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Upgrading Older System vs New Build

Brubaker

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I would like to get some opinions on upgrading current hardware or putting the money toward a new motherboard and CPU.

I am currently using : Asrock Z77 Extreme3|i5 3470|4x4 16GB RAM|1060 6GB GPU|EVGA 650P Platinum PSU|Crucial 240GB SSD

I also have a Gigabyte Z170-HD3P and 2x4 2400 DDR4 RAM that I purchased years ago, but didn't get around to buying a CPU for it.

I've been playing games more often lately and was thinking about buying an i7-7700 (at a reasonable price) for the Z170 board and upgrading the video card sometime in the future. However, an i7-7700 would cost about the same as something like an AMD 3600, so I'm a bit conflicted.

I'm basically playing older games, since I had stopped playing for a while and now have a library I want to go through, probably will be a while before I get into games that take full advantage of the newer CPUs. I don't really do anything else too demanding anymore. Maybe occasionally do some video editing or run a VM.

I don't have plans to upgrade to anything that is out now and would wait for the release of newer hardware, unless some great deal comes along that I can't refuse. So, based on my usage and the cost difference, would the i7-7700 be a logical way to go or a waste of money?
 

Cptn Vortex

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I would sell what you have and just go the 3600 route, or even 3300x, it's very good value. Grab a nice priced B450 or B550 and some 3200mhz RAM. Selling your current hardware might just pay off that whole upgrade.
 

Entz

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Used 7700's (even non-Ks) are ridiculously over priced imo*. There are better choices unless you get a steal of a deal.

Good video IMO. For non-K ignore the overclocked numbers.

* To the point where a 7700 even non-K is worth almost as much as a 3300X AND a B550 combined!
 

Brubaker

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I know someone that has a new one for about $220, but yes, overpriced compared to the 3600, which is roughly the same price right now.
 

moocow

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To quote Tech Jesus at GN, the 6700 and 7700 are worth $50 USD. As others has pointed out before, if the used Intel cost as much as a new R5-3600 + board combo, then go with AMD. It's utterly stupid how expensive the used market is right now. While I too would recommend a R3-3300X, there's no stock anywhere. Some guy is trying to see it for $200 CAD on FB market which is stupid since the R5-3600 is $30 more pre-tax.

PS: I looked at PC Parts Picker and R3-3300X got pushed up to $420 CAD on Vuugo. You got to be mental to even consider it.
 

Bond007

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7700 will not be worth the price they are going for. You could upgrade the cpu on the current motherboard or the z170, but I wouldn't bother given the progress in cpus in the last year and expected in the next year.

I would use what you have until it won't do what you want, and then sell it. If you do that now, I would go for a 3600. Either way I would sell the z170 board now, since it is still a board limited to 4 cores.
 
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