Even if you know a thing or two about computers, and you want to swap out your GPU or CPU for a new one, it might have been some time since you last did so, things have changed and maybe a different approach could see you with a machine that lasts you a little longer. You will want to make sure that your motherboard chipset is compatible, ideally get yourself 32 GB’s of RAM, an M.2 NVMe solid state drive and make sure that your PSU is up to the task, a decent gold standard 750 water should do just fine.

Budget

The best place to start is with you budget, because you could quite literally spend half a year’s salary without even blinking. Once you’ve read this article you should be able to have a look online, search for CPU AMD, or CPU Intel and you should find yourself some local vendors that can give you an idea of the prices you will be looking to pay. The second-hand market is booming, however it’s usually best, if you can, to buy new, at least that way you get solid warranties with your new gear.

Graphics card (GPU)

If you are purely building your system for gaming then the bulk of your budget should go on your graphics card, yes you will likely spend a lot more on your GPU than you will your CPU. Something like the Galax Nvidia GTX 3060ti 8GB 1 click overclock is a superb choice, it’s one of the best value for money cards that you can buy and should see you being able to play most games at 2k resolution with all in the game graphics settings maxed out whilst still maintaining a minimum of around 80fps.

If you want to really future proof your machine then it might be worth holding out to see what the new 4000 cards have in store, although you might get an ear bending over how much money you’ve spent! So far though, certainly compared with the 2000 series cards, the 3000 series have proved to offer superb value for money. If you look back and compare the above mentioned 3060ti with the 2080, which was a powerhouse, the 3060ti beats the 2080 in nearly every game yet you can still see 2080’s selling for more money, go figure.

CPU

This might rattle a few cages, however based on actual in game performance, be it single core performance, or multi core performance it should make a whole lot of difference which brand of CPU you go for. You have 2 choices, AMD or Intel and, this really does depend on your budget but, something like the Intel 10700k (unlocked for overclocking) is still a really strong CPU and will surpass the 5Ghz boost clock speed, or the AMD 3800x which will happily boost to 4.5Ghz.

Both CPUs have 8 cores/16 threads and will be good for some time to come, you could go for a quad core alternative as more cores doesn’t always mean better performance however, more cores won’t give you less performance either and are always handy for programs that utilise more than 4 cores.