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Psychofly
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Hi All

I don't really know the best approach here so looking for some advice. 
I have a desktop PC which I'm planning on upgrading to a Ryzen 5 2600 with 8GB RAM. Already has a GTX770 which will be staying. 
However, my work laptop is a bit of a beast. It's a Dell Precision 7510 with 64GB RAM and a Xeon E3-1545M v5 @ 2.9Ghz. I've been considering taking the GTX770, buying a Razer Core X enclosure - if I can find one in the UK - and using that for gaming too. Any opinions? 

My gut feeling is the laptop/eGPU idea will be significantly faster but comes with the added risk factor that I can't always guarantee all my laptops I get in future will be as powerful or contain a Thunderbolt port - although it's likely. Will any performance gain on the laptop/eGPU approach be a slight improvement or a major improvement? I'm guessing it may be the latter. Either way I have around £350 to play with and I want to make an informed decision so appreciate any opinions or input. 

Thanks

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itsage
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8GB RAM for a desktop build is fairly limited. Memory kit is still expensive af so that will add to Ryzen 5 2600 + X470 mobo. Your work laptop is definitely a beast. Does it have a discrete GPU?

I'm working on an article to cover exactly this connundrum. The desktop PC will be the higher performer for gaming (higher bandwidth and less latency). The eGPU + laptop setup will be more flexible.

There aren't many build guides for the GTX 770 eGPU so that you can get a rough idea of performance. Here's one paired with a less powerful laptop than yours.

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Psychofly
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Thanks for the input. The work laptop has a discrete GPU but nothing amazing in terms of gaming - FirePro W5170M. Even then with the power of the processor and memory I can run CS:GO and PUBG well enough although PUBG is really on the border of being unplayable. 

As a late 30's ex-gamer with 2 young kids the limit of my PC gaming these days is the odd game here and there so I'm not looking for anything too mind-blowing. Just trying to balance the risk of at some point not having a beast of a laptop, with the gain in performance by pairing a powerful laptop with a decent graphics card. 
If the gains would be minimal over upgrading the desktop PC then I'm thinking that's the way to go instead. I'm just so out of touch these days with this sort of thing that I don't know which way to turn. 

My upgrade to the desktop would be Ryzen 5 2600, Gigabyte GA-AB350-Gaming 3 with 2x4GB of Corsair 3000Mhz RAM totalling about £340. 
The eGPU enclosure can be picked up from Razer's website for £249.

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Psychofly
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I'm nowhere near you I'm afraid. I'm in Scotland.

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Posted by: Eightarmedpet

SALES SPAM ALERT: I'm considering selling my Sonnet as I want something a bit smaller, if you are London based could do cash on collection? Would be after about £225 for the Sonnet.

Hi! I'm based in London and interested in purchasing your Sonnet box. Please write me a PM as I can't write to you.

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Haoshiro
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What are the specs of your current PC? Very likely best bang for your buck is your third option: replace your GPU.

In my experience the GPU upgrade is significantly better than moving generations or architecture of the CPU.

My setup now is a Core X with a 2015 MBP; but prior to that I upgraded my old 1st gen i3 to a used i7 on the same mobo and paired with a big GPU upgrade. I would highly recommend a similar upgrade path if you just want Performance Per Pound. Smile

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Monroe
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Posted by: Haoshiro

What are the specs of your current PC? Very likely best bang for your buck is your third option: replace your GPU.

In my experience the GPU upgrade is significantly better than moving generations or architecture of the CPU.

My setup now is a Core X with a 2015 MBP; but prior to that I upgraded my old 1st gen i3 to a used i7 on the same mobo and paired with a big GPU upgrade. I would highly recommend a similar upgrade path if you just want Performance Per Pound. Smile

Could you please explain me how you upgraded your system?

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Haoshiro
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Posted by: Monroe

Could you please explain me how you upgraded your system?

I had an i3-530 and bought an i7-980 on eBay to upgrade as well as going to 16GB of RAM. This will depend completely on the capabilities of your motherboard but can be a very cost effective solution.

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Posted by: Haoshiro

 

I had an i3-530 and bought an i7-980 on eBay to upgrade as well as going to 16GB of RAM. This will depend completely on the capabilities of your motherboard but can be a very cost effective solution.

The i3-530 and the i7-980 aren't on the same socket. You had to have changed motherboards as well.

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