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Upgrading with no money wasted.

Budget (including currency): 

Country: two phases of 800 usd <I get  around $800 bonuses every other month

Games, programs or workloads that it will be used for: gaming at 1440 144fps

Other details right now I have a 1070 with a 6500 i5. 16gig ram 2 ssds and a mech 2 monitors 1 1440p at 144fps and a 4k at 60fps. I have a atx bequite case and a aio water cooler. 


I'm updating my gaming pc. 

I'm thinking of upgrading to ddr5 on a intel platform. But other then update path, not sure it's the most effective use of money.  


Intel idea



Amd idea




After I get that,  maybe upgrade a gpu to a 3070 or 3070ti. 


I'm not a fan boy of anything.  I have a 1000w power supply that should handle what I need. What is the smarter upgrade and path? 




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You could do a 12400F which is under 200 bucks and faster than the 5600X. The draw back is no overclocking. Or just get the 12600K and call it a day.



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This should be better. 12600K isn't worth it since the price difference is small with the 12700F which has more cores. Also DDR5 isn't worth it. Sure you get a better upgrade path, but Alder Lake won't be able to run high speeds in the future stable. And the money you save going with DDR4 now could be used to DDR5 board later so for upgrading it doesn't really matter. If you only use it for gaming you may just want to get a 12400F.


PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700F 2.1 GHz 12-Core Processor  ($312.97 @ B&H) 
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Freezer 34 eSports CPU Cooler  ($38.27 @ Amazon) 
Motherboard: MSI MAG B660M BAZOOKA DDR4 Micro ATX LGA1700 Motherboard  ($129.99 @ Newegg) 
Memory: TEAMGROUP T-Force Delta RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory  ($109.99 @ Newegg) 
Total: $591.22
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-07-03 07:46 EDT-0400

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My PC: 

CPU: i5-10400F | GPU: Powercolor RX 6600 Fighter 8gb | SSD: Crucial MX500 500gb | HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2tb | PSU: Corsair RM650x (2018) | Motherboard: ASRock B460M Pro4 | Case: Antec DP301M


My peripherals:

Monitor: AOC C24G2U & Samsung SR35 | Headset: Steelseries Arctis 3 | Keyboard: Drevo Seer Max (Gateron Brown) | Mouse: Logitech G703 | Mousepad: Steelseries QCK Edge XL

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