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Thinking about upgrading. I would love some advise and opinions




As I stated in the title, I'm looking to upgrade.


Currently, I am running an ASUS Z87-A (LGA 1150) motherboard with an i5-4690 processor, 32GB Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 2400, with an ASUS GeForce GTX STRIX 960 GPU and a 650W Antec PSU.


This was my first build. It's served me quite well for the past 3 years, but newer games are becoming more burdensome on my system.


I chose this motherboard because I was going to upgrade the cpu with an unlocked one and overclock it, but I didn't end up doing this because I didn't really need to. 


So now I find myself with a couple of questions, and lack of a knowledge to answer them.


Do I upgrade my whole system to LGA 1151 (300 series), with a new GTX 1070 or RTX 2070 GPU? Which will cost me more than $2000 CDN.




Do I buy a new GPU and save myself around $1000 by purchasing a better LGA 1150 cpu off ebay? (Because a new i7 4790K is pretty much the same price as a new i7 9700K)


My biggest question/concern, aside from spending money, is that if I upgrade my cpu to an i7 4790K, will I see much of a performance increase? Also there's the concern of purchasing a cpu from someone off ebay.


Another question I have is, lets say I get an RTX 2070, will I be bottlenecked by my older system? And since there really aren't any games that utilize ray tracing, is there any point in getting a 20 series over a 10 series?


There's also the option of only upgrading my GPU. Maybe that's all that I need to do?


Any advise, opinions or insight that anyone is willing to offer would be super helpful! Thanks!!!

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what is the monitor's refresh rate and resolution?

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: HP EX920 1TB PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + Crucial MX500 1TB 2.5" SATA SSD, 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally, 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172) left outside 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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My monitor is also something that I am looking to upgrade. I've been watching for a decent sale.


My current monitor is an older IPS. Its 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz with a 7ms response time.

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