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Upgrading old desktop to Workstation and Gaming rig

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I want to upgrade my old PC into a nicer one pretty much, any help on part suggestion/verification would be very much appreciated :).

 

I currently have:

EVGA Nvidia GTX 760
i5 2500K
ASUSTeK Computer INC. P8Z68-V LX

8GB RAM DDR3

700 Watt PSU

AIO liquid cooling 240mm Radiator

3TB of HDD

 

I would like to replace my CPU, and therefore motherboard and RAM, as well as getting an M.2 boot drive so I can move off of HDD booting.

 

I am looking at:

Ryzen 7 2700x

Unsure about motherboard but perhaps ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero

16GB DDR4 RAM from wherever I can find it cheapest

Samsung 960 250GB

 

Costing roughly £770

 

1. Budget & Location

Around £700-£800 in the UK but will splash a bit (£100-£200) if it means a good improvement.

2. Aim

The system will be used for both some mild gaming (including major new releases in Fallout etc but not at top quality) as well as a workstation load, it'll be running a CAD-esque bit of software.

3. Monitors

2 Monitors, 1080p 60 Hz. There is a chance I would be upgrading to a better monitor or 2 in the future but not for a while.

4. Peripherals

I already have a fairly decent mouse and keyboard so wouldn't be upgrading those, but if anyone has suggestions on cheapish (sub £40) headsets then that would be very helpful. Already have the OS.

5. Why are you upgrading?

I'm upgrading as I want to be able to run my workstation load without too many issues as well as be able to play a fair amount of games, I'm not planning on upgrading my graphics card as it's still fairly decent but motherboard, CPU, RAM all need upgrading (as well as a new M.2 boot drive).

 

 

Many Thanks in advance to any help that anyone can give :).

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i recommend upgrading your gpu anyway. if you get a used 780ti you'll notice a big improvement.. 

 

http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-GTX-780-Ti-vs-Nvidia-GTX-760/2165vs2159


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sell your GPU, CPU, Motherboard and your DDR3 RAM

trust me this will be a well all rounded upgrade

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor  (£137.94 @ Aria PC) 
Motherboard: ASRock - AB350 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard  (£68.22 @ YoYoTech) 
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory  (£178.90 @ More Computers) 
Storage: MyDigitalSSD - SBX 256GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive  (£65.59 @ Amazon UK) 
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition Video Card  (£365.97 @ Amazon UK) 
Total: £816.62
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-06-18 10:32 BST+0100


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@Ordinarily_Greater OP said the current gpu was still decent. it makes more sense to me to get an old used card that's still a lot better in this case..


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2 minutes ago, oskanator378 said:

@firelighter487 and @Ordinarily_Greater, do you guys think the step up on Video Card is more important than a big step up on the CPU?

for workstation stuff no. but a 780ti is 93% faster than a 760, and you can get a 780ti for €150 if you try a little bit.. 

 

EDIT: it does depend. if you do video editing and stuff then a video card upgrade is a good idea. 


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Just now, firelighter487 said:

@Ordinarily_Greater OP said the current gpu was still decent. it makes more sense to me to get an old used card that's still a lot better in this case..

But why not right? It's gonna be a good all around upgrade

 

1 minute ago, oskanator378 said:

@firelighter487 and @Ordinarily_Greater, do you guys think the step up on Video Card is more important than a big step up on the CPU?

well it's gonna be more important on the Video Card side. On my list you also get a 6 core CPU which will be suitable for workstation load


"Make it future proof for some years at least, don't buy "only slightly better" stuff that gets outdated 1 year, that's throwing money away" @pipoawas

 

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Just now, firelighter487 said:

for workstation stuff no. but a 780ti is 93% faster than a 760, and you can get a 780ti for €150 if you try a little bit.. 

good point, that's definitely in the acceptable range of additional purchase. I see you have one yourself, are they good enough to run a fair few games?

 

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1 minute ago, Ordinarily_Greater said:

But why not right? It's gonna be a good all around upgrade

 

well it's gonna be more important on the Video Card side. On my list you also get a 6 core CPU which will be suitable for workstation load

8 core is a lot better though.. 


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Just now, oskanator378 said:

good point, that's definitely in the acceptable range of additional purchase. I see you have one yourself, are they good enough to run a fair few games?

Overwatch at 1080p 60fps on ultra settings is no problem. i bought mine a week ago for €150... 


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Well being honest you only need to upgrade your cpu if you oc to the walls that 2500k to 4,5ghz


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