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Hello!

 

1. Residing in the USA.

2. Aim: Playing modern games smoothly and sporadic streaming, Loads of watching content such as twitch/YouTube etc.

3. Monitors: Currently 1 1440p @60Hz.

4: Peripherals: They will be taken from current PC

5. Upgrading: Running games on low FPS and desire to maybe getting in to streaming is something i can't comfortable do right now.

 

My Current system:

  • I7-920 (@2.66 Ghz)
  • 12Gb RAM ( @1066 )
  • Asus P6T Deluxe (version 1)
  • CM 690 Case
  • 650 Watt PSU 80+ Bronze (I do not remember the brand)
  • Radeon R9 290x
  • Asus Essence STX
  • SanDisk 240Gb / 2Tb WD Green / 640Gb WD

 

What i have been looking at:

 

Build 1:

 

Build 2:

 

I know i do not need a new case but i really would prefer to keep it.

Also, I know i can get some components a little cheaper but i am not 100% familiar with PCPartPicker.

If i can skip the GPU for another year (maybe prices will be dropping) would you suggest it?

Does the CPU/RAM upgrade be enough for now?

I am more looking for what would better suit me,

Which changes can be made to make it all more cohesive.

 

Point of worry for me is that i have no knowledge of BIOS updating, does my CPU match the motherboard without flashing it since i do not have another one in case it is not compatible on first boot.

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how about changing it into 2070 super. yeah 16gb is plenty enough.

 

Yes you dont have to flash, you can also do that witht the MAX lineup from MSI.

 

The question is the PSU is it a good one or a questionable one thats what im concerned of.

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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor  ($290.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B450-A PRO MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($99.97 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory  ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB TRI FROZR Video Card  ($377.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Phanteks P300 ATX Mid Tower Case  ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-A14 PWM 82.5 CFM 140 mm Fan  ($21.95 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-A14 PWM 82.5 CFM 140 mm Fan  ($21.95 @ Amazon)
Case Fan: Noctua NF-A14 PWM 82.5 CFM 140 mm Fan  ($21.95 @ Amazon)
Total: $979.78
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-12 23:13 EDT-0400

 

Changed the MB for a cheaper one to get the 3700X while keeping about the same cost, all MSI "MAX" motherboards are Ryzen 3000 ready, and at this point most boards on the market already come with the bios required for Ryzen 3000.

The CPU alone won't be increasing your performance in gaming by much unless you're talking about competitive games where you play at low settings at over 150FPS, so upgrading only the CPU/MB/RAM won't do much if you don't upgrade the GPU at least not in graphics intensive titles. For other things like streaming the CPU would help, if it is worth only you can tell.

If you want to upgrade and the performance of the 2070/5700(XT) is enough for you then you should do it, otherwise keep your current PC until you have more money or the GPUs you can buy are fast enough for you. For example, I'm keeping my current GPU because only the 2080S and above deliver the level of performance I want, but I'm not paying $800 for a GPU so I'm waiting till I can get the performance I want for the price I'm willing to pay.

Also what are you going to do in the PSU front? If you say what is the exact model you got I'm sure people are going to say whenever it's worth upgrading or not.

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If your PSU is as old as that computer dropping $100-120 Would be a smart thing to do and get a 80+Gold as a Bad psu can cause issues.

Like the seasonic Focus + gold https://pcpartpicker.com/product/WrNypg/seasonic-focus-plus-gold-650w-80-gold-certified-fully-modular-atx-power-supply-ssr-650fx

 

In build 2 look at the 3700 or 3700x as they are slightly cheaper than that price of the 2700x.

 

and on either the B450 should be fine unless you need PCIE 4. but with a 2070 pcie3 is all you will get.  and the MAX line means Ryzen 3000 compatible OOB.

 

and you could easily skip the GPU for now and wait for the New AMD or Nvidia Cards to come out they should drop the price of the current models.

 

Here is what i would do amd move the vcard for now

PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/swPCq3

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor  ($290.99 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($114.99 @ B&H) 
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory  ($84.99 @ Amazon) 
Case: Phanteks P300 ATX Mid Tower Case  ($59.99 @ Newegg) 
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Plus Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  ($134.99 @ Amazon) 
Case Fan: Noctua NF-A14 PWM 82.5 CFM 140 mm Fan  ($21.95 @ Amazon) 
Case Fan: Noctua NF-A14 PWM 82.5 CFM 140 mm Fan  ($21.95 @ Amazon) 
Case Fan: Noctua NF-A14 PWM 82.5 CFM 140 mm Fan  ($21.95 @ Amazon) 
Total: $751.80
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-12 23:59 EDT-0400

My EOC F@H stats | My F@H Stats | My Real time F@H Production | My Boinc Stats

My team in point Generation order:

- Bender: Corsair CARBIDE 600C | Win 10 Pro 2004 | AMD Ryzen 2600 | 32GB DDR4-3200MHz Crucial CL22 4x8GB | Noctua NH-U14H
256 GB NVME Toshiba | EVGA 2060 KO Ultra | MSI 2060 Gaming Z | Gigabyte X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING | Seasonic FOCUS Plus 1000 Gold SSR-1000FX | 55" Samsung 120Hz 3D TV

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- Calculon (MainTower): Fractal Design Meshify S2 White |  Win 10 Pro 2004 | AMD Ryzen 3900x | 64GB DDR4-3200 TridentZ RGB | NH-D15
2x 1TB NVME Samsung 970 Pro | AMD 5700XT XFX Rx-57XT8OFF6 | Gigabyte X570 WiFi Pro | Seasonic FOCUS Plus 750 Gold SSR-750FX | Dell U2719W & 2x D3218HN

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- Flexo: Fractal Design Focus G | Win 10 Pro 2004 | AMD Ryzen 1400 | 32GB DDR4 3200 Team Group T-Force Dark Za

256 GB NVME Hynix | AMD RX580 XFX RX-580P8DFWR  | Gigabyte X470 AORUS ULTRA GAMING | Seasonic FOCUS Plus 750 Gold SSR-750FX | Dell U2414G & U2917W

 

Honorable Mentions:

- Leela: Dell Inspiron AIO 7775 | Win 10 Pro 2004 | Ryzen 1700 | 16GB Micron DDR4-2400
1 TB NVME Crucial P1 | AMD RX580 | 330Watt ACadapter | 4K 27" LCD

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- iZac (Server): Fractal Design Node 804 | SVR 2019 std | Ryzen 2600 | 32GB DDR4-3200MHz Crucial CL22 4x8GB | AMD Wraith Prism
1x256GB NVME TeamGroup MP33, 1x512GB NVME TeamGroup MP33, 9x4TB SATA R6 | ASROCKRACK x470D4U | RM650i PSU | NO Monitor

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- Scooty-Puff SR: Dell G5 5505 | Windows 10 Pro | AMD RYZEN R7-4800H | 16GB DDR4-3200 | 2xPM981 1TB NVME | AMD RX5600M | 240 Watt ACadapter

- Scooty-Puff: Dell XPS 9575 | Win 10 Pro 2004 | Intel i7-8705 | 16 GB RAM DDR4-2400 (intg) | 2TB NVME Intel 660p | AMD RX VEGA M GL | 130Watt ACadapter

- Scooty-Puff-JR: Dell Latitude 5179 | Win 10 Pro 20H2 | Intel m5-6y57 | 8GB Ram | 512 GB Toshiba NVME | Intel HD Graphics 515 | 30 Watt Acadapter

 

Useful stuff i may mention

F@H Babysitter | F@H in the Dark | HFM Setup

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There is normally a 2070 Super to be had at 499.  Amazon has the Zotac one in stock at that price and B&H has the Gigabyte one.  So you need another ~120 to get one.  Dump the fans and you're halfway there.  Dumping the case gets you the rest of the way there.  You can buy fans and move the computer to a new case later.  Adding CUDA cores to a GPU post purchase is not an option.  

 

Also pushing past 3200 MHz, while it does help the infinity fabric speed, is putting you into the land of diminishing returns.  I'd definitely want say a 2070 Super and 3200 MHz RAM over  2070 with 3600 MHz.  That's a place to maybe 10 bucks or so if you must.  I'd cut case and fans first though.  

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Thank you all for the wonderful advice and some view points!

 

Currently set on this build:

 

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor  ($269.99 @ Micro Center) 
Motherboard: MSI B450-A PRO MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($99.97 Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory  ($74.99 @ Micros Center) 

Power Supply: Seasonic USA Focus Plus 650 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Fully Modular Power Supply ($119.99 Micro Center)

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB Video Card ($499.99 Best Buy)

 

Total: $1064.93

 

I have decided to wait with the case for now to put that towards components, as mentioned i can always swap the case. ( Thank You for that )

I still will look at my PSU and give an update tomorrow. If i can use it, i can drop the PSU. (It was bought about 2-3 years ago)

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