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Guys, some help on CPU/MBO?


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#1 Loostreaks

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Posted 14 December 2017 - 02:59 PM

Hey there folks, I'm sure this has been asked to death, but I could use some advice here.

So, specifics. About two years back, I switched to building first PC and buying components separately ( mostly from online stores from EU, I'm from Croatia and our stores are usually a bit more expensive).

So I bought, in order, Pallit Jetstream GTX 970, Kendomen Deepcool ( decent case, pretty cheap but with enough room, three ventilators and good airflow), classic WD blue 1TB and Asrock B150M Pro4 .

Instead of buying other components, I went into "waiting game", then new generation of CPU/GPU's came out, RAM prices doubled, etc... I know, I know: great timing. tongue.gif 

Also recently I bought Seasonic Plus SSR-FX Gold 750w...I figure this should be enough power and has a 10 year warranty.

I use PC for gaming, internet, videos...the usual. No streaming, editing, multi tasking, or intention of going for dual graphics card or overclocking ( if it nets me, only a few extra FPS?). Also playing on 1080p resolution with no intention of going 4k in future.

So my question is what to do with CPU?

As I see it, it comes down to three choices:

1. Use my current MBO, and buy Intel processor to go along with it. In that case which one is best( i5 6500, even if their prices are still the same)? Does any of last generation work with it? This would be cheapest, but less viable long term ( unless a next gen CPU's come in a year or two, so I can skip current gen).

2. Buy latest Intel CPU's ( probably i5-8400?) and new MBO for it.

3. Go for AMD CPU/MBO combination ( as I understand it, they draw more power, are better at multi core, but you don't need to change MBO for an upgrade( or it's more likely that will be the case)

Again I'm looking for something, ideally 6 cores... and if more games if future would use more, I plan to upgrade to something better along with a new GPU ( 1080 or AMD equivalent, if I catch a good price).

Also for RAM, which would be best option in either case? Will prices remain as it is, in nearby future?

Thanks for any help



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Posted 14 December 2017 - 03:04 PM

If you already have a intel motherboard might as well stay intel.

You could go kaby lake I mean you would still be good to go with it.

But maybe you should have waited a bit until ryzen came out.

I know finances prohibit things sometimes but what you have so far is fine.


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Posted 15 December 2017 - 10:00 AM

I would agree, if you already have an Intel motherboard I would go ahead and stick with an Intel CPU. I'm not sure which dealer you would purchase from, but here's a link to a decent processor from a vendor in the states:

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117727

 

Note that the board you have only has DDR4 slots, which will probably require a BIOS update in order to get the Kaby Lake CPU to boot with it.

 

As far as RAM is concerned, I would stick with Corsair Vengeance Low Profile RAM 1.2V, 8 or 16 GB, and make sure to get a dual-channel kit. Your MOBO only supports  DDR4 up to speeds of 2133MHz, so you'll need to get that.

Example: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233831

 

I'm still running an i7-7700K and I have no intention of upgrading because I don't see any real performance. You don't need a 6-core CPU for games - your biggest bottleneck is going to be graphics card performance. I've got a 1070 in my machine and it plays all of my games happily on 1080p @ 144Hz with over 60fps on ultra.



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Posted 15 December 2017 - 10:10 AM

Well even if they have to go skylake no shame in that either.

 

I mean there is the i5 6400, that is still a good processor.


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