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Cleowill 4 days ago

Hi everyone!

My build is:

  • i3-6100 (with a Cooler Master Hyper T2)
  • GTX 960
  • 2x4Gb DDR4-2133
  • MSI B150 Gaming M3
  • ADATA SSD 128gb
  • SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze

I'll add a HDD and 2x4Gb soon, but I'm not sure which CPU I could upgrade to (i5-6600k?) and if I should also change my GPU (would a GTX 970 be worth it or should I wait till I can get better?). I'll have to change the PSU as well but I'm not sure how much power I will need.

Any recommendations/ideas? Thanks in advance :)

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Rexper 1 point 4 days ago

What are you using this for? Why are you upgrading to 16gb? Going for a 'K' chip/unlocked/overclock able chip isn't a good idea as the motherboard is locked. I also recommend going for Kabylake instead of Skylake (just update mobo bios with i3). You won't need to change PSU, it has enough wattage for a 970 aswell.

Cleowill submitter 1 point 4 days ago

Sorry, typo, I have 2x4gb and want to add 2x4gb. I'd like to avoid upgrading the mobo though. :/

Rexper 1 point 4 days ago

That's ok, just know you won't be able to real overclock the CPU.

I was told by a technician (not sure if the term is correct) that if I upgrade the CPU, I'll have to upgrade the PSU as well? :O

Using the b150 platform, you won't need any more wattage than 520w even if you upgraded CPU and GPU.

Cleowill submitter 1 point 4 days ago

So if I want to upgrade to a CPU that can't overclock, which would be better considering the rest of the build so far? :O

That's good to know, thank you!

Rexper 1 point 3 days ago

That depends on your budget and what you're using it for. I'd say either the i5 7500 or i7 7700 would be the beneficial upgrades.

mark5916 1 point 4 days ago

U could just upgrade the GPU and get a good performance boost.

U don't need another 2x8GB of Ram. That would be a waste of money.

And u don't need an GTX 970 as well. That's an old Nvidia GPU model, and u could get a much greater performance, with an GPU that costs lower than a GTX 970.

Except u can find one very cheap.

PSU is enough.

Lastly, the i5-6600K is an unlocked processor, and your board doesn't support overclocking.

So, that would be a bad idea. ;)

Cleowill submitter 1 point 4 days ago

Sorry for the typo, I meant that I have 2x4gb and I want to add 2x4gb so that I'd have 16gb overall. Perhaps only adding 4gb would be enough? Which GPU would you recommend then, better than a GTX 970?

I was told by a technician (not sure if the term is correct) that if I upgrade the CPU, I'll have to upgrade the PSU as well? :O

4Shadow 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

No you wont, your PSU is fine but a lot of problems have been mentioned by previous commenters and they are all right. Your motherboard doesn't support unlocked chips but an i5 is a good idea. A 960 is an old GPU, get something newer and you won't need that much RAM, if you aren't doing any programming or serious media editing you won't use more than 8 GB.

Cleowill submitter 1 point 4 days ago

Would it be better to get an i5-7400 or i5-7500, then? I want to upgrade the GPU at some point but that's not immediate. I'm kinda struggling to know which GPU to use with which CPU if I upgrade. I do use some programs that can be quite heavy (like Blender) hence why I wanted to upgrade the ram a bit.

4Shadow 1 Build 1 point 4 days ago

The 7500 is faster and it's not a huge price difference so I recommend that. Get a new series 10 GPU and if you are sure about your RAM usage then get the extra 8 GB.

mark5916 1 point 4 days ago

For an GPU i would recommend the RX 580.

It's brand new and has better performance than the RX 480.

Let's say that's your build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor Purchased For $0.00
Motherboard MSI B150 Gaming M3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard Purchased For $0.00
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory Purchased For $0.00
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $59.99 @ Amazon
Storage ADATA Ultimate SU800 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $0.00
Storage Seagate BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 8GB Gaming 8G Video Card $229.99
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro M ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $337.87
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-21 10:28 EDT-0400

As u can see, u are fine with that PSU!

So, let's say now, u wanna upgrade the CPU to the highest possible solution for your board:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $292.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard MSI B150 Gaming M3 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard Purchased For $0.00
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory Purchased For $0.00
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $59.99 @ Amazon
Storage ADATA Ultimate SU800 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $0.00
Storage Seagate BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 8GB Gaming 8G Video Card $229.99
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro M ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $630.86
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-21 10:30 EDT-0400

BOOM!, even then the PSU is more than enough!

So, let's say now, u will change that board and make an overclock build.

Let's see what happens there:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $329.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Scythe Mugen 5 51.2 CFM CPU Cooler $51.85 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock Z270 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $144.49 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory Purchased For $0.00
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $59.99 @ Amazon
Storage ADATA Ultimate SU800 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $0.00
Storage Seagate BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 8GB Gaming 8G Video Card $229.99
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro M ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $864.20
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-21 10:32 EDT-0400

Well, the PSU would work even if u build would consume near 450 Watt.

Now, let's push it a bit further!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-7700K 4.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $329.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Corsair H115i 104.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $139.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock Z270 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $144.49 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory Purchased For $0.00
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $59.99 @ Amazon
Storage ADATA Ultimate SU800 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $0.00
Storage Seagate BarraCuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 8GB Gaming 8G Video Card $229.99
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro M ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $0.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $952.23
Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-04-21 10:34 EDT-0400

Even with an Liquid cooler that PSU would work just fine. ;)

Cmdr__Tim 1 point 4 days ago

Why a 970 though? Why not just get a newer GPU, like a rx 580? What do you plan on doing with your computer? If you are just gaming, you dont need 32 gb of ram. If you are going for a streaming/productivity build, either get a i7, or sell the mobo and get a ryzen+b350. If you decide to stick to intel, bios flash your mobo so you can use it with kabylake.

Cleowill submitter 1 point 4 days ago

I mostly only want to upgrade the CPU + add some RAM and memory (I made a typo, I have 2x4gb and want to add 2x4gb, I mostly do gaming but I'm also learning to use programs like Blender, I can run it easily but I still feel limited). I don't have the budget to upgrade to something outstanding yet, so right now I'm aiming for a new CPU.

Cmdr__Tim 1 point 4 days ago

You should be fine on your current ram, but you can pick up some more at any point if you want to, it's one of the easiest parts to upgrade. I would bios flash your motherboard so it can support kabylake, buy yourself either a i5 7500 for just gaming (or i7 7700 if you want to game+stream, or anything else) and get a rx 580 for the gpu upgrade. Hard drive is up to you, the 1tb WD blue is a highly recommended drive, Maybe one of those would be good for you ;)