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  Quote Mojobeast Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Topic: need help with what i want to upgrade first
    Posted: 30 Aug 2022 at 7:02pm
Budget:
my budget will be 300-550$

Expectations:
i just want to have higher fps on certain games

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playing escape from tarkov and modern warfare

Special Needs:
would like to either upgrade my motherboard cpu or graphics card
(which ever seems the most effecting or necessary)
so im looking for opinion like what one i should upgrade first
and how to check if it will be compatible with all my parts listed below.


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Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-9700F CPU @ 3.00GHz, 3000 Mhz, 8 Cores, 8 Logical Processors.

(mother board     PRIME H310M-A R2.0) the motherboard is a minisize and my case LOOKS like it can support a size bigger then that cause theres screw holes where it looks like i can put a bigger MB.

gpu rtx 2060

ive had this digital storm computer for a couple years now

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  Quote Snaike Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Aug 2022 at 7:39pm
How much RAM do you have right now?

From the parts you've listed, a new GPU might be in order... but, I'll wait for The Smart Guys® to chime in.
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  Quote Nomad1970 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 30 Aug 2022 at 8:55pm
I am not one of the smart guys, but I would look at a RTX 3060 Ti. It is certainly better than what you have and is in your price range. But others will drop in and make more suggestions.

One thing you did not specify is the size of your power supply. The RTX 3060 Ti comes with a suggested power supply of 650W. You might only have a 600W power supply.

Edited by Nomad1970 - 30 Aug 2022 at 8:59pm
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 31 Aug 2022 at 4:35am
A graphics upgrade will be of the most benefit, certainly. Nomad has the right idea, and the best card for the most improvement at your budget. A 34 % boost, and a newer generation upgrade in memory handling, ray tracing. and DLSS with the 3060 Ti.

The power supply should not be an issue if you have 600W. Look at this:

https://outervision.com/power-supply-calculator

My calculations didn't carry over to the post, but you can use the calculator to find your exact specs. I'm sure they will fall in the safety zone.

I estimated your total power draw from the parts you have, a 3060Ti, and a bunch you probably don't have, but might, (2 SSDs and an HDD, 16GB of RAM, an AIO liquid cooler) and came up with 429W. That leaves plenty of overhead if you have 600W.

If you only have 8 GB of RAM, you would want to bump that up to 16GB as Snaike suggests.

IMHO, you'd be good to go for maybe a couple of more years of good gaming with those two changes. Good luck.   

Edited by Cretae - 31 Aug 2022 at 4:44am
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  Quote hoserator Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 31 Aug 2022 at 1:37pm
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  Quote Genshin Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 Sep 2022 at 3:54am
I always thought for Warzone, the CPU was the limiter, not the GPU. Upgrading from a 980TI to a 2800Super wasn't a huge increase on a 9900kf. Here is a video that breaks it down specifically for Warzone.

Look up on YT - GPU vs CPU: Identify Your Warzone Bottleneck (Boost Warzone FPS)
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 Sep 2022 at 4:24am
Maybe. Don't know. OP didn't mention Warzone.

Even so, at his budget, you'd not want to target just one game instead of an upgrade that would serve well for several years. That would be the GPU in every case.   
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  Quote Genshin Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 Sep 2022 at 5:21am
Originally posted by Cretae

Maybe. Don't know. OP didn't mention Warzone.

Even so, at his budget, you'd not want to target just one game instead of an upgrade that would serve well for several years. That would be the GPU in every case.   


He mentioned Modern Warfare and Tarkov. Modern Warfare = Warzone, and with MW2 coming, plus Warzone 2 with it, they will still be CPU dependant. All Activision CoD series are CPU dependent. Same with Escape from Tarkov. Very CPU dependent.

So, in his case, CPU > GPU.   Unfortunately, usually with CPU upgrades to make a difference, also comes motherboard replacement as well. But, the best bang for those two games specifically would be CPU.

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  Quote Snaike Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 Sep 2022 at 8:20am
Maybe it is just me being frugal, but I can't see spending OPs budget of $300-$550 on a game, or even two. I have to echo Cretae's statement "you'd not want to target just one game instead of an upgrade that would serve well for several years. That would be the GPU in every case."   
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  Quote JamesAstro Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 02 Sep 2022 at 12:59pm
I think it would be helpful if the OP did an analysis of where the performance bottleneck is. It might be the CPU or GPU. Here's an article with some advice about what monitoring software to use.

https://fbx.gg/blog/best-performance-monitoring-apps/

If you determine that the CPU is the bottleneck, then upgrade your CPU. Otherwise go after the GPU.
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