Question Processor Upgrade

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Hello all!

I believe I have a simple question that probably many of you can answer easily enough. I have a Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-5820k CPU @ 3.30GHz. Apparently this is not strong enough to handle some of the newer video games coming out such as Deathloop. I do a lot of gaming on my system and wanted people's thoughts on what kind of upgrade I can get for my i7 that doesn't require a full install of a new motherboard. Any thoughts or recommendations?
 

Lutfij

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When posting a thread of troubleshooting nature, it's customary to include your full system's specs. Please list them like so:
CPU:
Motherboard:
Ram:
SSD/HDD:
GPU:
PSU:
Chassis:
OS:

This way we can understand what your limitations are and if spending on a processor is worthwhile or you're in need of a platform swap.
 

Eximo

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There is the possibility of something like the i7-6900K or i7-6950X, or a high core count Xeon. None of those would be recommendations today though. Far better off with a CPU/Motherboard/RAM upgrade to something current.
 
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There is the possibility of something like the i7-6900K or i7-6950X, or a high core count Xeon. None of those would be recommendations today though. Far better off with a CPU/Motherboard/RAM upgrade to something current.
On your current platform I agree with Eximo, A overall upgrade would be better.

Please note that lga 2011v3 motherboards and cpu's fetch good money still on second hand market.
 
Hello all!

I believe I have a simple question that probably many of you can answer easily enough. I have a Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-5820k CPU @ 3.30GHz. Apparently this is not strong enough to handle some of the newer video games coming out such as Deathloop. I do a lot of gaming on my system and wanted people's thoughts on what kind of upgrade I can get for my i7 that doesn't require a full install of a new motherboard. Any thoughts or recommendations?
Without knowing the mobo you have it's not possible to tell.
 
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I get that but this is the same question more or less has been asked in the past in regards to this platform. On that platform the 5820k as a gaming CPU is about as good as it gets even when compared to the best in socket 6900k is only a general 8% increase.

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View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_9sha2Qyg4&ab_channel=BenchmarkPCTech
True... there may be nothing worth upgrading to on the mobo.

It would still be nice to know what the mobo is before giving the op options.
 

logainofhades

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Not worth sticking any money into that old system, CPU wise. Time for a new CPU, motherboard, and ram.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700K 3.6 GHz 12-Core Processor ($369.97 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock 4 CPU Cooler ($74.90 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4 ATX LGA1700 Motherboard ($279.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $874.85
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-05-04 19:13 EDT-0400
 

KyaraM

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As Eximo says, I would also recommend a full system upgrade. Some of the newer games already call for a 8400. An Alder Lake CPU, even some of the less strong like a 12400, will outperform any option you will have with that board while being rather affordable. You can pair those with a B660, for example. Good ones cost maybe 130€, plus about 180€ for the CPU and some more for the RAM, depending on how much you want. Older CPUs can be expensive, too, so the price difference is likely not that big anyways.
 
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geofelt

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A quick look at the recommendations for Deathloop gives this:
System Requirements
  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system.
  • OS: 64 bit Windows 10 version 1909 or higher.
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1600.
  • Memory: 12 GB RAM.
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1060 (6GB) or AMD Radeon RX 580 (8GB)
  • DirectX: Version 12.
  • Storage: 30 GB available space.
Mar 24, 2022

Your I7-5820K actually comes close.
You have 12 processing threads and a passmark rating of 9814.
The I8-8400 has 6 threads and a rating of 9223.
Where your processor falls down is in single thread performance; 2010 vs. 2404
Single thread performance is very important for games and overall quickness.

I found no processors that would fit your motherboard with a sufficiently strong single thread performance.
Run the cpu-z bench test and look at your single thread performance rating.
It should be about 514:
https://valid.x86.fr/bench/wkp26s

What to do???

If you have not yet done so, you could try overclocking.

It is often nasty to have to do a clean install of windows on a new motherboard and also reinstall apps and settings for which the media has been lost.
Many here will recommend that you do just that.
They could be right.

But, I have found that windows 10 does a good job of figuring out what to do with a new motherboard, leaving you with only the task of installing motherboard driver updates.

I would imagine that your ram could be reused.

Do you have a budget?

I would think that a I5-12600K would be a very good upgrade.
It has 16 threads, a passmark rating of 27025 and a single thread rating of 397
 

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