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Upgrading My Enthusiast Setup - Built in 2015

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Budget (including currency): ? Already spent most of the money.

Country: US

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: Gaming, Photo Editing, Programming in Eclipse, Netbeans, Visual Studio

Other details (existing parts lists, whether any peripherals are needed, what you're upgrading from, when you're going to buy, what resolution and refresh rate you want to play at, etc):

Bellow is my CURRENT pc setup, this is what I will be upgrading from. I have an Alienware AW3418DW so resolution is 3440x1440.

Obviously Nvidia made it clear that their 30xx Series are aimed at 10xx Series owners. I just have a little problem. I was invested in the CPU market for years, but it felt like 4 years went by and everything changed! AMD is beating Intel! (You love to see it). My Processor a 4th Gen Haswell-E CPU.


It's been so long I don't know what to get anymore so I need some help with:

CPU suggestions?

Motherboard suggestions?

Can I still use my cooler? or do I need a newer one?

I will be picking up faster RAM once I knew the speeds the motherboard support. (Crazy to hear that 3200 is semi standard now, 2400 was when I first made this build)


Parts List Link: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/thedavethegamer/saved/zncgbv

Parts List Text:

PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/wzd9x6

CPU: Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3 GHz 6-Core Processor 
CPU Cooler: Deepcool CAPTAIN360EX 229.56 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler 
Motherboard: MSI X99S Gaming 7 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard  ($179.00) 
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 CL15 Memory  ($36.98 @ Newegg) 
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 CL15 Memory  ($36.98 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($107.99 @ Adorama) 
Storage: Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($107.99 @ Adorama) 
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  ($167.78 @ Amazon) 
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB AORUS Xtreme Edition 11G Video Card  ($750.00) 
Case: Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX TG ATX Mid Tower Case 
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply 
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit  ($108.78 @ Other World Computing) 
Case Fan: Corsair SP120 Quiet 37.85 CFM 120 mm Fans 2-Pack  ($102.63 @ Amazon) 
Case Fan: Corsair SP120 Quiet 37.85 CFM 120 mm Fans 2-Pack  ($102.63 @ Amazon) 
Case Fan: Corsair SP120 Quiet 37.85 CFM 120 mm Fans 2-Pack  ($102.63 @ Amazon) 
Monitor: Dell AW3418DW 34.1" 3440x1440 120 Hz Monitor  ($999.00 @ Amazon) 
Keyboard: Corsair STRAFE RGB Wired Gaming Keyboard 
Mouse: Razer DeathAdder Elite Wired Optical Mouse  ($67.90 @ Amazon) 
Mouse: Logitech MX MASTER 2S (Black) Wireless Laser Mouse  ($77.98 @ Amazon) 
Headphones: Audio-Technica ATH-M50x  Headphones  ($145.00 @ Amazon) 
Custom: Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 ($99.95)
Custom: Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 ($99.95)

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Intel Core i7-5820K | Deepcool CAPTAIN 360EX | Thermatake TG-7 | Gigabyte AORUS Xtreme Edition GTX 1080 Ti | MSI X99S Gaming 7 | G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) | Samsung 970 Evo 1TB | Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GBx2 | Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 3TB x2 | Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX Tempered Glass | EVGA 850 G2 | Corsair Air Series SP120x6 | Corsair STRAFE Wired Gaming Keyboard | Logitech MX Master 2S | Audio-Technica M50x Headphones

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I would hold off on upgrading for a bit, at least till the Ryzen 4000 and RDNA2 announcements on October 8 and 28 respectively. Potentially longer for your GPU, there's no need to upgrade a 1080 Ti just now.


i7-7700HQ | GTX 1060 | 16GB DDR4 | 512GB NVMe SSD | 1440p OLED display | Logitech MX Master KZ ZSA



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As you already have a running PC, just wait until AMD releases their Zen3 CPUs later this year.


Then i'd first upgrade CPU to a ryzen 5 model, accompanied by a  2x8GB 3600MHz RAM kit and a B550 motherboard.


After this i'd go for a faster GPU to really get everything out of your monitor.


As for your cooler: You might have to contact Deepcool to get the mounting hardware for the AMD socket and then it should be fine.


PSU and the rest of your System is still fine.


Right now the upgrade would look like this: (3600 is a placeholder for the next gen part)

PCPartPicker Part List
Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $199.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI B550-A PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard $139.99 @ B&H
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory $76.49 @ Newegg
  Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts  
  Total $416.47
  Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-09-17 03:00 EDT-0400  


CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X @4.4Ghz all-core - Motherboard: MSI B450 Tomahawk Max - GPU: Asus GTX 1080 Ti @+120 core / +550 memory - RAM: 16 GB Crucial Ballistix @3600 cl14 - PSU: Corsair RMx 650W - Storage: 500 GB Samsung Evo 850 2,5" (OS) + 2 TB Samsung Evo 860 M.2 (Mass storage) - Cooling: Noctua NH-D15 (CPU) + Raijintek Morpheus II (GPU) - Case: CoolerMaster H500 - Fans: All fans are replaced by noctua ones - Soundcard: Asus Xonar Essence STX II - Fan Controller: Corsair Commander Pro - OS: Windows 10 Pro - Monitors: 2x LG 27GN850-B HDR-Gaming-TV: LG C9 OLED 55" - Mouse: Logitech G Pro wireless + Powerplay - Keyboard: Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum, Corsair K63 Wireless + Lapboard - Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT990 Edition 600 Ohm - Microphone: Antlion ModMic

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