time for an upgrade

Mottski

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Do I dump everything and start new or what do I salvage?

My case is trash (Tape holding the power button in place so it can be used, other wise it won't spring up) it was the first pre-built I have bought since mid 90s (always built my own in the past). When my daughter was little, I got away from gaming on PC, so this puppy is about 9 years old. It is an iBuyPower AZZA.

  • i7 -3770
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  • Gigabyte B75M-D3H
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  • GeForce GTX 560 (2GB)
  • WD 10ealx-009BA0 HD (1TB)
  • ASUS Xonar DG Audio
  • 16GB DDR3 Ram (4x 4GB)
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  • DVD RW (will take over to new one so i can still load older games)/Programs
I work as an Epic Analyst for a healthcare provider. So I will use it for that, for my side Hustle, 3-d printing programs and CAD software, Streaming, Games: RPGs, will get back into newer games, so need to upgrade.

Any feedback is appreciated!

-Matt
 

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slavie

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Not great, not terrible. Is it giving you any trouble? Are you running into any limitations?
If you're serious about newer games and streaming, forget it. But, also depends on your monitor: 1080p you may get away with, anything more ain't happening.
For CAD, are we talking side hobby or anything serious? Side hobby, you can get by with whatever, just have some patience.
How much cash do you want to burn here?
 

E4g1e

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The biggest problem with that PC is that the GTX 560 is now completely obsolete. You see, Nvidia had completely ended all support for all Fermi GPUs, including the GTX 560, in March of 2018. No new driver versions have been released after version 391.35, which was released at the end of March 2018. Any security holes and compatibility issues will never be fixed anymore by Nvidia or Microsoft or the application software publishers and programmers. And there is a very good chance that newer versions of the software will now require newer hardware than yours just to even run properly.
 

slavie

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That's a tough budget to work with for a new system. Large part has to do with unavailability of new GPUs for reasons. Even if GPU's were in stock, there's nothing for less than $300 that's been released recently.
Let's say we build you a theoretical mid-range system:
Ryzen 5 3600 $200
B550 Motherboard $110+
16GB of DDR4 RAM $70, or $140 for 32GB
1TB NVMe SSD ~$100-130
Case+PSU ~$120-180
GeForce 3060 $330 MSRP - just about impossible to find
So, even under the best circumstances, you're pushing $1000+. Let's say you part your old rig and get $200 out of it and hit $1000, you'd be lucky to get a new, modern GPU for $500.
Either your budget's gotta put on some weight, or you're looking at piecing together a system with used and/or last gen components.
 

E4g1e

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Well....let's see

10700K $309 = https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i...819118128?Item=N82E16819118128&quicklink=true
Heatsink/fan $89 = https://www.newegg.com/be-quiet-dark-rock-pro-4-bk022/p/13C-001F-00027?Description=be quiet dark rock pro 4&cm_re=be_quiet dark rock pro 4-_-9SIA68V6YA3005-_-Product&quicklink=true
Z590 w/ Wi-Fi 6 $329 = https://www.newegg.com/asus-rog-str...813119371?Item=N82E16813119371&quicklink=true
Corsa 960GB NVMe $129 = https://www.newegg.com/corsair-960gb-force-mp510/p/N82E16820236620?Item=N82E16820236620
Crucial 16GB DDR4 3600 $79 = https://www.newegg.com/ballistix-16...820164198?Item=N82E16820164198&quicklink=true
Corsair 850W $144 = https://www.newegg.com/corsair-rmx-...a-850w/p/N82E16817139234?Item=N82E16817139234
Phanteks FULL MID TOWER ATX $109 = https://www.newegg.com/black-phante...-tower/p/N82E16811854102?Item=N82E16811854102
or Fractal Compact Mid-Tower $125 = https://www.newegg.com/black-fracta...-tower/p/N82E16811352127?Item=N82E16811352127

That so far is $1,115.

If you'd go with an amd R7 5800X is $449. And no motherboard will support a 5 series out of the box, so you'll have to update the BIOS w/o turning anything ON but the motherboard, I don't know how to do that but you can search on the Web.
Motherboard, an X570 chipset which will cost the same price. The price difference between R7 and i7 is $140, so the price will jump from $1,115 to $1,255.
$140.........gets you a free case, PSU, NVM3, RAM, heat-sink/fan, but it's up to you if you want to spend the extra $140.

I went for similar parts myself.........just waiting for more SSDs and fans with cable splitters, I don't use fan controllers, a $6.59 cable does the same job.
Good suggestion. Especially since any decent newer GPU costs way too much money right now, and the GTX 560 is now totally obsolete; therefore, the OP will use the integrated Intel IGP until he saves up enough for a future discrete GPU purchase.
 
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