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How can i bring my rig up to gamer enthusiast standards?

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Hey guys, new to this forum and would like to reach out to you all for ideas on how to upgrade my PC. I first built it in 2015 with the following specs:

CPU: Intel Pentium G3250 w/ stock cooler
MOBO: MSI Z97 PC Mate

RAM: 12GB of random ddr3 sticks

PSU: OCZ ZT Series 650 Watt 80+ Bronze

SSD: 256GB Adata

HDD: WD Blue 1TB

GPU: Nvidia Geforce GT 630

Monitor: Two 24" 60Hz 1080p 
CASE: Corsair Carbide 200r ATX

 

It is now 2018 and I have upgraded my build as such:

 

CPU: Intel i5 4590 w/ stock cooler
MOBO: MSI Z97 PC Mate

RAM: 12GB of random ddr3 sticks

PSU: OCZ ZT Series 650 Watt 80+ Bronze

SSD: 256GB Adata

HDD: WD Blue 1TB

GPU: Zotac GTX 1060 mini 6gb

Monitor: One 144hz 24" 1080p & One 24" 60Hz 1080p

CASE: Corsair Carbide 200r ATX

I've done a little research but mostly haven't been keeping up with the new stuff that's been releasing ever since my last major upgrade (gpu) in 2016. I want to modernize my rig and future proof it for years to come but I'm not sure where to start. Ideally my goals are to (1) replace my cpu with one of the ryzen cpu's or a current gen intel processor, (2) get a new mobo to match cpu, (3) get an aftermarket cpu cooler, (4) get a quieter case + fans if the aftermarket cooler doesn't change anything, and (5) get at least 8gb of ddr4 ram. I think I'm fine with re-using the rest of my components. My budget is probably going to be no more than $1000 USD and I'm looking to play games like League of Legends, Black Ops 4, Fortnite, Overwatch, etc at max settings with consistent 144Hz. If you guys have any other suggestions I didn't mention please let me know so I can edit my post. Cheers! 

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Use PCPP on this, I'm just pumping prices out of my non-ECC memory

 

Ryzen 5 2600: $170

 

Asrock B450 Pro4: $75

 

Adata D10 2x8GB DDR4-3000 kit: $105

 

Thermalright Macho Rev. B: $50

 

Fractal Meshify C, $80?

 

How many and what fans do you currently have? Or would you rather keep the fans with the case so it's easier to sell them (along with other dumped parts) together?

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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Personally, I'd wait to upgrade as early 2019 is going to have some major hardware releases, and your current rig doesn't seem too far off from achieving what you want it to. Zen 2 will be releasing and RAM prices are continuing to drop, so a little bit of patience could pay off. Also, for 144hz gaming, your GPU is more than likely the bottleneck.

 

However, if you want current recommendations with hypothetical upgrades in parentheses:

Ryzen 5 2600 (or Ryzen 5 3600 in 2019)

MSI B450 Tomahawk or MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon (Or an X570 or B550 in 2019)

16 GB DDR4 3000 or 3200 MHz (Cheapest Kit or Whatever Aesthetic you're going for)

Cooler Master H500P *Mesh* (Stay far away from the original) for the case as a balance between temperatures and noise

Any 240mm AIO or a be quiet! Dark Rock 4 for the cooler

A Vega 56 or a GTX 1070ti for a GPU upgrade if you're looking to go that route

 

But again, your GPU is your current bottleneck, and there are some major releases only a few months away, so I'd reconsider for the time being.

Ryzen 5 1600 @ 3.8Ghz w/ Arctic Freezer 33 Tower Cooler | MSI B450 Tomahawk |  32GB Crucial Ballistix DDR4 3200MHz CAS 14 

Sapphire RX 5700XT Pulse | EVGA 650w GQ 80+ Gold Semi-Modular  |  XPG SX6000 512GB Nvme SSD | NZXT H500

Acer XF270HU - 1440p 144Hz Freeesync IPS | Corsair Strafe - Cherry MX Red  |  Logitech G502

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10 minutes ago, Jurrunio said:

Use PCPP on this, I'm just pumping prices out of my non-ECC memory

 

Ryzen 5 2600: $170

 

Asrock B450 Pro4: $75

 

Adata D10 2x8GB DDR4-3000 kit: $105

 

Thermalright Macho Rev. B: $50

 

Fractal Meshify C, $80?

 

How many and what fans do you currently have? Or would you rather keep the fans with the case so it's easier to sell them (along with other dumped parts) together?

Thank you for taking the time to comment. I currently have 2 fans in the case and they're the ones that came with it. I don't mind replacing them because they can also go to a family member's build or a to relative. I'll look into all of those parts. Thank you!
 

10 minutes ago, leo1798 said:

Personally, I'd wait to upgrade as early 2019 is going to have some major hardware releases, and your current rig doesn't seem too far off from achieving what you want it to. Zen 2 will be releasing and RAM prices are continuing to drop, so a little bit of patience could pay off. Also, for 144hz gaming, your GPU is more than likely the bottleneck.

 

However, if you want current recommendations with hypothetical upgrades in parentheses:

Ryzen 5 2600 (or Ryzen 5 3600 in 2019)

MSI B450 Tomahawk or MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon (Or an X570 or B550 in 2019)

16 GB DDR4 3000 or 3200 MHz (Cheapest Kit or Whatever Aesthetic you're going for)

Cooler Master H500P *Mesh* (Stay far away from the original) for the case as a balance between temperatures and noise

Any 240mm AIO or a be quiet! Dark Rock 4 for the cooler

A Vega 56 or a GTX 1070ti for a GPU upgrade if you're looking to go that route

 

But again, your GPU is your current bottleneck, and there are some major releases only a few months away, so I'd reconsider for the time being.

Thank you for taking the time to comment. You're probably right on waiting a bit longer to upgrade. I wouldn't necessarily say I'm in any rush to upgrade and since new hardware is being released in 2019 I would love to use the latest things. I actually didn't think that my GPU was the bottleneck for 144hz. I thought it was my cpu+mobo+ram. I'll look into your part suggestions. Thank you!

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8 minutes ago, squaredesu said:

Thank you for taking the time to comment. I currently have 2 fans in the case and they're the ones that came with it. I don't mind replacing them because they can also go to a family member's build or a to relative. I'll look into all of those parts. Thank you!

I'd add 3 extra 120mm intake fans (so focus on pressure, such as Arctic F12 or Noctua NF-P12 redux) to the front, the 2 fans that comes with the case to the top (I prefer intake), and an extra exhaust fan (I prefer using Corsair ML120 Pro or Noctua NF-S12b redux 1200)

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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11 minutes ago, Jurrunio said:

I'd add 3 extra 120mm intake fans (so focus on pressure, such as Arctic F12 or Noctua NF-P12 redux) to the front, the 2 fans that comes with the case to the top (I prefer intake), and an extra exhaust fan (I prefer using Corsair ML120 Pro or Noctua NF-S12b redux 1200)

Awesome! I've never leapt into the rabbit hole of fans and have been using stock ones for as long as I can remember. Really excited to get some actual quality fans for once.

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Hold off on upgrading like some are suggesting and see if you can find yourself a cheap and used i7.

CPU: Sempron 2500+ / P4 2.8E / P4 2.6C / A64 x2 4000+ / E6420 / E8500 / i5-3470 / i7-3770
GPU: TNT2 M64 / Radeon 9000 / MX 440-SE / 7300GT / Radeon 4670 / GTS 250 / Radeon 7950 / 660 Ti

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