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My PC died two days ago. Now I'm not sure if I should wait for a new generation of PC parts or get a new PC right away.

I have a budget of €1,5k - 2k and I'm only using the PC for gaming.

At the moment I'm using my Dell XPS 15 for light gaming like League of Legends, but in general the games I'm mostly playing are League of Legends, Escape from Tarkov, Borderlands 3, CoD Modern Warfare.

Thank you in advance
Eric

  • It seems like this question is mostly asking for general advice? Questions like this are considered off-topic because they go out-of-date quickly. You could improve this question by asking for a comparison between specific parts, like a CPU and GPU you're interested in from this generation versus the leaked/rumoured CPUs and GPUs to be released next year. Then we can provide fact-based answer and it can remain relevant for others who find this question in search results. – Romen Dec 3 '19 at 14:33
  • The longer you wait, the better the performance will become for your money. Though that means you'll never have a PC at all. As for processors, the current Zen 2 CPUs are very potent for their price. GPUs are a different issue; the RTX cards are still fairly expensive for their performance, while AMDs RX5700xx still have horrible drivers and don't support raytracing. The other parts pretty much don't matter; X570 motherboard, 16 GB of reasonable RAM and a fast NVMe SSD. The rest is optional. – towe Dec 3 '19 at 15:10
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This depends on how long you are willing to wait. By recent leaks new enthusiast GPUs from both AMD and nVidia should be out around Q2 next year and mainstream in Q3. Both supporting ray-tracing. This is based on leaks though so tak it with a grain of salt.

For the CPUs although Zen 3 is supposed to come out sometime next year, current CPUs are IMO enough. And the gain, especially for gaming, will not be that high. (edited thanks to Romen's comment).

An old rule of thumb I heard was to never buy the first generation of new tech, here I'm thinking about ray-tracing.

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  • "Zen 3 is supposed to come out Q2/Q3" -- I've seen recent news that they won't be coming until late 2020 (maybe Q4). But even if you wait for Zen 3, you might only see a marginal performance improvement over current Zen 2 CPUs. Same goes for Intel CPUs. It takes a few generations to see large improvements within the same price bracket. – Romen Dec 3 '19 at 14:43
  • @Romen thanks for that, I usually use notebookcheck.net as my leak aggregate and they do have a delay ;) – Jan Dorniak Dec 3 '19 at 21:31

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