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Upgrade for future proofing 1080p gaming - from i5 2500k

Discussion in 'New to PC gaming & upgrade advice' started by joem1983, 22 Dec 2020.

  1. joem1983

    Gangster

    Joined: 9 Dec 2010

    Posts: 355

    Location: Hampshire

    Hi,
    Been wrestling my brain on this for a while.

    Looking to upgrade my 9 year old PC consisting of a i5 2500k, 8gb RAM DDR4 and a GTX 970. Thinking CPU, MOBO and RAM to start.

    I mainly play battlefield v. Occasionally stroll into GTAV. Manage 60fps on low settings.
    I have the occasional lag where it's struggling but gameplay is fine tbh.

    I only have a 1080p monitor and not looking to buy one really as graphics are fine and they're not that important to me. Which means there isn't much point investing in something i5/i7 /5600 ish with a 3060 that i was thinking about as I'm limited to 1080p.

    Needs to get me through 5 years so the next GTA and the next couple of Battlefields. Can't see my self playing much beyond a couple of years as we look to start a family.

    Not looking to spend a heap of money. £300 or less. So what is the best value set up for 1080p that will probably be good for a few years? Maybe an AMD 3100?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Tetras

    Mobster

    Joined: 22 Jun 2006

    Posts: 3,730

    I think you're underestimating how demanding 1080p can be, especially if you're planning on churning through the next few BF games.

    The 3100 is more of a sidegrade from your CPU, I would not go below a 3600 or 10400.
     
  3. _tucker_

    Gangster

    Joined: 8 May 2013

    Posts: 283

    Location: London

    Wow and I thought my i5 3570k and 980ti was old haha, I’m looking to upgrade q1 next year so think I may just wait for the new Intel chips to release perhaps
     
  4. Plec

    Capodecina

    Joined: 19 Apr 2003

    Posts: 13,463

    Echo the above (@Tetras) - for a significant bump a 3600 (£188) coupled with a B450 MAX (£88) and 16GB of memory (£80) would be worth extra ~£50 compared to the minor bump of a 3100 (made the same jump for my son last year). The 2500K is/was a mighty CPU - especially clocked - and still pulls it's weight in older games.

    If you've not done so already, clock the 2500K to ~4.4GHz - an attainable clock which shouldn't involve much tweaking (may even succeed on auto) for easy free bump while you wait.

    *The B450 MAX will accommodate 5000 CPUs in the New Year too.
     
    Last edited: 22 Dec 2020
  5. joem1983

    Gangster

    Joined: 9 Dec 2010

    Posts: 355

    Location: Hampshire

    I've had my eye on the 3600 but the price doesn't seem to be coming down? 220?

    Yeah it’s old, I was very surprised it ran bfv after not gaming for a few years. I'm running 4.6ghz, anything higher was unstable. Have been from day one. It is a great chip and has lasted 8/9 years, hence i'm hoping to find a similar level chip for the next few years.

    you’ve probably confirmed what I thought anyway. Time to try AMD Again.
     
  6. Plec

    Capodecina

    Joined: 19 Apr 2003

    Posts: 13,463

    Can be had very easily for £188 - as much as i can say due to forum rules.
     
  7. Mr v

    Associate

    Joined: 8 Dec 2020

    Posts: 24

    i picked myself up a 3600k from ebay for £130 but i got lucky