Updating old P67 i2600k pc

Jun 21, 2018
Hi, I have a pc with rather old parts.I would like to upgrade it a little bit to get some extra performance out of it.


Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1

Intel Core i7 2600K @ 3.40GHz

16,0GB Dual-Kanaal DDR3 @ 668MHz (9-9-9-24)

ASUSTeK Computer INC. Maximus IV Extreme (LGA1155)

2047MBNVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 (Gigabyte)

238GB Samsung SSD 850 PRO 256GB ATA Device (SSD)

I haven't overlooked the cpu, and I'm thinking I should? Though I have no experience with it.

Would the easiest performance gain be from a newer gpu? And if so, what would you recommend value for money wise?

You'd be getting the most noticeable performance increase with a GPU upgrade. For value, look into the 1060 6 GB versions, it should slaughter the 760 in many titles. The 2600K is still a beast, even today. OC'ing WILL make the 2600k stay more competitive with modern processors, so it's definitely worth a shot. What PSU are you using? Your board is more than qualified to overclock.
You can get perhaps a 15% boost in cpu performance with a conservative overclock.
You will need better than the stock cooler.

If you play fast action games, a graphics card upgrade may give you better results. Something in the GTX1060/GTX1070 range.

Some games are graphics limited like fast action shooters.
Others are cpu core speed limited like strategy, sims, and mmo.
Multiplayer tends to like many threads.

You need to find out which.
To help clarify your CPU/GPU options, run these two tests:

a) Run YOUR games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
If your FPS increases, it indicates that your cpu is strong enough to drive a better graphics configuration.
If your FPS stays the same, you are likely more cpu limited.

b) Limit your cpu, either by reducing the OC, or, in windows power management, limit the maximum cpu% to something like 85%.
Go to control panel/power options/change plan settings/change advanced power settings/processor power management/maximum processor state/
This will simulate what a lack of cpu power will do.
Conversely what a 15% improvement in core speed might do.

You should also experiment with removing one or more cores/threads. You can do this in the windows msconfig boot advanced options option.
You will need to reboot for the change to take effect. Set the number of threads to less than you have.
This will tell you how sensitive your games are to the benefits of many threads.
If you see little difference, your game does not need all the threads you have.

It is possible that both tests are positive, indicating that you have a well balanced system,
and both cpu and gpu need to be upgraded to get better gaming FPS.