Hi PCMR. I've been debating upgrading my PC for about a year now. I've had this guy for 5/6 years and have only upgraded it when a part failed. Parts like my psu/cpu and ram have been in the pc since the beginning and I've had this computer on for 8 hours a day for the past 5/6 years. I use it more then anything else and I can certainly justify the cost of an upgrade but I'd like some advice if all my logic is sound.
My current build: -AMD 8320 -Crucial Ballistix Tactical Low Profile 8GB Single DDR3-1600 -Asus m5a97 -Sapphire nitro rx580 8gb -a few hdds an ssd -old coolermaster 212 -seasonic 620 bronze
My two goals for upgrading my rig would be to play Arma 3 online at a 3x improvement (currently 15fps on big servers) and to get a cheap mixed reality VR set and try some driving/flying sims. I do a bit of software like Unity3D or Premier so improvements there would be nice too. I love my AMD chip and he's my best friend, but I want to swap to an Intel cpu this time around since I gotta upgrade my cpu/ram/mobo if I want anything new. Also it's my understanding Intel has better single core speeds.
The next decision is probably the biggest and it's which CPU to get. I really hate the idea of a radiator and I don't really want to mess with OCing much so the K versions of chips kind of seem like a waste to me (correct me if that's wrong). I really like the coffee lake line because of their lower power draws and HUGE single core speeds. After using the 8320 for 6 years I've seen just how important a high single core speed is. I've been considering the 8400/8500/8700 and 8700k if I really want to go crazy. About a month ago I made a spreadsheet with all the coffee lake cpu's and thier current best sales. I was able to draw a few conclusions but nothing to convince me to pick one. Also are the new Intel 9000 cpus pretty safe to ignore? I'd love any advice on the cpu stuff because I've only ever used the 8320.
The next thing is will a rx580 be out of balance with a top tier intel cpu like an 8700? I don't want to upgrade my 580 because I just got it and over payed for it too. I'm pretty happy with my 1080 60fps but whats important to me is my cpu will last me 5-10 years of games. I know it's hard to project what games will be like in that time, but I did it with the 8320 which was a budget cpu at the time. I don't follow cpu economics very closely but do people project the newish Ryzen competition will drive the cpu improvements really far and thus shortening the practicalness of current generation cpus?
I'm sure my seasonic 620 will work with anything I get. It's 5 years old but I love its reliability. My evga one exploded the first week and almost turned me off of building pcs. Is it a bad idea using an 'old' psu like this in a new build?
I realize I will need to get new ram. I'd figure getting something like ddr4 3000. Unless that's a bad idea for some reason.
Depending on the cpu I'm considering two motherboards. For a 8700k I'd get an Asrock Extreme 4. For anything lower I'd get an MSI z370-a pro. I pick these two because of their price. Any tips here would be helpful.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Let me know if any of my logic is off or if I'm forgetting something. I love computers and the fact I'm able to recycle components that I've been using on a daily bases for 5 years.