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CPU, Motherboard, RAM upgrade recommendations

Hi folks

I'm currently looking at options for upgrading my rig. It's been serving me great since 2014, only needing to replace my 2 980s as they unfortunately passed away.

 

I am looking at different upgrades but I'm unsure wether to go for an OTT upgrade and use it for another 5+ years, or to go for something smaller and look at upgrading again in 2~ years.

 

My current specs are

CPU: i74790K

Mobo: MSI Z97 Gaming 7

RAM: 16GB 2400MHz HyperX Beast 

Graphics card: EVGA GTX 1070TI

Monitor is a 2560x1080 35" UWD, which I will also be looking to replace with a 1440p one instead in the future.

 

I haven't really been looking at performance of processors since I built this system back in 2014, so I'm a bit out of the loop.

My question is  which CPU/Motherboard combo would make most sense, both bang for buck wise but also in terms of raw performance. 

 

Cheers

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You've got Ryzen 2 announcing in a short while, can you wait to see what they have lined up?  Since you like mid-high level stuff, it's worth seeing their new flagship chips IMO.

 

Honestly, I would wait and OC that chip you have.  That's a good system.

 

If you need to upgrade right now, I'd go 8700K OC'd and a 2080, with 3200 RAM.

"Do what makes the experience better" - in regards to PCs and Life itself.

 

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Steam Deck 512GB OLED

 

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OnePlus Buds Pro 2 - Eternal Green

 

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- 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 2400MHz, 512GB NVMe SSD, 1050Ti, 4K touchscreen

MSI GF62 15.6" - i7 7700HQ, 16GB RAM 2400 MHz, 256GB NVMe SSD + 1TB 7200rpm HDD, 1050Ti

- Ubiquiti Amplifi HD mesh wifi

 

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14 minutes ago, jstudrawa said:

You've got Ryzen 2 announcing in a short while, can you wait to see what they have lined up?  Since you like mid-high level stuff, it's worth seeing their new flagship chips IMO.

 

Honestly, I would wait and OC that chip you have.  That's a good system.

 

If you need to upgrade right now, I'd go 8700K OC'd and a 2080, with 3200 RAM.

Definitely will wait and see with Ryzen then.

8700k, not 9700k?

I don't need to upgrade immediately, but I've been toying with the idea of going custom loop and I'd rather upgrade the components then do the loop rather than going the other way around. 

 

Wasn't planning on upgrading my GPU untill next gen rolls out, as I only got the 1070ti summer last year. I do have to RMA it though, unfortunately, so maybe EVGA will be gracious gods and upgrade me? Doubt it :P

 

Do you recon a 5 year old H100i would still be sufficient for OCing? I'm a little skeptical about the whole OC ordeal as I've never really played around with it, apart from the motherboards built in OC genie. 

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18 minutes ago, Reflux said:

Definitely will wait and see with Ryzen then.

8700k, not 9700k?

I don't need to upgrade immediately, but I've been toying with the idea of going custom loop and I'd rather upgrade the components then do the loop rather than going the other way around. 

 

Wasn't planning on upgrading my GPU untill next gen rolls out, as I only got the 1070ti summer last year. I do have to RMA it though, unfortunately, so maybe EVGA will be gracious gods and upgrade me? Doubt it :P

 

Do you recon a 5 year old H100i would still be sufficient for OCing? I'm a little skeptical about the whole OC ordeal as I've never really played around with it, apart from the motherboards built in OC genie. 

God no, they won't upgrade you.  They'll send you a refurb'd 1070Ti in return.  

 

8700K has HT, which puts it squarely better than the 9700K in my book and it's honestly damn near the same chip just without HT.  The 9-series is a waste of money, new dress same girl.

 

Sufficient due to size, yes.  At that age though?  I'd buy a new cooler, 5 years is a long time and that's the warranty length so... 

 

The 1070TI fits with an OC'd 4790K very well.  But you're looking to go 1440p UW, right?  That's the rub.  You have a great 1080p or 1440p system as is.  Moving to 1440p UW is going to stress the system a bit, don't think you'll hit 80-100 FPS without turning some things down.  It's basically that you'll have to upgrade the GPU to really utilize the 1440 UW.  

 

EDIT:  I'm trying to find similar setups using the 8700K OC w/ 1070Ti and a 1440p UW, to see how well that works on what settings to keep the 1070TI when you go 1440p UW.

"Do what makes the experience better" - in regards to PCs and Life itself.

 

Onyx AMD Ryzen 7 7800x3d / MSI 6900xt Gaming X Trio / Gigabyte B650 AORUS Pro AX / G. Skill Flare X5 6000CL36 32GB / Samsung 980 1TB x3 / Super Flower Leadex V Platinum Pro 850 / EK-AIO 360 Basic / Fractal Design North XL (black mesh) / AOC AGON 35" 3440x1440 100Hz / Mackie CR5BT / Corsair Virtuoso SE / Cherry MX Board 3.0 / Logitech G502

 

7800X3D - PBO -30 all cores, 4.90GHz all core, 5.05GHz single core, 18286 C23 multi, 1779 C23 single

 

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Emma: i9 9900K @5.1Ghz - Gigabyte AORUS 1080Ti - Gigabyte AORUS Z370 Gaming 5 - G. Skill Ripjaws V 32GB 3200CL16 - 750 EVO 512GB + 2x 860 EVO 1TB (RAID0) - EVGA SuperNova 650 P2 - Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate 360mm - Fractal Design Define R6 - TP-Link AC1900 PCIe Wifi

 

Raven: AMD Ryzen 5 5600x3d - ASRock B550M Pro4 - G. Skill Ripjaws V 16GB 3200Mhz - XFX Radeon RX6650XT - Samsung 980 1TB + Crucial MX500 1TB - TP-Link AC600 USB Wifi - Gigabyte GP-P450B PSU -  Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L -  Samsung 27" 1080p

 

Plex : AMD Ryzen 5 5600 - Gigabyte B550M AORUS Elite AX - G. Skill Ripjaws V 16GB 2400Mhz - MSI 1050Ti 4GB - Crucial P3 Plus 500GB + WD Red NAS 4TBx2 - TP-Link AC1200 PCIe Wifi - EVGA SuperNova 650 P2 - ASUS Prime AP201 - Spectre 24" 1080p

 

Steam Deck 512GB OLED

 

OnePlus: 

OnePlus 11 5G - 16GB RAM, 256GB NAND, Eternal Green

OnePlus Buds Pro 2 - Eternal Green

 

Other Tech:

- 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 2400MHz, 512GB NVMe SSD, 1050Ti, 4K touchscreen

MSI GF62 15.6" - i7 7700HQ, 16GB RAM 2400 MHz, 256GB NVMe SSD + 1TB 7200rpm HDD, 1050Ti

- Ubiquiti Amplifi HD mesh wifi

 

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5 hours ago, jstudrawa said:

God no, they won't upgrade you.  They'll send you a refurb'd 1070Ti in return.  

 

8700K has HT, which puts it squarely better than the 9700K in my book and it's honestly damn near the same chip just without HT.  The 9-series is a waste of money, new dress same girl.

 

Sufficient due to size, yes.  At that age though?  I'd buy a new cooler, 5 years is a long time and that's the warranty length so... 

 

The 1070TI fits with an OC'd 4790K very well.  But you're looking to go 1440p UW, right?  That's the rub.  You have a great 1080p or 1440p system as is.  Moving to 1440p UW is going to stress the system a bit, don't think you'll hit 80-100 FPS without turning some things down.  It's basically that you'll have to upgrade the GPU to really utilize the 1440 UW.  

 

EDIT:  I'm trying to find similar setups using the 8700K OC w/ 1070Ti and a 1440p UW, to see how well that works on what settings to keep the 1070TI when you go 1440p UW.

I was planning to go 1440p UW and upgrade the GPU at the same time, my 1080p UW is serving fine at the moment. 

 

Yea, that's my thought about the cooler as well. 

 

Cheers man, will be looking into the 8 series then and awaiting the next Ryzen. What about i9-9900k, would you ignore that completely?

 

 

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Just now, Reflux said:

I was planning to go 1440p UW and upgrade the GPU at the same time, my 1080p UW is serving fine at the moment. 

 

Yea, that's my thought about the cooler as well. 

 

Cheers man, will be looking into the 8 series then and awaiting the next Ryzen. What about i9-9900k, would you ignore that completely?

 

 

For the price, the 9900K isn't worth it.  It has more cores/threads but the same per core clock speed.  Gaming doesn't need 8/16 yet, it doesn't even utilize 6/12 fully.  The core game is getting ahead of real life usage, similar to TV/monitors with 4k and 8k screens.  Not there yet.

 

Not that this is gospel, but good reasoning behind their choices...

 

 

 

"Do what makes the experience better" - in regards to PCs and Life itself.

 

Onyx AMD Ryzen 7 7800x3d / MSI 6900xt Gaming X Trio / Gigabyte B650 AORUS Pro AX / G. Skill Flare X5 6000CL36 32GB / Samsung 980 1TB x3 / Super Flower Leadex V Platinum Pro 850 / EK-AIO 360 Basic / Fractal Design North XL (black mesh) / AOC AGON 35" 3440x1440 100Hz / Mackie CR5BT / Corsair Virtuoso SE / Cherry MX Board 3.0 / Logitech G502

 

7800X3D - PBO -30 all cores, 4.90GHz all core, 5.05GHz single core, 18286 C23 multi, 1779 C23 single

 

DIL: Ryzen 7800X3D - Gigabyte B650 Gaming X V2 - ASRock Steel Legend 7900GRE - G. Skill Flare X5 CL6000CL32 32GB - TeamGroup MP44L 2TB - Super Flower Leadex Platinum SE 1000w -NZXT H5 Elite

 

Emma: i9 9900K @5.1Ghz - Gigabyte AORUS 1080Ti - Gigabyte AORUS Z370 Gaming 5 - G. Skill Ripjaws V 32GB 3200CL16 - 750 EVO 512GB + 2x 860 EVO 1TB (RAID0) - EVGA SuperNova 650 P2 - Thermaltake Water 3.0 Ultimate 360mm - Fractal Design Define R6 - TP-Link AC1900 PCIe Wifi

 

Raven: AMD Ryzen 5 5600x3d - ASRock B550M Pro4 - G. Skill Ripjaws V 16GB 3200Mhz - XFX Radeon RX6650XT - Samsung 980 1TB + Crucial MX500 1TB - TP-Link AC600 USB Wifi - Gigabyte GP-P450B PSU -  Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L -  Samsung 27" 1080p

 

Plex : AMD Ryzen 5 5600 - Gigabyte B550M AORUS Elite AX - G. Skill Ripjaws V 16GB 2400Mhz - MSI 1050Ti 4GB - Crucial P3 Plus 500GB + WD Red NAS 4TBx2 - TP-Link AC1200 PCIe Wifi - EVGA SuperNova 650 P2 - ASUS Prime AP201 - Spectre 24" 1080p

 

Steam Deck 512GB OLED

 

OnePlus: 

OnePlus 11 5G - 16GB RAM, 256GB NAND, Eternal Green

OnePlus Buds Pro 2 - Eternal Green

 

Other Tech:

- 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 2400MHz, 512GB NVMe SSD, 1050Ti, 4K touchscreen

MSI GF62 15.6" - i7 7700HQ, 16GB RAM 2400 MHz, 256GB NVMe SSD + 1TB 7200rpm HDD, 1050Ti

- Ubiquiti Amplifi HD mesh wifi

 

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7 hours ago, Reflux said:

Hi folks

I'm currently looking at options for upgrading my rig. It's been serving me great since 2014, only needing to replace my 2 980s as they unfortunately passed away.

 

I am looking at different upgrades but I'm unsure wether to go for an OTT upgrade and use it for another 5+ years, or to go for something smaller and look at upgrading again in 2~ years. 

 

My current specs are

CPU: i74790K

Mobo: MSI Z97 Gaming 7

RAM: 16GB 2400MHz HyperX Beast 

Graphics card: EVGA GTX 1070TI

Monitor is a 2560x1080 35" UWD, which I will also be looking to replace with a 1440p one instead in the future.

 

I haven't really been looking at performance of processors since I built this system back in 2014, so I'm a bit out of the loop.

My question is  which CPU/Motherboard combo would make most sense, both bang for buck wise but also in terms of raw performance. 

 

Cheers

I would hold off buying, if you can wait few more months the new Ryzens will come out.

If not, the 2700x and a good motherboard like Taichi or Crosshair will do amazing.

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CPU:

Upgrade now...Intel 8th-gen if only gaming, Ryzen 2000 if mixed use.

Upgrade in 3-6 months...Ryzen 3000

Upgrade in 6-12 months...10th gen Intel(if any good)

 

RAM:

Just get DDR4-3200 CL14 and call it a day.

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