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What to upgrade!?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Dcky, 7 Jan 2019.

  1. Dcky

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    So, my current setup is GPU: Gtx 1060 6gb, with CPU: intel i3-8100, and a 1080p 75hz monitor.

    I have around £500 to spend, give or take, and i am looking for some advice for what to upgrade.
    My possible options i was thinking of are:

    i5-8400 (or maybe 8600??) CPU + a 1440p (depending on whether i can run it) or 1080p 144hz monitor
    OR
    i5-8400 (") CPU + Gtx 1070 mini 8gb and no 144hz monitor
    OR
    any other suggestions?

    I am curious as to whether, with a gtx 1060 and i5-8400 i can run games at 1440p 60+fps
    , or whether its better to just get a 1070 and i5-8400 together and keep my plain ol' 1080p 75hz monitor.

    Any comments or suggestions are appreciated :)
     
  2. billysielu

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    If you go 1440p you'd also want a new GPU.
    If you get a new GPU you'd also want a new CPU.
    If you get a new CPU and don't also get a GPU and monitor then it's a bit meh.
    So I'd do nothing until you can replace the entire PC, which might be a while because it's pretty recent stuff.
     
  3. LuckyBenski

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    I would suggest monitor and GPU at the same time. Selling your 1060 should net you ~100, I've just seen some videos on the RTX 2060. It looks pretty good, circa 1070Ti performance at 350$. If that translates to £350 I'd get that and a £250 monitor. Then depending on how much the CPU holds you back, an 8400/8600 is more like £100-200 at the next upgrade chance.
     
  4. Dcky

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    So buy 1070 for £300, sell 1060 for £100, and get 1440p 144hz monitor for £300? The one thing holding me back from getting a 1440p monitor which i really have my eyes set on, is my cpu gpu combo, do you know of any issues with the 1070 and 8100 together?
     
  5. LuckyBenski

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    That sounds good. Maybe see where prices land on the 2060.

    I think the 8100 will be ok for a lot of titles. Certainly up to 60FPS. If you're wanting higher resolution and refresh rates monitor, a graphics card is the obvious upgrade to do at the same time. CPU can be more unknown from game to game but you'll certainly need more graphics power.
     
  6. MartinPrince

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    This is exactly my thinking. It does depend on the games you are playing but by going to 1440p (with monitor and ≥1070) you will be putting more stress on the GPU so there is more chance of your CPU holding it's own for a little while till funds allow a CPU change.
     
  7. SJO_

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  8. MartinPrince

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    That's a helpful first post. ;)