In the past few months, I had noticed that my PC, which had virtually received zero updates since I first built it back at the end of 2015, was starting to struggle in newer titles. So after catching myself up on the newest hardware that's been released, I thought it would be time to refresh some of the components in my rig.
Namely, I upgraded the GPU from an EVGA GTX 970 to Gigabyte's RX 5700 XT, changed out my old and dated Corsair 450D (Never needed those 5.25" bays anyways), switched out my old Corsair H60 AIO for the Hyper 212 Black Edition, and upgraded my boot drive to a larger and much faster NVMe SSD.
The case and the CPU cooler were mostly purchased for changing the looks of my build, although I was getting worried on the continued longevity of the AIO. Working in the H510 was so much easier than trying to build and cable manage in my old 450D, I love how most case manufacturers have accepted PSU shrouds and other ease-of-use features that were just coming onto the market back in 2015. The Hyper 212 outperforms the old corsair AIO, without the fear of it randomly springing a leak or the pump failing.
The WD SN750 was kinda a whim purchase, as I didn't need more storage, but the cut in boot and other load times has paid for it many times over by now.
Now the GPU was a tough purchase, as I was not sure on whether to get the RX 5700 XT over the 2060s or the 2070s. I was a bit put off on all of the horror stories people post about the AMD drivers, but I really did not want to buy the 2060s for the same price but lower performance, or the 2070s which had only a ~5% performance gain at a $100+ price premium. So I went on a limb and got the RX 5700 XT and honestly I have been so relieved that I have not ran into any driver issues so far. The performance has been beyond what I have been used to the past 4 years and I can't be more happy with it.
Although I was worried that I would still run into performance issues with my 4c/4t i5-6600k, it seems like most if not all of my issues have been solved for now. But I have yet to get some of the newest titles, such as COD: MW or RDR2, which seem to perform very poorly with these older, lower thread-count CPUs.
I am definitely looking into going with a high resolution/refresh rate monitor, as the one I currently have was literally the cheapest option I found when my old monitor finally died. I would like to upgrade my CPU/MoBo/RAM combo, but it doesn't seem like I urgently need to upgrade yet for the workloads I use this PC for, so I'm more than happy waiting for what the next generation of AMD and Intel processors might bring to the market.
Prices reflect what I paid for at the time of purchasing, many of which were purchased at the end of 2015, so take that into account when looking at the part list.