Need advice on upgrading gaming pc

Hi, I need some advice on upgrading the components of my gaming PC. My ultimate goal is to get as close to 200ms on 240hz 1440p gaming in Battlefield V at the lowest setting with no DXR.

Here is my current specs:-
CPU: i7-6700k
Mobo: Asus ROG Maximus Hero VIII
Ram: Gskill ripjaws 3000mhz 16GB
GPU: Gigabyte GTX 980ti
PSU: Corsair HX850i
Monitor: Asus ROG PG278Q


I will be upgrading motherboard, cpu, gpu and monitor.
I have already decided to get Asus ROG Maximus XI Hero AC to pair with i9-9900k.
I need some advices on the below.
1. For GPU, either GTX1080ti or RTX 2000 series. I am not a fan of RTX technology but if the RTX card can get me a higher fps with DXR off, I will get it. Do I really need a RTX?
2. Is it necessary to upgrade 16gb ram to 32gb?



I appreciate any input. Thanks.
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  1. If you are gaming on low, then the GPU does not matter much, so you dont need a 2080 (your 980ti may be enough). Max fps is set by the CPU. So for the highest fps possible, go with the 9900k, get a decent cooler, and overclock it.

    16gb is more than enough for games. Any unused RAM will just sit idle doing nothing.

    The 1080ti is not be produced anymore and the pricing on them is higher than it should be. Go for a 2080 over the 1080ti right now as performance is very similar. As for RTX, if you dont want to use it, then leave the setting off in the game. It is pretty simple.

    Additionally, you dont need a 850 watt PSU for that system. A quality 650watt PSU will be more than enough.
  2. 1. If budget is any concern, I suggest that a i7-9700K will game just as well as the more expensive 9900K.
    Few games are going to make effective use of more than the 8 cores on the 9700K.
    Because of the soldered heat spreaders, 9th gen K processors run relatively cool.
    What is your case?
    A good air cooler like the noctua nh-d15s will do the job in a good case.

    2. GTX1080ti is still a very good card. But, I think not a big enough jump over the GTX980ti that you would be pleased.
    If you can find one at a good price, ok.
    I think I would point to something stronger.
    Probably, you do not need RTX, but anything stronger than a GTX1080ti will be one of the new RTX cards.

    As to ram,8gb is usually sufficient unless you are multitasking.
    16gb will be more than enough.
  3. feelinfroggy777 said:
    If you are gaming on low, then the GPU does not matter much, so you dont need a 2080 (your 980ti may be enough). Max fps is set by the CPU. So for the highest fps possible, go with the 9900k, get a decent cooler, and overclock it.

    16gb is more than enough for games. Any unused RAM will just sit idle doing nothing.

    The 1080ti is not be produced anymore and the pricing on them is higher than it should be. Go for a 2080 over the 1080ti right now as performance is very similar. As for RTX, if you dont want to use it, then leave the setting off in the game. It is pretty simple.

    Additionally, you dont need a 850 watt PSU for that system. A quality 650watt PSU will be more than enough.


    Any board that is made to easily handle 9900k overclocking, will have 2, 8 pin cpu connectors. That pretty much demands at least a 750w PSU. Also the 9900k is power hungry, especially once overclocked. Also, it looks like it is part of their current system.
  4. My question is why. It’s BFV. Pretty much a doa game that doesn’t benefit from high refresh like other titles do.
  5. geofelt said:
    1. If budget is any concern, I suggest that a i7-9700K will game just as well as the more expensive 9900K.
    Few games are going to make effective use of more than the 8 cores on the 9700K.
    Because of the soldered heat spreaders, 9th gen K processors run relatively cool.
    What is your case?
    A good air cooler like the noctua nh-d15s will do the job in a good case.

    2. GTX1080ti is still a very good card. But, I think not a big enough jump over the GTX980ti that you would be pleased.
    If you can find one at a good price, ok.
    I think I would point to something stronger.
    Probably, you do not need RTX, but anything stronger than a GTX1080ti will be one of the new RTX cards.

    As to ram,8gb is usually sufficient unless you are multitasking.
    16gb will be more than enough.


    I have a cmstorm stryker casing and using nzxt kraken x61 for cpu cooling. I wonder if I can use the same cooler for 9th gen k processor?
  6. LordVile said:
    My question is why. It’s BFV. Pretty much a doa game that doesn’t benefit from high refresh like other titles do.


    It does actually, at least for me, particularly when performing multiple targets transition.
  7. Still a dead game
  8. logainofhades said:
    feelinfroggy777 said:
    If you are gaming on low, then the GPU does not matter much, so you dont need a 2080 (your 980ti may be enough). Max fps is set by the CPU. So for the highest fps possible, go with the 9900k, get a decent cooler, and overclock it.

    16gb is more than enough for games. Any unused RAM will just sit idle doing nothing.

    The 1080ti is not be produced anymore and the pricing on them is higher than it should be. Go for a 2080 over the 1080ti right now as performance is very similar. As for RTX, if you dont want to use it, then leave the setting off in the game. It is pretty simple.

    Additionally, you dont need a 850 watt PSU for that system. A quality 650watt PSU will be more than enough.


    Any board that is made to easily handle 9900k overclocking, will have 2, 8 pin cpu connectors. That pretty much demands at least a 750w PSU. Also the 9900k is power hungry, especially once overclocked. Also, it looks like it is part of their current system.


    You are right, I was not thinking about the extra CPU cable required coming from the PSU for a lot of Z390 boards. Most 650 watts will only have one 8pin CPU connection.
  9. btr999 said:
    geofelt said:
    1. If budget is any concern, I suggest that a i7-9700K will game just as well as the more expensive 9900K.
    Few games are going to make effective use of more than the 8 cores on the 9700K.
    Because of the soldered heat spreaders, 9th gen K processors run relatively cool.
    What is your case?
    A good air cooler like the noctua nh-d15s will do the job in a good case.

    2. GTX1080ti is still a very good card. But, I think not a big enough jump over the GTX980ti that you would be pleased.
    If you can find one at a good price, ok.
    I think I would point to something stronger.
    Probably, you do not need RTX, but anything stronger than a GTX1080ti will be one of the new RTX cards.

    As to ram,8gb is usually sufficient unless you are multitasking.
    16gb will be more than enough.


    I have a cmstorm stryker casing and using nzxt kraken x61 for cpu cooling. I wonder if I can use the same cooler for 9th gen k processor?


    Your case and cooler are fine.

    HX850 is good and comes with two eps cables.
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