Is now a good time to upgrade my system?

My current system has been throwing lots of BSOD and having other stability issues despite repeated Win10 clean installs and driver updates.

At this point I'm wondering if it is partly to do with the age and wear on my system. I'm running an FX6300 and all my parts are quite a few years old (my GPU is a Radeon 7970). I've been planning on upgrading at some point anyways, but wanted to make sure that now wasn't a bad time to jump in on new equipment and that waiting a few months of would bring better upgrades, or at least better discounted prices.

I'm not looking for a super build, just something that could solidly game at 2k rez and would last for awhile.

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  1. The components should last longer than that, but yes. Now is as good a time as any to upgrade. Especially if you are an AMD fan and want to go with Ryzen.
    Reply to clutchc
  2. Hold off a few months as AMD is about to release their Vega GPU's. As of right now only the GTX 1080 and 1080Ti can handle 2k at reliable frame rates at higher settings. The GTX1070 can do 2k but I doubt it'll do it at decent frame rates after a year or so. Vega may change that an drive prices down a bit. For all but the GPU now is a good time since Ryzen's release.
    Reply to Insomniac Jack
  3. Your FX has slow cores and will not satisfy you at 2k resolution.
    For that reason, a cpu upgrade is in order.
    If your fx or, more likely, the motherboard is at fault, you will fix part of your problem.

    Update the cpu now and try using your current 7970.
    You will need in addition to the cpu, a new motherboard and ddr4 ram.

    If you primarily play multiplayer games, then the many threads of ryzen will be good.

    OTOH, for other types of games, I would favor the superior potential single thread performance of Intel 7th gen K processors.

    What is your budget, and what is the make/model of your current parts?

    If you wait for the next best thing, you will wait forever. If you have a need now, upgrade now.
    Reply to geofelt
  4. Thanks for all the quick and helpful replies guys!

    My budget is probably around $1000 but not looking to go real spendy, will carry over whatever I reasonably can from my old system. My gaming habits are fairly modest at the moment (All the Blizzard games, WoT, various Steam games, nothing that my current setup can't handle at 1080p a decent FPS). Strictly speaking, these odd conflicts aside, I don't "need" to upgrade right now (but do any of us ever really do? lol). But I kind of want to, and can afford to. It doesn't have to be a top end beast, but I figure if I'm going to bother upgrading, I might as well make it worth while and go for 2k and have something that can reasonably last for a few years.

    I used to upgrade regularly years ago when it was more essential, but haven't since this FX so I'm a bit out of touch on value and product releases. Just didn't want to buy at the wrong point in the cycle.

    My current system is:

    AMD FX6300 CPU
    Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO HSF
    ASRock 970A-G/3.1 MOBO
    G.Skill Ripjaw DDR3 1600 8x2
    AMD Radeon 7970
    Corsair 600w PSU
    Have a 500GB Samsung SSD
    and a 3TB Seagate HDD
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  5. Just something I threw together. A little over budget but some of the things are preference items that can be changed.

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor

    CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler

    Motherboard: Asus - PRIME B350-PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard

    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory

    Storage: Corsair - Force MP500 120GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive

    Toshiba - P300 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive

    Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition Video Card

    Case: Deepcool - TESSERACT BF ATX Mid Tower Case

    Power Supply: EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

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  6. Best answer
    if you're going to go 2k then you're going to have to factor in a decent 2k monitor. so here's a build with a 165Hz G=Sync 2k monitor plus the gtx 1070. over budget but worth it . put in HDD in case your HDD is the cause of any of those blue screens .

    PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($217.88 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-AB350M-Gaming 3 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($88.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($71.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.84 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Gigabyte - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Windforce OC Video Card ($363.56 @ Amazon)
    Case: Corsair - 270R ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Monitor: Dell - S2417DG 23.8" 2560x1440 165Hz Monitor ($399.99 @ Best Buy)
    Total: $1290.22
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-10 02:42 EDT-0400
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