Upgrading PC

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Mintekk

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Hey guys, I’m looking at getting some advice for upgrading my desktop PC. I Purchased the computer 5 years ago, so it’s started to slow down a bit with a couple parts starting to die. I’m assuming this is the motherboard dying as some of my USB ports are failing or not recognizing anything even after a clean wipe. I’m quite out of the loop with what relevant products would be adequate for my current usage, all I know is I need this machine to perform quite a bit better.

I currently use my PC for Revit (3D modelling and rendering), Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier Pro, Lightroom, InDesign and playing a couple games every now and then mostly being PUBG, some GTA5 and CSGO (all playing on the lowest graphics currently – csgo use to run like a dream on high). I currently use a true 7.1 surround sound headphone unit and whether this works with a new motherboard or not doesn't phase me too much but I will have to allocate some of the budget to a new headphone unit if necessary. In the beginning like most computers, it was capable of running these programs quite smoothly although, as I mentioned the computer has slowed down, freezes or programs will crash, and I feel as though this is due to the lack of ram and older graphics. I have around 1000-1200$ to spend on new parts to bring my computer up to scratch and was wondering what you guys recommend replacing (and what with) using the most effective methodology (if I can spend less that’s great!).

Below are my current PCs specifications if anything else is needed please let me know and I’ll update ASAP. Many thanks! Nikk

Windows Version: Windows 10 Home
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770 Ivy Bridge CPU LGA1155, @ 3.40GHz (8MB Cache, up to 3,90 GHz), 3401 MHz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)
Motherboard: Asus P8z77-V PRO MotherBoard, Socket 1155, Intel Z77 Chipset, 4x DDR3, SATA3, USB3.0, 8 CH, D-Sub, DVI-D, DP, HDMI, Quad SLI/CrossfireX. ATX
RAM: Corsair 8GB (2x Vengeance 4GB) DDR3 RAM 1600MHz CL9 Unbuffered DIMM Memory for AMD
DVD Reader: LG optical drive
SSD: Kingston SSD 120GB HyperX 3K Hi Performance SSD SATA 3 2.5(Read @ 555MB/s and write @ 510MB/s)
HDD: WD CAVIAR GREENM, 2TB, INTELIPOWER, 64MB, SATA3
Graphics Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC EDITION PCI-E 3.0 2GB 256-bit DDR5, Base 980 Boost: 1058 / 6008 MHz, 2x DVI, HDMI, DP, Fan
Power Supply: Cooler Master 750W GX Series 80+ Power Supply
Tower: Cooler Master Storm Scout 2
 

Evan Omo

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Hi Nikk, Welcome to PCHF! :)

Here is a computer build that I would recommend that would fit within your budget and would meet your individual needs while also allowing you to upgrade to higher end hardware in the future.

Processor: AMD RYZEN 5 1600X 6-Core 3.6 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo) Socket AM4 95W YD160XBCAEWOF Desktop Processor.
Motherboard: MSI X370 GAMING PRO AM4 AMD X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard.
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Desktop Memory Model CMK8GX4M2A2400C16.
Video Card: Sapphire PULSE Radeon RX 570 4GB GDDR5 PCI-E Dual HDMI / DVI-D / Dual DP OC w/ Backplate (UEFI), 100412P4GOCL.
Solid State Drive: SAMSUNG 860 EVO Series 2.5" 500GB SATA III V-NAND 3-bit MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-76E500B/AM.
Power Supply: CORSAIR RMx Series RM650X 650W 80 PLUS GOLD Haswell Ready Full Modular ATX12V & EPS12V SLI and Crossfire Ready Power Supply.

The computer case, your storage hard drive, the CD/DVD drive and the Windows 10 product key can all be moved over to the new system. I chose a more efficient power supply to replace your existing unit since the Corsair will be of higher quality than your current power supply unit.

Keep in mind that that system that I showed can be used as a baseline so if you want to make any other changes with that build feel free to let me know and I can offer you further suggestions with any other questions that you may have.
 

Mintekk

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Hi Terminator!

Thanks a lot for the reply.

Is it necessary to replace the SSD?
Can I still use my old RAM with the new ones you have suggested? so I would have a total of 16? Or would that be unnecessary?
How does this Graphics card hold up agains Nvidia cards? I'm only asking as I have never used nor heard of this brand of card before

Cheers
 

Mintekk

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I've had a look at some other parts and included them down below

Processor: Intel i5-8600K
GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB dual fan
SSD: Samsung 850 Evo 250GB
RAM: Gskillz Ripjawz DDR4 3200 2x8GB
MBD: MSI z370-A-Pro
Power Supply: Corsair CS-M Series CS650M 650W 80 PLUS GOLD

Do these look alright, or do you think some of the parts are unnecessary for what I need?

Thanks, Nikk
 

Evan Omo

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Is it necessary to replace the SSD?
Only if you want a larger SSD in terms of capacity and the Samsung 860 EVO will be marginally faster than the SSD that you have so I'll leave this choice up to you.

Can I still use my old RAM with the new ones you have suggested? so I would have a total of 16? Or would that be unnecessary?
DDR3 and DDR4 RAM will not work together and you will not be able to use DDR3 RAM in new DDR4 motherboards so you will need new RAM.

How does this Graphics card hold up against Nvidia cards? I'm only asking as I have never used nor heard of this brand of card before
The Sapphire brand is one of the best AMD brands for video cards. See a review for yourself, Sapphire Radeon RX 570 Review.

Do these look alright, or do you think some of the parts are unnecessary for what I need?
If you still want to go with Intel and NVidia then that is a fine build but I would still highly recommend you go with the CORSAIR RMx Series 650 watt power supply that I linked to above as its a high quality part compared to the CS series from Corsair. Other than that it comes down to price vs. performance and how much you want to spend.
 
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