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  1. Looking at this build, I see a number of ways to cut costs and optimize performance without having to downgrade the CPU, which I wouldn't recommend doing. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant CPU: Intel Core i5-7500 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£190.99 @ CCL Computers) Motherboard: MSI H110M Gaming Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£59.69 @ CCL Computers) Memory: PNY Anarchy 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£39.55 @ Amazon UK) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.95 @ Amazon UK) Video Card: XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB Triple X Video Card (£170.99 @ Amazon UK) Case: Aerocool Aero-800 ATX Mid Tower Case (£52.10 @ Kustom PCs) Power Supply: XFX XT 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£45.94 @ CCL Computers) Total: £603.21 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-21 14:26 GMT+0000 Firstly, I changed the CPU for the latest Kaby Lake version as the price difference is neglible, but you get a slightly higher clock speed and all the other advantages Kaby Lake entails, such as 4K Netflix. Then, I swapped out the RAM for an equally priced dual-channel kit which will ensure best memory performance in various applications and games. I reduced the cost of the motherboard by slightly downgrading to an H110 chipset, yes, it is microATX, but for a budget gaming-focused build this will not really change anything. Moving on, I decided to change out the GPU from the 4GB RX 480 to the 4GB RX 470, my justification is that performance difference between the two is generally less than 10% at 1080p, which I assume is the resolution you're targeting. Generally speaking, you should typically either go for a 4GB RX 470 for 1080p or a full step up to the 8GB RX 480 for 1440p. Either way, this adds up to a roughly £40 savings by itself. Finally, I changed out the PSU for a bronze-rated, non-modular unit. Yes, this will be a bit less efficient but at a price difference of roughly £30 I believe it is a worthy tradeoff. All of these changes together bring the total price down to just over £600 without sacrificing much in gaming performance. I apologize for the late response. I should really be more active in the forums.
  2. Hi, Thanks for posting and welcome to CPCR! You're right in saying that many gaming systems today still use many of the components you're using in your system. Sure, there are newer processors, but in terms of gaming performance the Corte i5 2500K still keeps up with even Intel's latest Skylake processors. With that in mind, here are my recommendations as far as component upgrades for your system, for gaming. 1. RAM: 4GB is just not enough, and with DDR3 prices so low, there's no reason to not upgrade to 16GB. 2. SSD: Since you only have a 500GB HDD, getting an SSD is definitely worth it as it will improve system speeds drastically, and give you a bit more storage for games. There's also a great deal on the Sandisk Ultra II 480 GB listed below. 3. GPU: For gaming, the most important thing is definitely the GPU, and your aging 560 Ti is fine for older, and less graphically intensive games, but is definitely holding your system back from playing modern, demanding titles. The new R9 380X is definitely the best option under $250, and it will play anything you throw at it at 1080p. In total the upgrades listed above will run you between $420 and $450, you can shave off about $80 bucks by going with the 240GB SSD, and 8GB of RAM if necessary, but I'd stick with the 380X for the GPU. You'll also want to consider overclocking your CPU, if you haven't already. Overclocking can make up the difference between newer CPUs and yours, and provide significant framerate increases in demanding titles. You'll need better cooling than the Intel stock cooler, but something like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 will definitely provide sufficient enough cooling to get you into the 4GHz range.