Question Quick question about upgrading my build.

lolman86

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Hey guys i've had this pc for a long time and I think it's time for a slight upgrade nothing very expensive. I really want to change my cpu because I can't run any games like warzone without having my fps at like 20 to 30 which is what i don't normally get. Only on battle royales i get this time of fps. I want to switch my cpu and motherboard to something way better, what do you guys think i should do ? My case is a Micro ATX mid tower case as well if needed. The CPU can be locked or unlocked so i would need a new cpu cooler and i want about 3.5 GHz or more of speed cause my cpus 2.7 Ghz isn't enough for the newer games. Also I wanted to know if I was able to make the switch and don't have to worry about my storage which already has windows and games and etc.
CPU: i5-6400
GPU: GTX 1060 3gb
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
PSU: seasonic m12ii EVO 52o WATT
 

contagioussheep17

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First of all, look at videos explaining what CPU clock speed is, clock speed is not a measure of performance that can be used to compare a CPU to other CPUs, it is only really useful for showing the speed that any particular CPU is running at .

If you're on a budget, you could look at getting a used 6700(k) / 7700(k) and putting it in your existing motherboard (ensure you've updated your bios if moving to a 7th gen CPU), if not you definitely want to be looking at AMD if you're getting a brand new CPU. As for graphics, the four I'd point you towards are;

Used GTX 1070ti

Used GTX1080

AMD RX5700

AMD RX5600XT

You don't really want to drop below the performance of those cards IMO.

Keep in mind that with any of those configurations, you'll need to ensure that the rest of your system is up to the task of handling those components. Your CPU cooler will have to be up for it for a start, and if you went with the most power hungry of the graphics cards there, a GTX 1080 and an i7 7700k, I'd say the power supply has to be either a high quality 550w unit, or if it's mid range, 650w and if it's low end then an even higher wattage again.

Your operating system will run just fine with new components installed. However, if you want to be safe if you're switching from Nvidia to AMD graphics, run your computer with no graphics card, just on the iGPU, and use an app to remove graphics card drivers.

I'd also say that even if with your current configuration, if it doesn't already have,
upgrade to 16GB of ram.
 
We need to know your upgrade budget and what country you're shopping in?

What do you have for storage? (SSD/HDD)

What RAM do you have? DDR4-???? How much (ie 2x8GB)

What monitor do you have? Do you plan on keeping it for a while, or upgrading?
 

lolman86

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We need to know your upgrade budget and what country you're shopping in?

What do you have for storage? (SSD/HDD)

What RAM do you have? DDR4-???? How much (ie 2x8GB)

What monitor do you have? Do you plan on keeping it for a while, or upgrading?
I'm shopping in the U.S and I'm thinking of buying an i7-6700k because its what I can get without switching my motherboard. I have one stick of ram 8gb
Kingston HyperX Fury Black 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4-2133 CL14
Storage: I have one hard drive 1Tb and a 250 GB SSD which isn't bad for when I built it 5 years ago
my monitors are fine and I'm just thinking about getting a better CPU cause mine isn't good enough for what I need it to do and I wanted to find the best one for a good price and I'm thinking about the i7-6700k.
 

logainofhades

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What is your upgrade budget? Typically I recommend against sticking money into a dead platform. Those 6th and 7th gen i7's are not cheap, even used. In newer titles especially, that 2133 ram is going to hold you back, as well, and your board doesn't support faster.
 
Looks like i7-6700K is selling for ~$200-220.

I agree with Logan. It's hard to recommend these older 4c/8t CPUs in 2020 when we've got Ryzen 3300X and Intel i3 CPUs with the same 4c/8t selling for $150 or less and offering roughly the same performance and leave the door open to higher core count CPUs to slot in later*. HOWEVER, as you said, buying a 6th or 7th gen i7 only incurs the cost of the CPU, whereas the 3300x/10th gen i3 requires a new mobo and RAM also ($140 CPU + $100 mobo + $60 RAM). It's a tough call. I think it ultimately depends on how much you end up paying for a 6th/7th gen i7 and your current financial situation.

*Don't get me wrong, I would recommend 6c/12t if upgrading.

Regardless of your upgrade path, I would recommend 2x8GB RAM.
 

lolman86

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Looks like i7-6700K is selling for ~$200-220.

I agree with Logan. It's hard to recommend these older 4c/8t CPUs in 2020 when we've got Ryzen 3300X and Intel i3 CPUs with the same 4c/8t selling for $150 or less and offering roughly the same performance and leave the door open to higher core count CPUs to slot in later*. HOWEVER, as you said, buying a 6th or 7th gen i7 only incurs the cost of the CPU, whereas the 3300x/10th gen i3 requires a new mobo and RAM also ($140 CPU + $100 mobo + $60 RAM). It's a tough call. I think it ultimately depends on how much you end up paying for a 6th/7th gen i7 and your current financial situation.

*Don't get me wrong, I would recommend 6c/12t if upgrading.

Regardless of your upgrade path, I would recommend 2x8GB RAM.
Tell what mobo, i3 CPU, and ram you recommend and ill most likely consider it. I'm honestly trying to be able to play warzone and things like that without getting 30 fps and not changing my GPU, at least not now. I've had this PC for a long time and I think its time for a change.
 

logainofhades

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As you cannot find a 3300x anywhere, right now, at a reasonable price, the next best step is the 3600. Locked Intel CPU's, due to slow ram they would be paired with, on a B/H chipset, are inferior, at gaming, than a 3300x, with 3200 ram.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($172.49 @ Walmart)
Motherboard: ASRock B550M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $367.47
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-07-01 14:20 EDT-0400
 
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lolman86

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As you cannot find a 3300x anywhere, right now, at a reasonable price, the next best step is the 3600. Locked Intel CPU's, due to slow ram they would be paired with, on a B/H chipset, are inferior, at gaming, than a 3300x, with 3200 ram.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($172.49 @ Walmart)
Motherboard: ASRock B550M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $367.47
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-07-01 14:20 EDT-0400
Would a 3600x be ok with this ram setup as well?
 

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