morecrap
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Aurora R5, can I update this?

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My son has an Aurora R5 with i7-6700 processor (4 cores-8MB cache Turbo boost 2.0 up to 4.0GHz) 16GB DDR4 at 2133MHz, 256GB PCle SSD (Boot) + 1 TB 7200 Rpm SATA 6Gb/s,  NVIDAI GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB GDDRX5. 

For his birthday he wants to "upgrade" the machine for gaming.  I have no clue and got the above information off the sales receipt.

Can it be upgraded?  Will that make much of a difference?  the 16GB of RAM, is that two 8GB or four 4GB?

Exactly what can I buy that can easily upgrade this machine, or are we putting mag wheels on a Model T?

I am not particularly slick regarding these things so please, speak slowly

 

Thanks

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Cass-Ole
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Re: Aurora R5, can I update this?

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It's got some good specs to it

Best to inform the viewership what your budget is (few hundred / $500 / $1000)

6700 can be upgraded to the only chip left, 6700k (un-locked chip & can be over-clocked)

  • if the 6700 is air-cooled, it will need the 050NP liquid cooler
  • if the motherboard doesn't have the VRM heatsink it will need one J46J2 (to check: look to the left of the cpu cooler for it)

Memory can be upgraded to 2666 / 2933 or whatever the max size & speed is supported on the R5 mthrbrd (I do not own this PC, can't say)

You can inspect the PC for how many memory cards are in it, it may have 1, 2 or 4, or u can use a software program (CPU-ID, HwInfo etc) or u may enter the Bios screen for that information on how many dimms / sticks / cards it has

The 1080 can be changed out for GTX 1080Ti, or new RTX 2080, RTX 2080Ti

  • RTX 2070 = a GTX 1080 but has RayTracing & DLSS features, but may be a side-grade as opposed to an upgrade
  • Youtube is a good place for 1080 vs 'X' comparisons
  • Blower-style cards are preferred over open-air (see google)
  • RTX 2080 = GTX1080 Ti which is still an excellent card

I assume you'll be selling some of the 'old' parts to help pay for new parts

I assume you will co-ordinate w/ your son what looks best to invest in, even if it spoils the surprise. Try eBay (completed auctions also) for current market prices on older used hardware; there is a market for the parts u listed & may need to sell

ProTip: the 6700 & 1080 may comprise parts u wish to 'hold onto', as known good working spares for troubleshooting or to re-install back into case if ever it is sold (remove 6700k / 1080 Ti etc & do whatever w/ them)

One high-dollar GRFX card may be better than two cards in SLI; I would not buy another 1080, in other words, but it is an option (dual-1080s in SLI using a high-bandwidth bridge to connect the cards)  

Look into an RTX 2080 (blower card) for an upgrade that matters (the 6700k & faster memory could come later)

Below is a new R8 w/ 2080 + over-clocked K CPU (Likely a twin of the MSI Aero)

It may already, but if it doesn't have the modular power supply in the photos seen in the for-sale link, consider the 850watt w/ cables when running high-power GRFX & CPU

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fireberd
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Re: Can I update this Aurora R5?

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That is a "gaming" PC. What won't it do for him?

 



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Re: Can I update this Aurora R5?

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Looks decent to me. Won't push everything at 144+fps ultra settings, but will run all current gen titles. Perhaps he just wants to get it to perform as well as most the streamers he watches.

That won't upgrade to that point due to the motherboard not supporting 8th or 9th gen processors. 

Still light years ahead of my kids pc's, they can only run Roblox and CS:GO...

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Tesla1856
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Re: Aurora R5, can I update this?

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@morecrap wrote:

My son has an Aurora R5 with i7-6700 processor (4 cores-8MB cache Turbo boost 2.0 up to 4.0GHz) 16GB DDR4 at 2133MHz, 256GB PCle SSD (Boot) + 1 TB 7200 Rpm SATA 6Gb/s,  NVIDAI GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB GDDRX5. 

 


Sounds like a good "gaming machine" config to me.

Have fun !


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Cass-Ole
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Re: Aurora R5, can I update this?

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It's got some good specs to it

Best to inform the viewership what your budget is (few hundred / $500 / $1000)

6700 can be upgraded to the only chip left, 6700k (un-locked chip & can be over-clocked)

  • if the 6700 is air-cooled, it will need the 050NP liquid cooler
  • if the motherboard doesn't have the VRM heatsink it will need one J46J2 (to check: look to the left of the cpu cooler for it)

Memory can be upgraded to 2666 / 2933 or whatever the max size & speed is supported on the R5 mthrbrd (I do not own this PC, can't say)

You can inspect the PC for how many memory cards are in it, it may have 1, 2 or 4, or u can use a software program (CPU-ID, HwInfo etc) or u may enter the Bios screen for that information on how many dimms / sticks / cards it has

The 1080 can be changed out for GTX 1080Ti, or new RTX 2080, RTX 2080Ti

  • RTX 2070 = a GTX 1080 but has RayTracing & DLSS features, but may be a side-grade as opposed to an upgrade
  • Youtube is a good place for 1080 vs 'X' comparisons
  • Blower-style cards are preferred over open-air (see google)
  • RTX 2080 = GTX1080 Ti which is still an excellent card

I assume you'll be selling some of the 'old' parts to help pay for new parts

I assume you will co-ordinate w/ your son what looks best to invest in, even if it spoils the surprise. Try eBay (completed auctions also) for current market prices on older used hardware; there is a market for the parts u listed & may need to sell

ProTip: the 6700 & 1080 may comprise parts u wish to 'hold onto', as known good working spares for troubleshooting or to re-install back into case if ever it is sold (remove 6700k / 1080 Ti etc & do whatever w/ them)

One high-dollar GRFX card may be better than two cards in SLI; I would not buy another 1080, in other words, but it is an option (dual-1080s in SLI using a high-bandwidth bridge to connect the cards)  

Look into an RTX 2080 (blower card) for an upgrade that matters (the 6700k & faster memory could come later)

Below is a new R8 w/ 2080 + over-clocked K CPU (Likely a twin of the MSI Aero)

It may already, but if it doesn't have the modular power supply in the photos seen in the for-sale link, consider the 850watt w/ cables when running high-power GRFX & CPU

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morecrap
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Re: Aurora R5, can I update this?

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Cass-Ole, thank you for the in depth reply.  Unfortunately, I am far too computer illiterate to understand much of what you said.

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