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Budget (including currency): $750 USD

Country: United States

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: Gaming

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): I made my current PC in 2014 so it has a i5-3470, 8 gb of ddr3 and i have a 6gb gtx 960 that I put in it later on. Want to upgrade so I can play newer games at 1080p on high with at least 60fps. I think the most important things for me to upgrade would be my CPU and ram, but i don't know what i should get. Any suggestions on good upgrades for my price range. 


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Honestly just keep what you have for now and build something next year when everything normalizes.

Current PC:


CPU: Intel i3 4160 Cooler: Integrated Motherboard: Integrated

RAM: G.Skill RipJaws 16GB DDR3 Storage: Transcend MSA370 128GB GPU: Intel 4400 Graphics

PSU: Integrated Case: Shuttle XPC Slim

Monitor: LG 29WK500 Mouse: G.Skill MX780 Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red


Budget Rig 1 - Sold For $750 Profit


CPU: Intel i5 7600k Cooler: CryOrig H7 Motherboard: MSI Z270 M5

RAM: Crucial LPX 16GB DDR4 Storage: Intel S3510 800GB GPU: Nvidia GTX 980

PSU: Corsair CX650M Case: EVGA DG73

Monitor: LG 29WK500 Mouse: G.Skill MX780 Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red


OG Gaming Rig - Gone



CPU: Intel i5 4690k Cooler: Corsair H100i V2 Motherboard: MSI Z97i AC ITX

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 16GB DDR3 Storage: Kingston Fury 240GB GPU: Asus Strix GTX 970

PSU: Thermaltake TR2 Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX

Monitor: Dell P2214H x2 Mouse: Logitech MX Master Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red



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Here's a suggestion if you want to build everything new:


PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-10600K 4.1 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($212.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S 55 CFM CPU Cooler  ($69.94 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus PRIME H570-PLUS ATX LGA1200 Motherboard  ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory  ($87.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Blue 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive  ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Phanteks Eclipse P360A ATX Mid Tower Case  ($70.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: EVGA BQ 600 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply  ($65.48 @ Amazon)
Total: $707.37
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-05-16 15:00 EDT-0400


I have an i7 of the same generation as your current CPU and yes, it is a bottleneck for most demanding games. Changing it to a more modern one will help greatly. If you're okay with keeping your current case / power supply / SSD or HDD, you can save a buck and take the newer i5 11600k or go Ryzen 5 5600x for example. I feel like your graphics card is fine for now. Upgrading your CPU should allow you to get by. If you want to change it eventually, maybe spend a little less right now and get something better once the prices are more acceptable.


PS: love your user name haha

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