Up For Debate - What PC Component Are You Looking To Upgrade Next?

Written by Stuart Thomas on Wed, Dec 30, 2015 4:00 PM

I don’t know about you, but every so often I get what I call ‘The Itch’. It starts off as a passing interest and all too quickly becomes an overwhelming urge to just buy something. Anything. Much to my bank balance's misery. That’s usually when my upgrades happen. They’re not things I’ve put months of thought into, but seemingly the sheer need to be a consumer. Once I’ve decided I’m buying something that’s it, basically.

This year I’m trying to change though. I’m going to try to plan out my hardware purchases. No unnecessary gear, no impulse buys. It’s all about working out what gaming hardware is coming over the horizon, and planning my purchases appropriately. So join me then, in planning out what PC component to upgrade next.

If you take a look at my rig you can see it’s a fairly decent performer. That said, there’s at least four things I’m heavily interested in picking up in the next 12 months. The first of these is simple - another 8GB memory. I know basically no games cap out 8GB, but I can feel the tide going that way. And hey, it’s a cheap upgrade.

Secondly, the graphics card. I’ve got a GeForce GTX 970, but I’ve got a serious eye on the Pascal GPUs coming. If the GTX 970 equivalent is a cheap price then I’m all in, and I can offload my GTX 970 to pay for it. That all depends on whether Pascal is the great saviour Nvidia paints it to be, however.

Thirdly I think it’s probably about time I invested in an SSD. The sky-high prices have put me off for a long while, so I took the middle ground and opted for an SSD/HDD hybrid. I still finding loading really quick though, so I’m finding it difficult to quantify investing any cash in it.

Lastly there’s the prospect of a VR headset. If I go for any in particular I’m getting the Oculus Rift. I’ve had a go with the HTC Vive but it’s just too large and unwieldy to set up at home for me, and I’m banking on Oculus delivering a far slicker experience.

If the launch titles are there then I’m going to back an Oculus Rift my very next hardware purchase of 2016, but failing that then I’m going to hold out for the next generation of graphics cards.

What PC component are you looking to upgrade next? Any hardware must-haves coming early in 2016? Let us know!

What are you upgrading next?

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04:21 Jan-06-2016

Probably GPU this year, my current one's already showing its age. Another possibility is SSD.

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14:18 Jan-06-2016

Ur funny...

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20:01 Jan-06-2016

It would be better to spend money on worthful stuff. Or maybe donation if u have extra. Damnit.
( I don't like these jokes. Its everywhere. )

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21:24 Jan-06-2016

SSD would be nice, I have 500GB 850 EVO and it really helps to get rid of slow Windows responsiveness :D

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15:27 Jan-05-2016

I will wait until new intel CPU is released and buy the I7 7700k or i7 6820k and by then the nvidia GTX1080TI would have been released, I would buy that and 16gb or maybe 32gb ddr4. Will also change my case and probably, but not sure, the PSU. Would also need a new SSD with at least 500gb. XD Costs aprox 1500€

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19:57 Jan-02-2016

I'll be upgrading my GPU when pascal is released, for the high-end version they offer (gtx760 has served it's time well), but also i'm going to get rid of my old Asus Xonar DG soundcard and going for Creative Sound Blaster Z. Offtopic i'm looking forward to new mouse, headphones and VR. Hmm, that's gonna cost a bit...

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05:53 Jan-06-2016

I'm in the same boat. My GTX760 has also served me well, to be honest there has not be a title it couldn't render well...

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19:42 Jan-02-2016

Everything .

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19:22 Jan-02-2016

Upgrade my CPU from 2.6Ghz to some 3.0GHz :3

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12:09 Jan-02-2016

Im going to upgrade to G.Skill Aegis 2x8GB and Sell my current sticks.

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19:15 Jan-01-2016

i whill only upgrade my storage :D

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18:56 Jan-01-2016

I will be upgrading my GPU next. I will be going with nVIDIA as usual and Pascal mid-end.

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18:57 Jan-01-2016

planning to sell your current card? if so then fingers crossed, it's always nice to get some money back for an upgrade ;)

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17:58 Jan-01-2016

can someone recommend me a GPU that i can upgrade to that can run all upcoming games for the next 2 years?

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18:39 Jan-01-2016

depends which screen resolution,
if 1920x1080 then GTX770 is fine, if 2560x1440 then GTX980Ti

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12:01 Jan-01-2016

My GPU but not soon.. I still enjoy all games with my old pal

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11:52 Jan-01-2016

GPU, and maybe storage...

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07:10 Jan-01-2016

A speaking clock that tells me to knock it the f off and go to bed.

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23:46 Dec-31-2015

Should I upgrade my CPU to a new intle skylake this year (2016)? I only want to upgrade if my CPU is starting to bottleneck my GPU with the newing games coming out, Vus greatly dropping performance. My upgrade options is to get my hands on a I7 3770(k) or upgrading to intle skylake which will force me to get a new motherbored, ram and possibly a new OS. I could also get one of those cheap i7 performing intle Xeon, mobo and ram bundles.

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00:01 Jan-01-2016

Nah, go with Pascal when it releases.

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21:33 Dec-31-2015

sadly my fx 8320 is getting dated so im trying to save for a i7 but i also need a new mobo and ram and thats going to be alot i mean i love my rig now but i need to upgrade this is about 3 years turning 4 on Superbowl Sunday.

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22:02 Dec-31-2015

man your 8320 is still more than enough for gaming!!!

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22:05 Dec-31-2015

its still good Id suggest get a good cooler and overclock that baby to 4.5-4.7

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22:14 Dec-31-2015

Also suggest overclocking it ;)

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22:41 Dec-31-2015

Yep, going to agree with Seasevedge and Spartan!

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22:49 Dec-31-2015

I will be also overclocking my cpu once I get my 850 watt power supply lol. 600 is not enough for my specs lol. But yes Overclocking will make your CPU last a bit longer not life wise but gaming wise since DX 12 will come to support in more games and that means more Multithread and Core usage for us AMD FX users. I am using a Thermaltake NiC C5 cooler which is good supports 230w and replaced its fans for two noctua nf-f12 fans. Id suggest start with a really good cooler maybe water cooling your choice really and give it a go :D

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19:26 Dec-31-2015

My next upgrade will be to buy the Alienware Graphics Amplifier. Will most likely have to wait on buying a card, but my 965m can hold up for now.

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22:03 Dec-31-2015

scratch that, apparently my next update is a Docsis 3.0 modem, my docsis 2.0 modem is dying :(

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18:15 Dec-31-2015

So my next upgrade , A i7-980x or i7-990x for my Asus P6T Deluxe V2 and a SSD 480gb minimum.

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18:22 Dec-31-2015

better buy new gpu or wait for pascal :D

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18:28 Dec-31-2015

I have that i7-920 paired with a 980 on my other PC, I was also looking for an i7-980x but its so expensive on eBay :(

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18:37 Dec-31-2015

sorry mate

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18:06 Dec-31-2015

My next upgrade may be a second 980ti and the proper component to support ddr4 memory.

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16:35 Dec-31-2015

Probably will build a VR rig once Pascal comes out, seeing my laptop will not support it sadly.

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15:05 Dec-31-2015

My next and final purchases for this Rig are a GTX 980Ti and a few SSD's and a new case

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15:25 Dec-31-2015

I know there is always something new coming out and someone will argue it but why would you pay the premium for the 980ti when pascal is on the heels of being released. Your 770 is still a great card. When i bought my 780ti it cost me 650 and 4 months later the 970 which had more vram and performed similar to my 780ti for 350 and the 980 for 550-600 which destroyed my 780ti. And i expect the jump in performance to be even more drastic going to pascal. Choice is yours but why?

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18:06 Dec-31-2015

I'm going to buy the 980Ti and give my son the 770, besides with this aging rig I don't think it would handle more than 980Ti

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18:23 Dec-31-2015

yes it will :D wait for pascal.

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14:49 Dec-31-2015

looking for I& 6700k so that i am safe fro three to 4 years down the line

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14:54 Dec-31-2015

Me too :D. Nice rig btw!

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15:21 Dec-31-2015

where do you live, here the 6700k is like 400+ and sold out

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