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Build Advice Recommend me a new system or upgrade

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by DeckerdBR, 7 Nov 2018 at 23:33.

  1. DeckerdBR

    DeckerdBR Active Member

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    Hi,

    My current PC is getting on a bit now, it a 2nd gen intel core i5 2500k, that over the years has had a new GPU (my current is a GTX970), some more RAM and an SSD or 2.

    I was thinking of 2 options:
    1. a full new system including a new higher res and better quality monitor and a GTX2070.
    2. a new case, CPU, Mobo and RAM, but using my current PSU, GPU and Sata SSD's and maybe monitor (a 1920*1200 dell U2412m).

    Either way I was thinking to base it off a an i5-9600K and a MSI Intel Z390-A PRO as a starting point.

    It's fair to say tech has moved on a fair way since I bought my current system with fancy high res screens with Gsync or Free Sync, RGB motherboards and now the new Turing architecture graphics cards etc.
    oh and i'd like to try and cram it into a smaller case - current is a fractal design define r3, I was thinking something like a Fractal Meshify.

    I did use the Scan 3xs system custom pc configuration tool initially but the price was extreme compared to just sourcing the parts individually and building it myself but that aside, I have no idea what would make a good gaming PC and what is worth it vs what is just over priced... so recommendations welcome.

    Thanks,
     
  2. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude The Flying Dutchman

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    We need the most important part... what’s your budget??
     
  3. DeckerdBR

    DeckerdBR Active Member

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    My not posting that was intentional actually, rather than fix a budget that might be unrealistic, i'd rather have some recommendations first and then illI decide if I am willing to pay it!
    That being said, one of my friends thinks about £1,250 would get a tempered glass case, 2070 gpu, water cooler for CPU, i5 9600k, motherboard, 16 gig DDR 4 ram, and M2 drive.

    But for argument sake let's say £1,600 if I went full system.
     
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  4. TheMadDutchDude

    TheMadDutchDude The Flying Dutchman

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    We really do need a rough budget to work from as we could recommend a slight upgrade to something so stupidly past what you’d like to spend that your fall and break your jaw. :D

    £1600 is a very, very decent budget.

    Next question: what’s the rig used for? Mostly gaming or a variety of things such as editing and the likes...?
     
  5. DeckerdBR

    DeckerdBR Active Member

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    Fair point :D

    Just games, I keep telling myself i'm going to record and upload some of my World of Warships replays, maybe do some video editing but it is a totally secondary and unlikely i'll get round to it so probably not worth factoring in if it will impact build or cost majorly.
    I have reached a point where the you-tube footage of even some of the games I play looks better on my mobile phone screen than it does on my PC screen... but it would be nice to be able to run the new Hitman 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Deus Ex Mankind Divided and perhaps titles like Battlefield 5 at max settings with an upgraded resolution and visual quality. I have also noticed games like Total War Warhammer 2 runs a bit poorly, I presume it is heavily CPU limited as lowering the visual settings does not help, it's just not a very smooth experience.

    I'm not really a fan of manual overclocking, anything outside of pushing up the multiplier in a UEFI Bios is outside of my interest. I just want a fast, cool, quiet machine to play games on and kick back from the stress of work.
    I will say, if I end up with a totally new system inc monitor, i'd probably keep this existing monitor as a second screen for watching videos & browsing on while playing on the other screen. I also work from home regularly, so two monitors is really useful!
     
  6. silk186

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    An i5-9600K and an MSI Intel Z390-A PRO is a good start.
    You can also add 16GB or 32GB DDR4 3000/3200 and a Samsung 970 Evo 500GB M.2 drive.
    Whatever case you go for is mostly aesthetics
    If you want a smaller footprint you can go mATX with a MSI MPG Z390M without sacrificing anything and get the Fractal Meshify C Mini.
    For the monitor did you want to go with something like a 27" 1440p or 32" 4k?
    GPU will depend on it you go 1440p/4k and if the monitor is g-sync or freesync. g-sync some to come with a £100 premium.
     
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    DeckerdBR Active Member

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    I was thinking 27 inch and 1440p, unless there is a really compelling reason to go for the larger 32 inch 4k screen?
     
  8. Sentinel-R1

    Sentinel-R1 Morse Monkey

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    IMO, 1440p is still the sweet spot for gaming + general computing. I've got a 27" 1440p 165Hz panel and it's buttery, buttery smooth. I've tried 4k and ultrawides and there are pros and cons to both, but I'm yet to find a compromise with 1440p @ 27".
     
  9. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun.

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    Full rig and 27" 1440p monitor for £1670.
    Few notes on the build:
    #Went with a 500gb m.2 drive as a 250gb gets full awfully quickly with Windows and a couple of games. Wish I'd gone with a larger drive myself in hindsight.
    #As you're not one for overclocking much I've gone for a 2070 that's got a decent overclock right out the box. Plus with Evga's new precision x1 software and it's OC Scanner feature, you can overclock it further with just a couple of clicks.
    #You're existing psu should be fine, but if you're going full new rig then why take any risk of an old psu blowing it all to smithereens.
    #16gb of 3000mhz ram is about the sweet spot for price/performance and will be plenty for gaming.
    #I'm not up on monitors, so I've just put the cheapest 27" 1440p monitor scan had in their. Others would probably have better recommendations.
     
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