Upgrade My PC Please! Episode 2: The Potato Race

Vote for the PC that deserves the upgrade the most:


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saabovich

Posts: 7   +1
I would've voted for the E8600 guy, but his computer is so dusty and not taken care of that I'm not sure you can trust him with anything worth over $20. Just look at that heatsink(dustsink), how do you look at that and think "That looks fine".
 

thegamefox

Posts: 63   +6
Kinda feel the pain with that phenom 945..since I have the 955 which is not really any better.. prety much again all of them need the upgrade
 

HD Shovelhead

Posts: 18   +4
Getting close,get to see if my choice wins ,Good Luck all.May the worse PC win. just sounds funny when you think about it .lol
 
I love this series but I don't think the views should have chosen the winner as it wasn't cleaned but oh well.He really did need the upgrade though
 
With holiday sales coming thought I would keep an eye out for a deal. What do ya'll recommend for a mobo, cpu, ram, gpu, that can run games at 1080, 60fps at max settings and be able to stream? maybe possible 1440 down the road.
 

Slavjan

Posts: 20   +8
With holiday sales coming thought I would keep an eye out for a deal. What do ya'll recommend for a mobo, cpu, ram, gpu, that can run games at 1080, 60fps at max settings and be able to stream? maybe possible 1440 down the road.
Since you want to stream, either an;
- R5 1600 with ideally an MSI (bar the B350M Gaming Pro) or Asus B350 motherboard since they have LLC control, but it's fine to buy an ASRock, Gigabyte or Biostar board too it's just that they obviously don't have LLC control so you won't be able to OC with them as well. You can also buy an X370 board if you need its features, but again some ASRock, Gigabyte, and Biostar X370 boards don't have LLC control here either.
- R7 1700, again with a B350 or X370 board.
- i7 8700K with a Z370 board and a required aftermarket cooler.

Whatever B350 or X370 board you get though, just make sure that it has a heatsink on the VRMs.

You could also buy an R5 1600X or an R7 1700X for a bit better OC potential, but you'll also need to buy an aftermarket cooler to go with them. For coolers you have many options, starting from a simple Hyper 212 Evo which is on par with the Ryzen stock Wraith Spire cooler so will be alright for the Ryzen CPUs, but you'd ideally want something a bit better for the 8700K. Cooler Master has a MasterLiquid 240mm CLC which is quite inexpensive and works very well, but if you don't want a CLC then a higher-end Cryorig or Noctua cooler will perform similarly but might be more expensive.

That said, you'll want at least 16GB of 2666Mhz RAM and ideally you'd buy Samsung B-Die for Ryzen but Hynix works nearly as well too with all of the updates that've happened, so if you want to go for the cheapest kit that's fine. Any kit will work perfectly with the 8700K though. If you do buy Ryzen then you can use this tool to easily OC the memory for a bit more performance.

Finally, GPU wise for 1080p 60 FPS+ on maximum settings you can go for as cheap as an RX 570/580 or a GTX 1060, and they'll do pretty close to that at 1440p too, depending on the game. For 1440p 60 FPS+ though you'd ideally want something like a GTX 1070 or an RX Vega 56.
 
With holiday sales coming thought I would keep an eye out for a deal. What do ya'll recommend for a mobo, cpu, ram, gpu, that can run games at 1080, 60fps at max settings and be able to stream? maybe possible 1440 down the road.
I don' know where you live but the Microcenter near me has the r5 1600 for $169 US dollars and another $30 dollars off the mobo. You could pick up the Asus Stix b350 board and that for about 240. Add in 16gb of 3000 mhz ram for $180. $420 total for the platform. As far as gpu goes, maybe a GTX 1070 for around $420 would pair well with it.
 

thegamefox

Posts: 63   +6
I would've voted for the E8600 guy, but his computer is so dusty and not taken care of that I'm not sure you can trust him with anything worth over $20. Just look at that heatsink(dustsink), how do you look at that and think "That looks fine".
was thinking about that too.. like come on now..how difficult can it be for a quick dust blow out? ok my pc is old too..but mine is spotless clean.. I clean it at least once a month..if not more.(sometimes every 1-2 weeks) not only because it needs it but because I dont like seeing it dusty :)