12 months ago
Apologies in advance for the long post.
Topic: Upgrading current PC configuration
Budget: upto 700 Euros (flexible if need be)
Form Factor: mATX
Use: Gaming at 1080p
Peripherals required: None
Operating System required: None
ASRock B85 DASH/OL R2.0 Motherboard (previously Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H-A Intel B85 mATX LGA1150 Motherboard)
Intel Haswell Core i5 4690 3.50Ghz 6MB LGA1150
Kingston HyperX Beast 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3-1600 CL9
Crucial BX100 120GB 2.5" SATA3 6GB/s SSD
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 64MB 6Gb/s SATA3
ASUS STRIX-GTX970-DC2OC-4GD5 GeForce GTX970 4GB GDDR5 PCI-E3.0
CoolerMaster VS-Series V550S 550W Modular Power Supply 80PLUS Gold
Corsair Obsidian Series 350D Micro ATX Case - Windowed
D-Link DWA-548 Wireless N300 PCIe Adapter
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
I purchased a new pre-built PC in 2005 with the above config. Since then I have moved to Germany and had my PC shipped by sea (bad idea even though I packed it the best I could). The graphics card had bent the PCIe slot out of shape and the PC would boot without detecting the discrete card. I proceeded to buy a cheap quick-fix mobo (ASRock B85 DASH/OL R2.0) and replaced the old one. Now the PC boots up, detecting the discrete card, but with fuzzy dots and stripes, which leads me to believe the graphics card is also bust. Hence, looking at an upgrade now.
I need a graphics card suggestion. Will I be absolutely fine with a GTX 1060 6GB (quite affordable at the moment), a GTX 1070 Ti 8GB (costs almost 150 Euros more) or maybe a GTX 1050 Ti 4GB (super cheap)? I would like to play the current gen games at max/ultra settings and be a bit future proof. Is there a significant, noticeable difference between them? I don't have much knowledge about the AMD cards. Will I be missing out on Nvidia features like PhysX (or more) if I switch to Radeon cards? Also, are the one-fan mini cards as good as their two/three-fan counterparts?
Keeping my case and hard drives intact, I would like to have a better mATX motherboard (my current ASRock board looks drab, has terrible port locations and the PCIe slot doesn't have a secure clip). The old Gigabyte B85M had nice click in slot for PCIe, just like in the RAM slots. I've spotted a few motherboards with onboard WiFi and would prefer one, as I'm not happy with the signal reception of the D-Link WiFi Adapter (currently sits directly underneath the graphics card fan). I understand motherboards, CPU and RAM need to be compatible with one another, which is where my knowledge fails.
With new CPU and RAM, I'm open to suggestions as to what combination of parts would work together. I see that AMD Ryzen CPUs are currently way cheaper than the Intels, but have no idea how to pick the right one at the right price for the right purpose. If we go Ryzen, then would an Nvidia card work? With RAM, I want to be up to date with atleast 16GB DDR4, but can't understand how to pick from the different frequencies.
With all of the above, would a 550W power supply still suffice, or would that need bumping up too? I will also be upgrading to Windows 10 for the build. Bonus points for cool-looking parts with LEDs (optional, not necessary).
Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Really appreciate any help with a parts/price list.