Question Looking upgrade from a i7 2720QM to i7 12700k

Page 2 - Seeking answers? Join the Tom's Hardware community: where nearly two million members share solutions and discuss the latest tech.
Jul 28, 2022
I build this PC: -Outdated

But I wasn't sure on which GPU to put in my PC. I thought about going with an RTX 3080 Ti (EVGA) OR go with a RTX 4070 Ti (ASUS), Any advice/help is greatly appreciated, Thanks

Current PC:
i7 2720QM
8GB DDR3 (Laptop RAM)
Intel HD 3000 Graphics
1366x768 Display, So 2011/2012
Still Running Windows 7

Purpose of the PC: Gaming, Coding, Game Dev, Possible Video Editing
Last edited:
$2,000, but wanted to get the GPU separate + I still need to get a 27' 165Hz 1440p monitor and some better headphones
It kind of looks like you're going for the RGB look yet your case isn't RGB. You have $536.56 wrapped up in the AIO, case & fans alone.

BTW games takes advantage of lower latency RAM meaning the lower the latency the more FPS you're going to get as in CL30 and CL32 is going to be an improvement over CL36.

Deleted member 2838871

Another problem with the tech community I don't get is why buy new hardware, when hardware (that you upgraded from) that is 1-2 years old still has great perfomance... Kinda sounds like you just outed yourself
Yah, why upgrade can't you suffice with a 12700k? why spring and get a 13700k? Plus with every new CPU comes a new MoBo to boot, (Sometimes certain CPUs are backwards compatible, but that always isn't the case)

I always do my research before I upgrade.... Then I ask is it really necessary to "upgrade" or can I stay with what I got....

You sound just like me.

I built mine in January 2021 and just upgraded from 10900k to 11900k (PCIE 4.0 support and max CPU for my mobo) and 3090 to 4090. Everything else on my PC from the ram to the SSDs didn't need an upgrade and I'm now good to go for a few more years. This was pretty much all I could do without a new mobo... and if you do that you're building a new PC which wasn't necessary.

I've already sold the 10900k and 3090... my net cost for the 11900k was $65... and the sale of the 3090 cut the net cost of the 4090 in half.
Last edited by a moderator:


PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-13600K 3.5 GHz 14-Core Processor ($304.80 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: EK EK-Nucleus AIO CR360 Lux D-RGB 72 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($198.68 @ Newegg Sellers)
Motherboard: MSI PRO Z790-A WIFI ATX LGA1700 Motherboard ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws S5 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR5-6000 CL30 Memory ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Black SN770 1 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Black SN770 2 TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 X4 NVME Solid State Drive ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus TUF GAMING GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 12 GB Video Card ($799.99 @ B&H)
Case: Corsair 4000D Airflow ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair RM850x (2021) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($149.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $2093.41
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2023-04-07 06:25 EDT-0400


My question is, can I fit an i7 into this PC? My options

i7 12700k + DDR4

i7 12700k + DDR5


i7 13700k + DDR5

Yeah, but why the obsession behind specifically getting one called an i7? An i5-13600K has two more cores than a i7-12700K and is an overall better performer. It should be between 13600K and 13700K; there's zero reason here to be even talking about a 12700K.