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Computer upgrades can be cheap or expensive, if I had 2000 pounds what would I upgrade

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The long-awaited payday has come. You check your bank account and lo and behold, you have £2000 to spend. Well, isn't this a pleasant surprise? As you go over your wishlist, you suddenly feel an overwhelming presence. Something is calling out to you in whirs of tiny fans and machinery clicking. Oh, it's just your PC. Sitting on your desk. Saying hello.

Now that you think of it, your PC has chugged a few times since the last time you used it. "Alright," you say to yourself, "time to upgrade the old PC!"
Until you start looking through parts and get overwhelmed by the sheer variety of computer parts. Never fear, we'll help you spend that £2000 with a few key recommendations.

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CPU Upgrades... need more power in your PC of course we all do!

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The Central Processing Unit (CPU) is your PC's brain. It runs everything you could ever imagine: sorting algorithms, solving physics problems, running scripts, writing instructions, other computer parts, etc. But you have to take a step back and look at the big picture. What will you use your computer for, running servers, video editing, gaming, or streaming?

That's because different kinds of work require different levels of CPU firepower. For instance, rendering and physics simulation is the holy grail of CPU workloads and requires a lot of firepower. Coding and gaming require moderate CPU power, except in few specific scenarios.

Currently, the most powerful CPU under £2000 is the AMD Threadripper 3960WX. At £1550, you get 24 cores, 48 threads, and a frequency of 4.5Ghz. The AMD Threadripper 3960WX will handle any workloads you throw at it. You may even be able to play a game while rendering. Though you must keep in mind that AMD Threadripper uses a TR4 motherboard socket.

If you don't need such an expensive CPU, you should consider the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, priced at £499. Its little brother, AMD Ryzen 7 3700X, is also a worthy candidate at £290. Both CPU uses the AM4 motherboard socket.

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GPU upgrades for games, video playback or editing or adding more ports or video outs

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If the CPU is the brain, then the Graphics Processing Unit, GPU, or VGA, is the heart of your PC. A GPU's job is to provide the monitor something to display. The GPU does this by solving complex math related to geometry, visual effects processing, and shading.

Video rendering, video encoding, media viewing, and gaming are the most common GPU loads in the computer world. GPU manufacturers often market their products for games because the market is huge. However, you'd need a decent CPU to match the GPU's power.
Currently, the most powerful GPU for consumers is the Nvidia RTX 3090 "BFGPU" at time of writing at around £1800. But I'd recommend AMD RX 6900XT instead of the behemoth RTX 3090. Although slightly less powerful, the RX 6900XT is more affordable at £1500 and offers more bang for your buck.

With that GPU in your arsenal, you could play any game on 4k resolution at max graphics settings, with a comfortable framerate around 60fps. You can also easily render videos and animations at a quarter of the time of your old GPU.

The even cheaper alternative is the Nvidia RTX 3070, listed at £500. With this, you can play all newer games at 1440p resolution at max graphics settings. Plus, you can play games that support raytracing shaders.

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Monitor for decent and high end graphics and gaming you need a quality screen

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The monitor is similar to the eye. It displays everything you're currently working on. "But my monitor is just fine," you think. Well, if you upgrade your monitor, you can significantly improve your multitasking ability tremendously. If you're a content creator or a video editor, an upgraded monitor can give you better color accuracy. Color accuracy measures how well a monitor can display colors based on color gamut standards like RGB, Adobe RGB, and NTSC.

For that purpose, I recommend the BenQ SW321C PhotoVue monitor. For the price of £1800, you get a pro-level monitor specifically designed for color accuracy-related work. It has a massive 32-inch screen with 4k maximum resolution.

If you're a gamer, you want your monitor to be blazing fast. No, that doesn't mean your monitor must grow wheels and drive 60km/h away from you, but your monitor must have a fast refresh rate. This allows you to react better to the in-game situation because your monitor displays much more frames per second.

For gaming, I recommend ROG Swift PG259QN. For £750, you get an insanely fast 360 Hz refresh rate, with an equally fast 1-millisecond refresh rate. This monitor also uses an IPS panel, which has a better image quality than TN and VA panels.

General Guide

Always Check Compatability
Buying a new part for your PC is the best feeling for computer enthusiasts. Well, until you buy the wrong part that's incompatible with your current PC. Every manufacturer has its own computer "ecosystem." For example, Intel CPU has LGA 1151 and LGA 1150 motherboard socket, while AMD CPU has AM4 and TR4 motherboard socket. Double and triple-check that you're buying the right part for your computer.

Wattage Limit

Computer parts have to draw power to function. Most parts such as the hard drive, mouse, keyboard, and fans only use a small amount of power. But CPU and GPU draw a lot of power.

Before buying upgrades:

1. Double-check your current PSU wattage.
2. Make sure you have enough wattage space for the new part.
3. Don't max out—keep it below 80% of full capacity.

Sometimes your computer parts can overheat and consume more power than usual; that's what the 20% is for.
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£2000 is quite a lot of money for buying new computer parts. Prioritize performance upgrade over other parts to make your purchase effective. But, always factor in your computer's actual needs, so you will use 100% of your upgrade. In other words, spend money on all the right parts.

If I had £2000 to spend on computer upgrades, I would first prioritize the CPU. The AMD Threadripper 3960WX is one hell of a computing beast, but AMD Ryzen 9 3900X or AMD Ryzen 7 3700X are more feasible options.

Next, I'd upgrade the GPU. The GTX 3090 "BFGPU" is the apex predator of GPU performance. But it costs too much. So, I'd recommend AMD RX 6900XT instead. Or RTX 3090's youngest brother: RTX 3070.

Moving on outside of performance-related upgrades, we have the monitor. For color accuracy work, I'd recommend BenQ SW321C PhotoVue. Meanwhile, for pure gaming purposes, I'd recommend the blazing-fast ROG Swift PG259QN.

Finally, always make sure that your new upgrades fit your current PC. Check the parts' compatibility and its power needs before buying. If in doubt go to your store of choice say Novatech and use their system builder to easily custom build your Computer and they will ensure as you go that it all is compatable and test it for you! - @Novatech [HERE]

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