Question Do I need to upgrade my CPU if I get a new Graphics Card?

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Hey guys! First time posting on the Forums but I had a big question to ask since I'm not 10/10 with PC Upgrading. I own a HP Envy Desktop 750-111 and it's a good computer overall but it's not great for the games out there right now. I want to buy a Nvidia GTX 1070 but I was told that I may have to upgrade my CPU and RAM depending on what I have. Here is what I have,

Intel (R) Core (TM) i5-6400 CPU @2.70 Ghz 2.71 Ghz

8GB of Installed Memory (RAM)

64-Bit Operating System, x64-based processor.

Intel HD Graphics 2016

Sorry if I got any of that wrong, Thank you for the responses!
 
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6400 is the Lowest in that Skylake series those lower clocks will not do any good when you pair this with a 2070. You may need to upgrade the CPU to work best with that card. HP state that Intel Core i7-6700 (Skylake) 3.4 GHz Quad Core is compatible with your system. So before buying the card concern about this fact as well. And as mentioned above a new PSU (600W at least) would need too.

Some Pre-built setups do not have that full length 24 pin connectors so be careful
 

elay.hadad

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You will get your performance improved, but with your currect CPU it may cause bottleneck. If it's expensive for you, you can buy a better cooling (-if you see it as needed) for your CPU and overclock it for a bit (even it's not a K - which means unlocked).
You didn't mention your motherboard, so check if it appears here;
If so, you will be able to install custom BIOS to overclock your non-K CPU (don't forget to consider the risk).
If you do want to buy a new CPU check your motherboard comfortability first and buy some i7.
Also don't forget to check your it fits in your chassis, and if your PSU can supply enough power.
 
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