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Upgrading PC with £500

Current PC specs are:
- GA-970A-UD3P motherboard
- Crucial Ballistix Sport 2 x 4G DDR3
- R9 270X
- AMD FX 6300
I want to upgrade my GPU, CPU which would mean a new motherboard.
I was thinking something like a 7600k a 1060 but could choose AMD, help on choosing an upgrade?
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  1. you won't be able to go with a 7600k and a 1060 for £500 i'm afraid . is that the max for your build ?
    Reply to adiec
  2. adiec said:
    you won't be able to go with a 7600k and a 1060 for £500 i'm afraid . is that the max for your build ?


    Really yeah. It doesnt have to be them specifically just an idea.
    Would these not be ok then?
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Core-i5-7600K-QuadCore-C...
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-Nvidia-1060-GDDR5-PCI...
    Thats under £500
    Reply to DanniiBoii
  3. With that CPU you will also need a new Motherboard, and new RAM.

    That is why your budget does not meet the items selected.
    Reply to Corwin65
  4. DanniiBoii said:
    adiec said:
    you won't be able to go with a 7600k and a 1060 for £500 i'm afraid . is that the max for your build ?


    Really yeah. It doesnt have to be them specifically just an idea.
    Would these not be ok then?
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Intel-Core-i5-7600K-QuadCore-C...
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gigabyte-Nvidia-1060-GDDR5-PCI...
    Thats under £500


    like the above poster says. when you have to include ddr4 ram and a new motherboard suddenly you're looking around the £550 and that is with a b250 motherboard which doesn't allow for overclocking .
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  5. Corwin65 said:
    With that CPU you will also need a new Motherboard, and new RAM.

    That is why your budget does not meet the items selected.


    Ok i see, i could spend a bit more. What build would you recommend for around that price.
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  6. this is just over £600 without psu , case, HDD, operating system.

    PCPartPicker part list: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/sQnHD8
    Price breakdown by merchant: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/sQnHD8/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor (£214.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.97 @ Ebuyer)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z270-Gaming K3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£124.34 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory (£61.16 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon RX 480 4GB Dual Video Card (£177.23 @ BT Shop)
    Total: £601.69
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-21 16:10 BST+0100
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  7. adiec said:
    this is just over £600 without psu , case, HDD, operating system.

    PCPartPicker part list: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/sQnHD8
    Price breakdown by merchant: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/sQnHD8/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor (£214.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.97 @ Ebuyer)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z270-Gaming K3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£124.34 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory (£61.16 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon RX 480 4GB Dual Video Card (£177.23 @ BT Shop)
    Total: £601.69
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-21 16:10 BST+0100


    Do you actually intend on Overclocking this system? If not you would save a good amount of cash by cutting down to a B250 Motherboard, stock cooler and locked CPU which can allow enough cash to perhaps upgrade RAM to 16GB and GPU to something like a RX 580 or possibly a GTX 1070.
    Reply to CRO5513Y
  8. CRO5513Y said:
    adiec said:
    this is just over £600 without psu , case, HDD, operating system.

    PCPartPicker part list: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/sQnHD8
    Price breakdown by merchant: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/sQnHD8/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor (£214.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.97 @ Ebuyer)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z270-Gaming K3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£124.34 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory (£61.16 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon RX 480 4GB Dual Video Card (£177.23 @ BT Shop)
    Total: £601.69
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-21 16:10 BST+0100


    Do you actually intend on Overclocking this system? If not you would save a good amount of cash by cutting down to a B250 Motherboard, stock cooler and locked CPU which can allow enough cash to perhaps upgrade RAM to 16GB and GPU to something like a RX 580 or possibly a GTX 1070.


    i was thinking this but because the OP is coming from the fx series i assume he is used to overclocking .. would probably shave £100 off the cost if he ins't interested in overclocking though.
    Reply to adiec
  9. adiec said:
    this is just over £600 without psu , case, HDD, operating system.

    PCPartPicker part list: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/sQnHD8
    Price breakdown by merchant: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/sQnHD8/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor (£214.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.97 @ Ebuyer)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z270-Gaming K3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£124.34 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory (£61.16 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon RX 480 4GB Dual Video Card (£177.23 @ BT Shop)
    Total: £601.69
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-21 16:10 BST+0100


    CRO5513Y said:
    adiec said:
    this is just over £600 without psu , case, HDD, operating system.

    PCPartPicker part list: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/sQnHD8
    Price breakdown by merchant: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/sQnHD8/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor (£214.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.97 @ Ebuyer)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z270-Gaming K3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£124.34 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory (£61.16 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon RX 480 4GB Dual Video Card (£177.23 @ BT Shop)
    Total: £601.69
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-21 16:10 BST+0100


    Do you actually intend on Overclocking this system? If not you would save a good amount of cash by cutting down to a B250 Motherboard, stock cooler and locked CPU which can allow enough cash to perhaps upgrade RAM to 16GB and GPU to something like a RX 580 or possibly a GTX 1070.


    I've thought about this and tbh the only reason i wanted an unlocked CPU is for future proof. It isn't something i have to have. If i was to get a locked chip, which one should i get? Would 16GB be needed?
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  10. Best answer
    DanniiBoii said:
    adiec said:
    this is just over £600 without psu , case, HDD, operating system.

    PCPartPicker part list: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/sQnHD8
    Price breakdown by merchant: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/sQnHD8/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor (£214.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.97 @ Ebuyer)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z270-Gaming K3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£124.34 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory (£61.16 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon RX 480 4GB Dual Video Card (£177.23 @ BT Shop)
    Total: £601.69
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-21 16:10 BST+0100


    CRO5513Y said:
    adiec said:
    this is just over £600 without psu , case, HDD, operating system.

    PCPartPicker part list: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/sQnHD8
    Price breakdown by merchant: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/sQnHD8/by_merchant/

    CPU: Intel Core i5-7600K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor (£214.99 @ Aria PC)
    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.97 @ Ebuyer)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z270-Gaming K3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£124.34 @ Amazon UK)
    Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2666 Memory (£61.16 @ Amazon UK)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon RX 480 4GB Dual Video Card (£177.23 @ BT Shop)
    Total: £601.69
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-21 16:10 BST+0100


    Do you actually intend on Overclocking this system? If not you would save a good amount of cash by cutting down to a B250 Motherboard, stock cooler and locked CPU which can allow enough cash to perhaps upgrade RAM to 16GB and GPU to something like a RX 580 or possibly a GTX 1070.


    I've thought about this and tbh the only reason i wanted an unlocked CPU is for future proof. It isn't something i have to have. If i was to get a locked chip, which one should i get? Would 16GB be needed?



    That's totally understandable. Another good idea might be to look into the Ryzen 5 series since they are all unlocked anyway and you can do it on cheaper boards (you don't need to spend a premium on a Z board, both X370 and the cheap B350 series boards can Overclock on Ryzen). But if not, an i5-7500 would be a good locked Intel CPU for Gaming.

    For the RAM, 16GB isn't "needed" but as someone who upgraded from 8 > 16 only a few months ago i can say it did help performance with a few modern games that exceed 8GB such as Star Citizen, ARK, Witcher 3, PUBG, etc. So if you can chuck some in great! If not, you can always add more RAM later if you leave slots free on the Motherboard.
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