Yeah, that hardware and the intel iGPU is getting dated, but ofc upgrades will be an entirely new PC/Platform at this point, and dependent on your budget. Below is a PC in the USA that will be around $1200 pre-taxes
If you want to do like decent gaming at 1080P with High/Ultra settings at 90fps + Topaz AI and some other AI/ML stuff (Stable Diffusion, KoboldAI with small-ish language models) a new build with something like:
Ryzen 7600X / 7700 ($230 / $330). For ‘budget build’ purposes.
32GB DDR5 6000 CL32 ($120-140). Fastest RAM Ryzen 7000 series supports on most systems+boards
Asrock B650(E) Board ($130-140 ‘cheap boards’ let you run a full 16 core 235W CPU and upgrade to any other overkill AMD CPU in the next 2-3 yrs, unlike Intel atm) or a Gigabyte Gaming/Aorus X for $230-260 (more fast USB3 ports, PCIE 5.0 GPU slot… which you’ll need a RTX 5090 to make use of lol)
RTX 3070 (Ebay- $340-399 ‘buy now’) (Sadly, Nvidia’s way ahead in the AI/GPU compute software stack and Topaz uses a lot of TensorRT NV specific libraries first for optimization)
Or, if you really want to also do ‘future proof’ streaming/high quality local game footage re-recording (AV1 codec), you could consider spending extra for a 4070 which comes out… soon. Has more RAM but 60% higher price, but should be a good bit faster for Topaz than the normal 3070 & 3080 at $500? ish used currently.
Cooler like an “Deepcool AK620” which is a chunky but great $65 aircooler, or an Artic Freezer II 280 for $110? if you want to go fancy. You can reuse either coolers on future boards like 5+ years down the road if you get a bracket/adapter
EVGA 850W or Corsair RMX 850W power supply ($120?), incase you want to chuck in an even better GPU down the line. The 3070 or 6800(XT) doesn’t use that much power tbh.
And whatever case will fit your cooler, board, GPU (they’re BIG now) based upon reviews or common purchases by similar builds
You can expect to upscale with a 3070 from 720P → 1080P at about ‘0.06 seconds per frame’, or 16? FPS with the current 3.2 and future releases. Higher resolution upscales to 1440p/4k will be a good bit slower as you can imagine. Not bad speed considering my 3070(Ti) was at 0.16-0.18 spf, so almost 2.5x speedup just by optimization updates alone in the past year and a bit