Hello friends,

Here's a question for you: What's your Desktop/Laptop Specs right now? Where do you want to be in the near future and how much would it cost you for an upgrade?

📉 My Old Dekstop PC Specs are:

  • CPU: i5-7600K CPU @ 3.80GHz
  • MOBO: Gigabyte Z270XP-SLI-CF
  • RAM: 16 GB RAM
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • Storage: 1 TB HDD & 1 TB SSD

📈 My New Dekstop PC Specs Upgrades are:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-12700K 3.60GHz (Alder Lake) Socket LGA1700
  • MOBO: Gigabyte Z690 UD DDR4 - Intel Z690 DDR4 ATX Motherboard
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 PC4-25600C16 3200MHz Dual Channel Kit

💸 I wanna get in the next coming months:

  • GPU: Nvidia RTX 3070/3080

💷 Costs:

The prices listed and subject to change due to constant changes of the market. So don't take them for granted.

  • CPU: £316.66 ($422.30/€376.24)
  • MOBO: £154.16 ($205.60/€183.17)
  • RAM: £54.16 ($72.23/€64.35)
  • GPU: ~£469 - £649 ($625.39 - $865.41/€557.16 - €771.07) (MSRP)

💵 SUB-TOTAL = £524.98 ($700.18/€623.88) (no GPU)

💶 TOTAL = £993.98 - £1,173.98 ($1,325.41 - $1,565.43 /€1,181.05 - €1,394.92)


🌌 What do I plan to use it for?

Well, a couple of things:

  1. Gaming - Streaming & Recording.
  2. Editing Photo's & Video's & Rendering.
  3. Extended period of time - I don't expect upgrading any time soon after that, giving it to at least 8-10 years.
  4. Use it to play with software that allows me to create games as an experiment and to learn new things.

Since I've listened to your feedback in the comments, I want to thank everybody who has shared their views. That has helped me to change my components and go for alternative upgrades. Thank you for your support! 🙏🏻

1 month ago*

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Do you want to upgrade your Desktop/Laptop?

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I want to, but I can't aford it yet
I want to, but I can't buy it anywhere
I got everything I need
I'm not focused on upgrading
I rather buy a Console (PS5 or XBOX Series X/S)
Just got my upgrade recently
I can only dream for a upgrade

CPU: i7-3770k stock
MOBO: asrock z77 extreme6
RAM: 16gb ddr3
GPU: asus rog strix 1080ti
Storage: 1TB HDD + 240gb SSD
External Storage: 2TB HDD (being used on xbox one for gamepass) + 1TB HDD (backup personal files unit, was previously being used on a ps4 as extra storage for games)

I'm going to try and milk this rig for the current generation of consoles. My CPU/RAM/MOBO are an issue going forward, but i feel like i can stretch their usefullness in terms of gaming for this generation. My biggest concern right now is getting a proper SSD for gaming, as games are now being focused on SSDs, not HDDs and 240gb isn't enough for gaming.

From what i have learned, in the future, whenever i upgrade my rig or make a new one, i will aim for a mid range CPU that is 1 or 2 steps ahead from the current "minimum recommended" for gaming at the time. I'll go with a ##60 gpu or equivalent. ##70 gpu is usually the best thing to go for since it offers acceptable high end performance at a decent price, but i got a feeling computer parts and MSRP pricing will just go up in the future. Just look at the rumours/leaks for next gen GPUs, they are literally making an even larger jump in performance from the looks of it between 2000 series and 3000 series, so the pricing will go up again on the 4000 series gpus. At this rate, buying a 3000 series gpu second hand might be the optimal way of doing business, once the 5000 series are released, lol.

So my upgrade will likely look something like this:

CPU: i7-15700k or AMD equivalent (i will go for the one that has less power usage)
MOBO: no clue, something that is future proof but not excessively overpriced
RAM: 32GB minimum, most likely 64GB, DDR5, perhaps DDR6 if they advance it fast enough
GPU: ##60 from nvidia, perhaps ##70, depends on price and power consumption, or other brand equivalent at the time
Storage: 1TB SSD + 1TB SSD (i like SSDs when it comes to performance, i just don't trust them for long term usage, my first SSD died in 2'ish years, current one i use is working for 6-7 years now, same SSD, just double capacity of first one)
External storage: i'm likely to still use the current external HDD by then, if they still work. Just to back up old files that i might not need but having a backup is still a sure way of confirming i don't screw myself over

So yeah, i don't see myself upgrade my pc untill at least 2025 or so. Assuming the current gen of consoles is short lived since pc technology is advancing too fast.

2 weeks ago
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I currently have a MSI ICORE 5 9TH GENERATION. its a laptop. but space is so small.

next update for my new computer would be a desktop with more space and I5 OR I7. depend on the price. i try not to spend so much on computers. and reason is i cant build it my self. so i have to buy it complete.

2 weeks ago
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Well, if you'd live nearby me, I'd be happy to help you build it. 😅

2 weeks ago
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well i do have friends who knows about pc, i can ask them to help me build.

2 weeks ago
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Or that, never hurts to sneakpeak as they do it so next time you do it. 😉

2 weeks ago
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where's the wants to and could afford to but is too lazy to look into things so she doesn't upgrade - option? :P

2 weeks ago
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I guess you made it! 🤣 Anyone else can comment below you.

2 weeks ago
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I have insomnia tonight so I'll type all this out on my phone to kill time :)

Built this in 2018-2019 over the span of a year, buying pieces one at a time on sale when I could afford it. Some parts were carried over from old system. I do not plan on upgrading for several years. My last build lasted me about 10 years with small upgrades here and there over the years.

CPU: Ryzen 7 3700X
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Prism
Motherboard: MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge Wifi
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 64GB DDR4 3000
Case: Corsair Carbide 200R
PSU: Corsair RM850x
GPU1: EVGA Geforce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB
GPU2: ZOTAC GeForce GT 710 1GB (PCIEx1 card)
SSD1: Samsung 970 EVO Plus m.2 NVMe
SSD2: Samsung 860 EVO SATA
HDD Controller: LSI 9211-4i SAS controller
HDDs: 4x WD white label 14TB 7200rpm drives (zfs raidz array)
ODD1: ASUS BW-16D1HT (blu-ray burner)
ODD2: LITEON Premium DH-16AFSH PREMM2
ODD3: Plextor PX-760A (PATA attached via USB adapter)
USB Controller: Inateck KT4006 2-port USB 3.0 card

OS is Gentoo Linux, and also using KVM/QEMU virtual machines. Specifically for gaming I am doing hardware pass-through of the 1070 card and the usb card to a windows 10 VM which I have connected to a second monitor/keyboard/mouse/usb hub so it's like I have 2 computers side by side, but really running from the same box. The windows VM is for gaming only (it has 16GB of RAM dedicated), I do play some Linux-compatible games in steam (flatpak) but usually am streaming the games from the virtual machine using steam link on my tv or remote play. There are some cases with really old games that don't work in 64bit windows or whatever anymore but actually work okay in Linux using proton. Like old GTA1&2 for example.

The ODDs are from when I was doing an archival project ripping thousands of movies and music CDs. But now I basically never touch them.

My only regret of this setup is the motherboard, it works great and I've never had a single problem with it, but it only has two full sized pcie slots. I wish I had gotten one with 3 so I could stick another real gpu in there. Prices are insane now though so I'm not going to sweat it. Right before covid hit I was looking into maybe getting an m.2 pcie bridge adapter and rigging up an external GPU running through the m.2 slot. But it's probably easier to just get a new motherboard instead of building an aliexpress Frankenstein's monster. Maybe someday when GPUs are cheap again. 😂

My laptop is a 2012 era Lenovo y510p gaming laptop, originally came with windows 8 and two GT750M GPUs in SLI, I've removed the second GPU to reduce battery usage, and disabled the onboard one, so I'm just using the Intel graphics. Even with a 9 year old battery it still lasts a few hours. Nowadays I got rid of windows (it was not windows 10 compatible) and it's running dual boot of Ubuntu and Mac OSX, but I mainly just use it for remoting into my desktop at this point (or streaming steam games from my desktop).

Laptop I may replace soon, I really don't care about gaming on a laptop, my main wants are a good matte screen at least 1080p, a good keyboard feel and a good layout for programming (WHY DO THEY ALL SUCK???), big battery with long life, and easily user serviceable parts (I don't want to need to take the keyboard out to replace RAM or a wifi module, for example). I don't mind if the laptop is a fatty.

2 weeks ago
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GPU1: EVGA Geforce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB
GPU2: ZOTAC GeForce GT 710 1GB (PCIEx1 card)

You're the first person I see with 2 GPU's that are being mentioned. So let me understand this straight if you have a TI, you can attach anything else to it? I knew that if you have for example an GTX 1070 TI you can only attach another GTX 1070 TI.

2 weeks ago
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In this case, it is not two GPUs combined in the traditional way (SLI) but two distinct GPUs being used separately, at the same time. Each GPU is attached to its own monitor.

Basically, one GPU is used by Linux, other GPU is used by Windows (virtual machine). Similarly I am passing USB ports to Linux or Windows separately so I can have one keyboard & mouse on linux and another on Windows.

You can read more about this type of setup at https://www.reddit.com/r/VFIO/ if you are crazy like me :P

2 weeks ago
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Oh I understand now, that's a cool setup. I think your office is quite busy. 😅

2 weeks ago
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Intel® Core™ i7 11700F
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070 8GB GDDR6
Kingston HyperX Fury 32GB (2 x 16) C16 DDR4 3200MHz
Samsung PM9A1 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Seagate Barracuda 4TB 7200 RPMHDD (2017)
1000W Power Supply
Liquid Cooled
Windows 10 Home 64-bit English

Intel® Core™ i7-7700
NVIDIA® GeForce GTX™ 1070 8GB GDDR5
G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series 32GB (2 x 16) C15 DDR4 2400MHz
Intel 660p NVMe PCIe M.2 2TB SSD
Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200 RPM HDD (2011)
Hitachi 80GB 5400 RPM HDD (2007)
460 Watt Power Supply
Liquid Cooled
Windows 10 Home 64-bit English

For two different places, since university is a thing. Honestly, I'm fine with what I have, with the top one being for personal use and the bottom one being for school. If you're wondering, the bottom one used to be the one for personal use and the while I was switching drives, I also found some random hard drives that still worked that we hadn't gotten rid of, so I figured might as well slide it in.
Have no real plans for an upgrade, since the only real upgrade would be a replacement for the second pc and I don't think that'll be neccessary until the tech from 2019-2021 is basically old news

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For two different places, since university is a thing. Honestly, I'm fine with what I have, with the top one being for personal use and the bottom one being for school. If you're wondering, the bottom one used to be the one for personal use and the while I was switching drives, I also found some random hard drives that still worked that we hadn't gotten rid of, so I figured might as well slide it in.

It can still hold up looking at it, so I don't see why would you throw it away. 🙂

2 weeks ago
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Yeah, although I'm not sure if the 80 gigs will ever actually be used. But hey, more storage

2 weeks ago
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It could be anytime really. 80 GB is not that much nowadays with some games out there.

2 weeks ago
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Upgraded yesterday.
I went from a

ROG-GL752VW
17,3" Full HD-skärm
Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ
16 GB DDR4 / 256 GB M.2 SSD
NVIDIA GTX 960M
Intel Skylake

to a

ROG-GX703HS-KF077R
17.3-inch, 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) 16:9, 120Hz, 3ms, 500 nits
Intel® Core™ i9-11900H Processor 2.5 GHz (24M Cache, up to 4.9 GHz, 8 Cores)
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080 Laptop GPU With ROG Boost up to 1645MHz at 125W (140W with Dynamic Boost)
2x16GB DDR4, 3200 MHz
1TB + 1TB + 1TB M.2 NVMe™ PCIe® 4.0 RAID0 SSD

Finally I can raise the graphics settings in my beloved and just as hated Tarkov.
And I can start looking at some wins/purchases made lately, that my old machine really couldn't handle. Interesting times ahead!

And if you wonder why I spend this ridiculous amount on a laptop when I could get even more 'bang for the buck' if I built a stationary instead - I work as a merchant seaman Captain, spend more than half the year away from home every year, travelling to different ships, different countries. Anything except a laptop just will not be feasible for me. Possible yes, but not feasible as it would be a huge inconvenience during all that travelling.

happy noises

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ROG-GX703HS-KF077R
17.3-inch, 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) 16:9, 120Hz, 3ms, 500 nits
Intel® Core™ i9-11900H Processor 2.5 GHz (24M Cache, up to 4.9 GHz, 8 Cores)
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080 Laptop GPU With ROG Boost up to 1645MHz at 125W (140W with Dynamic Boost)
2x16GB DDR4, 3200 MHz
1TB + 1TB + 1TB M.2 NVMe™ PCIe® 4.0 RAID0 SSD

That's a really beefy PC. May it hold you up for many many years!

And if you wonder why I spend this ridiculous amount on a laptop when I could get even more 'bang for the buck' if I built a stationary instead - I work as a merchant seaman Captain, spend more than half the year away from home every year, travelling to different ships, different countries. Anything except a laptop just will not be feasible for me. Possible yes, but not feasible as it would be a huge inconvenience during all that travelling.

That sounds like a really nice job you got there that mixes with gaming. I like that! 🥰

2 weeks ago
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Thank you. I have to admit, I have never owned something this powerful (even relatively speaking) - so I really hope it will last. But you know, laptops.......

2 weeks ago
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9900k
2 way Sli 2080 super gigabyte waterforce
msi MPG Z390 GAMING EDGE AC
gigabyte g750h
32 gb ram viper 3200
gonna upgrade my rig next year

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What do you have in mind?

2 weeks ago
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dunno. somethin with ddr5 and sli for sure.
most likely i will keep my sli setup . just socket change

2 weeks ago
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Having 2 GPU's as SLI does it beat let's say an 2090, or 3060 or 3070 in performance?

2 weeks ago
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In games with sli support pair of 2080S pretty much close to 3090

2 weeks ago
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I just got the I5-11400 and the price/performance ratio is absurd. You can find a few reviews online. There's nothing in the current AMD lineup that compares to it. Paid like 180USD with the integrated graphics(you can get the F version, without graphics, for cheaper)

2 weeks ago
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You paid quite a good price I should think, but maybe I'm wrong. I remember seeing it a lot more the CPU I wanted to buy and maybe that's because it was 1 year ago.

2 weeks ago
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Yeah its standard MSRP from Intel I guess. But fact is: performance wise, getting a better/more powerful CPU will not make MUCH difference. You're better off spending the extra on the graphics card or a NVMe SSD(I grabbed one and oh my god its faaaast. No more loading times.) Check the comparison with the much more expensive Ryzen 5600X https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i5-11400-vs-AMD-Ryzen-5-5600X/4112vs4084
One thing most people don't realize is that we've actually reached a plateau when it comes to CPU. The fabs are now trying to make the CPUs more energy efficient, smaller, instead of faster. I know it has a ring to it but a 5Ghz CPU will provide you little benefit compared to a medium-range, but will cost you much, much more. Consider the I5-12400(newer version) paired with a 3080 and you won't be disappointed.

2 weeks ago
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CPU: Intel Core i7-10700K CPU @ 3.80GHz
MOBO: ASUS TUF GAMING Z590-PLUS WIFI
RAM: 32 GB DDR4
GPU: AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
Storage: 1 TB SSD, 2 TB SSHD, 1 TB HDD (+4 TB NAS)

I'm good for a while with this desktop, the only thing I'm planning to upgrade in the "short" term is the GPU. I would love to get my hands on a RX 6800 if prices ever go back to a somewhat normal level.

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I'm good for a while with this desktop, the only thing I'm planning to upgrade in the "short" term is the GPU. I would love to get my hands on a RX 6800 if prices ever go back to a somewhat normal level.

I hope they do for everybody's sake. The new GPU's are coming out and I bet you not they will sell like hot bread.

2 weeks ago
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I've made a new upgrade yesterday, had updated my current list. Thank you all for your suggestion! 🤗

1 week ago
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