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For games, your CPU is still relevant, at least for another year. The GPU is what you should upgrade next.

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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The only thing you truly need is a GPU upgrade, a GTX 1080 and you'll have a whole new breath of life in gaming, the i7 4790k is perfectly capable gaming CPU even nowadays and I'd personally hold to it until Intel FINALLY go 10nm if you really really want to upgrade it.

Personal Desktop":

CPU: Intel Core i7 8700 @4.45ghz |~| Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212X |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z370M D3H mATX|~| RAM: 16gb DDR4 3333mhzCL16 G.Skill Trident Z |~| GPU: nVidia Founders Edition GTX 1080 Ti |~| PSU: Corsair TX650M 80Plus Gold |~| Boot:  SSD WD Green M.2 2280 240GB |~| Storage: 1x3TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda + SanDisk Ultra 3D 1TB |~| Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Mini |~| Display: Toshiba UL7A 4K/60hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.

Luna, the temporary Desktop:

CPU: Intel Core i7 10700KF @ 5.0Ghz (5.1Ghz 4-core) |~| Cooling: bq! Dark Rock 4 Pro |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z490 UD |~| RAM: 32G Kingston HyperX @ 2666Mhz CL13 |~| GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6800 (Reference) |~| PSU: Corsair HX1000 80+ Platinum |~| Windows Boot Drive: 2x 512GB (1TB total) Plextor SATA SSD (RAID0 volume) |~| Linux Boot Drive: 500GB Kingston A2000 |~| Storage: 4TB WD Black HDD |~| Case: Cooler Master Silencio S600 |~| Display 1 (leftmost): Eizo (unknown model) 1920x1080 IPS @ 60Hz|~| Display 2 (center): BenQ ZOWIE XL2540 1920x1080 TN @ 240Hz |~| Display 3 (rightmost): Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 3840x2160 IPS @ 60Hz 10-bit |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro (games / art) + Linux (distro: NixOS; programming and daily driver)
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6 minutes ago, Jurrunio said:

For games, your CPU is still relevant, at least for another year. The GPU is what you should upgrade next.

 

4 minutes ago, Princess Cadence said:

The only thing you truly need is a GPU upgrade, a GTX 1080 and you'll have a whole new breath of life in gaming, the i7 4790k is perfectly capable gaming CPU even nowadays and I'd personally hold to it until Intel FINALLY go 10nm if you really really want to upgrade it.

If I got a 1070/1080ti should I pair it with a 1700? 

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Just now, GeorgeKellow said:

 

If I got a 1070/1080ti should I pair it with a 1700? 

What exactly do you want to do? a Ryzen 7 1700 is a downgrade for gaming if that's your thing, the i7 4790k is a very powerful processor I have just told you what is holding you back is the GTX 970 alone.

Personal Desktop":

CPU: Intel Core i7 8700 @4.45ghz |~| Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212X |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z370M D3H mATX|~| RAM: 16gb DDR4 3333mhzCL16 G.Skill Trident Z |~| GPU: nVidia Founders Edition GTX 1080 Ti |~| PSU: Corsair TX650M 80Plus Gold |~| Boot:  SSD WD Green M.2 2280 240GB |~| Storage: 1x3TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda + SanDisk Ultra 3D 1TB |~| Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Mini |~| Display: Toshiba UL7A 4K/60hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.

Luna, the temporary Desktop:

CPU: Intel Core i7 10700KF @ 5.0Ghz (5.1Ghz 4-core) |~| Cooling: bq! Dark Rock 4 Pro |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z490 UD |~| RAM: 32G Kingston HyperX @ 2666Mhz CL13 |~| GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6800 (Reference) |~| PSU: Corsair HX1000 80+ Platinum |~| Windows Boot Drive: 2x 512GB (1TB total) Plextor SATA SSD (RAID0 volume) |~| Linux Boot Drive: 500GB Kingston A2000 |~| Storage: 4TB WD Black HDD |~| Case: Cooler Master Silencio S600 |~| Display 1 (leftmost): Eizo (unknown model) 1920x1080 IPS @ 60Hz|~| Display 2 (center): BenQ ZOWIE XL2540 1920x1080 TN @ 240Hz |~| Display 3 (rightmost): Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 3840x2160 IPS @ 60Hz 10-bit |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro (games / art) + Linux (distro: NixOS; programming and daily driver)
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6 minutes ago, Princess Cadence said:

What exactly do you want to do? a Ryzen 7 1700 is a downgrade for gaming if that's your thing, the i7 4790k is a very powerful processor I have just told you what is holding you back is the GTX 970 alone.

hes wifi card is holding him back too

 

it doesnt have AC support ( neither 5ghz probably )

 

if u wanna use it for a gaming rig make sure to get a 5ghz AC wifi adapter

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Older haswell i7s are still good CPUs for gaming for todays standards, and to seek better overall gaming performance, I'd recommend you upgrade the GPU to a gtx 1080 to significantly boost performance as well as getting more fps in games. On the AMD side, 8 cores/ 16 threads isnt necessary as your processor is still quite powerful and is also a superb overclocker, so upgrading your processor isnt really necessary considering that your only using this system for gaming, I am assuming so. The R7 1700 is typically a downgrade for gaming purposes as it has more cores/ more threads in which most games these days will not utilize and take advantage upon, and you would essentially be spending more money on buying a new motherboard+CPU+RAM, when you can invest in a more powerful graphics card that is going to be worth while. The R7 1700 is better optimised to heavier workloads that take advantage of more cores/threads.

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Just now, Valkyrie Lenneth said:

hes wifi card is holding him back too

 

it doesnt have AC support ( neither 5ghz probably )

 

if u wanna use it for a gaming rig make sure to get a 5ghz AC wifi adapter

I don't have that anymore. gigabit Ethernet card

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3 minutes ago, GeorgeKellow said:

I don't have that anymore. gigabit Ethernet card

u mean cabled? hehe

 

just remember if u wanna still watch for wifi cards to look for AC 5ghz support :)

 

rest of the system seems fine btw

 

u might wanna check for 2133 cas 9 rams though, is a lil improvement over 1866 with haswell

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2 hours ago, Valkyrie Lenneth said:

hes wifi card is holding him back too

 

it doesnt have AC support ( neither 5ghz probably )

 

if u wanna use it for a gaming rig make sure to get a 5ghz AC wifi adapter

Only helps if the WiFi network supports AC.

80+ ratings certify electrical efficiency. Not quality.

 

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2 hours ago, TheBeastPC said:

Older haswell i7s are still good CPUs for gaming for todays standards, and to seek better overall gaming performance, I'd recommend you upgrade the GPU to a gtx 1080 to significantly boost performance as well as getting more fps in games. On the AMD side, 8 cores/ 16 threads isnt necessary as your processor is still quite powerful and is also a superb overclocker, so upgrading your processor isnt really necessary considering that your only using this system for gaming, I am assuming so. The R7 1700 is typically a downgrade for gaming purposes as it has more cores/ more threads in which most games these days will not utilize and take advantage upon, and you would essentially be spending more money on buying a new motherboard+CPU+RAM, when you can invest in a more powerful graphics card that is going to be worth while. The R7 1700 is better optimised to heavier workloads that take advantage of more cores/threads.

So buy a new GPU then. How long will my i7 still be good for though? 

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Just now, GeorgeKellow said:

So buy a new GPU then. How long will my i7 still be good for though? 

I'd say upgrade the GPU first, your CPU is still good when it comes to gaming and it should last a couple of years. That way, if you do upgrade the other components in your PC, you already have a good graphics card that you wont have to compromise any performance.

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Just now, GeorgeKellow said:

So buy a new GPU then. How long will my i7 still be good for though? 

As long as you enjoy using it. The answer depends a great deal on how the system will be used. You might wake up tomorrow and decide that deep learning is your thing. Instance obsolescence of your current rig. OTH, you might decide that the SIMS are your life. Twenty more years of fun.

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If you ever upgrade get the I7-8700k

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