Old i7-3770 Build or New PC Build

I got parts left below, should i complete it,
OR sell and spend more to build a Ryzen 2600 system ?

i7-3770 cpu
2x4gb DDR3-1600
450w PSU (crappy one from coolermaster but will be fine)
mATX Case

Only need motherboard and new one is $110. (ebay used mobo not cheap)

Usage: Light gaming (World of Tanks) + looking for cheap gtx1060-6gb before getting VR headset.

Poll Options

  • 2
    Get LGA1155 mobo for $110
  • 7
    New Ryzen Build


  • Your system is fine for light gaming (and definitely fine for WoT).

    But VR… depends which VR headset you have, but upgrading the CPU could very well net you benefits. Whether those benefits are worth the $$$ is a decision for you, especially depending again on which headset and what games you're looking to play.

    • i'm eyeing on Rift-S and hunting for cheap 1060-6gb

      • Oh hey it's you phunky! Long time. And hm. Your current specs are right on the line for Rift-S recommended system specs, which tends to be under-quoted. If you're planning to use the VR headset a lot, or for serious gaming, I'd upgrade.

        But yeah - make sure you'll be using the system enough to be worth the extra $$$.

        Are your parts already used? Or currently boxed/sitting there? If they're already used, might see how the Rift-S works with a new GPU and then upgrade as needed, but if they're currently in boxes… trying them out would affect resale.

        • Did you just get back from holiday? Didn't see you for a while.

          They are used parts. Just short of motherboard to complete it.

          • @phunkydude: Nah - work and life got hectic so took a sabbatical from online forums. (I wish I had time to go on holidays for that long haha).

            If they're used parts and you can sell them after trying them out (and won't cost you more than time/effort), I'd get a 1060 6GB, chuck it into the system and see how it goes first, and if you need the upgrade.

            Edit: Having said that, this is coming from a guy who unfortunately doesn't have a lot of time for gaming anymore so I'm not upgrading my system as often as I used to.

    • How much of a difference does the CPU make? I'm sitting on a 3770k/1080 and use my Vive when I can.

      • It's very similar to just normal (shooter/non-CPU-intensive) gaming, so similar to shooters, not so similar to things like Civ (which require basically no graphics power), just that VR has the balance skewed even more towards GPU than CPU.

        You need a CPU to not be bottle-necked, but past a certain point (and depending on your GPU) you won't see performance benefits by getting a better CPU.

        In phunky's case, that CPU is around the min. you'd want to pair with a 1060, but with a 1080 you might find you are being cpu-bottlenecked. But yeah - it's quite game dependent. E.g. Space sims with a lot of physics will benefit from a faster CPU. Other games with less physics, less so. (That's just an example too, things other than physics also take up CPU).

        • Cheers for the detailed response! I figured it wouldn't matter too much but I'm glad to know VR isn't terribly dragged down by the ol' i7.

  • Looks like a very affordable build

    • That was the plan until deals like R-2600 @ $175 / 16gb 3200 ddr4 @ $100+ .. keep coming up on front page deals.

      • How much are you thinking of spending in total?

        • The ryzen 2600 cpu + ram + mobo = $420
          Sell 3770 + 8gb ram = -$80
          Net = $340

          1155 mobo = $110

          Difference = $230 new VS old

          Okay, i think i got my answer

          • @phunkydude: Mate do you not have a GPU? Grab this deal, includes an entire system for $700, including Ryzen 5 3600 (better than the 2600) and an RX570 which is very close in performance to a 1060 6GB and will be perfect for your gaming needs.

          • @phunkydude: Oh yeah - if it's only that much, definitely go new. Mobo-wise, make sure you get one that's forwards compatible with the new Gen3 Ryzen chips if it's not too much more expensive.

  • Depends on your budget mate. How much are you willing to spend? For $1300 you could get a system that would last you 5-6 years for the games you play, and let you play newer games without breaking a sweat whatsoever. For $700 it could last you 3-4 years, again for the games you like to play. Depends on your budget and what you'd like to do in the future. I'd recommend going for a new Ryzen build though, not sticking with your old hardware. I've linked Techfast's builds above, check them out.

  • I voted new build. 8GB is not much RAM and buying more (obsolete) DDR3 RAM at this point is going to be expensive. Same with Motherboard, you're going to be buying a crusty old motherboard (limited to mATX too, not many to choose from) that doesn't support newest USB speeds and the like…I think the term is "throwing good money after bad." $110 is way too much money for essentially junk, that B75M doesn't even support USB 3.0. I'm about to bin my own i7-3770 for a complete refresh!

    For "light gaming" I would get a Ryzen APU like 2400G/3400G. Decent enough in-built graphics and can update to a VR capable GPU later. The GPU is going to be the most expensive part. You can sell all the vintage parts on eBay to get some money back towards the new build.

  • Get LGA1155 mobo for $110

    Overpaying too much for an outdated motherboard, you can buy AMD AM4 motherboards for that kind of price with modern features. I'd sell and get on the AM4 platform.

    The Core i7 is still good for gaming though and if not used for gaming it can be used to build a HTPC as it has built in GPU, while the higher end Ryzens do not. I still use my Haswell for it's Intel Quicksync feature and for H265 transcoding in a ex-office Acer mini ITX system.

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