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pokoko said:

We're close to a new generation of home consoles, huh?  I assume that will raise the bar on game development, which probably means I need to reevaluate my PC.


This is my modest little PC:

Processor           1 x Intel® Core™ i5-6600K Processor (4x 3.50GHz/6MB L3 Cache) - Intel® Core™ i5-6600K
Processor Cooling           1 x Asetek 510LC Liquid CPU Cooling System [SOCKET-1150/1151] 
Memory           1 x 8 GB [4 GB x2]  DDR4-2800 ADATA XPG
Video Card           1 x NVIDIA GeForce GTX950 2GB
Free Stuff           1 x [FREE Game Download] - Tom Clancy's The Division 
Motherboard           1 x MSI Z170A SLI Plus -- 3x PCIe 3.0 x16, 6x USB 3.1 Gen1, 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C
Power Supply           1 x 600W Standard 80 PLUS Bronze

Oh, hey, I never did download The Division.  Heh, I'm okay with that.

Edit:  Also wanted to say that I'm done with AMD.  Bad luck perhaps, but I've had two AMD systems and I've had far too many problems with playing games.  I'm tired of looking up issues and reading that the game I'm playing "doesn't work well with AMD."  

With the PC you currently have, I'd say that it's easier to make a full upgrade rather than just changing a component. The reasons for that are:

  1. Next gen consoles will most likely use an 8-core CPU, and a proper one, not the rubish Jaguar CPUs they had this gen. While some of those cores may be locked from games for other tasks, I'd say that a 6-core processor should be the absolute min. you should have to play next gen games.
  2. We're talking about Intel, which means that a new motherboard will be necessary.
  3. 8GB of RAM just won't cut it anymore. You should go with at least 16GB.
  4. Obviously, that GPU won't be up for the task either, neither for its power nor for the memory it has.

All in all, that's basically getting a new PC.

That said, unless you're in a hurry, I'd wait until the consoles launch to see what kind of requirements the new games ask for, and build the new PC from that baseline. Plus, with over a year until they arrive, you'll have more time to save money for the new machine.

Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on a PC with an i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz and a GTX 1070

Steam / Live / NNID : jonxiquet    Add me if you want, but I'm a single player gamer.