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Bottlenecked system, wanting to upgrade but need advice

Current PC: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Yose/saved/#view=7p6sZL

Case: NZXT H400i MicroATX 

PSU: EVGA - SuperNOVA nex 650w 80+

Motherboard: Asus - Z170M-PLUS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

RAM: Kingstong HyperX Fury Black 16GB (2x8) 2133

GPU: EVGA GTX 1070 Ti FTW2

CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2 GHz

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper T4

Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 120 GB, WD Blue 1tb 7200RPM

 

Ever since my GPU upgrade a few months ago, I haven't been happy with the performance that I've been getting in games (such as GTA 5, Battlefield 5, etc...) with what I was expecting. I believe it's because of a bottleneck my CPU is currently producing and I'm looking to upgrade.

 

An ideal board for a micro atx build would be the asus z370-G but they're currently out of stock on Amazon, Newegg, and my local Micro Center and I have no idea when or if they will even be back in stock. 

Ideally I'd like the Asus z370-G to pair with an i7-8700k since I also have a Kraken X62 that I was gifted not too long ago. If I were to go this route, would I need to get faster RAM?

 

Considering it's hard to get a hold of the z370-g currently, the only other option I was able to narrow down was the MSI Z370M Mortar motherboard. It meets all of my needs but only reason I haven't thrown money at it yet is because of the obligatory red MSI detailing that comes with it. I'd really prefer neutral colors or even white if anything, but I've spent a few days looking for other boards and with micro-atx not being the most popular form factor, I'm now stuck at a roadblock

 

Yesterday I discovered that there are also B and H series boards alongside the Z, but in general terms I've learned (from gamersnexus) that B is generally for businesses, and H is for budget builds so I'm not sure if these are viable options either for gaming nor do I know which CPUs are compatiable. 

 

Thanks for reading!

 

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I would just look for a used i7 6700K or 7700K on Ebay. 

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1 minute ago, LinusTechTipsFanFromDarlo said:

I would just look for a used i7 6700K or 7700K on Ebay. 

I fully agree, I'm currently running an overclocked 6700K paired with a heavily OC'd 1080 FTW Hybrid and it's an ideal combo for 1440p gaming on Ultra settings. This is the cheapest upgrade route for OP and will eliminate any performance issues caused by the 6500, it should also last for a few years before an upgrade of the entire platform.

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB GDDR6 Motherboard: MSI PRESTIGE X570 CREATION
AIO: Corsair H150i Pro RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB 3800MHz DDR4 Case: Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic PSU: Corsair RM850x White

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3 minutes ago, LinusTechTipsFanFromDarlo said:

I would just look for a used i7 6700K or 7700K on Ebay. 

it would have to be the 6700k. 7700k isn't compatible on that board. need a z270 board for it. 

Rig 1: i7-9700k OC'd to 5.0ghz all core | EVGA XC RTX 2080Ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 4x8gb | ASUS PRIME Z370-P | Asetek 550LC 120mm | ADATA 480GB SSD & Toshiba P300 3TB | Cooler Master Masterbox MB500 | Win 10 Home | Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum, G502 Proteus Spectrum, G933 Artemis Spectrum Snow Wireless Limited Edition, Corsair MM300 Mouse Pad | 2 MSI Optix Curved 27" FHD Monitors 

 

(before i sold the WD drive and MSI gpu - https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/11946219 171 gaming. felt good.)

 

Rig 2: i7-7700k Stock clocks | MSI Armor GTX 1070 | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 2x8GB | MSI Z270 A-Pro | WD Green 240GB SSD & 2TB Seagate HDD | Thermaltake Core G21 Tempered Glass Edition | Win 10 Home | 2 HP Omen FHD 144hz 24.5" Monitors 

 

Rig 3: i7-6700 | GT 730 & GT 645 OEM | Some random DDR4 2133mhz 2x8gb sticks | OEM Dell Mobo | WD Black 2TB HDD & Toshiba 1TB HDD | Win 10 Home | 3 27" Dell FHD Monitors 

 

Rig 4: i7-4770 | EVGA SSC 1050ti | Some random DDR3 ram 2x2gb and 2x4gb sticks | OEM Dell Mobo | Stock Cooler | 1TB WD Black HDD | Win 7 Home 

 

RIP 

 

Rig 5 (dead and dismantled and sold) : i7-7820X OC'd to 4.8ghz all core | MSI DUKE 1080ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 4x8gb | Gigabyte X299 UD4 PRO | Asetek 240mm AIO | WD Green 240gb SSD | Other various components that I can't remember

 

Rig 6 (same fate as rig 5) i7-8700k stock clocks | MSI DUKE 1080ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 2x8gb | MSI Z370 A-Pro | Asetek 550LC 120mm | WD Green 240GB SSD & Toshiba 2TB HDD | Other various components that I can't Remember 

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Just now, TH3R34P3R said:

it would have to be the 6700k. 7700k isn't compatible on that board. need a z270 board for it. 

7700K's can run on Z170 boards with a BIOS update. 

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Just now, TH3R34P3R said:

it would have to be the 6700k. 7700k isn't compatible on that board. need a z270 board for it. 

A BIOS update would make it compatible :) Z170 and Z270 support the same CPUs, you just need to have an updated BIOS on the Z170 board.

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB GDDR6 Motherboard: MSI PRESTIGE X570 CREATION
AIO: Corsair H150i Pro RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB 3800MHz DDR4 Case: Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic PSU: Corsair RM850x White

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Just now, LinusTechTipsFanFromDarlo said:

7700K's can run on Z170 boards with a BIOS update. 

really? damn i wish i knew that when i built my 7700k system LOL wouldn't have needed another board. 

Rig 1: i7-9700k OC'd to 5.0ghz all core | EVGA XC RTX 2080Ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 4x8gb | ASUS PRIME Z370-P | Asetek 550LC 120mm | ADATA 480GB SSD & Toshiba P300 3TB | Cooler Master Masterbox MB500 | Win 10 Home | Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum, G502 Proteus Spectrum, G933 Artemis Spectrum Snow Wireless Limited Edition, Corsair MM300 Mouse Pad | 2 MSI Optix Curved 27" FHD Monitors 

 

(before i sold the WD drive and MSI gpu - https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/11946219 171 gaming. felt good.)

 

Rig 2: i7-7700k Stock clocks | MSI Armor GTX 1070 | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 2x8GB | MSI Z270 A-Pro | WD Green 240GB SSD & 2TB Seagate HDD | Thermaltake Core G21 Tempered Glass Edition | Win 10 Home | 2 HP Omen FHD 144hz 24.5" Monitors 

 

Rig 3: i7-6700 | GT 730 & GT 645 OEM | Some random DDR4 2133mhz 2x8gb sticks | OEM Dell Mobo | WD Black 2TB HDD & Toshiba 1TB HDD | Win 10 Home | 3 27" Dell FHD Monitors 

 

Rig 4: i7-4770 | EVGA SSC 1050ti | Some random DDR3 ram 2x2gb and 2x4gb sticks | OEM Dell Mobo | Stock Cooler | 1TB WD Black HDD | Win 7 Home 

 

RIP 

 

Rig 5 (dead and dismantled and sold) : i7-7820X OC'd to 4.8ghz all core | MSI DUKE 1080ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 4x8gb | Gigabyte X299 UD4 PRO | Asetek 240mm AIO | WD Green 240gb SSD | Other various components that I can't remember

 

Rig 6 (same fate as rig 5) i7-8700k stock clocks | MSI DUKE 1080ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 2x8gb | MSI Z370 A-Pro | Asetek 550LC 120mm | WD Green 240GB SSD & Toshiba 2TB HDD | Other various components that I can't Remember 

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i wasted 100 some odd dollars on that board... oh well... 

Rig 1: i7-9700k OC'd to 5.0ghz all core | EVGA XC RTX 2080Ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 4x8gb | ASUS PRIME Z370-P | Asetek 550LC 120mm | ADATA 480GB SSD & Toshiba P300 3TB | Cooler Master Masterbox MB500 | Win 10 Home | Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum, G502 Proteus Spectrum, G933 Artemis Spectrum Snow Wireless Limited Edition, Corsair MM300 Mouse Pad | 2 MSI Optix Curved 27" FHD Monitors 

 

(before i sold the WD drive and MSI gpu - https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/11946219 171 gaming. felt good.)

 

Rig 2: i7-7700k Stock clocks | MSI Armor GTX 1070 | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 2x8GB | MSI Z270 A-Pro | WD Green 240GB SSD & 2TB Seagate HDD | Thermaltake Core G21 Tempered Glass Edition | Win 10 Home | 2 HP Omen FHD 144hz 24.5" Monitors 

 

Rig 3: i7-6700 | GT 730 & GT 645 OEM | Some random DDR4 2133mhz 2x8gb sticks | OEM Dell Mobo | WD Black 2TB HDD & Toshiba 1TB HDD | Win 10 Home | 3 27" Dell FHD Monitors 

 

Rig 4: i7-4770 | EVGA SSC 1050ti | Some random DDR3 ram 2x2gb and 2x4gb sticks | OEM Dell Mobo | Stock Cooler | 1TB WD Black HDD | Win 7 Home 

 

RIP 

 

Rig 5 (dead and dismantled and sold) : i7-7820X OC'd to 4.8ghz all core | MSI DUKE 1080ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 4x8gb | Gigabyte X299 UD4 PRO | Asetek 240mm AIO | WD Green 240gb SSD | Other various components that I can't remember

 

Rig 6 (same fate as rig 5) i7-8700k stock clocks | MSI DUKE 1080ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 2x8gb | MSI Z370 A-Pro | Asetek 550LC 120mm | WD Green 240GB SSD & Toshiba 2TB HDD | Other various components that I can't Remember 

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but yeah, in the case that the 7700k is supported, id go for that. it's a SOLID cpu, i loved it when i had it, i know my brother loves it now. 

Rig 1: i7-9700k OC'd to 5.0ghz all core | EVGA XC RTX 2080Ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 4x8gb | ASUS PRIME Z370-P | Asetek 550LC 120mm | ADATA 480GB SSD & Toshiba P300 3TB | Cooler Master Masterbox MB500 | Win 10 Home | Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum, G502 Proteus Spectrum, G933 Artemis Spectrum Snow Wireless Limited Edition, Corsair MM300 Mouse Pad | 2 MSI Optix Curved 27" FHD Monitors 

 

(before i sold the WD drive and MSI gpu - https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/11946219 171 gaming. felt good.)

 

Rig 2: i7-7700k Stock clocks | MSI Armor GTX 1070 | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 2x8GB | MSI Z270 A-Pro | WD Green 240GB SSD & 2TB Seagate HDD | Thermaltake Core G21 Tempered Glass Edition | Win 10 Home | 2 HP Omen FHD 144hz 24.5" Monitors 

 

Rig 3: i7-6700 | GT 730 & GT 645 OEM | Some random DDR4 2133mhz 2x8gb sticks | OEM Dell Mobo | WD Black 2TB HDD & Toshiba 1TB HDD | Win 10 Home | 3 27" Dell FHD Monitors 

 

Rig 4: i7-4770 | EVGA SSC 1050ti | Some random DDR3 ram 2x2gb and 2x4gb sticks | OEM Dell Mobo | Stock Cooler | 1TB WD Black HDD | Win 7 Home 

 

RIP 

 

Rig 5 (dead and dismantled and sold) : i7-7820X OC'd to 4.8ghz all core | MSI DUKE 1080ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 4x8gb | Gigabyte X299 UD4 PRO | Asetek 240mm AIO | WD Green 240gb SSD | Other various components that I can't remember

 

Rig 6 (same fate as rig 5) i7-8700k stock clocks | MSI DUKE 1080ti | ADATA DDR4 2400mhz 2x8gb | MSI Z370 A-Pro | Asetek 550LC 120mm | WD Green 240GB SSD & Toshiba 2TB HDD | Other various components that I can't Remember 

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20 minutes ago, Morgan MLGman said:

A BIOS update would make it compatible :) Z170 and Z270 support the same CPUs, you just need to have an updated BIOS on the Z170 board.

I thought about this but was hoping to go for a more futureproof solution with the 8700k. I think with all of this input now, I'll stick with the z170 board and do a BIOS update, pick up a 7700k, and then install my Kraken x62. Thanks everyone!!

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25 minutes ago, Morgan MLGman said:

 

I forgot to mention, is my RAM okay or would something faster be better? Or is the performance gain negligible? 

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I forgot to mention, is my RAM okay or would something faster be better? Or is the performance gain negligible?

 

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18 minutes ago, Yose17 said:

I forgot to mention, is my RAM okay or would something faster be better? Or is the performance gain negligible? 

For a 7700K? Well, it's okay but I'd try overclocking it, you may reach 2600 or even 2888MHz for instance and that should give you a couple FPS in more CPU-heavy titles.

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800X GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB GDDR6 Motherboard: MSI PRESTIGE X570 CREATION
AIO: Corsair H150i Pro RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 32GB 3800MHz DDR4 Case: Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic PSU: Corsair RM850x White

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