Upgrading an older computer

May 2, 2018 at 09:44:17
Specs: Windows 7 Pro, Intel i5 2500k / 8 gb ddr3 1333
Hello, first off I’m new, so I hope I posted this accurately. I’m currently looking for some input towards upgrading or adding new hardware to a 6 year old computer. I’m not looking to spend to much, 50-200 at most, but am mostly looking to see if there would be anything worthwhile that would give my computer a little extra, I also thank you for your time in advance.

These are my current specs;
Windows 7 Pro x64
Gigabyte p67a-ud4-b3
Intel i5 2500k
Geforce gtx 560ti
8(4x2)gb Kingston 1333
Kingston v300 240gb ssd
Western black 1tb
500w PSU

Currently I use it as a home theatre/gaming system loaded near to the brim with movies and games. The heaviest resource game I run eats up everything my computer has, CPU/gpu/ram, so any sort of upgrade would be helpful I’d imagine.

These are my current thoughts and considerations, based on my own research.

Looking into possibly a Samsung Evo 860 250gb to replace my much slower Kingston V300, as well as added space for some heavier load time games. I could also then use the Kingston to run other games that could benefit slightly from an ssd.

If that’s not a worthwhile/noticeable upgrade, I also know that my current bottleneck is my gtx 560ti, and that I could upgrade to a gtx 660, 670 or even 680 for less then 200(ish, depending on eBay prices) which would should hopefully make a notice difference. I also wouldn’t know what to do with my old card.

I’ve also considered the following. There is a pair of 8gb sticks of ddr3 1600, with the exact timings as what I have now. If they worked together, dropped to 1333, that would give me a theoretical 24gbs, and if not, would still be 16gb. I have a few games that max out ram so this would help them I’d imagine.

Aside from adding extra mass HDD storage, internal/external, would there be any noticeable benefits for the last stitch efforts I can do? Would I be better off saving my money?

Thanks again for your time.


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#1
May 2, 2018 at 10:23:47
change your GPU, Geforce gtx 560ti

to a gtx 1060 6GB or RX 580 4GB or RX 580 8GB, (RX 570/480/470 if you can get them at a way lower price, tho they are 5~10% worse performing.)

& look up a guide on how to overclock you intel core i5 2500K to about 4.5 GHz if you haven't already

everything else seems fine for now, (maby OC your ram to like 1866MHz, to help your CPU a little)

here is how the gtx 1060 compares to your gtx 560 ti:
http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compar...

i5-6600K[delid]@4.8GHz/4.4GHz@1.39v LLC=6 | 2x4GB Crucial-DDR4-2133CL15@14-13-13-28 1T 2800MHz@1.37v
MSI Armor RX 570 4GB@1435Mhz core@1.262v/1900MHz BiosModded


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May 2, 2018 at 14:38:32

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#3
May 2, 2018 at 20:49:00
I agree with riider that a GTX1050Ti would be a good cost effective upgrade.
A faster SSD would add some speed advantage but you are going to have to stay with SATA3.0 because I do not think you can boot that board to PCIe.
16GB RAM or more would help but avoid going with slower memory and OK'ing memory can be tricky and require patience.
Overckocking your CPU if not done yet will help but I do not support going as extreme for 24/7 and gaming use as recommended above. You should be able to get a decent boost without even needing to upgrade the heat sink if you take your time and be careful about voltage and temperatures.
Price: If you spend more than your original plan it might be better to save it towards a new build instead. A 1050Ti or higher can be used towards a newer build if it proves not satisfactory but just about everything else except the bulk storage hard drives would have to be upgraded to later build a modern gaming rig so beware of spending too much on it.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#4
May 3, 2018 at 01:23:00
I would really recommend the GTX 1060 3GB or 6GB over the 1050 ti, if you are planning to play any AAA titles, like GTA V, BF1, The Witcher:WH, etc.

itll be the difference between getting 45fps vs 65 in most of these titles.

there is a fps comparison list about 5 scroll leghts down on this page:
http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compar...

i5-6600K[delid]@4.8GHz/4.4GHz@1.39v LLC=6 | 2x4GB Crucial-DDR4-2133CL15@14-13-13-28 1T 2800MHz@1.37v
MSI Armor RX 570 4GB@1435Mhz core@1.262v/1900MHz BiosModded


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#5
May 3, 2018 at 20:59:38
"I would really recommend the GTX 1060 3GB or 6GB over the 1050 ti, if you are planning to play any AAA titles, like GTA V, BF1, The Witcher:WH, etc.

itll be the difference between getting 45fps vs 65 in most of these titles."

Correct but look at the planned price range of the upgrade and the possibility of CPU bottlenecking as well. Then there is spending a lot on what is an older computer to consider.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#6
May 4, 2018 at 08:35:40
"Correct but look at the planned price range of the upgrade and the possibility of CPU bottlenecking as well"

if the 2500K is keps at stock speeds, which would be silly, since the owner paid for the "K"

i5-6600K[delid]@4.8GHz/4.4GHz@1.39v LLC=6 | 2x4GB Crucial-DDR4-2133CL15@14-13-13-28 1T 2800MHz@1.37v
MSI Armor RX 570 4GB@1420Mhz core@1.218v/1900MHz BiosModded


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#7
May 6, 2018 at 22:01:33
Thank you all for your replies, you all gave me something to consider. I wasn’t aware that my mobo supported anything past Nvidia 600+, but after doing more research found other people using the same mobo with new cards, which has opened up a lot more options.

A lot of you recommended the 1060, and considering the improvement between the 1050(ti), it seems like a worthwhile investment to save an extra 140-200 from the initial 200 and go with either the 1060 3gb or 6gb variant. My current card has been showing very small tale signs of failing, so this is well timed at least.

I do also want to mention that I am currently running the 2500k OC’ed to 4.5 no turbo for gaming, as I paid 50 extra in the build for a much higher quality cooler, and have never seen temps over 67C.

Hidde663; in the first post you mentioned OCing the RAM, I have never considered it, as the way I understood it the intel i5 was only capable of 1333, but I could easily be mistaken. I also understand ocing the BLCK on my cpu is a trick way to also increase RAM slightly. In that case, could I lower the multiplier and increase that to get my RAM boost that way?

Fingers; Yes I’m only currently limited to SATA 3 speeds, which is only being utilized by the Kingston v300 with it’s slow (to nowadays comparison) 240mbs read speeds. I was hoping an Evo 860 at a pretty affordable price and it’s 560mb read would not be bottlenecked by my mobo, and I would potentially see twice the load speeds. What do you think in that aspect?

Thank you all again for your time and patience into helping, this has been nearly a headache figuring out if it was even worthwhile spending money, but now I feel more informed. :)


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#8
May 7, 2018 at 03:48:25
"I also understand oc'ing the BLCK on my cpu is a trick way to also increase RAM slightly. In that case, could I lower the multiplier and increase that to get my RAM boost that way?"

using BCLK, hmm, i guess for the extra 1~2 % performance gain, i'dd say just forget about the hassle.
if you cant just change the DRAM frequency independently that is.
1666MHz with the same timing@ 1.5Volt

"I have never considered it, as the way I understood it the intel i5 was only capable of 1333"

same with my skylake i5 6600k, it says it can do 2133, but still i got it to 2800MHz, this however is DDR4, Your DDR3 RAM might not like higher frequencies.

as for the SSD, the 860 seems like a good deal, especially for the price you can get them now, but also take a look at the Samsung 850 evo, just get whatever you can get for cheaper

i5-6600K[delid]@4.8GHz/4.4GHz@1.39v LLC=6 | 2x4GB Crucial-DDR4-2133CL15@14-13-13-28 1T 2800MHz@1.37v
MSI Armor RX 570 4GB@1420Mhz core@1.218v/1900MHz BiosModded


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#9
May 7, 2018 at 04:36:29
The extra performance of the newer SSD should be an improvement. I went from a slightly later SSD to a PCIe one from WD but with my Z97 motherboard I needed to use an add in card so the M2 PCIe could work and still had to do BIOS upgrade, drive update, Windows 7 patch, and more to be able to boot to the PCIe SSD. Yours is too old for the BIOS update being available most likely but with a good price, your plan is worth it.
The upgrade to the GTX1060 is also worth it for the simple reason, in my opinion, because if you turn around in 6 months and decide to go with a new build, the graphics card at least can come along with you to the new build. Save your old card in case you want to sell the old system or give it away.

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#10
August 23, 2018 at 01:50:54
You could still use the gtx 560ti as an Nvidia PhysX card to boost performance in some games

i5-6600K[delid]@4.8GHz/4.3GHz@1.4v LLC=6 | 2x4GB Crucial-DDR4-2133CL15@14-14-14-28 1T 2700MHz@1.35v
MSI Armor RX 570 4GB@1340Mhz core@1.110v/1865MHz BiosModded


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