Problem solved. PC upgrade recommendations?

Discussion in 'Technology' started by Meowcenary, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. Meowcenary

    Meowcenary Gaben's Own Aimbot Contributor

    I've managed to save up $509 so far for upgrades (can save up more with time. but its gonna be awhile with how poor I am)

    But with Black Friday around the corner and all the holiday deals coming up I'm figuring maybe I should take advantage of them and buy some possible parts when they're on sale

    I currently have:
    GTX 950
    8GB DDR3
    430w corsair bronze power supply
    i7-2600 (non-overclockable version)
    1 piece processor water cooler I was going to re-use

    I was considering buying a AMD Ryzen 5 1600X, a gtx 1060, and a 600w power supply if necessary. Was going to later pick up 16GB of ram when I can, and until then either go the ghetto route of just temporarily replacing one of my 4GB sticks with a 8GB one for 12GB until I can get a full 16GB. Or just stick with the 2x4 sticks for now if the earlier method is too risky due to compatibility problems

    But I don't know shit when it comes to parts, anyone got any recommendations?

    Cat gif for the trouble

  2. Droplet

    Droplet Totally Ordinary Human

    I would suggest getting a Ryzen 7 1700x processor and a GTX1050Ti 4gb GDDR5 graphics card. You should probably be able to get them for about 450 dollars.
  3. Cream Tea

    Cream Tea Banned Legendary Mapper

    I'd say definitely upgrade your graphics card, that's quite an old card now compared to what you can get these days.
  4. Jermaphobe

    Jermaphobe Moderator Contributor Legendary Mapper

    If you plan to go with Ryzen you'll need a new motherboard and memory. Ryzen does not support DDR3. You would need to upgrade to DDR4 memory. You'd also need a motherboard that supports AM4 socket. The 1600x doesn't come with its own cooler and is just an overclocked R5 1600. The R5 1600, despite having a lower clock speed (3.2Ghz, 3.4 turbo); is a very decent CPU and much faster than Sandy Bridge. You also get a cooler and the possibility to overclock and get 1600x speeds or even surpass the 1600x's performance. But I'd recommend watching guides or reading articles about overclocking if you one day ever go that route.

    Ryzen's stock coolers are miles better than Intel's stock coolers and even allow mild overclocking.

    As for the graphics card you couldn't go wrong with a GTX 1050 Ti or a GTX 1060. I prefer the EVGA models but go with what suits your wallet and needs the best.

    If you ever decide to overclock your CPU. You'd need a motherboard running the B350 or X370 chipset as they're the current chipsets that support Ryzen overclocking (Excluding Threadripper)

    For the power supply make sure it is rated 80+ bronze or higher. That it has all the connectors you need for your components. I run a 600w power supply in my system with an R5 1600 @3.7Ghz OC'd and a GTX 960 OC'd and haven't had power issues

    Seeing how I know little to nothing about your region or what currency you use. Prices can vary greatly for PC components. Black Friday hopefully can make it easier on your wallet. I apologize if I have said stuff you already know. If there's more you'd like to know I'm more than willing to answer.
  5. Meowcenary

    Meowcenary Gaben's Own Aimbot Contributor

    Thanks for the info I appreciate it
  6. Meowcenary

    Meowcenary Gaben's Own Aimbot Contributor

    Wanted to ask ya if you don't mind, if I were to pick up a single stick of 8GB DDR4 ram and then later down the road buy the same exact model and brand for 16GB would that work or would it be a risk factor?

    I've been told doing that especially with DDR4 can potentially cause problems even if its the same model and brand
  7. Jermaphobe

    Jermaphobe Moderator Contributor Legendary Mapper

    I haven't read about these kinds of issues with DDR4 myself but I know from experience with DDR3 that as long as it is the same model, capacity, and have the same timings they work. So if you ordered the exact same memory again it would work. I would save the memory you order in a wishlist or bookmark for later to reduce risk of buying memory that doesn't match. A single stick of 8GB for memory would work but you would get more performance if you bought an 8GB kit that came in two sticks (4GB x 2). This way you can run in dual channel. Basically this would more or less be an accurate example of dual channel in simplicity. This would represent just an 8GB stick of memory.
  8. Meowcenary

    Meowcenary Gaben's Own Aimbot Contributor

    I'd prefer to buy a 2x8 kit but I can't do so currently due to money issues.

    I was figuring I could buy a single 8GB stick and then when I can afford it buy another of the same one for a total of 16GB, versus buying a 2x4 now and having to replace it with a 2x8 later

    If I were to go the route of getting a single 8GB stick now and picking up another 8GB stick later of the same model would it run in dual channel? If so I can live with some non-dual channel ram for the time being
  9. Jermaphobe

    Jermaphobe Moderator Contributor Legendary Mapper

    It depends if your motherboard supports dual channel. But seeing how most efficient motherboards do support it, it shouldn't be an issue. Rule of thumb that memory sticks that are two slots apart will run in dual channel. (Stick 1 in Slot 1, Slot 2 is empty, Stick 2 in Slot 3)
    It also depends if your motherboard supports the memory's rated speed in dual channel and if your CPU supports it. Its tedious making sure compatibility checks out if I say so myself but if or when you have your parts picked out that you plan to order I can check their specifications for you.
  10. Meowcenary

    Meowcenary Gaben's Own Aimbot Contributor

    One of my friends who was helping me out helped me figure out what left to buy and I picked it all up, should be set now

    Thanks everyone for the help and advice, I appreciate ya
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