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Upgrading soon - Should I change my GPU?


I'm planning to change my system in the next month.


My current system:

i5 4690k @ 3.7GHz

Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X OC 4Gb


Gigabyte Z97 board

2TB & 3TB HDD, 120GB & 480GB SSD

24" 1080p primary display and 19" 1280x1024 secondary display


I have no need for more storage, but the other components I'm less sure.

I'll definitely be getting more RAM and upgrading the CPU. Was thinking of getting the 2700X, but not entirely sure.

Do you guys recommend getting a new GPU? I don't believe the 290 is that outdated in terms of performance to require an update for 1080p. If I do end up getting a new monitor to replace the 19" square, how would that change my GPU situation?

All things considered, how far can $1000 or $1500 get me?


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1 minute ago, BurningHot said:

getting more RAM and upgrading the CPU

Not really necessary, though 16gb would be nice.


2 minutes ago, BurningHot said:

Do you guys recommend getting a new GPU?

I do. I don't know much about older AMD cards but based on the fact that your card came out in 2013, I'd say get a new one.


3 minutes ago, BurningHot said:

how far can $1000 or $1500 get me?

A whole brand new computer.


You can just get a RX580 or 1060 and some ram and be fine in my opinion:


But if you want to redo the processor like you mentioned, this is what I suggest you do:



Your budget is more than adequate for 1080p.

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31 minutes ago, BurningHot said:


Build something like this....


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($159.89 @ OutletPC) 
Motherboard: ASRock - B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($59.99 @ Newegg) 
Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($109.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive  ($55.99 @ Newegg) 
Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($58.89 @ OutletPC) 
Video Card: PowerColor - Radeon RX 580 8 GB Red Devil Video Card  ($199.99 @ Newegg) 
Case: Corsair - Carbide SPEC-04 (Black/Yellow) ATX Mid Tower Case  ($29.99 @ Newegg) 
Power Supply: Corsair - RMx 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply  ($69.89 @ OutletPC) 
Monitor: MSI - Optix MAG24C 23.6" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor  ($199.99 @ Amazon) 
Total: $944.61
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-11-07 22:55 EST-0500




CPU - Ryzen 7 3700X

Mobo - ASRock X470 Taichi

Memory - G.Skill Trident Z RGB (8x2 3200MHz) 

Storage - Sabrent Rocket 1TB - Seagate Barracuda 2TBWD Black 1TB


CaseFractal Design Meshify C

PSUSuper Flower Leadex II Gold 650W

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