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2018 Upgrades from a 2015 machine

by hepha


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Date Published

Nov. 22, 2018

Date Built

Nov. 22, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.594 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz


I just bought a gtx 1070 to replace the old gtx 970 from 2015 and am wondering if there is any other components that are worth upgrading at this point.

I use a multi-monitor setup mostly for office work and 1 screen dedicated for FPS and MMO gaming.

Is it a good idea to upgrade the asua 144 hz 1080p monitor to a 144 hz 1440p?

I play guild wars 2 and battlefield 1 and honestly noticed little difference in frame rate in guild wars 2...

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FurryJackman 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Getting a Dark Rock Pro 4 might allow you to overclock your 4790K further, since it has the better thermal paste compared to the 4770K. Since you are doing 144hz, overclocking will start to become necessary with that 1070.

1440p 144hz might require more upgrades to a new CPU and GPU, so focus on overclocking the CPU with a good air cooler to maximize your 1080p 144hz.

hepha submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks. Really appreciate your input :)

hepha submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

What good air cooler would you recommend in 2018? Should I go for water cooled?

FurryJackman 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

I said it in my initial comment. The Dark Rock Pro 4 from be quiet!

Armand1 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

144Hz 1080p is already pretty good, but if you're going to upgrade to 1440p you might as well get G-Sync and an IPS panel. G-Sync will make even low framerates look great, and an IPS panel is nice to work on thanks to the more accurate colours and better viewing angles. Also important imo is to get one that is around 27 inch, as it means you don't need to do any display scaling, which can be dodgy in Windows.

I personally have a Acer IPS display that is 144Hz and 1440p for $550 and I've very pleased with it. It's the Acer - Predator XB271HU but the XB270HU is basically the same thing with a different stand from the year before. They're both VESA 100x100 compatible. https://pcpartpicker.com/product/ttnG3C/acer-monitor-xb271hubmiprz

hepha submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Thanks. Really appreciate your input :)

Vairfoley 29 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

You have a great machine right now. The 4790K is still an awesome CPU. Looks like the only thing you can upgrade without a complete system overhaul is the CPU cooler or the monitor. You could honestly add up to a 1080ti in there. I wouldn't be worried about the 4790K being able to keep up.

hepha submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Thanks! Really appreciate your input :)

HarryKout 1 point 3 months ago

No need to update processor. The 1070 is better suited to 1440p gaming. As mentioned earlier you are better off spending on a nice 1440p monitor that can do 100Hz +. GSync will be nice but if you have a monitor that does 144Hz or more the gsync benefit is less noticeable, assuming that you do not crank up setting too high.