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Post Date: 2020-06-20

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    Posted: 20 Jun 2020 at 6:33am
Budget:
2500 max

Expectations:
I want to be able to play Cyberpunk 2077 and other newer games at the recommended requirements

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I'm looking for opinions on whether it's worth upgrading my existing Vanquish 3 with new parts or just starting over. The most I've ever done with upgrading is swapping out power supply and graphics card. Thank you for any help.

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Here is what I currently have:
Processor: Intel Core i5 4690K 3.50 GHz (Codename Devils Canyon) (Unlocked CPU) (Quad Core)
Motherboard: ASUS/GIGABYTE (Intel Z97 Chipset) (SLI Ready)
System Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series
Power Supply: 600W Corsair CX
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Optical Drive: DVD-R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD (120GB Samsung 850 EVO)
Storage Set 2: 1x (1TB Seagate (7200 RPM) (64MB Cache)
Graphics Card(s): 1x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB (Includes PhysX)
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio
HPC Processor: - No Thanks
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 1: High Performance Cooler with Large Fan and Copper Pipes
Chassis Fans: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64-Bit Edition)
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  Quote John18 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jun 2020 at 10:12am
There are no official stats that I can find, but your motherboard and RAM stick out to me as not being sufficient, especially for a good gaming machine.

A prebuilt Lynx Level 4 would work for you.

Or this might work Custom Lynx

Or this one, which slightly busts your budget.
Lumos

I always suggest Windows 10 Professional. It provides more control over updates.

Have fun.
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  Quote tekla Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jun 2020 at 10:31am
Thank you so much!

The only difference I see between the 2 is the chassis?

I think the motherboard is complicated to switch out so probably a whole new set up makes the most sense for me.
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Yes, the chassis is the primary difference. I own the Lumos and it has no problem at all getting in sufficient amounts of air. I can play games at 1440p and 144Hz in Ultra and not pop 78C degrees until the room warms up to 80F degrees and power gets cheaper at 8 PM. I am running the 2080 Super card.

I have posted a few photos of my rig on the forums. Just look for my past posts and you will find how the Lumos looks.

Also, yes on the motherboard. If you are changing that you may as well buy new. However, if you have an SSD or HDD that is useable you can add that to whatever you buy as a tertiary drive.

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I found your photos. It's very nice looking. Does the cooling system make a lot of noise?

As an aside: I saw you mention remaster of the Mass Effect series. I didn't know that was real. I'm excited for that!
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jun 2020 at 3:07pm
Since the game won't be out for 4 months, maybe you should just wait and see what comes in September from Nvidia. Right now, your CPU is above the recommended system requirements, but they do recommend 16 GB of RAM. We have to know what your monitor resolution is/will be before we can make recommendations that have a lot of validity.
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  Quote John18 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 20 Jun 2020 at 3:20pm
Originally posted by tekla

I found your photos. It's very nice looking. Does the cooling system make a lot of noise?

As an aside: I saw you mention remaster of the Mass Effect series. I didn't know that was real. I'm excited for that!


The cooling system is quiet except under full load and then it is still quieter than my past computer. Now note, when I say that, that my 2080 is not a blower-style GPU, but a comprised of two internal fans that put hot air into the case and the six case fans keep the case cool. Also remember that the CPU radiator is inside the case with two more fans.

The Mass Effect remaster seems to be a thing. However it was not announced at #EAPlays on Friday. I'm in the Hinterlands right now doing Corporal Vale's tasks so that I can get out of the Hinterlands (again) in Dragon Age: Inquisition. It looks great in 1440p.
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