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What to upgrade to


So I am looking at upgrading my CPU early next year and I have decided I need some help from this wonderful community.


Location: Australia

Budget: $500 AUD

Current CPU: i5-6500

motherboard: ASRock H170 Fatal1ty Performance

RAM: 16GB HyperX Fury DDR4 2133MHz

I use this system for gaming mostly with the occasional video editing and 3d modeling.


Any help is greatly appreciated




Dell Inspiron 15-5000

CPU: i5-8250U Quadcore with hypertheading

GPU: AMD Radeon 540 4GB Hybrid Graphics

Storage: Micron 1100 SATA 256GB SSD

OS: Windows 10 Home


Bloody Knight (Main Rig)


CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600X @ 3.6GHz, Stock Cooler

MOBO: ASUS ROG STRIX B350 F Gaming motherboard

RAM: 16GB(2x8GB) Team T-FORCE Night Hawk RGB 3000MHz DDR4


STORAGE: 1TB Western Digital Blue HDD, 500GB Seagate HDD, 120GB Kingston UV400 SSD, 128GB Intel 600p M.2 SSD, 240GB WD Green M.2 SATA SSD

CASE: Cougar Turret RGB

PSU: CoolerMaster GX550W CM Storm

OS: Windows 10 Home

Monitor: some random Dell monitor 60Hz

WIFI: TP-Link WN881ND PCIe 802.11b/g/n




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r5 2600+b450 mobo+ram

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the i7 6700 looks good around now off eBay. That or snag a deal on a 7700. Their prices aren't amazing but if you see one for like $170 used then it's a good catch. The bids are hot though, so if you win one of those you'll make off with a lot of savings.

I WILL find your ITX build thread, and I WILL recommend the SIlverstone Sugo SG13B


Primary PC:

i7 8086k (won) - EVGA Z370 Classified K - G.Skill Trident Z RGB - WD SN750 - Jedi Order Titan Xp - Hyper 212 Black (with RGB Riing flair) - EVGA G3 650W - dual booting Windows 10 and Linux - Black and green theme, Razer brainwashed me.

Draws 400 watts under max load, for reference.


Linux Proliant ML150 G6:

Dual Xeon X5560 - 24GB ECC DDR3 - GTX 750 TI - old Seagate 1.5TB HDD - dark mode Ubuntu (and Win7, cuz why not)


How many watts do I need? Seasonic Focus thread, PSU misconceptions, protections explainedgroup reg is bad

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i wouldnt go for a used older gen with that budget.

As someone said above, A Ryzen 5 2600 + B450 mobo is amazin value.
You dont HAVE TO upgrade the ram altho Ryzen likes higher MHz and it will give you a performance boost.


This is on pcpartpicker, i dontk now any big AU websites :)
CPU = $160
mobo = - $110
So this gives you room to even upgrade the RAM to a 3000MHz model.

But lots can change before early next year

I am here to learn, please correct me if im wrong or you see me putting bs on your screen!

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