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Helping cousin upgrade to new gaming PC

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Jul 12, 2007
Their current specs is:

CPU: 10600k
Motherboard: MPG Z490 Gaming Edge Wifi
GPU: GTX 1080ti
PSU: Gamma II Series 750 Watt 80+ Gold

The games they mainly play are fps games that are heavily dependent on GPU/CPU.

They play at 1080p @ 144hz.

Their budget seems to be about $2,000.

Any advice would be appreciated.

GPU, 4080/4080 super/7900xtx/cheapest 4090 you can find, or wait to see if the new gen of AMD GPUs is worth the price/performance. If you got money left over switch the CPU for a 11700k, you'll be sorted for a few more years until you need a full gen upgrade 👍🏻
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Without changing the system....

11900k, 32gb of ram, and 4070 super/7900XT (or greater) would be my route for 1080p/144+.

I've also never heard of that power supply. I hope it's a good brand.
Looking at those specs, I personally would look at the video card only and call it good. Anything more is icing on the cake.
Looking at those specs, I personally would look at the video card only and call it good. Anything more is icing on the cake.
For the most part, I agree.

While I'm sure it's 'fine', a 6c/12t CPU is the MINIMUM I'd build with today, so that felt 'lacking' a bit, especially at a CPU-bound resolution of 1080p where more Hz and c/t will help now.

16GB of RAM I also find to be the bare minimum for a build today. I find myself going past 16GB these days with just a few programs open and a game.

He's got a beefy budget, so...........why not.

Really, with $2K, he can build from scratch... new CPU, DDR5, and GPU for 1080p high Hz gaming easily too.
AMD or Intel build at Microcenter for $1,960 plus tax.

AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D, Gigabyte B650 Gaming X AX, G.Skill Flare X5 Series 32GB DDR5-6000 Kit, Computer Build Bundle - $500

Or (Pick one)

Intel Core i7-13700K, MSI Z790-P Pro WiFi, G.Skill Ripjaws S5 32GB Kit DDR5 6000, Computer Build Bundle - $500

Gigabyte NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Super Windforce V2 Triple Fan 16GB GDDR6X PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card - $1,000

Cooler Master MasterLiquid 360L Core RGB 360mm All in One Liquid CPU Cooling Kit - Black - $100

Crucial P3 Plus 2TB 3D NAND Flash PCIe Gen 4 x4 NVMe M.2 Internal SSD - $130

Fractal Design Meshify C Tempered Glass ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - Black - $100

Corsair RM850e 850 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX Fully Modular Power Supply - ATX 3.0 Compatible - $130