I want to upgrade my i5 3300 to an i7 7700k

This is my PC:

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Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
CPU
Intel Core i5 3330 @ 3.00GHz 36 ‹C
Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology
RAM
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 665MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard
Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. H61M-S1 (Intel Core i5-3330 CPU @ 3.00GHz) 28 ‹C
Graphics
Philips 236V4 (1920x1080@60Hz)
1023MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 (ZOTAC International) 36 ‹C
Storage
931GB Seagate ST31000524AS ATA Device (SATA) 39 ‹C
931GB Samsung M3 Portable USB Device (USB (SATA)) 36 ‹C
Optical Drives
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device
Optiarc DVD RW AD-7280S ATA Device
Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio


I want to upgrade the processor to an i7 7700k. Is changing only the motherboard to a LGA 1151 enough, or do I also need to change coolers, PSU, etc?
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  1. Apart from the motherboard (1151, non 300-series chipset), you have to get DDR4 ram as well.
    Reply to grmnlxndr
  2. When you upgrade a processor to a newer gen, you need AT LEAST a new motherboard and new RAM. Depending on your PSU and cooling, it is recommended to change them to something more adequate however it is not required.

    If you're going to upgrade platforms, I suggest upgrading to an 8700k or i5 8600k on the new Z370 platform. They perform much better than 7th gen Intel CPUs in nearly every respect.
    Reply to JalYt_Justin
  3. You would need a new MB, RAM, COOLER and Windows 10.
    Reply to jankerson
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    You would need a new MB, RAM, COOLER and Windows 10.


    Windows 10, really? Why can't I keep the Windows 7?
    Reply to synnchan
  5. They dropped support for Windows 8.1 and earlier for all future CPUs. This has been proven to be partially false, they mostly still work, but to avoid issues you should use Windows 10. Particularly the onboard graphics. Most of the motherboard vendors released a compatible driver, but doing the base install with older Windows versions sometimes encounters issues.
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  6. JalYt_Justin said:
    When you upgrade a processor to a newer gen, you need AT LEAST a new motherboard and new RAM. Depending on your PSU and cooling, it is recommended to change them to something more adequate however it is not required.

    If you're going to upgrade platforms, I suggest upgrading to an 8700k or i5 8600k on the new Z370 platform. They perform much better than 7th gen Intel CPUs in nearly every respect.


    I might advocate for the i5-8600k in place of the i7-7700k, but the i7-8700k is around $400 if you are lucky to find one. Quite a bit to the bottom line for a small improvement at this time, certainly better longevity though. Also need some really good cooling for decent overclocking of a 6 core versus the 4 core. Assuming that is on the table.
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  7. Eximo said:
    They dropped support for Windows 8.1 and earlier for all future CPUs. This has been proven to be partially false, they mostly still work, but to avoid issues you should use Windows 10. Particularly the onboard graphics. Most of the motherboard vendors released a compatible driver, but doing the base install with older Windows versions sometimes encounters issues.


    Win 7 is almost at EOL anyway, still have one machine running Win 7, luckily I did the upgrade then restored back so it's still Win 10 Machine once I upgrade again. Will do it sometime next year I suppose.

    Win 8.1 still has some time left.

    But yes it's best to go with Win 10.
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    Also need some really good cooling for decent overclocking of a 6 core versus the 4 core. Assuming that is on the table.


    Nope, I don't intend to overclock at all. So keeping the same cooler should be fine, right?
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  9. synnchan said:
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    Also need some really good cooling for decent overclocking of a 6 core versus the 4 core. Assuming that is on the table.


    Nope, I don't intend to overclock at all. So keeping the same cooler should be fine, right?


    In that case, the i5-8400 will come with a cooler you can use and be significantly cheaper. Though you will still have to buy a Z370 motherboard since no cheaper ones are available at the moment.
    Reply to Eximo
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