Question CPU upgrade on prebuilt?

obsidians_fire

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Hello Tom's folks, been a minute. So a few years back I was gifted a pre-built, box store (best buy I believe) gaming PC. For the gaming, streaming, video editing, etc I use it for, the CPU always bogs me down, atleast according to monitoring the only things that go in the red, simultaneously, are my FPS in some games and my CPU Time. Long story short I believe I looked it up before (totally self taught know nothing noob) and my CPU socket could NOT handle anything much better, but I turn the question to you all. Can I upgrade my CPU?

With hope
Obsidians Fire
 

obsidians_fire

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Mar 1, 2018
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Hello Tom's folks, been a minute. So a few years back I was gifted a pre-built, box store (best buy I believe) gaming PC. For the gaming, streaming, video editing, etc I use it for, the CPU always bogs me down, atleast according to monitoring the only things that go in the red, simultaneously, are my FPS in some games and my CPU Time. Long story short I believe I looked it up before (totally self taught know nothing noob) and my CPU socket could NOT handle anything much better, but I turn the question to you all. Can I upgrade my CPU?

With hope
Obsidians Fire
ASUS - G11CD Desktop - Intel Core i5 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - 512GB Solid State Drive + 1TB Hard Drive - Silver/Red
Model:G11CD-B13
SKU:5614800
 
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Hello Tom's folks, been a minute. So a few years back I was gifted a pre-built, box store (best buy I believe) gaming PC. For the gaming, streaming, video editing, etc I use it for, the CPU always bogs me down, atleast according to monitoring the only things that go in the red, simultaneously, are my FPS in some games and my CPU Time. Long story short I believe I looked it up before (totally self taught know nothing noob) and my CPU socket could NOT handle anything much better, but I turn the question to you all. Can I upgrade my CPU?

With hope
Obsidians Fire
Hello!
Can you look up the i5 version in your Device Manager? 6th gen i5 are starting to sweat, as is my i5-3470, so I totally get where you are coming from. I think you should be able to upgrade to an i7-6700 or an i7-7700. That's the only upgrade that makes sense because of the extra threads. But be careful, pre-builts can be unpredictable to the way they react to a hardware change.
Hope this helps.
 
In an older thread on here, it seems the i7-7xxx series didn't work and according to systems on userbenchmark, the 6700k is as fast as that system can handle:
https://www.userbenchmark.com/System/Asus-G11CD/20078

The 6700 is a nice bump up from the i5-6400 which is probably installed and would be an easy swap. The 6700k would possibly need a cooler upgrade or it will run at 100% since the tdp is 95w vs 65w, but it offers another solid bump in performance that you should consider:
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare/Intel-i5-6400-vs-Intel-i7-6700-vs-Intel-i7-6700K/2578vs2598vs2565
 
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In an older thread on here, it seems the i7-7xxx series didn't work and according to systems on userbenchmark, the 6700k is as fast as that system can handle:
https://www.userbenchmark.com/System/Asus-G11CD/20078

The 6700 is a nice bump up from the i5-6400 which is probably installed and would be an easy swap. The 6700k would possibly need a cooler upgrade or it will run at 100% since the tdp is 95w vs 65w, but it offers another solid bump in performance that you should consider:
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/compare/Intel-i5-6400-vs-Intel-i7-6700-vs-Intel-i7-6700K/2578vs2598vs2565
Yep, but in general unless you can do some insane overclocking there isn't much point in doing it otherwise. I also wouldn't do that on a prebuilt. The i7-6700 should be your best bet.
 
Yep, but in general unless you can do some insane overclocking there isn't much point in doing it otherwise. I also wouldn't do that on a prebuilt. The i7-6700 should be your best bet.
No, the 6700k makes a lot of sense as its base clock is much higher and the single thread performance is also higher. It's why I run a 4790k in my Dell 3020 too--much higher performance than a 4790. This isn't the case for all K processors, but for the 4790k and 6700k it does make sense even without an OC.
 

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