Question CPU upgrade?

Altom_

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i currently have a i5-9400f
is it worth upgrading or not? if so any recommendations? i am also prepared to get another motherboard along side the CPU if i decide to get one.
My GPU is an RX 6700 XT Asus Tuf (i got that one just because it was like 1 in stock left at the time and it was on a 20% off and my Previous GPU GTX 1660 was on its last legs it couldnt get above 50frames)
 

geofelt

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Worth is something that only YOU can determine.

Try this simple test :
Run YOUR games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
This makes the graphics card loaf a bit.
If your FPS increases, it indicates that your cpu is strong enough to drive a better graphics configuration.
If your FPS stays the same, you are likely more cpu limited and a cpu upgrade would be of some value.
 

Altom_

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Could you please state what you've got to work with at this moment of time? A full system's specs will give us more context on whether an upgrade would be best.
CPU: I5-9400F
Motherboard: Prime h310m-a r2.0
Memory: 16gb ddr4 3600mhz i believe
GPU: RX 6700XT Asus Tuf
1tb HDD
Samsung SSD 970 EVO plus 500GB
750 PSU
 

geofelt

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CPU limited games tend to be strategy, sims, and mmo types.
Mostly limited by he single thread performance.
Your I5-9400F has 6 processing threads and a passmark rating of about 10467. That is when all 6 threads are fully busy.
The single thread rating is 2482.
Run the cpu-Z bench test on your 9400 and look at the single thread performance rating. You should see something like459:
http://valid.x86.fr/bench/w0y4xl
What is your budget?
A i3-12100f sells for $107:
https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i3-12100f-core-i3-12th-gen/p/N82E16819118357?item=N82E16819118357&source=region&nm_mc=knc-googleadwords-pc&cm_mmc=knc-googleadwords-pc-_-pla-_-processors+-+desktops-_-N82E16819118357&id1=2084536928&id2=82436890968&id3&id4&id5=pla-1572199077245&id6&id7=1015068&id8&id9=g&id10=c&id11&id12=EAIaIQobChMIxa38kJP--QIVc-W1Ch0v6wZ0EAQYASABEgK37fD_BwE&id13&id14=Y&id15&id16=375169967950&id17&id18&id19&id20&id21=pla&id22=8438988&id23=online&id24=N82E16819118357&id25=US&id26=1572199077245&id27=Y&id28&id29&id30=10675087913844606326&id31=en&id32&id33&id34
I might spend $20 more for the non f version to get integrated graphics.
Integrated is a good insurance for gpu issues.
Any LGA1700 ddr4 motherboard will do.
A B660 board may be $90:
https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813162048?quicklink=true

You can reuse your DDR4 ram.
Here is a review:
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-core-i3-12100-12100f-review/5
 

Altom_

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CPU limited games tend to be strategy, sims, and mmo types.
Mostly limited by he single thread performance.
Your I5-9400F has 6 processing threads and a passmark rating of about 10467. That is when all 6 threads are fully busy.
The single thread rating is 2482.
Run the cpu-Z bench test on your 9400 and look at the single thread performance rating. You should see something like459:
http://valid.x86.fr/bench/w0y4xl
What is your budget?
A i3-12100f sells for $107:
https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i3-12100f-core-i3-12th-gen/p/N82E16819118357?item=N82E16819118357&source=region&nm_mc=knc-googleadwords-pc&cm_mmc=knc-googleadwords-pc-_-pla-_-processors+-+desktops-_-N82E16819118357&id1=2084536928&id2=82436890968&id3&id4&id5=pla-1572199077245&id6&id7=1015068&id8&id9=g&id10=c&id11&id12=EAIaIQobChMIxa38kJP--QIVc-W1Ch0v6wZ0EAQYASABEgK37fD_BwE&id13&id14=Y&id15&id16=375169967950&id17&id18&id19&id20&id21=pla&id22=8438988&id23=online&id24=N82E16819118357&id25=US&id26=1572199077245&id27=Y&id28&id29&id30=10675087913844606326&id31=en&id32&id33&id34
I might spend $20 more for the non f version to get integrated graphics.
Integrated is a good insurance for gpu issues.
Any LGA1700 ddr4 motherboard will do.
A B660 board may be $90:
https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813162048?quicklink=true

You can reuse your DDR4 ram.
Here is a review:
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-core-i3-12100-12100f-review/5
466
https://valid.x86.fr/bench/9snfnc
 

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