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Ikera
Level 2
Hi, Kinda new here and I need some advice with my PC build

I currently have
AMD FX-8350, GTX 970, 16BG DDR RAM
and I mostly play games thru VorpX
So new games get pretty choppy with the head tracking 😞

I think my CPU is the weak point that holding everything back

So my next build I think to build on Intel based, don't know much about CPUs
do i need i7? do I need extra threads? or a strong i5 with good single core performance is better?

I was thinking
i5 6500 or i5 6600 (non-K) $300
Z170 Mobo $100
RAM 16GB DDR4 $100
Case + PSU $100
SSD +100
GTX 970 $300 (used)

my budget is $1000

I can't afford the latest i7s
but I could probably find some older i7s on eBay like i7 4770 or something



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elboffor
Level 12
Mate, I'm rocking an i7 950 which has been around since g9d was a lad and that still kicks ass.
I'd recommend just buying a decent card like a 1070 or 1080 and a couple of ssd's in raid
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Lemming1970
Level 8
I have an I7 6700K but it's probably over kill, the i5 6600 Would be great, not sure why you wouldn't go for the K though? For the extra it's well worth having it unlocked. $255.64  from NEWEGG.

I'd also recommend a GTX 1070,  GTX 970 is going to struggle (min spec or not)


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Anonymous
Not applicable
You don't need an i7 for VR, you'll be fine with an i5. I'd also recommend getting a 1070 or 1080 at some point too at a later date when you can afford it, or maybe even wait for the 1080Ti because that card is going to be INSANE. You'll be fine with your 970 in the meantime.

Sakkura
Level 7

elboffor said:

Mate, I'm rocking an i7 950 which has been around since g9d was a lad and that still kicks ass.
I'd recommend just buying a decent card like a 1070 or 1080 and a couple of ssd's in raid


The Core i7-950 has better singlethreaded performance than the FX-8350 though.

Sax-a-boom
Level 8
I think your choices are fine, I'm on an i5 with an AMD 480 (which benchmarks a little over the 970 and everything is fine). I did notice that your spec of a GTX 970 is a card you already have, so that's not really $300 towards your $1000 build. My choice would be sell the system you have a whole for whatever you can get for it, take that off the $700 you've specced for your replacement, which give you a meaty budget for a 1000 series card and still come in under the $1000 target. 

jayhawk
Level 9
cpubenchmark shows an almost 9000 score for the amd-8350 (eight core). The i5-6600 which is what I have scores at 7700. cpu is not your bottleneck based off the scores. If there are performance issues with AMD, the score probably does not reflect that.

Comic_Book_Guy
Level 9
Why would you get a Z170 board with a non K proc and no intention of overclocking? Total mismatch.

Sakkura
Level 7

jayhawk said:

cpubenchmark shows an almost 9000 score for the amd-8350 (eight core). The i5-6600 which is what I have scores at 7700. cpu is not your bottleneck based off the scores. If there are performance issues with AMD, the score probably does not reflect that.


CPUbenchmark is an awful site that should never be used for anything except maybe having a laugh.

Check out the singlethreaded scores here. The Core i5-4690K roughly represents the recommended hardware, since at stock it's just a couple percent faster than a 4590. And it's beating the FX-8350 by about 70%. Your Core i5-6600 just stretches that lead to 75-80%.

Ikera
Level 2


Why would you get a Z170 board with a non K proc and no intention of overclocking? Total mismatch.


Thanks for all the advises, I'm planning on overclocking with BCLK overclocking, nothing crazy probably 30% on air.
I can't afford 1070 😞
hopefully I'll see some improvement from just the CPU upgrade