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Upgrade or New Build?

So, I built a computer back in 2015 (2 years ago) for about $400. Consists of: 

  • Fx 6300 (Cooled by Corsair H55)
  • Msi Gtx 750 1gb OC edition 
  • Msi 970 Gaming Mobo
  • 2 x 4gb Kingston Savage 1600 ram
  • Corsair Cx 430M
  • 128 gb SSD and 1 tb HDD
  • Corsair Spec 02

I was wondering if I should just upgrade my gpu or build a new system so no bottle necking will occur. For a new gpu, would I need a new psu to power it? If I were to build a new system I'd likely get a Ryzen 5 1600. Any suggestions? My budget is around $600- $700.

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Is your budget $600 - $700 including the sale of your old system?

Personally, I'd just do a completely new build, perhaps just keeping your storage and case.


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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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Ryzen 1600

8gb ram (find it yourself)

Asus prime b350

Keep ssd + HDD

Corsair cx650m black label

Tell me how much is left after this to suggest PSU (prices here are probably different than yours)

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Build new and keep the storage. You can keep the PSU and Case as well but I would recommend getting a nicer Case and a better PSU since 430w is sort of low for ryzen




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I'd upgrade everything except the case, cooler, and storage. Something along the lines of:

- Ryzen 5 1400 / 1600

- B350 motherboard

- 8 / 16GB of 2666 / 3000 / 3200MHz memory

- 650W PSU

- GTX 1060 6GB or Vega 56 (when it releases)

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I'd also recommend waiting for vega 56 but then you'd need a new psu PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/MZJWQV
Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/MZJWQV/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor  ($197.88 @ OutletPC) 
Motherboard: ASRock - AB350 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($61.98 @ Newegg) 
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($124.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: ADATA - Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  (Purchased For $0.00) 
Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  (Purchased For $0.00) 
Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB SSC GAMING Video Card  ($279.99 @ SuperBiiz) 
Case: Corsair - SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower Case  (Purchased For $0.00) 
Power Supply: Corsair - CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply  (Purchased For $0.00) 
Total: $664.84
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-08-06 11:43 EDT-0400

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