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Should I upgrade or build new?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

This is a bit of a different question than normally seen in this category.


I would really like to build a gaming / editing rig.


I have a budget of around £700 but I could save a bit more


There are two options and I don't know which too choose


The first is to upgrade my current PC. 


I have an HP Elitedesk 800 g1 SFF. It has an I7-4770 with 24gb DRR3-1600.


I could upgrade this and I composed a PCPP list with those upgrades.




The Items with no price or price as 0 are already purchased


The other option, my preferred option, is to build a completely new PC with new parts, apart from CPU and GPU which will be used.


This would cost around £720 and I am willing to save the extra if it is worth it.




If I chose the first option, I would buy it in Jan 2021


If I chose the second, it would be in March or April.


I will be using it to play Rocket League, SnowRunner, Minecraft (both Java and Windows 10), Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, SWTOR, Elite Dangerous, Forza Horizon 4 etc.


I will also use it to edit video with Adobe Premiere Pro, edit pictures with Photoshop and I will use the other apps


Which should I go for and why?





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You should go new, you'll get much better gaming performance out of the 3600, have a better overall upgrade path, of up to at least a Zen 3 cpu. If you go with the i7 4770 you're basically stuck with it since you can't go much farther than the i7 4790 and chances are you'll want to upgrade the cpu in the next 2-3 years in that system and you won't be able to

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32 minutes ago, CloudPC said:

Which should I go for and why?

option 2, i dont see a point spending money buying an old board like that for a quad core CPU

but at the same time, if you can sell the CPU and board when you upgrade, option 1 sounds fine too, it's cheaper and might be sufficient for your needs.


though new parts and pricing will be different at the time of purchase, so you'll have to revise the list before time of purchase

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I hate Intel's pricing, Ryzen's weird quirks, Nvidia's pricing, and Radeon GPUs in general




Products I like:


Sony Xperia Z1 / Z2 / 10 ii, Asus Strix 970 / 1070, Samsung SSD, WD HDD, Corsair PSUs (AX, RM, CX(grey)), GeForce GPU, NZXT N450/S340, be quiet! Coolers, G.Skill Trident RAM, Logitech M525, Logitech G440, Razer Deathadder Elite


Products I hate:


Xperia Z3, XiaoMi 5c, Radeon GPUs, Razer Audio Products, any bloatwares


Companies I absolutely adore: (and hope it stays that way)


be quiet! - sent me AM4 mounting for my DRP3 even though it's way past the timeframe stated, no questions asked

Corsair - very good RMA experience, absolutely recommend


Companies I hate:


Nvidia, Intel, Apple, TMT (Thundermatch, a retailer)


Personal Blacklisted Companies:


Acer: shit tier quality products, shit tier customer service thus far, they "tried" to solve my issue but they arent really doing anything but delaying and delaying. (on-going case since July)

Gigabyte: horrible customer service (gigabyte had literally 0 customer service, asked me to go to retailer with NO WAY to email them about a question) but at least they fixed my shit in ONE MONTH (would probably take me 1 hour to fix if they let me email them)

XiaoMi Phones: built like a tank but the software is buggy as all hell

Seagate HDD: had too many dead seagate drives

Kingston SSD: 300V controller swap thingy

Razer (except their mouse)


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Wait at least till October 8 to see what Zen 3 has to offer. Preferably till October 28 for the RDNA2 event


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Posted · Original PosterOP
9 minutes ago, Aereldor said:

Wait at least till October 8 to see what Zen 3 has to offer. Preferably till October 28 for the RDNA2 event

I won't buy an AMD GPU, they just don't work with Premiere like NVIDIA GPU's do. Even the 1660 performs better in premiere than a Radeon VII and Vega 64

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