Question What is the most logical cpu upgrade for me?

Feb 22, 2019
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Hi, I'm looking to upgrade my cpu, motherboard and ram. My current system is still able to handle every game at 1440p but I want to upgrade parts so I can use my old components for a mini itx build i've been planning for a while and also give my current pc some extra performance and a bit of future proofing. I'm not planning on having a really powerful mini itx, just something that will run games 1080p medium settings and up.

My Current System:
CPU: I5 3570k @ 4.2ghz
Cooler: Hyper 212 Evo
Motherboard: ASRock z77 Pro 4 LGA 1155
Ram: Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz 8gb (2 x 4gb)
GPU: KFA2 GeForce GTX 1080 EX OC 8192MB
Monitor: Dell u2515h 25" 1440p 60hz ips

So my question is what CPU upgrade would be a logical choice to pair with my 1080? I do plan on sticking with intel, I've seen the i5-9400F for about £150 If i wanted a K cpu im looking at £80 more for a i5-8600k or £100 more for a i5-9600k. I also intend on running my new cpu with my Hyper 212 evo as I understand it's compatible with the 1151 socket.

Would I see a large benefit of going for a K cpu or not? I've looked at a few benchmarks and there doesn't seem to be a huge increase:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2y5VSyZJ1Y


I'd still be inclined to pair the I5 9400F with a Z390 motherboard just to allow the option for an upgrade to a K cpu if I wanted, and If I understand correctly this will also allow be to take advantage of faster RAM speeds.

I will also need to buy an 1155 socket mini itx motherboard for my old cpu, i cant seem to find any of these that allow overclocking but shouldnt be a massive problem as the case im building in wont be able to take a large cpu fan anyway.

What would you guys recommend? Thanks for all the help in advance!
 

13thmonkey

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I've not seen you state that you'll be getting more ram, you're moving to DDR4.

At 60Hz, anything will do, but i'd still go k as you have a z mobo.

the 9600k is 3.7-4.6 vs 2.9 to 4.1 for the 9400F, which has a lower TDP so will not turbo for as long.
 
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I've not seen you state that you'll be getting more ram, you're moving to DDR4.

At 60Hz, anything will do, but i'd still go k as you have a z mobo.

the 9600k is 3.7-4.6 vs 2.9 to 4.1 for the 9400F, which has a lower TDP so will not turbo for as long.
Sorry I forgot to mention I will be getting 16gb DDR4 probably 3000 or 3200mhz. And I see your point with the CPU i think the K might be worth it especially for more demanding games in the future. Thanks :)
 

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