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Haven't build a PC for over 7 years - do I need to upgrade?

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Aug 25, 2011
569 posts

Haven't build a PC for over 7 years - do I need to upgrade?

I haven't built/replaced my PC for over 7 years.

My PC was an i2500k CPU and had a graphic card I believe in the 500 series or 700 series. I remember back in the day being able to play games like Skyrim, Battlefield 4 and Crysis just fine.

Have games improved so much in the past several years that I need to get the newest graphics cards and CPU chips? Like released in the past year.

Or should I go for graphics cards at a discount released 2-3 years ago?

Do you think I can get a decent gfx+CPU for under $1000?
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Deal Addict
Oct 16, 2013
2307 posts
New Brunswick
You will need a new motherboard, ram, drives (SSD & M.2) & PSU if you upgrade your CPU.

I am in the same boat as you.

I still play games with my i5 2500K.
Deal Expert
Aug 2, 2004
32859 posts
East Gwillimbury
Have you encountered any games that struggle with your current system?

If not, then leave it alone.
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Apr 14, 2012
649 posts
Bought a machine that my friend built over 7 years ago and used it until 2018. Been upgrading things piecemeal and at this point the only thing that's from the old build is the case, storage and PSU (for now).

Between a Ryzen 3600 and the RX580, I'm set for 1080p gaming for a while still and my total purchases haven't broken $1000 yet. If you do get a better graphics card to future proof yourself a bit then chances are you're going to go past the $1000 mark when it's all said and done.