Ghz Heatsink: Gelid Phantom Black GPU: Sapphire RX 5700 XT RAM: Qidian DDR4 2x8GB 3000Mhz mobo: Biostar X370GT7 case: Fractal Design Define C PSU: Superflower Leadex Gold 650W

 

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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($174.99 @ B&H) 
Motherboard: ASRock B450M/AC Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($98.49 @ Amazon) wait for B550 if you can.
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB MECH OC Video Card  ($359.99 @ Newegg) sell your old parts to compensate for the extra cost, or get a 5700 instead.
Total: $633.47
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-15 22:13 EDT-0400

Edited by Herman Mcpootis

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700@3.8Ghz Heatsink: Gelid Phantom Black GPU: Sapphire RX 5700 XT RAM: Qidian DDR4 2x8GB 3000Mhz mobo: Biostar X370GT7 case: Fractal Design Define C PSU: Superflower Leadex Gold 650W

 

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14 minutes ago, Herman Mcpootis said:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($174.99 @ B&H) 
Motherboard: ASRock B450M/AC Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($98.49 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB MECH OC Video Card  ($359.99 @ Newegg) sell your old parts to compensate for the extra cost, or get a 5700 instead.
Total: $633.47
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-15 22:13 EDT-0400

Maybe it's better to wait for the B550 for the upgrade path?

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