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Upgrade CPU & Motherboard? Trying to keep up with current/new GPU 970 vs. 1060

I am currently on deployment and will be upgrading my current PC as soon as I get back home. Been doing some research on what I want to upgrade. Started off wanting to build from the ground up and was willing to spend up to $800. After such research I realized I don't think I need to spend even $400.

Here is what I bought back in 2011 and am still currently running:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883220058

Late 2016 I upgraded the Power Supply(650W) & following GPU:
https://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-GDDR5-Express-Graphics/dp/B011SU4YAM/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1494422463&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=EVGA+GTX+970+SSC

My question is this: Can I just upgrade my Motherboard & Processor and be solid for the next 3+ years? Or do I need to upgrade more? I've been thinking of getting an Intel Core i5 6th Gen. Also selling my 970 and getting the 1060. Questions, comments, concerns are welcome!

Thank you!
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  1. The 1060 is not much of an upgrade over the 970. It's a hair faster, but in many cases you may not even notice the difference.

    Why look at a 6th gen Intel CPU when 7th gen have been out for the better part of a year, and are faster at the same price.

    Also any new CPU and board will require that you replace your RAM with DDR4; DDR3 is not used anymore by any modern platform.
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  2. Ecky said:
    The 1060 is not much of an upgrade over the 970. It's a hair faster, but in many cases you may not even notice the difference.

    Why look at a 6th gen Intel CPU when 7th gen have been out for the better part of a year, and are faster at the same price.

    Also any new CPU and board will require that you replace your RAM with DDR4; DDR3 is not used anymore by any modern platform.


    Could I get away with buying an older board that DOES support my current DDR3 and a 7th gen i5?
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  3. No. Any board that takes 6th or 7th gen Intel CPUs will not support 1.5v DDR3. This is because the memory controller is on the CPU itself, not the board. You either need to buy an older, slower, discontinued chip, or replace your RAM.
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  4. Ecky said:
    No. Any board that takes 6th or 7th gen Intel CPUs will not support 1.5v DDR3. This is because the memory controller is on the CPU itself, not the board. You either need to buy an older, slower, discontinued chip, or replace your RAM.


    I hear ya. Thanks for expertise. Any suggestions for buying new CPU/MoBo/RAM? Any is appreciated.
    Reply to pulver721
  5. you can go low budget with something like this:

    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/ZCxKLD

    can go higher end with something like this:

    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/jb3Qnn

    or try Ryzen (kind of in between low price high performance):

    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/BjdT7h

    I think i put an ssd for all builds since that will boost by a lot your system boot and apps, at gaming it will improve loading times, put fast ram on the more expensive cpu/mobo configurations since benchmarks showed some benefits on both platforms, did not include a cpu cooler on the amd combo cause that cpu comes with a capable one. You should modify any of the lists to suit your preferences on brands and models but those are 3 pretty reasonable upgrade paths you can consider.
    Reply to Rakanyshu
  6. Rakanyshu said:
    you can go low budget with something like this:

    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/ZCxKLD

    can go higher end with something like this:

    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/jb3Qnn

    or try Ryzen (kind of in between low price high performance):

    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/BjdT7h

    I think i put an ssd for all builds since that will boost by a lot your system boot and apps, at gaming it will improve loading times, put fast ram on the more expensive cpu/mobo configurations since benchmarks showed some benefits on both platforms, did not include a cpu cooler on the amd combo cause that cpu comes with a capable one. You should modify any of the lists to suit your preferences on brands and models but those are 3 pretty reasonable upgrade paths you can consider.


    I think I've figured it out.
    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/RtJHKZ
    Still looking at mobo options though (best bang for buck).
    Reply to pulver721
  7. Best answer
    pulver721 said:
    Rakanyshu said:
    you can go low budget with something like this:

    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/ZCxKLD

    can go higher end with something like this:

    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/jb3Qnn

    or try Ryzen (kind of in between low price high performance):

    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/BjdT7h

    I think i put an ssd for all builds since that will boost by a lot your system boot and apps, at gaming it will improve loading times, put fast ram on the more expensive cpu/mobo configurations since benchmarks showed some benefits on both platforms, did not include a cpu cooler on the amd combo cause that cpu comes with a capable one. You should modify any of the lists to suit your preferences on brands and models but those are 3 pretty reasonable upgrade paths you can consider.


    I think I've figured it out.
    https://pcpartpicker.com/list/RtJHKZ
    Still looking at mobo options though (best bang for buck).


    It looks good but you do not need a Z270 mobo unless you want to overclock and put a k version of an i5/i7 cpu, for the i5 7500 you can save a bit more by going with a B250 mobo.
    Reply to Rakanyshu
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