PC Gamers: Which hardware component(s) are you upgrading to get ready for next gen?

What is your next component upgrade?

  • CPU

    Votes: 67 14.0%
  • GPU

    Votes: 172 35.8%
  • SSD

    Votes: 57 11.9%
  • Other

    Votes: 8 1.7%
  • None for now - waiting a year or two

    Votes: 172 35.8%
  • None at all - getting a next-gen console instead

    Votes: 38 7.9%
  • Upgrading entire PC

    Votes: 86 17.9%

  • Total voters
    480

pswii60

Member
Oct 27, 2017
12,846
UK
Intrigued to know what components others will be upgrading ready for next gen?

My current set up is a i9-9900k with 2080 Ti and a 3.5gb/s NVMe SSD. So really I'm already set for next-gen.. but as always I want more.

Sure, the 2080Ti is incredible and would serve me well for a good few years, especially given its DirectX12 Ultimate support and DLSS.. but I've planned to get a 3080Ti when it launches. I won't be able to resist, for the HDMI 2.1 output in particular.

As for the SSD though, it's already faster than what XSX is offering, but slower than PS5. To match PS5 SSD speeds I need to upgrade to PCIE4.0, but currently that would involve switching to AMD as Intel isn't currently offering a PCIE4.0 option. Not in a rush for this upgrade though and will likely wait until 2021/22 and upgrade the motherboard/CPU/SSD at that point.
 

Jroc

Member
Jun 9, 2018
1,453
Worst time to buy is right when new consoles hit.

I'm waiting a year or two after for PC GPUs to get a solid bump at a decent price point (like the RX480/GTX1060). The practical SSD requirements for gaming will probably be known by then. I roll AMD so I'm all set with PCIE4 and a potential upgrade path up to 16 cores.
 

lucebuce

Community Resettler
Member
Oct 25, 2017
13,442
Pakistan
Literally everything lol. DDR3 RAM at 1600, an i5-4670 and a 1060 GTX means everything must be changed for next gen.

Not to mention that I gotta get a particularly fast SSD (which shouldn't be an issue cause they'll be more standard by the time I want to upgrade).
 

Doc Kelso

Member
Oct 25, 2017
2,415
NYC
I went up to a 2070 Super and i5-9600K last week and I'm pretty stoked with how it's running things. It's not exactly groundbreaking, but I don't game at above 1080 right now. 1440p monitors are a bit much at this exact moment (and I'm likely not going to touch 4K in general). I was at a 1660/i5-3700K for a loooooong time. All I really want to upgrade now is my SSD.
 

daninthemix

Member
Nov 2, 2017
2,183
Erm, all of them?

- DDR5 - when's that ready?
- NVME PCIE4 SSD - is there a successor to that on the horizon?
- 8 core / 16 thread CPU or more
- next gen GPU
 

Thekeats

Member
Nov 1, 2017
457
Did some upgrades last year, however my CPU/mboard will probably need replacing sooner rather than later. So thinking of going ryzen 5
 

WillJoe

Member
Nov 14, 2018
2,201
what i had a year ago: 6700K, 16GB RAM, GTX 1070, 1TB SATA3 SSD, 1440p 60hz monitor
i currently have: 9900K, 32GB RAM, RTX 2080, 2TB NVMe SSD, 1440p 144hz monitor

so as you can see i've upgraded everything. my 2080 is doing a great job but it is next to be replaced by a 3080 Ti whenever that comes out.
 

halfjoey

Member
Nov 26, 2017
512
Entire PC. I’m on a 2500k w/660ti.

I will build a new PC but may not go hard on a GPU depending on how much I spend on next gen consoles.
 

demosthenes

Member
Oct 25, 2017
5,268
GPU only. Just built a new computer b/c my mobo died back in November. Have nvme sdd, solid CPU and good ram. Just want to upgrade my 1070 to a 3070.
 

Dajanksta

Member
Oct 28, 2017
441
Austin, Texas
Intrigued to know what components others will be upgrading ready for next gen?

My current set up is a i9-9900k with 2080 Ti and a 3.5gb/s NVMe SSD. So really I'm already set for next-gen.. but as always I want more.

Sure, the 2080Ti is incredible and would serve me well for a good few years, especially given its DirectX12 Ultimate support and DLSS.. but I've planned to get a 3080Ti when it launches. I won't be able to resist, for the HDMI 2.1 output in particular.

As for the SSD though, it's already faster than what XSX is offering, but slower than PS5. To match PS5 SSD speeds I need to upgrade to PCIE4.0, but currently that would involve switching to AMD as Intel isn't currently offering a PCIE4.0 option. Not in a rush for this upgrade though and will likely wait until 2021/22 and upgrade the motherboard/CPU/SSD at that point.
haha nice. I have the same setup. I'll probably upgrade in a few years. I wanted to be ready for CyberPunk and I feel like I am now.
 

Fredrik

Member
Oct 27, 2017
6,271
The old one is a Cubase rig now so whenever it happens I’ll buy a completely new PC. NVMe drive, 3080ti, i9, something like that.
 

Fruitster

Member
Oct 28, 2017
341
Graphics card, CPU and motherboard - and hopefully another SSD to move my windows install onto. It's still on an old hard drive, and that won't last forever.
 

Fawz

Member
Oct 28, 2017
1,118
Montreal
Just waiting on the new line of cards to get one with HDMI 2.1 so I can finally do 4k/120Hz on my C9

Rest of the pieces are good enough that a replacement has little to no value. At most I might get a better SSD down the line when prices normalize a bit
 

Vimto

Member
Oct 29, 2017
966
Any actually exciting CPUs due? Seems like a modern AMD will just get you parity with a next gen console, nothing more.
The next Ryzen is on a new architecture, expecting a fairly decent jump ( 15-20% ).

But I'm interested if they will include any of those dedicated hardware to speed up the SSDs (Just like in the consoles).
 

WillJoe

Member
Nov 14, 2018
2,201
Any actually exciting CPUs due? Seems like a modern AMD will just get you parity with a next gen console, nothing more.
this years AMD will be just an updated 7nm process called Zen 3.

intel are still to release their 10th gen desktop cpus like the i7-10700K (8/16 cores) or the i9-10900K (10/12 cores) which are still based on 14nm.

next year is likely to be more exciting with "Zen 4" which i think will bring AMD to the 5nm process. Intel might have something too on the 7nm process when they finally ditch their Lake series and move to Rapids series.

2021 is looking to be the year we get DDR5 + PCIE5.0 but it might not exactly be on the consumer end. could possibly be 2022 before it trickles down.
 
Oct 25, 2017
142
Getting a 3080 Ti whenever it releases. Last month I upgraded everything except my current 2080, so i'll be ready once Ampere launches.

Currently running: i9 9900KS, 2080, 32GB ram, NVMe and sata SSDs. Once I replace the card I see this build lasting most of next gen...but i'll probably start upgrading around the mid point.
 

Quad Lasers

Member
Oct 26, 2017
2,594
There has to be an appreciably faster CPU to drop for me to get rid of my 9900k/mobo. I don't think this going to be a bottleneck with new consoles for a while since this thing is still smoking the shit out of Zen 2s.

I don't know if I want to hop into the 1st new wave of post-console GPUs or wait until the second wave since i'm on a 2080ti. The actual timetable will depend on how comfortable my 2080ti is into the next generation.

For NVMEs, I'm just waiting for the price to dip down a bit on the non-QLC stuff, which has been frustrating since SSD prices have crept back up since late last year.
 

Gelf

Member
Oct 27, 2017
2,093
No idea, I'll wait and see what the recommended requirements are for ports some time into next gen. Assuming I even want any of them in the first place, I don't see the need in upgrading a system if there's not enough new games I want that actually require it.

I also plan to stick to playing in 1080p for the foreseeable future so that could hold down the level of requirements I need anyway.
 

iammaffyou

Member
Dec 4, 2017
571
New York City
I just got my first serious rig... however, I am fairly new to the gaming computer scene. WIll I need to upgrade anything?

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-9900KF CPU @ 3.60GHz (8 CPUs), ~3.6GHz
Memory: 65536MB RAM
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Disk: 2TB M2 NVMe GEN4 SSD
 

molnizzle

Avenger
Oct 25, 2017
10,847
yup, wouldn't be building a system now with DDR4 or pcie 3.0/4.0 unless i was on something really old and didn't mind jumping on old tech when it's about to be replaced.
Mine is old but still getting it done. i7-4790k. I’m sometimes CPU limited these days but I can still play everything at 60-180fps so I’m not desperate.
 

Dimajjio

Member
Oct 13, 2019
630
Don't really see the point in upgrading as I'll switch to consoles for a few years. Then depending on what mid-range systems come out (or we've had a few years where games are STILL running at 30fps) then I'll just buy a whole new PC and give my current one to nephew.
 

Nezacant

Member
Oct 27, 2017
1,287
It's hard for me to answer this because I feel like I'm always upgrading something. I'm still running SATA SSDs so I guess SSD should be my next target upgrade tho.
 

Isayas

Member
Jun 10, 2018
2,488
I just got my first serious rig... however, I am fairly new to the gaming computer scene. WIll I need to upgrade anything?

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-9900KF CPU @ 3.60GHz (8 CPUs), ~3.6GHz
Memory: 65536MB RAM
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Disk: 2TB M2 NVMe GEN4 SSD
Sir, how did you get a Gen 4 on your mobo especially you going for Intel CPU Processor?
 

Mentalist

Member
Mar 14, 2019
3,254
I made a new Ryzen build over the holidays with parts I bought on Black Friday. 3700x, 16 GB RAM, GTX 1660ti and a SATA 2TB SSD.

I will probably upgrade to a 3060 or AMD equivalent towards the end of 2021, or maybe 2022. But I'm pretty sure I'm good for 1080p High/Ultra settings for now.