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Computer Upgrade Advice

Every year or two I like to do some sort of couputer upgrade, and usually its pretty clear what the weakpoint in my system is that would benifit most. This time though I'm torn between two possible options, so hopefully you folks can give me some advice. 

 

Just for some background I'm a pretty avid PC gamer and enthusiast, and really enjoy running games at high detail and framrates. Last year I upgraded my GPU to a GTX 1070, so an upgrade there is definitly not necessary. However I'm still running 1080p monitors and feel I'm not getting the most out of the higher resolutions my card can run games at, so a 1440p or 4K monitor with a high refresh rate is something I'm considering.

 

At the same time my chipset is getting pretty old, and the CPU I'm currently running is an overclocked i7 3770k. While it was was top of the line in 2012 its age is starting to show, and I know its holding me back in some games. Aside from a faster CPU I'm also interested in the new features an updated platform would bring such as DDR4 RAM, M.2 support, USB-C, etc.

 

So the question is do you think I should upgrade my Motherboard, Ram and CPU or should I go for a new 1440p or 4K gaming monitor?

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Re: Computer Upgrade Advice

I would ask how many games are out there that can actually utilize a 4K monitor.  

 

So I guess at this time I would upgrade the Board, CPU and RAM. Go for hig end.

 

 

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Re: Computer Upgrade Advice

Intel Core i7-7820X

 

All the LGA2066 chipsets are outstanding amongst themselves.

 

I am a fan of Asus and MSI motherboards.

 

MSI X299 SLI PLUS

 

You may need a new cpu fan as well. 

 

 

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Re: Computer Upgrade Advice

A 1440p monitor with any refresh rate over 60hz (Even the 75hz HP Omen 1440p) is going to be your best bet.  1440p is the current sweet spot for better graphics while still getting decent framerate to take advantage of the higher refresh rate.

I'm currently using a 24inch 1080p, 144hz monitor for competitive FPS games like CS:GO, and a 27 inch, 1440p 144hz monitor for MMOs/RPGs and other games. 120+Hz is definitely worth it, but you probably won't notice a huge difference until you go back to a 60hz display. 

Current games are very processor heavy, which is most likely why you're running into some performance issues. Depending on how much you're looking to spend on the build, a 7 series i7 like the i7-7700K for ~$300 and a 1151 socket motherboard for another $120-200 would give you a reasonable power boost without spending another $400+ for the latest socket 2066 gear. 
Alternatively, a 6 series like the 6850k + 2011-v3 motherboard will give you similar results...whatever ends up being cheaper.

You can probably just transfer your RAM / power supply into the new build, but it will depend on what type of RAM you have currently. 

If it's between upgrading the system or getting a new monitor, you'll get worse performance by switching to 1440p/4k, so I guess it would depend on how many issues you're running into with your current build.  If you think you can hold off for another 6-12 months with the current hardware, the monitor will be a nice upgrade for better visuals.

Personally, I'd get the hardware upgrades and then pick up a monitor later on as you'll see an immediate performance increase, even with your current 1080p display. 

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