Question Is it compatible? Does it bottleneck?

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I’m building a pc here are my specs, can you tell me if it’s compatible?
i5-8400
ROG strix gtx 1060 6gb
2x8gb 3200mhz
Aerocool strix x coupe midi tower
Corsair 550w 80plus
120gb ssd
1TB HDD
Stock cpu cooler
5 or 6 120mm case fans
 
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clutchc

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Yes, all looks compatible. And you shouldn't have to worry about needing a BIOS update for the board to recognize the CPU. Should be a decent 1080p/60Hz gamer.
Lots o case fans, though. Might get noisy if they can't be speed controlled. The board only has a single 4-pin fan header (aside from the CPU fan header).
Oh, and no CPU bottleneck.
 
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Yes, all looks compatible. And you shouldn't have to worry about needing a BIOS update for the board to recognize the CPU. Should be a decent 1080p/60Hz gamer.
Lots o case fans, though. Might get noisy if they can't be speed controlled. The board only has a single 4-pin fan header (aside from the CPU fan header).
Oh, and no CPU bottleneck.
Is it possible to get fan header extender plugs and what results would you think I would get if I play vr games
 
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Yes, all looks compatible. And you shouldn't have to worry about needing a BIOS update for the board to recognize the CPU. Should be a decent 1080p/60Hz gamer.
Lots o case fans, though. Might get noisy if they can't be speed controlled. The board only has a single 4-pin fan header (aside from the CPU fan header).
Oh, and no CPU bottleneck.
Should I change to 1660 or nah?
 
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What results would you think I would get if I play vr games
I don't know as that's not something I'm very familiar with. I think it should average around 120 FPS in the Steam VR performance test though if that's any help. For reference, the PC in my sig averages around 110.
 
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Sorry. I thought it was visible to all at the bottom of my posts. Here's the basics.

Intel i5-6600K @4.5GHz on Gigabyte Z170-Gaming K3 motherboard, 16GB HyperX Predator DDR4-3333 RAM, Sapphire Pulse RX 570 graphics @1950MHz GPU & 1400MHz VRAM, Windows 10 Pro on Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB NVMe M.2 SSD
 
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Sorry. I thought it was visible to all at the bottom of my posts. Here's the basics.

Intel i5-6600K @4.5GHz on Gigabyte Z170-Gaming K3 motherboard, 16GB HyperX Predator DDR4-3333 RAM, Sapphire Pulse RX 570 graphics @1950MHz GPU & 1400MHz VRAM, Windows 10 Pro on Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB NVMe M.2 SSD
That’s a beast pc mate, what was the base clock of your cpu since your mobo is able to oc
 

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It all looks compatible so far...

On the other note..
The mobo sounds entry level. H310 is an entry level 1151 board chipset. How much is the B360 in your place?
 
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Thanks matey. The standard base clock is 3.5GHz with a turbo boost of 3.9GHz on the i5-6600K. It's a couple of years old now but still keeps me happy with the games I play. Mostly Codemasters stuff, GRID Autosport, DiRT4, DiRT Rally 2.0. It's fine at 1080p and can manage a locked 60 FPS in almost anything on high or ultra settings.
 
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The i5-8400 has a memory bandwidth of nearly 42GB/s, so anything slower than DDR4-3200 will bottleneck it slightly. Minimum framerates in some games will suffer with anything less.

For reference, performance gains on the overclocked i5-6600K scale pretty well all the way up to DDR4-3333.
 
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The i5-8400 has a memory bandwidth of nearly 42GB/s, so anything slower than DDR4-3200 will bottleneck it slightly. Minimum framerates in some games will suffer with anything less.

For reference, performance gains on the overclocked i5-6600K scale pretty well all the way up to DDR4-3333.
Can you give me a mobo that supports 3200mhz
 
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I'm out of touch with the current platforms, but my best guess would be that you'd need a Z370 chipset to do it. It depends how much you can push the budget and whether or not you think it's worth the expense.

DDR4-2666 will lose you some performance, but not a lot.
 
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Look for the cheapest Z370 motherboard you can find with the features you want and see how that compares price-wise with a B360 with the same features. You may get lucky and find a good budget Z370 motherboard on special offer. Your CPU upgrade path in the future will be much wider if you have the option of overclocking K processors.

Don't forget to post your findings back here before buying though to make sure you're not accidentally getting a dog of a motherboard.
 

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