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bgst 2 months ago

He has a i3 cpu, R7 370 gpu, 8gb ram, 1tb ssd and a normal 60hz monitor.

The complete part list is here (except for the ssd upgrade): Part list

I'm considering:

  1. a new video card like a GTX 1060 6gb
  2. a 144 hz monitor like 24 ASUS,VG248QE,144hz

He has like 350 550 EUR himself for additional upgrades. If I buy the gpu, he could buy the monitor or something like that.

The question is, if it is possible to make a upgrade that makes sense, or if I should just get him money so he could save some more for a completely new build in the future.

I live in Denmark btw.

Thanks Benjamin

EDIT: It turned out that he had more money than er thought. He has 550 eur for parts.

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eesti 1 point 2 months ago

tell him to get a stopgap GPU like an RX 570, and then give him money towards an overhaul that would involve new everything besides storage, case, and GPU

CosmicStorm 1 point 2 months ago

I recommend getting him a new GPU that doesn't get bottlenecked by the i3, maybe an RX570 or other budget graphics card.

mark5916 1 point 2 months ago

a 144 hz monitor like 24 ASUS,VG248QE,144hz

Unless he plays at very low resolutions the R7 370 will not able able to keep up with an 144Hz Monitor.

And if he plays low, that 2 core processor is nothing to write about either.

It should be as fast as a Intel G4560 processor.

It's moderate but not a very fast processor nevertheless.

You could do this though.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
Video Card Sapphire - Radeon RX 570 4 GB PULSE Video Card €139.00 @ Caseking
Monitor AOC - G2460PF 24.0" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor €219.90 @ Caseking
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total €358.90
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-12-11 19:46 CET+0100

You get a 144Hz Free-sync Monitor, and even if the RX 570 may not be able to hit 144 frames, Free-sync will sync the fps from the GPU with the refresh rate of the Monitor, so regardless how much fps you will get (higher than 30 should it be though), gaming will be a breeze. :)

For €550, he can get almost a new build that includes a Ryzen 6 core processor, a AM4 B450 chip-set board, 8GB of DDR4 3000MHz Ram, and a Radeon RX 580 with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

Let your son buy the Monitor of his preference.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor €162.90 @ Alternate
Motherboard MSI - B450 Gaming Plus ATX AM4 Motherboard €99.99 @ Amazon Deutschland
Memory Kingston - HyperX Predator 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory €84.90 @ Amazon Deutschland
Video Card XFX - Radeon RX 580 8 GB GTS XXX ED Video Card €197.99 @ Mindfactory
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total €545.78
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-12-11 20:03 CET+0100
bgst submitter 1 point 2 months ago

This might be exactly what we do.

Thanks everyone.

mark5916 1 point 2 months ago

You're welcome!

bgst submitter 1 point 2 months ago

I can see you all are recommending AMD cards. I would rather go AMD since it gives me freesync possibilities and I prefer not to support Nvidia. But does it make sense when you factor in power consumption? If he keeps the card for like 4 years then it will use a lot of power in that time.

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