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Some upgrades to my system.

LostElement
  • 28 months ago

A few monthes back, I built this system. I5-7500, 16gb of RAM, and an old 750 TI that I've had for a few years.

Some money came in and I think I want to upgrade. I will be doing heavy gaming and content creation. I will be spending a lot of time in viewport in programs like Maya and Inventor, which rely on single core speeds. As much as I would love to go for a R7 1700x, I am not willing to swap out the motherboard.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i7-7700 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $281.49 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $34.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung - 960 EVO 250GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive $117.60 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB GAMING Video Card $289.99 @ Amazon
Case Fan Corsair - ML120 Pro 75.0 CFM 120mm Fan $24.99 @ Amazon
Case Fan Corsair - ML120 Pro 75.0 CFM 120mm Fan $24.99 @ Amazon
Other Compact Disc Re-writable Purchased
Other 1080p TV Purchased
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $774.05
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-10-26 15:37 EDT-0400

These are the upgrades I think I will go with. Again, I will not switch motherboards unless you can convince me otherwise that it's really worth it.

Would it be better to get a 7700k? I realize a b250 board cannot overclock, but the 7700k comes with a higher base frequency. Is that something to consider? I am already hesitant to spend this much cash, so please, do NOT go over 800$. The CPU cooler and the two ML120 fans are for aesthetics and is staying. In another 6 monthes, I will upgrade this system again.

Notes:

  • The 1060 I might actually get for Christmas, so I won't be ordering it immediately. So, discount it from the budget if need be.
  • Keep aesthetics in mind. I won't go for the cheapest 1060, that thing looks ugly as hell.
  • I have a 450 watt Corsair CX450M. So, building a system with a 1070/ is out of the equation unless I upgrade the PSU.
  • My RAM occupies all four DIMM slots.
  • I will be running this on a 1080 60hz TV until I replace it with a proper monitor.

I want some ideas, some different perspectives. Thanks!

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