Need a PC gamer’s input

pcsguy88

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I’ve been tasked with upgrading my 11yr old nephew’s PC for Christmas and I have been out of the building game for awhile. Luckily I chose a good custom PC base for him last Christmas, so plenty of room to grow.

He has:
Asus ROG STRIX B250G motherboard that is expandable to an i7 7th gen and 4xDIMM up to 64GB DDR 2400.

Core i5-7400

2x’s 4GB DDR 2400

Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti 4GB

$300-$400 budget

Obviously cannot upgrade all of it this year on that budget, but after doubling the RAM to 16GB, do I put the money into an i7 processor or into a faster graphics card for the most noticeable bang? I’ve been out of the game for too long to know which is going to be the bottleneck. Let me know where you’d put your $$$.
 

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I use to have a benchmark tool that would test the components and tell you what was holding you back. Guess I need to find the modern day equivalent and run it on his machine.
 

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Hell I don't even know anymore. It's been so long since I bothered with PC gaming.

I'd bump the RAM to 24 Gig or more actually if possible. Then maybe the CPU.

Graphics cards are tricky, as the bitcoin people are buying them all up, inflating the market. I'd check to see when the new models are about the drop, so you can score the older model on the cheap.
 

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Do you still need the RAM to be equal for best performance or can I drop a couple 8GB chips in with the 2x4GBs? Obviously need to be the same speed.

I was thinking go ahead and max out the CPU with a gen 7 i7 and RAM this year and then next Christmas he’ll be able to get a much better GPU for the same $300. He’s a kid addicted to Fortnite, so not like he will be running WWII in 4K anytime soon. Looks like the CPU bump with a GeForce 1700 or higher would get him a few years until he could learn to build his own rig.
 

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I don't think the ram has to be all paired up anymore, but you'd need to check out the motherboards specs, it's been too long.

Windows is a big RAM hog these days, so all the overhead you can get will help.

There has to be some sort of PC benchmark out there still. I can't even remember what the one I used to use was called, but I always remember it ran like ass on my computers.
 

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I currently have an I5 4460, MSI TWIN FROZR GTX1060 6gb, 16gb of DDR3 ram and about 5 terabytes of HDD space.
I can run many games on ultra and high like GTA V, Skyrim, Fallout 4, Conan Exhiles, ARK, ARMA 3, And all the Battlefield, Medal of Honor games without shitty frames. If his computer can take it I would suggest DDR4 instead of DDR3 ram
 
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I currently have an I5 4460, MSI TWIN FROZR GTX1060 6gb, 16gb of DDR3 ram and about 5 terabytes of HDD space.
I can run many games on ultra and high like GTA V, Skyrim, Fallout 4, Conan Exhiles, ARK, ARMA 3, And all the Battlefield, Medal of Honor games without shitty frames. If his computer can take it I would suggest DDR4 instead of DDR3 ram
So it’s the RAM and the GPU gumming up the works since his i5 is 3 gens newer than yours. Problem is his pc only has a 350w power brick, so that would also need replaced to move up to a gx 1060 or 1070.
 
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