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PC Upgrade Suggestions

Hi everyone, I'm looking to upgrade my nearly 6 year old gaming system.  I'll give you my current specs, for reference. 

  • i5-3570K OCed to 4.1GHz
  • Asus P8Z77-V LK MBD
  • Asus GTX 980 STRIX GBGDDR5
  • 16GB (4X4GB) Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz
  • Corsair Air 540 Case
  • Corsair RM 850W Power Supply
  • Corsair H110i AIO Cooler
  • Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
  • Asus ROG Swift 1440p 144Hz Monitor
  • 2 Asus 1080p monitors (not used for gaming)
  • Kingston 120GB SSD as a boot drive
  • 1 WD Black 7200 for game storage and a random 1TB Seagate HDD for all other storageI 

The main reason for this upgrade is that I have to play most of the big titles at medium to low at 1440p (Far Cry 5, Forza: Horizon 4, Battlefield 1, etc.) to get anywhere near my monitor's 144Hz with G-Sync on.  I've also noticed just general slow down of my PC (freshly restored Windows to Factory settings and formatted both HDD's) and a couple USB's on the back of the Motherboard seem to be dying.  I'd like to mainly upgrade the Motherboard, RAM, and CPU to the most current generation possible, with a GPU Upgrade later down the line.  I live in the United States for pricing.  Here is the system I have built on UserBenchmark:

  • i5 9600K
  • Asus PRIME Z390-A
  • Asus RTX 2070 Overclocked
  • 16GB (2x8) Corsair RGB PRO DDR4 3000MHz
  • The Same Case
  • The Same PSU
  • Windows 10 64 Bit
  • Same H110i AIO Cooler
  • Same Monitors
  • Same Kingston SSD for boot drive
  • Same HDD's as before

The reason I'm asking for help is that while the i5 9600K specs look good, I'm not against going with AMD.  It seems like Ryzen (and Intel) have made the i5 a little pointless, but the i7 9700k is a little too pricey for me. I almost exclusively game on my PC, with some very light Photoshop use.  Should I just get the i5 9600K?  Should I bite the bullet and buy the i7 9700K?  Should I avoid Coffee Lake all together?  Should I wait for Ryzen Gen 3?  Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

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8 minutes ago, XavierVairo said:


Ryzen is a good choice but if you want to stick to Intel, go with i5 8600K. The performance is almost same as 9600K and the extra cost is not worth it.

CPU i7 8700k MB  Asrock Z370 Killer SLI/ac GPU EVGA GTX1060 6 GB RAM 16GB DDR4 Gskill Ripjaw 3200 Mhz PSU EVGA SuperNova 750 G1+Storage 1x1TB WD Blue + 250GB WD Blue M.2 CASE Fractal design define C

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The only thing I'll say is that Intel is much much better with single-thread performance than AMD (as shown on the benchmark comparison there). If you're doing a lot of gaming I'd stick with Intel unless you want to upgrade to a Ryzen 7 2700X.


Also, I would recommend splurging and upgrading to Windows 10 Pro so you can configure away a lot of the problems (mostly) to your heart's content through gpedit instead of the registry.

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I recommend 8700K plus AORUS Gaming 3 motherboard from Microcenter.  Great gaming setup.



Emma : i9 9900K 5.1Ghz - Gigabyte AORUS 1080Ti - Gigabyte AORUS Z370 Gaming 5 - G. Skill Ripjaws V 32GB 3200Mhz - 750 EVO 512GB + 2x 860 EVO 1TB (RAID 0) - EVGA SuperNova 650 P2 - Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate 360mm - Fractal Design Define R6 - AOC AGON 35" 3440x1440 100Hz - Mackie CR5BT - Corsair Virtuoso SE - Logitech G910, G502 - Cooler Master Universal Graphics Card Holder


Plex : Ryzen 5 1600 - Gigabyte B450M-DS3H - G. Skill Ripjaws V 16GB 2400Mhz - MSI 1050Ti 4GB - 840 EVO 256GB + Toshiba P300 3TB - TP-Link AC1900 PCIe Wifi - Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite 500 - Antec Nine Hundred - Samsung 27" + Dell 24" 


Raven:  Intel i3 10100F - ASRock H410M-HDV - G. Skill Ripjaws V 16GB 2666Mhz - MSI 1050Ti 4GB - Inland 256GB SSD + Toshiba 2TB HDD - TP-Link AC600 USB Wifi - Gigabyte GP-P450B PSU -  Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L -  Spectre 24" 


Other Tech:

- Ubiquiti Amplifi HD mesh wifi

- 2021 Volvo S60 Recharge T8 Polestar Engineered - 415hp/495tq 2.0L 4cyl. turbocharged, supercharged and electrified.

Lenovo 720S Touch 15.6" - i7 7700HQ, 16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, 1050Ti, 4K touchscreen

MSI GF62 - i7 7700HQ, 16GB 2400 MHz RAM, 256GB NVMe SSD + 1TB 7200rpm HDD, 1050Ti


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