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Nvidia
GeForce GT 710 - Average 2 years ago.
Graphics Cards

— Not a graphics card for gaming. Think of it as a card to use if your CPU doesn't have integrated graphics and you don't game. It's more for watching videos, (there was a time when intel CPUs were not capable of watching 1080p videos)

Intel
Core i7-8700K - Good 2 years ago.
Processors

— The i7-8700K is a powerful processor that can overclock to 5 GHz on air, and even higher if water cooled. In most games, this processor still reigns supreme, as newer titles arrive that CAN utilize all cores of the processor, such as Assassin's Creed Odyssey. With a price tag of about $350 USD, it can still be hard to recommend this processor over the non 'K' variant, which still places this processor firmly in 'enthusiast' territory, even 14 months after it's initial release. However, it is the cheapest 'enthusiast' grade consumer processor you can buy from the Intel lineup, and with 6 cores and 12 threads, can also double for moderate workstation or server use.

Intel
Core i7-3770K - Excellent 2 years ago.
Processors

— The i7-3770K is the best processor you can buy for LGA1155 socket. With 4 cores and 8 threads, this processor still handles gaming and streaming very well. Apart from it's great overclocking capabilities, the age of the processor is beginning to show. Since the processor was made for older motherboards, compatibility with newer technologies (such as DDR4 Memory and NVMe Solid State Drives for example) is non-existent. While this may not matter for most consumers, for those who want the best value for their money, this processor is not a good choice. However, it can be recommended if you ALREADY own a motherboard capable of overclocking that is compatible with the i7-3770K. If you don't have a motherboard that can overclock the processor, it is recommended that you buy an i7-3770 non 'K' variant, as this will mirror the performance of the 'K' variant. To summarize, there are better, more modern options available that can obtain equal, if not better, performance than the i7-3770K, while supporting newer memory and storage as well as an overall increase in performance in gaming and workstation applications.

The Best.
CPUGPUSSD
Intel Core i5-11400F $220Nvidia RTX 3070 $500Crucial MX500 250GB $49
Intel Core i5-11600K $259Nvidia RTX 3060-Ti $400Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $78
Intel Core i7-11700K $380Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $240Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
HDDRAMUSB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $45Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $79SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $35Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $94SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $649SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
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