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Hi everyone,


This is my current situation. My MSI Z97 Gaming 5 motherboard which houses my 4790k died on me quite a while back, I had to replace it with a crappy Asrock H81m-vg4 r2.0 as that was the only thing locally available at the time. I have been running the H81 for quite a while now.


I have a 4790k cooled by a Corsair H105, 16Gb of G.Skill Trident X DDR3 @ 2400mhz (only operates at 1333mhz on the Asrock H81), MSI RTX 2080, 2.5" 256Gb Samsung 840 Pro, Sound Blaster Zx, and a Corsair 750w PSU.


I really love this system and the 4790k is a powerhouse still to this day. I often need single core performance for Revit, and this CPU has always done a good job.


My main issue is the H81 motherboard, it's holding my system back badly. I rolled back the Bios just so I could overclock it. It's possible to overclock on this board, but it only has one option, 4.5ghz and you can't control the voltage or anything else. I tested it, and it wasn't worth it. I took back to stock as it runs much cooler and will hit 4.4ghz off the turbo boost without issues.


I keep thinking maybe I should get another Z97 motherboard secondhand off eBay or locally and keep running this system for a while. I would delid/liquid metal, overclock to 5.0ghz, and have my RAM speed back to normal or higher. Problem is that the Z97 boards are quite rare and expensive. I'm looking at prices around $100.00 - $200.00 for a good second hand Gaming 5 or MPOWER mobo. I might be able to find something locally for around the same price or a bit cheaper if I scoured around hard enough.


I use my PC for a bit of everything. Music production, 4K movies, a bit of gaming, Revit, AutoCAD, a bit of Photoshop and Premiere. I can play AC Odyssey at 4k, but it's not buttery smooth.


What would you guys do? If you upgraded, how would you re-purpose the old setup? I still have a GTX 770 laying around, and I would get an m.2 for a the new set up. So basically, a micro ATX case and a PSU would put the 4790k back into action for something. Maybe sell it?


If I upgraded, I'd probably go Ryzen 5 3600 with an MSI B450 Tomahawk and 16Gb or 32Gb of 3200mhz RAM. Money isn't an issue for me, but the value of the 3600 is hard to beat. How would you upgrade considering the way my PC is used?


P.S I would like to thank you for reading my post and providing any recommendations or ideas. It's much appreciated.

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you could still check on Z87 boards, but personally I'd move on. That's what I would do on my 2600k system if the board gives up the ghost, even though I am low on budget for a system I only use 3 months per year so I'll end up getting something newer but still used.

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1


Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync


Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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I would go the ryzen route. Tomahawk + 3600


MSI B450 Pro Gaming Pro Carbon AC | AMD Ryzen 2700x  | NZXT  Kraken X52  MSI GeForce RTX2070 Armour | Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3200MhZ | Samsung 970 evo M.2nvme 500GB Boot  / Samsung 860 evo 500GB SSD | Corsair RM550X (2018) | Fractal Design Meshify C white | Logitech G pro WirelessGigabyte Aurus AD27QD 

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17 minutes ago, JesseStillwell said:

If I upgraded, I'd probably go Ryzen 5 3600 with an MSI B450 Tomahawk and 16Gb or 32Gb of 3200mhz RAM. Money isn't an issue for me, but the value of the 3600 is hard to beat. How would you upgrade considering the way my PC is used?

Just do that, but if money isn't an issue just buy the ASUS Prime X570 board with it.

I edit my posts a lot, Twitter is @LordStreetguru just don't ask PC questions there mostly...



What is your budget/country for your new PC?


what monitor resolution/refresh rate?


What games or other software do you need to run?



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