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I knew very little about building PC's so I bought a custom built one on eBay. All parts were the same as this current list except for the graphics card which was a GTX 960 2GB. I have just ordered the 1060 and will receive it on Nov 8th. I've got a nice juicy paycheck coming up of which around $700 of it is going towards upgrades. I'm asking for advice from any pros on what I should add/upgrade in order to get better gaming performance so I can play AAA games on Ultra settings 60+fps without stuttering, unstable fps drop and overheating on a 1080p monitor. It might be a silly question but remember I'm new to this.

UPDATE: Went to the local tech shop and got a Corsair 600CX. Pretty sure it was overpriced at $99 but I wanted to get rid of the bomb.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Damnnn change the PSU boi, also I see bottleneck haven, otherwise it's ok I guess

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Like others said would recommend another PSU, and also a new CPU, and I would also start saving for the new AMD CPUs.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Get a new mobo and cpu, go for the i5 6500 and the cheapest z170 or h170 you can find. You'll also have to buy new ram. The 1060 choice was good. Maybe you could be an SSD, a samsung whatever the hell you want... Just buy a samsung Also, by god that PSU

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I had a PSU similar to that one and had the cables melt on me. Replace that right away.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Change the PSU to a EVGA 500W, get the Gigabyte GA-Z170 HD3, Get the H60i cpu water cooler, then get either the core i5-6400 or i5-6500, download and install this Non-K skylake overclocking bios, overclock the cpu of choice to 4.3Ghz. Then you should be all set for 1440p gaming.

Prices (Newegg)

EVGA 500W - $38

Gigabyte GA-Z170 HD3 - $94

H110 - $100

i5-6400 - $183

i5-6500 - $204

Total for 6400 - Around $425

Total for 6500 - Around $446

Here is the download to the Non-K overclocking bios for the Gigabyte GA-Z170 HD3 (http://overclocking.guide/download/gigabyte-ga-z170-hd3-non-k-oc-bios/)

P.s. The combination of that CPU and that GPU is bottlenecking heaven, that is why you need to replace the cpu and mobo. And that PSU really sucks and might kill your computer.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I the prices on these. I'll take a look.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the way you keep the gpu from sagging , zip ties ftw +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

$700 of it is going towards upgrades. I'm asking for advice from any pros on what I should add/upgrade in order to get better gaming performance so I can play AAA games on Ultra settings 60+fps without stuttering, unstable fps drop and overheating on a 1080p monitor. It might be a silly question but remember I'm new to this.

Not a pro, but I can try some help. As others have said, PSU. I'd say... EVGA G2/GQ, 650 watt, maybe 750 watt. That should be $70/$80 for GQ 650/750 and $80-$100 for G2 650/750. Then SSD! $250 can get you something like the MX 300 1.1 TB, or about $120 for 575 GB. And really, the last thing to really recommend is CPU/Mobo/maybe Ram. I'd say get an i5 4690K for $220-240 I believe is about the price? And then an MSI Z97 PC Mate for $90, and of course a cooler to overclock, M9i for $20 or Scythe Fuma for $50, and thermal paste in Noctuas, specifically I'd say.

And those prices, if you go with the max, should be about $700 like you'll be getting, HOWEVER! Wait for Black Friday to do all this, around the end of month, might be able to get better deals.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, thanks for all the advice. First things first I'll head to the local tech shop see if they have any good PSU's Didn't realize I had a Samsung 7 problem.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a few builds, have a Lepa N500 in my sons budget AMD build. It's been there two years and hasn't been a problem

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

All this is good advice! The 1060 6GB is a great choice, got one myself. Made two lists of upgrades you can get for you so you can click through to product pages:

Cheapest:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $194.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock H170 Pro4S ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $84.99 @ Newegg
Memory Kingston FURY 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $42.98 @ PCM
Storage A-Data Premier SP550 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $61.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $46.97 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $441.82
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $431.82
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-07 11:41 EST-0500

More expensive:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $236.99 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler $29.90 @ Newegg
Motherboard Asus Z170 PRO GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $136.99 @ Newegg
Memory Kingston FURY 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $42.98 @ PCM
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $94.89 @ OutletPC
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $618.74
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $608.74
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-11-07 11:47 EST-0500

Feel free to mix and match from both to suit how much you want to spend, but be aware that the 6600k needs that CPU cooler as it doesn't come with one. You can swap the cooler for an AIO liquid cooler too if you wanted, like the NZXT X61 or Corsair H100i v2.

I almost want to say get a new case too, but at that point it's basically an entirely new build. I like the Phanteks ECLIPSE P400S, Fractal Design Define S and NZXT S340.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! This is just what I was looking for.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

This is almost the exact upgrade I did from an 860k. It was worth it, but it's expensive.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice budget build. What games are giving you problems and what settings?

You may have to do closer to a rebuild than an upgrade.

Thumbs up.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

UPDATE: Went to the local tech shop and got a Corsair 600CX. Pretty sure it was overpriced at $99 but I wanted to get rid of the bomb.

Thank god you did that +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Change that PSU ASAP. It's gonna burn your house down. Some good brands are: EVGA, SeaSonic, Roseville, XFX. Also, upgrade the CPU. An i5 6600k would be good. And if you still have some money left, buy an SSD. It's the biggest possible upgrade you can do to your PC. Otherwise, good build! :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Getting an i5 would mean swapping the mobo too

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

AND RAM

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Only if he upgraded to a new generation processor. Old i5's use DDR3

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe you mean Rosewill and not all their PSUs are great. Not all of most brands PSU's are great sans Seasonic.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

ayyy voices, I have not seen your comments in a while!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

lol. I'm still here.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

My 860k bottlenecks my gtx 750ti in battlefield 1 :/ so you definitly want to upgrade that first to a skylake i5 or the new 7th generation i5 kaby lake when it comes out early 2017.

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

No power supply is priority, that thing is dangerous.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol yea your probably right but he'll have 600 dollars left so that should go towards a good mobo and CPU.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Kaby Lake is going to be 10% faster. Might as well get skylake.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Your 750ti is bottlenecking your 860k.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually did many tests with an i7 6700k and 750ti and I got a significant boost in fps like 20-30 fps. In games like GTA 5 and battlefield 1, the 860k was maxed at 100% while the GPU was at 60-70%. I also saw a really big improvement in csgo fps because I run it on lowest settings and it's not dependent on GPU.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Others have recommended some superb options, I would personally consider the Skylake path (which includes a new CPU, Motherboard, and RAM. If you wanted to, going with Haswell is a good alt. without having to spend extra cash for new RAM. This is all up to you of course :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

so much bottlneck , u would get better performance with an i3 skylake..

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Not that much bottleneck. I went from an 860k with a gtx 970 and got incredible frame rates. I then upgraded to an 6600k with same gpu and got 25 to 45% better frame rates. It really depends on the game. An i3 would not do that much better - plus it's not a true quad core, but does have hyperthreading, which is almost equivalent in gaming but not in rendering. In terms of benchmarks an 860k is about 1% faster than an i3 6100, that's not much of an upgrade.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Pick up a I5-6400 and a good cooler for it then overclock and you'll do very well.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

For that $700 I would upgrade your CPU, Motherboard, and RAM. I would say an i5 6500, an MSI Z170A SLI, and some DDR4 sticks. CPU bottlenecks HAVE to be a thing with that Athlon.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Plus 1 for chain link zip ties. If they were twisty + 2 :)

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