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Could someone help me with CPU upgrade?

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Hi, Thank you for taking the time to have a glance at my question. I have worked with computers for many years (software) and recently became interested in the hardware side of computers. I am in need… Read More
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3m, 3w agoPosted 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi, Thank you for taking the time to have a glance at my question. I have worked with computers for many years (software) and recently became interested in the hardware side of computers. I am in need of some recommendations for an upgrade I am planning. Here are my current system specifications;

OS: Windows 10 Home 64-Bit

CPU: Intel Core I5-6400 @ 2.70GHz Skylake 14nm Technology

Ram: 8GB Single channel unknown @ 1064MHz (14-14-14-32)

MoBo: ASUSTek H110M-R (LGA1151)

GPU: 2048MB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB

I am currently planning on a CPU upgrade, could you please give me the names (Prices and performance specs) of 3 CPU's that are compatible with my MoBo and Socket in a price order (Highest priced, mid-range priced and lowest priced).

I appreciate your time and help, thank you
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3m, 3w agoPosted 3 months, 3 weeks ago
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#1
Thanks for expiring, I accidentally made a double post
#2
My advice is check the Asus website for motherboard compatibility for the exact CPU, and RAM configuration permitted. Although usually out-of-date it does provide a good starting point for answering your questions. This is part of being interested in computer hardware learning the strengths and limitations of the technology.

Once you've got a better idea post your exact specifications, requirements and budget to get a better idea to tailor the upgrade to your needs.
#3
your mobo is compatible with 6th and 7th gen lga 1151 cup. You are best with either i7 7700k or i5 7600k at 329 and 220 respectively. Make sure you update your mobo bios before upgrading to ensure the new cpu is compatible.
#4
If you want to overclock you need a new mobo.
#5
Get a Z170 motherboard and overclock your CPU using BCLK method, have the same CPU, you will have to udpade your bios to a special one and follow the guidelines on how to do it. There is plenty of info on youtube, google. You can hit easy 4.3 MHZ which makes it more like 6600K, no point in upgrading. Depends what you need it for, for gaming it's enough. I would advise you to look in to ryzen AMD, this CPU will get better with updates.

If you have a stock Intel cooler, change it to at least 212 evo, or something similar, should be enough.

Edited By: r4do on Mar 05, 2017 08:33: edit
#6
This looks like a solid new build, what extra do you feel you need, what are you not able to do?
Running performance monitor when the system is struggling will show you which parts of the system are the problem.
You don't mention an ssd, these do make everything feel much faster.
You could, in order of cost, add another 8gb stick of ram, upgrade to a faster i5 or upgrade to an i7.
The 'k' chips mentioned would not be worth the extra cost with your motherboard.
#7
Just as a word of caution, you're current motherboard is only compatible with 7th gen kaby lake cpu's if you update the BIOS which you would need to do whilst still using the current CPU.
#8
The CPUs currently available would be a minimal upgrade, only around 50% faster. You don't say what you're using it for but that would generally make little difference and be a waste of money.
#9
If you've worked in software for so long you should realise that Window 10 is a pile of **** :p
Why don't you move to Manjaro for an an instant 30-50% boost ;)
#10
Any CPU upgrade on your current setup will only be incremental, motherboard and potentially PSU being the bottlenecks. If you are looking for more oomph from your CPU, have a look at i7 6850 on the x99 platform. Alternatively, switch to AMD for the 1800x.
#11
nemesiz
My advice is check the Asus website for motherboard compatibility for the exact CPU, and RAM configuration permitted. Although usually out-of-date it does provide a good starting point for answering your questions. This is part of being interested in computer hardware learning the strengths and limitations of the technology.

Once you've got a better idea post your exact specifications, requirements and budget to get a better idea to tailor the upgrade to your needs.


Thank you for your suggestion, I checked out the Asus website and it was a surprise to see how many CPUs are compatible with my Mobo. :)
#12
Thanks to all of you for your suggestions and feedback, I have just ordered the i7-7700K which will come in handy if I ever wanted to change Mobo and OC. And also I ordered 212 Evo cooler and an extra 8GB Ram. I love the setup because it is much quicker than what I currently need. I just wanted to make an upgrade which would make the PC last for around 3 years without upgrades, thank you all for your time :D
#13
Just a thought, before you swap out the CPU add another 8gb of ram you may save some money. The percentages of progress in CPU are not as great as doubling the ram esp on a winbox.
#14
Don't forget to check / upgrade the BIOS, for the i7-7700K you need 3016
#15
Androider86
I love the setup because it is much quicker than what I currently need.

It seems strange to upgrade it even further then. If it's much quicker than you need now then it's likely still going to be so in three years time. Certainly an i5-4460 from three years ago is barely any different to your current 6400 when used with a separate graphics card.

I'd have spend the £300+ on something that gives a improvement you see every day. Perhaps a larger, higher resolution monitor for example.

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