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Upgrading my 2014 build

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What, in order of priority would you upgrade before a new build?

 

Budget (including currency): £600

Country: UK

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: Mostly Gaming: Dota 2, Assassins Creed, Total War, Borderlands 3, MTGA, Snowrunner, dual screen.

 

Other details (existing parts lists, whether any peripherals are needed, what you're upgrading from, when you're going to buy, what resolution and refresh rate you want to play at, etc): 

 

Originally had 2 GTX 970s but one of them recently died, has prompted me to start thinking about upgrading. I'm looking to move onto a 1440p screen from my 1080p setup and improve my frames in newer games such as borderlands 3 where i'm noticing big drops in framerate even at low settings. (I'm also keen to potentially change my case as the current one is ugly as sin).

 

Is the graphics card worth keeping and upgrading last?

If I am rebuilding should I buy a new power supply? (Currently 850W EVGA gold)

Is it worth upgrading the MOBO so I can use DDR4, as I will probably change the case?

 

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for 1440p the i5 4690k is decent when overcloked to 4+ghz.

 

you cpu does not support DDR4.

 

 try this upgrade:

more ram: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/KGsKHx/kingston-memory-hx318c10fbk28

the gpu: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/WGLwrH/sapphire-radeon-rx-5700-xt-8-gb-nitro-video-card-11293-03-40g'

do you have ssd? if no try this: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/2sdxFT/silicon-power-1-tb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-sp001tbp34a80m28

 

you could buy i7 4770k/4790k used for cheap, but for 1440p that cpu is decent if overclocked.

 

QUOTE ME  FOR ANSWER.

 

Main PC:

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|Ryzen 7 3700x, OC to 4.2ghz @1.3V, 67C, or 4.4ghz @1.456V, 87C || Asus strix 5700 XT, +50 core, +50 memory, +50 power (not a great overclocker) || Asus Strix b550-A || G.skill trident Z Neo rgb 32gb 3600mhz cl16-19-19-19-39, oc to 3733mhz with the same timings || Cooler Master ml360 RGB AIO || Phanteks P500A Digital || Thermaltake ToughPower grand RGB750w 80+gold || Samsung 850 250gb and Adata SX 6000 Lite 500gb || Toshiba 5400rpm 1tb || Asus Rog Theta 7.1 || Asus Rog claymore || Asus Gladius 2 origin gaming mouse || Monitor 1 Asus 1080p 144hz || Monitor 2 AOC 1080p 75hz || 

Test Rig.

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Ryzen 5 3400G || Gigabyte b450 S2H || Hyper X fury 2x4gb 2666mhz cl 16 ||Stock cooler || Antec NX100 || Silverstone essential 400w || Transgend SSD 220s 480gb ||

Just Sold

Spoiler

| i3 9100F || Msi Gaming X gtx 1050 TI || MSI Z390 A-Pro || Kingston 1x16gb 2400mhz cl17 || Stock cooler || Kolink Horizon RGB || Corsair CV 550w || Pny CS900 120gb ||

 

Tier lists for building a PC.

 

Motherboard tier list. Tier A for overclocking 5950x. Tier B for overclocking 5900x, Tier C for overclocking 5800X. Tier D for overclocking 5600X. Tier F for 4/6 core Cpus at stock. Tier E avoid.

(Also case airflow matter or if you are using Downcraft air cooler)

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Gpu tier list. Rtx 3000 and RX 6000 not included since not so many reviews. Tier S for Water cooling. Tier A and B for overcloking. Tier C stock and Tier D avoid.

( You can overclock Tier C just fine, but it can get very loud, that is why it is not recommended for overclocking, same with tier D)

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Psu tier List. Tier A for Rtx 3000, Vega and RX 6000. Tier B For anything else. Tier C cheap/IGPU. Tier D and E avoid.

(RTX 3000/ RX 6000 Might run just fine with higher wattage tier B unit, Rtx 3070 runs fine with tier B units)

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Cpu cooler tier list. Tier 1&2 for power hungry Cpus with Overclock. Tier 3&4 for overclocking Ryzen 3,5,7 or lower power Intel Cpus. Tier 5 for overclocking low end Cpus or 4/6 core Ryzen. Tier 6&7 for stock. Tier 8&9 Ryzen stock cooler performance. Do not waste your money!

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Storage tier List. Tier A for Moving files/  OS. Tier B for OS/Games. Tier C for games. Tier D budget Pcs. Tier E if on sale not the worst but not good.

(With a grain of salt, I use tier C for OS myself)

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Case Tier List. Work In Progress. Most Phanteks airflow series cases already done!

Ask me anything :)

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4 minutes ago, SavageNeo said:

for 1440p the i5 4690k is decent when overcloked to 4+ghz.

 

you cpu does not support DDR4.

 

 try this upgrade:

more ram: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/KGsKHx/kingston-memory-hx318c10fbk28

the gpu: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/WGLwrH/sapphire-radeon-rx-5700-xt-8-gb-nitro-video-card-11293-03-40g'

do you have ssd? if no try this: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/2sdxFT/silicon-power-1-tb-m2-2280-solid-state-drive-sp001tbp34a80m28

 

you could buy i7 4770k/4790k used for cheap, but for 1440p that cpu is decent if overclocked.

 

Thanks, i'll look into overclocking my core and those components. Currently running a Noctua NH-U14S on top of it for cooling. I have a pair of RAID-d SSDs for the OS and games. I don't think there is a slot on the MOBO for M.2 memory.

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2 minutes ago, Gr3y said:

Thanks, i'll look into overclocking my core and those components. Currently running a Noctua NH-U14S on top of it for cooling. I have a pair of RAID-d SSDs for the OS and games. I don't think there is a slot on the MOBO for M.2 memory.

I read you manual you have a slot for m.2 ssd. if you dont need it dont buy it.

that cpu cooler is good so you can probably get 4.5ghz+ out of your cpu

rx 5700 XT is pretty good. other alternative would be rtx 2070 super.

the 2070 super is 1-5% faster than 5700 XT but 20%more expensive%

 

QUOTE ME  FOR ANSWER.

 

Main PC:

Spoiler

|Ryzen 7 3700x, OC to 4.2ghz @1.3V, 67C, or 4.4ghz @1.456V, 87C || Asus strix 5700 XT, +50 core, +50 memory, +50 power (not a great overclocker) || Asus Strix b550-A || G.skill trident Z Neo rgb 32gb 3600mhz cl16-19-19-19-39, oc to 3733mhz with the same timings || Cooler Master ml360 RGB AIO || Phanteks P500A Digital || Thermaltake ToughPower grand RGB750w 80+gold || Samsung 850 250gb and Adata SX 6000 Lite 500gb || Toshiba 5400rpm 1tb || Asus Rog Theta 7.1 || Asus Rog claymore || Asus Gladius 2 origin gaming mouse || Monitor 1 Asus 1080p 144hz || Monitor 2 AOC 1080p 75hz || 

Test Rig.

Spoiler

Ryzen 5 3400G || Gigabyte b450 S2H || Hyper X fury 2x4gb 2666mhz cl 16 ||Stock cooler || Antec NX100 || Silverstone essential 400w || Transgend SSD 220s 480gb ||

Just Sold

Spoiler

| i3 9100F || Msi Gaming X gtx 1050 TI || MSI Z390 A-Pro || Kingston 1x16gb 2400mhz cl17 || Stock cooler || Kolink Horizon RGB || Corsair CV 550w || Pny CS900 120gb ||

 

Tier lists for building a PC.

 

Motherboard tier list. Tier A for overclocking 5950x. Tier B for overclocking 5900x, Tier C for overclocking 5800X. Tier D for overclocking 5600X. Tier F for 4/6 core Cpus at stock. Tier E avoid.

(Also case airflow matter or if you are using Downcraft air cooler)

Spoiler

 

Gpu tier list. Rtx 3000 and RX 6000 not included since not so many reviews. Tier S for Water cooling. Tier A and B for overcloking. Tier C stock and Tier D avoid.

( You can overclock Tier C just fine, but it can get very loud, that is why it is not recommended for overclocking, same with tier D)

Spoiler

 

Psu tier List. Tier A for Rtx 3000, Vega and RX 6000. Tier B For anything else. Tier C cheap/IGPU. Tier D and E avoid.

(RTX 3000/ RX 6000 Might run just fine with higher wattage tier B unit, Rtx 3070 runs fine with tier B units)

Spoiler

 

Cpu cooler tier list. Tier 1&2 for power hungry Cpus with Overclock. Tier 3&4 for overclocking Ryzen 3,5,7 or lower power Intel Cpus. Tier 5 for overclocking low end Cpus or 4/6 core Ryzen. Tier 6&7 for stock. Tier 8&9 Ryzen stock cooler performance. Do not waste your money!

Spoiler

 

Storage tier List. Tier A for Moving files/  OS. Tier B for OS/Games. Tier C for games. Tier D budget Pcs. Tier E if on sale not the worst but not good.

(With a grain of salt, I use tier C for OS myself)

Spoiler

 

Case Tier List. Work In Progress. Most Phanteks airflow series cases already done!

Ask me anything :)

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Fourth gen i5s are getting very weary and old. Tryo to find a deal on an i7 4770K or 4790K and overclock it so that you match modern i3 or Ryzen 3 performance.

 

Also, the Xeon E3 1231v3 is basically a cheaper i7

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38 minutes ago, SavageNeo said:

I read you manual you have a slot for m.2 ssd. if you dont need it dont buy it.

Right you are, found that now, it has a weird combo thing!

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7 hours ago, SavageNeo said:

I read you manual you have a slot for m.2 ssd. if you dont need it dont buy it.

that cpu cooler is good so you can probably get 4.5ghz+ out of your cpu

rx 5700 XT is pretty good. other alternative would be rtx 2070 super.

the 2070 super is 1-5% faster than 5700 XT but 20%more expensive%

 

Thanks for the advice, after some testing I have overclocked it up to 4.2GHz, It can reach higher but 4.2 seems to stabilise at 80degC on max load.

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