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Best Choice to Upgarde?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Budget (including currency): $500

Country: USA

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: Fortnite, Starwars Squadrons, First Person Shooters.

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I am trying to figure out what will be the best bang I can get out of ~$500 to upgrade my current computer. 

I am thinking of upgrading either the CPU/Motherboard or the video card.  I’m thinking an i7 10700k with an Z490 board.  Or waiting to get a RTX 3070

Primary uses are video games (fortnite, Minecraft, First Person shooters) and web browsing.  I use a 2560 x 1440 144hz display.

Currently I have;

Motherboard: ASUS Z170-
Processor: Intel® CoreT i7 6700k     
Processor Cooling: [Closed Loop Liquid Cooling]MAINGEAR
 EPIC 120 Supercooler 
Memory: 32GB HyperX® FURYT DDR4- 2666   (4x8GB]        

Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
Power Supply: 750W EVGA® SuperNOVA 80 Plus     


Any thoughts on what would be a better upgrade (CPU/MB vs Graphics card) would be appreciated.  Thanks


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what results are you looking for vs current performance? your specs should run the games your looking for just fine tbh.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

My goal is to have a smoother gameplay experience at higher quality graphics settings.  For example, in fortnite, often in the middle of a match my game will lock up and freze for a second.  Also, the low detail textures load in fine, but on a regular basis the textures never resolve to the higher details.  With Star Wars Squadrons coming out, I'd like to be able to play at high graphics settings and get smooth / high frame rates to go with it.

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