I recently upgraded my PC to bring it into the modern era.
My old one had served me very well and I had owned it for over 5 years. It was the first PC I ever built and while it was once a very powerful machine, it was starting to struggle with the tasks I was throwing at it so I decided it was time to upgrade.
It’s specs were:
- An Intel 4790k with a moderate Overclock to 4.6Ghz
- 16GB DDR3 RAM
- An MSI 980Ti Gaming 6G
- An MSI Z97 Gaming 5 Motherboard
I have ended up keeping the case (Which is a Corsair 570x), as I still like it and it wasn’t cheap. The storage and fans have also remained the same.
The upgraded parts I bought for my PC are:
- A Ryzen 9 5900x
- An Asus ROG STRIX X570 Motherboard
- A corsair AIO Cooler
- An nVidia RTX 3090
- 32GB DDR4 RAM
I ended up buying the everything apart from the GPU first, as I was waiting to purchase an AMD 5900xt at launch. However, these sold out before I could buy one, and my old 980ti was really holding back my system so I started looking for other options. All the 3080’s and 3070’s were sold out and being re-sold at extortionate prices on eBay, but then I saw an RTX 3090 in stock from Nvidia direct at MSRP. While £1350 for a GPU is crazy, it’s also the same price that people are buying used 3080’s for (At least that’s what I told myself), so I ended up buying it, and while it wasn’t what I intended to get I must say that owning the most powerful single-GPU in the world is quite nice.
Comparing the new 3090 to my old card (Which certainly isn’t small), you can see just how massive the 3090 is:
So while this PC is certainly overkill even for a power user such as myself, it should be able to hand anything I throw at it and last for many years to come.