[SOLVED] What should i upgrade?

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Hey, so my friend showed me his pc specs and he asked me, What should he upgrade to get better performance.

He´s got:
i5 6400
GTX 750ti
16GB Ram
500Gb SSD

He´s having problem with games. His sound ingame sometimes stop. He´s having microfreezes and sometimes he plays on 40Fps in Valorant.
I noticed he has a 100 degrees celsius on Cpu. So i told him thats not normal and he should get new cooler asap. Now he asked me to show him some parts that he could upgrade.
So i´m here.

He mostly plays Fps competitive games. Like Csgo, Valorant, R6, Pubg Lite.
 
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First of all, it is likely that the stock cooler has come loose and needs to be remounted.
100c. is the throttle point for intel and the chip will slow down to protect itself.
See my canned instructions at the end of the post.

Most games are limited by the graphics card. Particularly fast action games.
The gtx750ti is barely considered as a gaming card.
Try this test:
Run YOUR games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
This makes the graphics card loaf a bit.
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.
Unfortunately, graphics cards are in short supply and prices are jacked up.
Look at tom's gpu...
First of all, it is likely that the stock cooler has come loose and needs to be remounted.
100c. is the throttle point for intel and the chip will slow down to protect itself.
See my canned instructions at the end of the post.

Most games are limited by the graphics card. Particularly fast action games.
The gtx750ti is barely considered as a gaming card.
Try this test:
Run YOUR games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
This makes the graphics card loaf a bit.
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.
Unfortunately, graphics cards are in short supply and prices are jacked up.
Look at tom's gpu hierarchy chart and look for a decent upgrade:
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gpu-hierarchy,4388.html
For reference, the GTX750ti is somewhat close to a gt1030 on the chart.

Also,
What is the make/model of the motherboard?If a cpu upgrade is needed, the motherboard can likely handle a good upgrade.

----------------how to mount the stock Intel cooler--------------

The stock Intel cooler can be tricky to install.
A poor installation will result in higher cpu temperatures.
If properly mounted, you should expect temperatures at idle to be 10-15c. over ambient.

To mount the Intel stock cooler properly, place the motherboard on top of the foam or cardboard backing that was packed with the motherboard.
The stock cooler will come with paste pre applied, it looks like three grey strips.
The 4 push pins should come in the proper position for installation, that is with the pins rotated in the opposite direction of the arrow,(clockwise)
and pulled up as far as they can go.
Take the time to play with the pushpin mechanism until you know how they work.

Orient the 4 pins so that they are exactly over the motherboard holes.
If one is out of place, you will damage the pins which are delicate.
Push down on a DIAGONAL pair of pins at the same time. Then the other pair.

When you push down on the top black pins, it expands the white plastic pins to fix the cooler in place.

If you do them one at a time, you will not get the cooler on straight.
Lastly, look at the back of the motherboard to verify that all 4 pins are equally through the motherboard, and that the cooler is on firmly.
This last step must be done, which is why the motherboard should be out of the case to do the job. Or you need a case with a opening that lets you see the pins.
It is possible to mount the cooler with the motherboard mounted in the case, but you can then never be certain that the push pins are inserted properly
unless you can verify that the pins are through the motherboard and locked.

If you should need to remove the cooler, turn the pins counter clockwise to unlock them.
You will need to clean off the old paste and reapply new if you ever take the cooler off.
Clean off old paste with alcohol and a lint free paper like a coffee filter.
Apply new paste sparingly. A small rice sized drop in the center will spread our under heat and pressure.
Too much paste is bad, it will act as an insulator.
It is hard to use too little.

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What monitor res is he playing at?
750ti should be enough for those games he plays,which are more cpu demanding than gpu.
What is his budget?
That is a good place to start, if the monitor is unable to keep up with the specifications because of the resolution, then there are issues with the cpu flow.
 
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