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Should I Change My CPU to i7 6700?

Hye.Im here to seek for answer in between this

My Problem:

I am working as Technical Coordinator on Autocad.i had face this about 6 month during working.the PC that i currently use is

Current PC Spec:
Intel Q9300 @ 2.50 GHZ with 8 GB ram Nvidia FX1700

I faced a difficulties sometimes to open my cad drawing that has a lot of type of line layers including my 50-100MB pdf files sometimes where it go freeze and ask me to end the program immedietly or i need to wait for the program to read the documet for me (1minute at its best for each page refresh).what i am about to do is i wanted to change this cpu to new PC Spec:

Planning PC:
I7 6700 @ 3.4ghz with 8 GB ram. ( well HD630 is more suitable for me. )

is it okay to make my daily work smoother ? i am very frustated about this by a lot !!!.btw i pick i7 6700 instead of the K version and not the latest i7 8700K is because i have 1151 mobo with pentium G4560 laying around my shelf and still works well. If possible i dont want to change the cpu cause my budget are very tight So in conclusion should i stick with my current pc and fixed some software problem ? or i really need to change my hardware due to very old?

My Software :
Autocad 2010 English ( Yes a big part role for me )
Adobe Reader XI ( well same goes to this )
Photoshop CS5 ( not a major in editing mainly for Converting image to pdf )

What i Do:
Prepare drawing in short time given.

Thanks In Advance For Those Who Willing To Help T_T
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  1. That graphics card is 11 years old. The CPU is 10 years old. You absolutely need to update, but it's not going to be cheap because DDR4 is expensive, and so are workstation cards.

    In order to upgrade to the i7-6700, or ANY newer platform, you will need a new motherboard, cpu, memory, and I would highly recommend a new graphics card if you are going to be running CAD applications, even older ones. Honestly, you seriously need to update your CAD software as well, unless you are running 2010 Autocad but are paying for or getting program updates. If so that even further increases the need for more capable hardware.

    What motherboard do you have? Exact model number. Do you already have DDR4 memory for that motherboard?

    Using DDR3, even if it says it's compatible, is a very bad idea. Do not do that.
  2. darkbreeze said:
    That graphics card is 11 years old. The CPU is 10 years old. You absolutely need to update, but it's not going to be cheap because DDR4 is expensive, and so are workstation cards.

    In order to upgrade to the i7-6700, or ANY newer platform, you will need a new motherboard, cpu, memory, and I would highly recommend a new graphics card if you are going to be running CAD applications, even older ones. Honestly, you seriously need to update your CAD software as well, unless you are running 2010 Autocad but are paying for or getting program updates. If so that even further increases the need for more capable hardware.

    What motherboard do you have? Exact model number. Do you already have DDR4 memory for that motherboard?

    Using DDR3, even if it says it's compatible, is a very bad idea. Do not do that.



    i have the 1151 mobo. currently im using Asus H110M-K and Adata 8GB single stick ram run @ 2400mhz. well i thought HD630 more then enough i dont do Rendering just most likely preview PDF and 2D cad drawing. i dont want to change this software because i bought it last time plus this is my company property i dont own 1 hahaha :) new 1 are expensive.
    oh 1 more thing i still using VGA cable monitor.Currently im using Dell E1909W.
  3. Ok, so since you already have the motherboard and memory, although I'd HIGHLY recommend that you add another stick of identical memory so that it will run in dual channel, which will certainly help to speed things up, then it will probably be miles faster with that Skylake CPU, HOWEVER, you might also want to pay some attention to the storage drives.

    If you are on a spinning hard drive still, adding an SSD will likely make at least half of what you do about twice as fast. Loading CAD files and saving CAD files will be especially faster, but the operating system and scratch disk operations will also be much quicker with an SSD over a spinning mechanical hard drive.

    So, CPU, another stick of memory and an SSD, and it would probably feel like a brand new machine, because mostly it would be.

    You MIGHT possibly have to update the bios first, using the current CPU on that board, in order for it to recognize the i7-6700 since that CPU does not show to be supported from the original bios, but that should be no problem AND you might already have a newer bios than the first release depending on when you bought the board and whether you've possibly already updated the bios or not.

    I'd say it's a good idea. Anything has to be better than what you're running on now, and that would be a really nice configuration.
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    Ok, so since you already have the motherboard and memory, although I'd HIGHLY recommend that you add another stick of identical memory so that it will run in dual channel, which will certainly help to speed things up, then it will probably be miles faster with that Skylake CPU, HOWEVER, you might also want to pay some attention to the storage drives.

    If you are on a spinning hard drive still, adding an SSD will likely make at least half of what you do about twice as fast. Loading CAD files and saving CAD files will be especially faster, but the operating system and scratch disk operations will also be much quicker with an SSD over a spinning mechanical hard drive.

    So, CPU, another stick of memory and an SSD, and it would probably feel like a brand new machine, because mostly it would be.

    You MIGHT possibly have to update the bios first, using the current CPU on that board, in order for it to recognize the i7-6700 since that CPU does not show to be supported from the original bios, but that should be no problem AND you might already have a newer bios than the first release depending on when you bought the board and whether you've possibly already updated the bios or not.

    I'd say it's a good idea. Anything has to be better than what you're running on now, and that would be a really nice configuration.

    In fact, I'm running an i7-6700k, with 16GB of memory and a Samsung 850 EVO SSD, and there are very few if any applications, including CAD programs like Solidworks and TurboCAD, that I can't run at a pretty high level with fairly good snappiness to the feel of the system so I think you'd be good as can be expected with that.
  5. Okay is it already fine for me to buy 240gb WD GREEN ssd ? because this is the cheapest that i can get here. Despite most of SSD price is high in my country. Or i need to buy the same ssd as u ? that 1 is 25-40$ dollar and is it going to perform faster then the wd? btw i see Ryzen 5 is around + with mobo i finish almost the same as i7 6700 is it worthy ? because why i see from youtube review they say ryzen is very good with multithread apps well i must say it cost a bit more if i buy a graphic card maybe i can just use the quadro fx1700 on it.
  6. That SSD is probably fine. It almost as fast as any other and WD is known for good products overall. It's certainly not the BEST SSD around, but it's probably far from the worst and much faster than any HDD.

    Problem with Ryzen is you can't use it with the motherboard you have. I'd just go with something from the Skylake or Kaby lake CPU families as they will work with your current board. Even Kaby will work if you update the bios.

    The graphics card I can't help you with, as I think that is probably going to be expensive for you. Might have to just wait and do something on that at a later date.
  7. thanks for your reply. i will take your opinion as my option buying i7 6700+8GB ram with addition SSD on board and hopping the best to eliminate this auto-freeze and sudden end program ;( Hahahaha. Going to buy it 2 weeks from now =)
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