Up For Debate - Which PC Component are you Planning to Upgrade Next?

Written by Neil Soutter on Mon, Jan 1, 2018 4:00 PM

Ahoy there, and a very good 2018 to you all! I hope your hangovers are swift and your New Year’s Day triumphantly lazy. Just in case you missed all the hubbub, it’s the first day of a brand spanking new year. 364 days of treats stretch out before us, not least in the world of PC gaming hardware.

Are you glancing down at your PC and wondering just how it’s going to handle Anthem, Cyberpunk 2077 and Battlefield 5 though? Are you increasingly worried that 8GB DDR3 memory just isn’t going to cut it anymore? Well, it’s probably time to consider your next upgrade.

During the next 12 months, we’re anticipating some major action. Nvidia’s been holding its cards very close to its chest recently, milking Pascal for almost two years. Its next generation of graphics cards is surely almost upon us, whether that be Volta, Ampere, or whatever the hell they choose to call it. A Q1 2018 launch is rumoured. Which is, well, right about now really.

AMD’s not one to rest on its laurels though. After playing catch up with Vega, AMD is looking to fight Nvidia on equal terms when Navi launches. HBM3, GDDR6, 7nm fabrication process. It’s got all the buzzwords, but is it going to deliver? There’s also the second generation of Ryzen to consider, which could benefit hugely from AMD’s refinements and optimisations. The first-gen of Ryzen was raw thanks to a new process and a die shrink, but there’s clearly plenty more gas left in the tank where that’s concerned.

With no new consoles on the horizon just yet we don’t expect to see a major jump in system requirements during the next 12 months, so we expect it to be a year in which 4K becomes an increasingly popular screen resolution. With any luck the mid-tier of the next crop of graphics cards may even be capable of 4K, making 2017 the perfect time to go for that new GPU + 4K monitor combo.

I suspect it’s also going to be a great year for virtual reality. The price of VR headsets has been plummeting, while we can’t be all that far from a new generation of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. VR needs to be cheaper and simpler, and over the coming year, it may well do so.

For me personally, my next PC component I’ll be upgrading is, well, everything. I’m hoping to get a completely new build whenever Navi / Volta arrives, whichever launches first really. My current setup with a GTX 970, 8GB RAM and an i5-4670K is okay, but it’s beginning to show its age a bit and there are some curious performance issues. A brand spanking new PC in time for Jurassic World Evolution should do the trick.

Which upgrade is top of your list this year? Any particular component that’s really holding your PC’s performance back right now? Let us know!

What PC Component are you Planning to Upgrade Next?

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23:54 Jan-02-2018

I haven't had any plans yet, as I just upgraded my GTX 970 to GTX 1080 last year. So, no plan. For now. Unless games are developing into needing MAJOR hardware upgrades and there are interesting hardware releases.

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22:22 Jan-02-2018

For me, CPU is next, not too high priority, but quad cores are on their way to become budget, I mean I essentially have equivalent of Coffee Lake i3 now. But I am waiting for supply and non-Z borads to come up and for Ryzen+, because I want to see improvements they made on it. I am not into too high FPS anyway.

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22:16 Jan-02-2018

I'm planning to buy an SSD in a few months

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19:22 Jan-02-2018

I can deal with playing on low settings with my HD 610 intel graphics, but not having SSD is driving me mad so that will be the first thing I'm going to buy

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16:47 Jan-02-2018

what do you all think of i5 8600k? because i am planning to buy it since i game a lot and with even with this gpu i see a lot of bottleneck in most games. i do sometimes some editing but that editing is mostly in summer for some projects (good amount of special effects). i was also considering r5 1600 because of its 12 threads for editing but i saw that there is not much of a difference in adobe premier pro 2017. also i do plan on overclocking (free gains in performace :p )

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07:57 Jan-05-2018

It's great! I have one in my PC at home, the Witcher 3 only puts it between 10% and 40% load.

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20:06 Jan-05-2018

If you need the CPU now i would Suggest the R5 1600 due to its 12 threads , yes its slower in gaming but those will help later with other tasks , also as a worth note AM4 chipset is going to last until 2020 so there is an upgrade path if you decide for instance in 3 years to upgrade your CPU you will only need to buy a new CPU and not the rest of the components

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20:09 Jan-05-2018

If you dont need the CPU now , then i suggest waiting for Zen+ coming in march ( R7 2xxx ) or possibly in may ( R5 2xxx ) since there will be some benefits from its more refined architecture or simply because it will drive the 1st gen Ryzen prices down xD

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15:21 Jan-02-2018

Actually, I won't upgrade my PC before I've bought a new laptop. My current one has an i3 with a crap Nvidia GT gfx card. After that I will save money for a Ryzen build.

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14:28 Jan-02-2018

The only two spots I'm still looking at are an extra SSD and a motherboard/CPU upgrade. Not sure how much farther my i5 is going to get me.

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13:58 Jan-02-2018

planning to buy ACER PREDATOR XB271HU

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14:27 Jan-02-2018

Just got it for Christmas. You won't regret it.

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13:15 Jan-02-2018

I have only mouse,headset and keyboard I'm actually satisfied for now...I was planning 144Hz 1440p monitor and proper components to use that. But we will see,everytime I plan something bigger to be bought, something comes up and ruins my plans :D

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11:13 Jan-02-2018

I was planning on upgrading my cpu this year, but because of slow sending the first upgrade will be multiple monitors (ordered in 2017 >:D). Yay.

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10:43 Jan-02-2018

I'm quite happy with my current specs, perhaps I'll think about decent spacious ergonomic desk and maybe consider 43 inch 4K monitor for next year

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10:21 Jan-02-2018

What i'm thinking about is wide curved monitor :)

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09:58 Jan-02-2018

I'm waiting for the new Geforce GTX Series to launch and then I'll upgrade to something like a GTX 2060 or maybe GTX 2070

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13:43 Jan-02-2018

2-3 more years

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09:44 Jan-02-2018

I'm planning to overhaul my entire gaming rig. And be sure to get a good dolby speakers.

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09:35 Jan-02-2018

Nothing in the near future, as I have pretty much exactly what I want for my rig.

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09:22 Jan-02-2018

Everything but GPU as I dont see any reason to upgrade that yet.

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08:05 Jan-02-2018

just bought a new AM4 motherboard from Gigabyte so next up is 2666Mhz ddr4 ram then a ryzen 5 1600x cpu xD

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09:00 Jan-02-2018

SPOILER ALERT: The RAM will cost as much as or more than the CPU xD

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07:53 Jan-02-2018

I definitely need a new CPU. It is starting to give me issues, especially in BF1 and Arma 3.


What CPU would you guys recommend?

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08:39 Jan-02-2018

i7-7700 if your mobo supports it

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09:02 Jan-02-2018

Really? Even with OC? Even my 6400 hasn't let me down in BF1 and Cities Skylines or any other CPU intensive tasks :O


IMHO it wouldn't be worth it to upgrade to any other 6000 or 7000 series CPU from i5 6600k, the upgrade just wouldn't be that big. I'd recommend you to wait and see for next gen Intel and Ryzen CPUs. That would naturally mean you'd have to get a new MOBO aswell.

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09:47 Jan-02-2018

Yeah man my BF1 drops to 20fps sometimes. Usually runs on 70-80 fps but I get ugly drops.


Thanks for the information. Will probably wait then and see what the next gen is.

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09:07 Jan-02-2018

Other than the 6700K, you don't really have an option, of course i would prefer the 6700, no K, cause even if it doesn't support overclocking it's still less likely to throthle than even the non-OCed K variant.


Only other option is getting a new motherboard for a new CPU. I really find it odd how people with your kind of system have problems while im just happy with mine... except my buggy GPU...

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10:07 Jan-02-2018

As I said before. Overclock ruins your GPU and CPU... no matter how good you are.

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11:01 Jan-02-2018

It doesn t particulary ruin a cpu/gpu but it does shorten its lifespan a little.

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14:56 Jan-02-2018

something is wrong a 2500k is enough for that game and a 970 for 1080p that was my old rig 60fps locked v-sync

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11:27 Jan-03-2018

That is weird. Because I had to uninstall the game. In heavy combat my fps never went above 30fps.

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07:04 Jan-02-2018

i need a new computer case. everything else is already upgraded

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04:10 Jan-02-2018

Nvidia card, this year end with an 2070 or related...I need an additional 8gb ram immediately but the price has increased so much...

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09:06 Jan-02-2018

True. Just checked my buying history from one tech store where I bought an 8GB stick under a year ago for 45€. The same stick is now going for 80€ :O

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