add arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up authorcheckmark clipboard combo comment delete discord dots drag-handle dropdown-arrow errorfacebook history inbox instagram issuelink lock markup-bbcode markup-html markup-pcpp markup-cyclingbuilder markup-plain-text markup-reddit menu pin radio-button save search settings share star-empty star-full star-half switch successtag twitch twitter user warningwattage weight youtube

Looking to upgrade a 2011 gaming rig for around $1000

soty731
  • 52 months ago

Hey guys, I'm looking to upgrade my 2011 rig:

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/soty731/saved/mhy6Mp

Primarily using this pc for gaming (no plans to stream) and I'd like to make some upgrades with the hopes of being able to run most games on higher settings for 5+ years. I plan on using the same monitor and case since they were purchased less than two years ago but will more than likely sell everything else to a friend.

My previous two builds have used intel/nvidia but I'm open to any recommendations/brands. I currently have no idea how to overclock any part of my pc, and don't really intend to overclock anything with the new build (mainly just because I don't want to put the time/effort into learning how lol.)

Thanks in advance for the help, and please let me know if there is any more information you need from me

Comments

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

SSD.
970 or 980 ti.
New PSU.
Case fans.
New monitor

Should be good

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

A new monitor? The one I have is less than two years old. Is there something about the monitor I'm using now that makes it inadequate for gaming?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Well it's 1920 X 1080 which means it won't take advantage of your new GPU

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I see. Thanks. What should I be looking for in a monitor in order to get the most out of a 970/980 ti?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Well which one are you going to get?

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably the 980 ti

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $329.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI B150 Gaming M3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $107.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $88.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $87.49 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive $93.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Video Card $339.99 @ B&H
Case Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case $167.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply -
Monitor Samsung S27D590P 60Hz 27.0" Monitor $712.02 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1938.34
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $1928.34
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-16 18:09 EST-0500

total: $954.45 excluding old parts being reused

You could also just get a GTX 980 Ti and big SSD. I would replace that old PSU at some point in the near future.

PSU tier list

http://i.imgur.com/LzSnjJT.jpg

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotcha. Thanks.

Is there a huge difference between a 970 and a 980 ti? I'm not too familiar with the subtle differences the specs of different make.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

There is about a 20-30% performance increase from a 970 to a 980 Ti and the VRAM difference of 4GB 256-bit to 6GB 384-bit. The 970 is great for maxing most games on a 60Hz 1080p monitor. The 980 Ti is good for 144Hz 1080p, 1440p or even some 4K.

I personally use a 980 Ti on a 144Hz 1080p monitor and like having the 6GB VRAM for "future proofing". No game currently exceeds 4GB VRAM at 1080p as far as I know.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome. Thanks for the quick responses.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I added more RAM, an SSD and a GTX 980ti.... (The extra RAM isn't very usefull though)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor Purchased For $0.00
CPU Cooler Corsair H70 61.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler Purchased For $0.00
Motherboard Asus P8P67 PRO ATX LGA1155 Motherboard Purchased For $0.00
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $39.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $148.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $0.00
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Superclocked+ ACX 2.0+ Video Card $649.99 @ B&H
Case Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case Purchased For $0.00
Power Supply Corsair Enthusiast 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply Purchased For $0.00
Monitor Samsung S27D590P 60Hz 27.0" Monitor Purchased For $0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $878.85
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-16 18:22 EST-0500

Sort

add arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up authorcheckmark clipboard combo comment delete discord dots drag-handle dropdown-arrow errorfacebook history inbox instagram issuelink lock markup-bbcode markup-html markup-pcpp markup-cyclingbuilder markup-plain-text markup-reddit menu pin radio-button save search settings share star-empty star-full star-half switch successtag twitch twitter user warningwattage weight youtube