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

What is your next component upgrade?

  • CPU

    Votes: 67 13.9%
  • 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: 39 8.1%
  • Upgrading entire PC

    Votes: 86 17.9%

  • Total voters
    481

thePopaShots

Member
Nov 27, 2017
662
3600/2070 Super owner here. I will probably skip a gen of video card, and grab whatever the equivalent of a 5070 is and the last gen of Ryzen that my MoBo supports. I already have an NVME M.2 drive, but I'll upgrade for a higher capacity drive when the time comes. With so many of the launch titles being cross-get I think waiting a year is probably the right play.
 

karnage10

Member
Oct 27, 2017
1,804
Portugal
I have a gtx1700, i7 6700k, 16 GB RAM and 2tb nvne SSD.
I can still play most if not all games at high settings @1440p. Alongside this a lot of games have as the minimum requirement 960 or older cards.
Is there any need to upgrade?
 

TaySan

Member
Dec 10, 2018
8,839
I have a gtx1700, i7 6700k, 16 GB RAM and 2tb nvne SSD.
I can still play most if not all games at high settings @1440p. Alongside this a lot of games have as the minimum requirement 960 or older cards.
Is there any need to upgrade?
Your i7 6700k will be a bottleneck for next gen games due to being a quad core. 8 core cpus are going to be the base for next gen games.
 

Robioto

Member
May 18, 2018
1,218
Exeter, UK
I'm waiting and going to build an entire new PC. My current build is still going strong (4790k, 980ti) and handles even the most demanding games still at 1440p, medium to ultra settings and keeps frame rates around or above 60FPS.

But I've been saving for a while, I was going to build this month and get everything new except the GPU and wait for the next generation. But I've decided to wait until the next CPUs and GPUs are launched as I'm happy at the moment.

I currently have £1,400 ($1,700) saved up, so I'll probably top that up to £2,000 ($2,400) and build a beast to last me 5+ years like my current build has. (thinking 10700k and a 3080ti or whatever they end up calling them)
 

iammaffyou

Member
Dec 4, 2017
572
New York City
It's not much but it's mine
It's ok, it'll last you for years.
I work as a neuroscience researcher and my lab purchased the RTX 2080 TI for me to do work from home. I need to capture, post-process, and then analyze files that range from 10 to 150 GB, typically, the file is essentially 500-1000 UHD TIFF's combined, permitting a third dimension (depth or time). Even the simple processing like aligning the image takes a while on my rig despite nothing being maxed out, granted it's much better than my previous one (MSI GT75VR 7RF Titan Pro). I can't figure out why it can take 20-30 minutes to complete things like alignment yet the hardware is only ~50-60% utilized. I bought the GEN4 thinking the rate-limiting step was the SSD speeds. But, I digress - I don't know anyone that is knowledgeable about this stuff and this has been nagging me for several years with countless hours troubleshooting.
 

Ada

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Nov 28, 2017
1,917
3080ti day one, my 1080GTX is extremely loud when running uncapped frame rates.
 
Jun 2, 2019
2,131
I have a Ryzen r5 3600 with 16 GB DDR 3200 and a RTX 2060. I'm not upgrading until i see what kind of performance i can get out my rig.

Looking into getting +16 GB of RAM by now, and we'll see if i have to get a NVME SSD later. I have one exclusively for Windows and small games but that's it (They're too expensive for my pocket)
 

LavaBadger

Member
Nov 14, 2017
2,360
Given that parts right now on the high end aren't drastically above (Or not even reaching new console potential in the case of SSDs), and still come at a high premium, now seems like a terrible time to be upgrading a PC.

I'll wait a year and see where things are at. Seems like it's going to be a more or less full PC upgrade when the time comes with needing a new motherboard for higher quality SSDs.
 

Instro

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Oct 25, 2017
7,748
I'm just going to do a whole new build the next 12-18 months. Most of the parts in my PC, outside the GPU really, are from ~2013, so just upgrading is not going to cut it.
 

m_shortpants

Member
Oct 25, 2017
3,143
I just built with a 3700x, 32 gigs 3200, and a 2080S. I have one NVMe for Windows and apps but I'm waiting for higher speed PCIE 4 nvmes to come out so I can match whatever the consoles will need.
 

soundtrack

Member
Oct 28, 2017
150
like everyone else, waiting for ampere to upgrade my GPU. I'm going to wait to upgrade my SSD to see how developers handle the new console tech.
 

Daytak

Member
Oct 25, 2017
7,585
Detroit, MI
Unless the RTX3060 does some heavy lifting, my 1080 is staying.
I'm hoping the Ryzen 4600 can carry me through the gen with faster RAM than what I currently have.
 

TheRed

Member
Oct 31, 2017
880
I already did a new build with a new motherboard with a 3700x CPU, faster RAM and a new NVME SSD but kept my GTX 1080 and I plan to keep it like this for the next couple years. Then in 2022 or 2023 I will upgrade GPU to be much better than the new consoles. Also probably finally get a new monitor or tv at that point.
 

psilocybe

Member
Oct 27, 2017
1,017
I'm on a i7-6700k 4.5 Ghz and a GTX 1070.

It is tempting to upgrade the CPU, but at this point I would need a new cooler and new mobo. At this point I prefer to donate my PC to my university and start from scratch (I would keep the case and the PSU) when DDR5 arrives.

For now it will be just the GPU.
 

RingRang

Member
Oct 2, 2019
1,687
Looks like the people voting in this poll didn’t get the memo. Next gen is all about the SSD.
 

elenarie

Developer at DICE
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Jun 10, 2018
3,555
I'm on a i7-6700k 4.5 Ghz and a GTX 1070.

It is tempting to upgrade the CPU, but at this point I would need a new cooler and new mobo. At this point I prefer to donate my PC to my university and start from scratch (I would keep the case and the PSU) when DDR5 arrives.

For now it will be just the GPU.
Just save for now until DDR5 or at least until once you start getting bottlenecked by your CPU. You're best of building an entirely new rig if you're upgrading the CPU.
 

Rizific

Member
Oct 27, 2017
3,192
I voted gpu, but it might turn into a completely new build depending on when I go for the upgrade. Currently have a 9600k and 1070.
 

MrCibb

Member
Dec 12, 2018
1,351
UK
Waiting to see, but I think I'll need to upgrade my power supply, GPU, and add an SSD at minimum. As far as I can see my CPU shouldn't be a big issue but if it will be, may as well just build a new rig altogether at that point. Tempted to do that anyway, this has lasted about 8 years so definitely got my money's worth.
 

scabobbs

Member
Oct 28, 2017
1,440
Already got the r9 3900x and nvme drives late last year, this fall is probably an RTX 3080/Ti if and when they're announced at a reasonable price (lol)
 

Anddo

Member
Oct 28, 2017
164
GPU only, maybe...

Current specs
3900X (x570 mobo)
2080 FTW3
16GB 3600mhz

I have plenty of SSDs. Waiting to see if a PCIe 4.0 NVMe is worth it.
 

Baconmonk

Avenger
Oct 26, 2017
5,613
Current build is a 9900k and 2080ti, so I'll be holding out out an upgrade for awhile yet.

I'm sure I'll be buying a new SSD in a year or two, depending if it would require a new motherboard. If it does I'll probably be waiting even longer. All depends on what 2021 brings in terms of new hardware.
 

Mentalist

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Mar 14, 2019
3,314
I'd reccomend upgrading your monitor. A 1660ti will get you incredibly solid performance at 1440p (60+ fps), and should even let you play at 4k 30-40fps if you prefer visuals over framerate.

Otherwise, great rig. I might have skimmed a bit off the CPU and SSD and put it into the GPU, but your PC will be very futureproof, only needing GPU upgrades over the next 5+ years.
Haha, thanks.

I lucked out with the SSD, I had some birthday gift cards for BestBuy, and the SSD was the only component with a good deal.

The GPU was an intermediate upgrade. I would've stuck with my 1060 for a few more years, but it was the 3GB version, and that just wasn't cutting it anymore, so I went for a cheaper refresh, before getting something that's capable of ray-tracing once the tech's matured somewhat.

And yeah, my screen's probably gonna be the next thing to go. But I've had this 23 inch Acer since Holiday 2011 when I did my first build, and it's still going strong, so I don't see much point in refreshing it yet, haha
 

Sotha_Sil

Member
Nov 4, 2017
2,133
Man, I'd pretty much need an entirely new PC at this rate. I had a great run with my build and don't regret it, but will probably just get a XSX and look into upgrading the PC a few years down the road when components are dramatically ahead of the consoles. I almost sold the PC but the deal fell through, so now I might just keep it to play AOE2DE and older games.
 

nullref

Member
Oct 27, 2017
768
I expect to upgrade from a GTX 1080 to a 3080 or 3080 Ti later this year, depending on exactly what Nvidia does. I'll probably try and make do with the rest of my system (6700K, SATA SSD) for another year or two after that before upgrading everything else, but that'll depend on what gets released when and how exactly my system performs with new games.
 

Sciz

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,827
My 6600k/GTX970 combo is getting long in the tooth, but I don't have the monitor to push 4k or 144hz yet either, so I can hold out a while longer and do a complete rebuild sometime after the console launch.
 

c0Zm1c

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,780
I built a new system just a few months ago but it's rather middling (Ryzen 5 3600, GTX 1660 Ti), fine for anything I want to play now but likely won't be good enough for next-gen games (I didn't build it for that.) I could perhaps get away with a CPU and GPU upgrade but I'm in no rush. I'm still going to be catching up on this generation's games for a while.
 

AaronMT

Member
Oct 27, 2017
1,815
Toronto
Nothing right now. 1440P is still the sweet spot for games, and I have no problems with my current hardware.

i7 7700k
2070

I get 120-140 FPS in Doom Eternal on Ultra Nightmare settings @ 1440P.
 

smocaine

Member
Oct 30, 2019
261
Plan to sell laptop for PC once my housing situation settles, it'll probably coincide with release of next-gen parts. So whole new PC.

I'm hoping there'll loads of XsX rip-off cases on the market when the time comes, I'm all for SFF PC's!
 
Dec 4, 2018
28
I'm looking at starting from scratch sometime next year.

My specs:

R1700X
16GB DDR4 3200
RX480 8GB
SATA3 SSD

My system pauses at boot for Ram training for 20-30 seconds (based on my research to this point) which wasn't the case in the first year or so I had it. Other than that, I've been pretty happy with my system.
 

TaterTots

Member
Oct 27, 2017
7,504
Built an ok PC last November;

R5 3600
16BGB RAM
RX 5700 XT
NVME SSD

Tbh, I don't see myself upgrading for a handful of years. I've been playing a lot of games at 4k, but I really don't mind playing at 1080p if I have to. The only thing that could force me is VR games that require more juice. However, I'm hoping the next version of the Quest will not require me to.
 

karnage10

Member
Oct 27, 2017
1,804
Portugal
Your i7 6700k will be a bottleneck for next gen games due to being a quad core. 8 core cpus are going to be the base for next gen games.
I hope you are right but i sincerely doubt it. Nowadays games are still having i3 and very old i5 2700k as minimum requirements. Those are >7 year old CPUs. I'd be surprised if games releasing this year or the next will have as minimum requirement an 8 Core CPU.
I'd love to see games such as warhammer 3 having more shit in the screen as well as having RTX.
 

Dazraell

The Fallen
Oct 28, 2017
1,613
Poland
While I'm not planning to make an upgrade to my PC at this moment (I will buy a PS5 first), sooner or later I will definitely change my entire setup. Will go with better CPU, GPU, and finally make a switch to SSD as well.
 

JMY86

Member
Oct 27, 2017
3,296
United States
Just GPU for me when the new Nvidia cards come out, my RTX 2060 will serve me well until then. I just upgraded my aging 4790k to a Ryzen 3700x a couple months ago so I am almost set for a while...
 

TaySan

Member
Dec 10, 2018
8,839
I hope you are right but i sincerely doubt it. Nowadays games are still having i3 and very old i5 2700k as minimum requirements. Those are >7 year old CPUs. I'd be surprised if games releasing this year or the next will have as minimum requirement an 8 Core CPU.
I'd love to see games such as warhammer 3 having more shit in the screen as well as having RTX.
That's how weak the jaquar cpus were in Xbox On and PS4, but both the the XSX and PS5 are basically going to have Ryzen 3700x cpus in them this time around so the baseline is going to be much higher. Going to be interesting to see how year 1 games perform.
 

LegendX48

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Oct 25, 2017
972
My pc's good to go. Only thing I'll be upgrading is m rtx 2070 super to the rtx 3080 the moment aib's drop.