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Worth upgrading from i5 4400 to i7 7700K / Ryzen 5 1600X for gaming?

My current build is as follows:

GPU - EVGA SC GTX 1070 8GB

CPU - i5 4440 (3.1 GHz, LGA 1150, Haswell)

PSU - Seasonic S12II 620W Bronze

RAM - G.Skill Sniper 8GB DDR3 1600 Mhz

MB - Gigabyte H81M-WW (Micro-ATX)

Monitor - Acer Predator XB241H 24" 144Hz

Storage - Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB, Samsung 840 Series 120 GB, WD Blue 2TB

I use this primarily for gaming @ 1080p @ 144 Hz, and for general activities such as surfing and watching movies; I don't use this PC for anything else such as video editing/rendering, and neither am I too keen about overclocking (although I wouldn't mind wetting my toes sometime in the future if I get a K processor). I mostly play SP games (including most of the new ones), but indulge in Rocket League & DOOM MP occasionally too.

I'm considering buying a new case and have the Corsair Carbide SPEC-03 in mind. While I'm at it, I'd love to know if upgrading to either an i7 7700K or a Ryzen 5 1600X would be beneficial at all to me? If I end up upgrading, I shall be sticking with the setup for at-least the next 3-4 years, so I'm just wondering if now is a good time to do so.

I realize that I shall have to invest towards a compatible motherboard & DDR4 RAM as well, but that's not really an issue if the performance gain would be noticeable, or if the games coming out in the next 2-3 years will run significantly better than they would on the current i5 @ 1080p @ 144 Hz.

I'm not flush with cash, but wouldn't mind splurging a bit if it really gets me a noticeable boost in gaming and day-to-day activities . Any recommendations or inputs will be most appreciated, thanks!
Reply to bazzingabear
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  1. You're probably best off just buying an i7 4790k (for the high stock clock speed, you won't be able to overclock with your motherboard) and leaving it at that. Kaby Lake and Ryzen really aren't much faster in gaming than Haswell is and it's probably not worth spending all that money for a full platform upgrade unless you feel heavily restricted by your current motherboard's I/O or feel you really need some of the newer chipset features on offer.
    Reply to Supernova1138
  2. if you can find a supported haswell i7 like said above that would be less cost and a near = to upgrade and then its just the cost of a new CPU over a whole new build

    non k 4790
    https://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-4790BOX&c=CJ

    4790k

    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/6vzv6h/intel-cpu-bx80646i74790k

    just be sure you check your motherboard cpu support list for any bios update needed to support any CPU you consider
    Reply to junkeymonkey
  3. I will go for ryzen 1600X for gaming, new platform and is better than i7-7700K.
    Good luck !
    Reply to Rubiniwa
  4. lol....
    Reply to junkeymonkey
  5. Supernova1138 said:
    You're probably best off just buying an i7 4790k (for the high stock clock speed, you won't be able to overclock with your motherboard) and leaving it at that. Kaby Lake and Ryzen really aren't much faster in gaming than Haswell is..


    I see, knowing that certainly helps. I was under the impression that my i5 was becoming old and wouldn't be able to handle the newer games well enough (I don't even know if these 'newer games' will be utilizing the additional cores/threads).

    Supernova1138 said:
    .. it's probably not worth spending all that money for a full platform upgrade unless you feel heavily restricted by your current motherboard's I/O or feel you really need some of the newer chipset features on offer.


    I don't even have any clue as to what the newer chipset offers, but I should've mentioned this in the OP, and for that I apologize: I very much do feel restricted by my motherboard's I/O and was actually eyeing the GA-H97M-D3H motherboard as a replacement (this costs ~$130 - I'd love to get a LGA 1150 ATX board but those seem to have become rare and much pricier in India and also, it doesn't seem start to buy an ~EOL mobo now), which is where this whole upgrade train of thought started in the first place. My current mother board has 1 CPU fan header and only 1 SYSFAN header, along with only 2x USB 3.0 ports at the back and no 3.0 front panel header. I have a USB 3.0 PCI card lyig somewhere but am unable to fit it since the GTX 1070 takes both the slots. If my USB and FAN problems can be solved with the use of hubs & splitters without jeopardizing the cable management (Carbide SPEC-03 has a transparent side panel and I'm considering getting red LED fans to bling the chassis up a bit), I'd actually be super happy and might even drop the upgrade plan.
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  6. junkeymonkey said:
    if you can find a supported haswell i7 like said above that would be less cost and a near = to upgrade and then its just the cost of a new CPU over a whole new build

    non k 4790
    https://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-4790BOX&c=CJ

    4790k

    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/6vzv6h/intel-cpu-bx80646i74790k

    just be sure you check your motherboard cpu support list for any bios update needed to support any CPU you consider



    Thank you for taking the time to list out some parts. I should've mentioned this earlier, but I'm actually far less happier with my motherboard than my CPU, so it's the first thing that I'd like to change. I'd even be okay with settling with the same i5 if I can get hold of a decent motherboard, but buying a LGA 1150 motherboard doesn't seem too smart. Hence the whole upgrade shenanigan.
    Reply to bazzingabear
  7. not to say ryzen is better then skylake or kerby intel but may hang on a bit longer to see if intel comes out with something new now after ryzen release

    after AMD and am3+ I would still be hard pressed to go back to AMD and would need to see ryzen long term prove its self not just this short term hype you see right now with it

    that Gigabyte H81M-WW I guess was not sole here in the USA and seems to of been a regional sold board ?? don't know anything out side of what giga shows for it at there home page

    looks like a decent h series m-atx ??

    http://uk.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-H81M-WW-rev-10#support-cpu

    whats wrong with it ??
    Reply to junkeymonkey
  8. junkeymonkey said:
    not to say ryzen is better then skylake or kerby intel but may hang on a bit longer to see if intel comes out with something new now after ryzen release


    Skylake X is next if I'm not wrong but I don't have high hopes about it. Coffee lake would probably be the next decent upgrade for Intel, but I don't think it'd show up in desktops anytime before Q1 2018.

    junkeymonkey said:

    looks like a decent h series m-atx ??

    http://uk.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-H81M-WW-rev-10#support-cpu

    whats wrong with it ??


    I/O mainly. Copy-pasting from above: My current mother board has 1 CPU fan header and only 1 SYSFAN header, along with only 2x USB 3.0 ports at the back and no 3.0 front panel header. I have a USB 3.0 PCI card lying somewhere but am unable to fit it since the GTX 1070 takes both the slots. If my USB and FAN problems can be solved with the use of hubs & splitters without jeopardizing the cable management (Carbide SPEC-03 has a transparent side panel and I'm considering getting red LED fans to bling the chassis up a bit), I'd actually be super happy and might even drop the upgrade plan.
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  9. junkeymonkey said:
    if you can find a supported haswell i7 like said above that would be less cost and a near = to upgrade and then its just the cost of a new CPU over a whole new build

    non k 4790
    https://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-4790BOX&c=CJ

    4790k

    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/6vzv6h/intel-cpu-bx80646i74790k

    just be sure you check your motherboard cpu support list for any bios update needed to support any CPU you consider



    Agreed. I'm facing a similar issue but I have a 4690K with a Z97 board. I just can't see investing $300+ for that little bump. In your shoes the bump would be noticeable. A new motherboard? I wouldn't make the leap to the 7700K. I've seen too many issues with how warm it gets. A bleeping good cooler can help with that. This is purely a gaming rig so I'd not move over to the 1700(x). For now the only move I recommend is to the 4790K.
    Reply to aquielisunari
  10. aquielisunari said:

    Agreed. I'm facing a similar issue but I have a 4690K with a Z97 board. I just can't see investing $300+ for that little bump. In your shoes the bump would be noticeable. A new motherboard? I wouldn't make the leap to the 7700K. I've seen too many issues with how warm it gets. A bleeping good cooler can help with that. This is purely a gaming rig so I'd not move over to the 1700(x). For now the only move I recommend is to the 4790K.


    As above, I'm less happier with the motherboard than the CPU itself, so the motherboard is the 1st thing I wish to change. Would you still recommend a H97/Z97 board + 4790K or would a jump to 7600K/7700K seem justifiable, considering the latter would cost a bit more because of the addition of DDR4 RAM?
    Reply to bazzingabear
  11. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VDVCQ84 and https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA85V3N90376 is an option

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813132928&cm_re=Z270-_-13-132-928-_-Product + https://jet.com/product/Intel-Core-i7-7700K-Kaby-Lake-Quad-Core-42-GHz-LGA-1151-91W-BX80677I77700K-Deskt/e3c14d6f55a14b8aa5b5ed8c8cb0d7f7 Enter promo code spring15 for an additional $20 off.

    I wouldn't buy a socket 1150 board if I was not happy with my Z97 board. Why move sideways? In your shoes I would move over to the 7700K. Noctua DH15? H115i? Cryorig H7 with a second fan?
    Reply to aquielisunari
  12. Best answer
    ''My current mother board has 1 CPU fan header and only 1 SYSFAN header, along with only 2x USB 3.0 ports at the back and no 3.0 front panel header.

    you can get a fan splitter or fan controller for cheap and also a usb hub as well

    rear
    https://www.amazon.com/CGTime-Motherboard-Expansion-Header-Bracket/dp/B01MDV44PD

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA1JM27U5624


    fan

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812423163&cm_re=fan_splitter-_-12-423-163-_-Product

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA8HV3547766&cm_re=fan_controler-_-11-991-006-_-Product

    in the end its all your call
    Reply to junkeymonkey
  13. Before anynthing, make sure you get an extra 8gb stick. Atm i am having so much issues trying to play ultra with only 8gb of ram with a 1060, and having 16gb would fix ram issues quite a bit with stuttering and would smooth fps, especially for singleplayer games which are usually open world nowadays. You can always upgrade to a 4790k too, because there is no significant difference between the old and new i7s.
    Reply to JV1V1D
  14. ''Before anynthing, make sure you get an extra 8gb stick. Atm i am having so much issues trying to play ultra with only 8gb of ram with a 1060, and having 16gb would fix ram issues quite a bit with stuttering and would smooth fps''

    sounds like you got issues I got 16 gb but never come close to using that heck would not come close to using 8gb gaming .

    then you suggest adding a single stick to what you have ??? where is that ever recommended ?


    '' The advantage to buying a kit over simply ordering a collection of the same module is that kits are packaged specifically with identical matched parts guaranteed to work together in the same system and at the same speed, but we cannot guarantee that modules ordered individually will be identical to each other.

    http://forums.crucial.com/t5/Crucial-memory-for-PC-syst...


    [from gskill]
    Q:
    I want to install more memory, in addition to my existing memory kit. What are my options?

    A:
    We do not recommend mixing memory kits, regardless of brand or model.

    By mixing memory kits together, there may be compatibility issues such as unable to boot or unable to operate at rated specifications.

    Each of our memory kit are thoroughly tested to ensure compatibility within each memory kit. And because we have not tested our memory kit with your existing memory kit, we cannot guarantee compatibility when multiple kits are used.
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