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So I'm looking to upgrade my i5 7600k, but I don't want to get a new motherboard. Is there any conceivable upgrade that's worth it for me? I've been browsing around and the consensus seems to be no, but I wanted yall's input on this. Thanks!

Sidenote; My PC is mainly used for gaming.
 
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without full system specs, ie no mobo, monitor, etc... listed. really cannot say. If it is an upgrade itch I would say wait and save up a year and do a total upgrade. Otherwise your 7600K and 2070 should be fine for awhile. Maybe upgrade the RAM to 32gb, but I would wait imho.
 
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So I'm looking to upgrade my i5 7600k, but I don't want to get a new motherboard. Is there any conceivable upgrade that's worth it for me? I've been browsing around and the consensus seems to be no, but I wanted yall's input on this. Thanks!

Sidenote; My PC is mainly used for gaming.
Today's games dont use more than 4 cores. A pentum g4560 can give you 50-60 fps in MOST AAA titles if paired with decent GPU ( 1060 max limit ). i would say halt the upgrade until next gen consoles ps5 and next xbox release, cause only then games will become much more CPU demanding and you can upgrade to whatever latest unicorn releases during that period. As of now 4 cores is all you need man truly and yours is the latest quad core i5 from intel with DDR4 support so there is also that to keep in mind.
 
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What is you motherboard?
 
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What games are you playing and at what monitor are you using?
The only easy upgrade is i7 with 4c/4t (6700K or 7700K) but it will not buy you much in terms of performance in vast majority of games.
 
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For 60 FPS on RTX 2070 you should be fine and an upgrade will not be a meaningful performance jump. Next time you upgrade the GPU, it will be much more interesting.
 
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Unless you have an Intel 300 series board I don't believe you can get something newer than a gen 7 chip to run in it.

In that case the only feasable upgrade would be a 7700/7700K BUT the i5's game just as good overall, in some cases even better. If it's a title that could benefit from the extra threads that's when an i7 is better but not many of those games titles around that I know of.
If you have a 300 series board then you can upgrade it but I'm not aware of any differences between the 7th and 8th gen chips making it worth going after, esp if you're on a tight budget. Even if it's a 9th gen chip chances are you probrably wouldn't see enough difference for it to really be worth it in the end.
A better GPU would probrably be a more effective upgrade provided you're not already running something high-end in the first place.

Just my view of it.
 
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Unless you have an Intel 300 series board I don't believe you can get something newer than a gen 7 chip to run in it.
7600K runs on either 100 or 200 series chipset. These chipsets are not compatible with 8000 or 9000 series of CPUs.
 
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id say your plateaued regarding any real change on your current platform. unless youve suddenly found yourself desperately in need of more threads , id say its not worth it now. A minimum upgrade for a CPU in my opinion is 4 Generations, as ive done them more frequently, & found it to be a waste of $.
 
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7600K runs on either 100 or 200 series chipset. These chipsets are not compatible with 8000 or 9000 series of CPUs.
Please reread my post because that's what I said in the first place - You must have at least a 8th gen chip to run a 300 series board, a 6th or 7th gen runs in both 100 and 200 series boards but not in the 300 series boards.
 
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If you can find a 7700K for relatively cheap, go ahead. Is it going to be a massive improvement ? Probably not.

Today's games dont use more than 4 cores. A pentum g4560 can give you 50-60 fps in MOST AAA titles if paired with decent GPU ( 1060 max limit ).
Yes they do and a Pentium G4560 falls flat on it's face in many situations, it simply can't hold a constant 60fps, neither can a 7600K in a few situation as well. It's not as simple as you make it out to be.
 

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If you can find a 7700K for relatively cheap, go ahead. Is it going to be a massive improvement ? Probably not.



Yes they do and a Pentium G4560 falls flat on it's face in many situations, it simply can't hold a constant 60fps, neither can a 7600K in a few situation as well. It's not as simple as you make it out to be.

Is that so ?

Then by all mean take some time off from watching 570$ i9 processor and 1300$ RTX 2080 Ti GPU reviews to watch this video and you'll be pleasantly surprised of how you dont need i7s and top dog nvidia GPUs to play games.


 
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Is that so ?

Then by all mean take some time off from watching 570$ i9 processor and 1300$ RTX 2080 Ti GPU reviews to watch this video and you'll be pleasantly surprised of how you dont need i7s and top dog nvidia GPUs to play games.


Dont bother with the 1050
 
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For a while I had a 7600k @ 5ghz PC and my current 8600k PC. I would say for gaming at 1080p 60hz, I saw no noticeable difference to the naked eye between the two CPUs.
 

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Am just proven that budget stuff like G4560 CAN give you 60 frames in most games as shown in the video. The i5 7600k is better, even MORE better when overclocked :).
Did not mention the cpu, only the gpu. Better off with a 780/ti 6G, 980/ti, 1060ti or a 7970 6G/280X 6G, 290-390X.

Even my 8350 is much better at 5.0GHz than 4.0
 
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What games are you playing and at what monitor are you using?
The only easy upgrade is i7 with 4c/4t (6700K or 7700K) but it will not buy you much in terms of performance in vast majority of games.
Mainly battlefield, any recently released games as well. I'm currently using a MSI 1440p monitor, my performance is usually great but I do notice some hitches occasionally.

What is you motherboard?
Asus TUF Z270 MARK 2

id say your plateaued regarding any real change on your current platform. unless youve suddenly found yourself desperately in need of more threads , id say its not worth it now. A minimum upgrade for a CPU in my opinion is 4 Generations, as ive done them more frequently, & found it to be a waste of $.
Yeah, I'm probably just going to hold out and apply some of that cash to a new NVME drive. I'm honestly just an FPS slut, I think I'll manage.
 
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Looking at your isted specs....

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I've come to the census that I really was just looking to satisfy that new upgrade itch. As far as performance goes, you're all completely right in that I'm better off waiting until the next gen for everything. I'm most likely just going to upgrade my storage on black Friday as opposed to my processor now.
 
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BF (multiplayer, especially 64-player games) is one of these games that does noticeably benefit from 6-8 threads over 4.
i7 6700K/7700K can bet got for pretty cheap second hand these days. These iwould improve Battlefield specifically. Whether its worth the price is for you to decide.
 

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Please reread my post because that's what I said in the first place - You must have at least a 8th gen chip to run a 300 series board, a 6th or 7th gen runs in both 100 and 200 series boards but not in the 300 series boards.
Huh? 7700k won't work in a 300 series board?
 
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At least not right out of the box according to what I've seen and using this as an example:
https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/ROG-MAXIMUS-XI-HERO-WI-FI/specifications/

However - In the support section it DOES cover if you want it to run a 7th gen you'd have to update the BIOS so.... It really does support it but you have a little work to do, at least with an Asus. Other makes may not have this issue so I'd have to guess it differs between make and models.

On that I stand corrected but then again I'm kinda right too, at least on an "As Is" viewpoint.
 
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Yeah, I'm probably just going to hold out and apply some of that cash to a new NVME drive. I'm honestly just an FPS slut, I think I'll manage.
Ive made the k i5 to i7 switch out of upgrade ithiness & i regretted it. Putting that $ to a ssd is a good idea. If i may suggest, just get a sata ssd, those pciE ones arent worth the fuss imo. Yeah theyre fast, but does a standard user make usenof those speeds? Imo, nope. Like buying a ferrari when you only have short roads & traffic where u live. All that speed nowhere to use it
 
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However - In the support section it DOES cover if you want it to run a 7th gen you'd have to update the BIOS so.... It really does support it but you have a little work to do, at least with an Asus. Other makes may not have this issue so I'd have to guess it differs between make and models.
ASUS's Support section is just crap. That article you found is for boards with 100 series chipsets and does not apply to ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO.
 
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