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asus h170 pro whats the best i7 i can fit

Discussion in 'New to PC gaming & upgrade advice' started by mat1uk, 2 Dec 2018.

  1. mat1uk

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    Hi guys im running the above board with an
    i5 [email protected] processor
    4 x corsair cmk8gx4m2a2400c14r ram
    Nvidia GeForce GTX1080
    whats the biggest/best i7 i can fit to this config please i cant overclock to save my life so suggestions of out of the box solutions would be gratefully received
     
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  3. tamzzy

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    as you're using a H170 board, you can't overclock a CPU anyway (except for bclk overclocking)
    the fastest processor is 7700k that will fit into your board.
    failing that (or if it's cheaper) then the 7700 (non-k) as you can't overclock -k chips anyway with the board that you have.

    but please note, you may need a bios update before you can use the 7-series CPUs.
    if you'd rather not do that, then consider the 6700 or 6700k instead.
    they're basically the same chips as the 7700/k, just a couple hundred mhz lower clocked.
     
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    No
     
  6. mat1uk

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    Bugger
     
  7. tamzzy

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    As I've said, your board can only take 6 and 7 series CPUs (7 with a bios flash)
     
  8. mat1uk

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    Silly me I need to listen don't I
     
  9. mat1uk

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    I know I sound really useless bit could you give me some links to possible candidates ? I'm happy to upgrade bios but I'm having issues getting the bios updater to work
     
  10. tamzzy

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    what do you mean?

    like this?
    My basket at Overclockers UK:
    Total: £958.67 (includes shipping: £8.70)
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    tbh, better to buy it used currently. h170 is dead-end tech, no need to spend a pretty penny to get a new CPU

    bios: https://www.asus.com/uk/Motherboards/H170-PRO/HelpDesk_BIOS/ (if you gave the correct motherboard model)
    how to update bios:


    I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY IF YOU DAMAGE/BRICK YOUR MOTHERBOARD WHILST UPDATING BIOS
     
  11. mat1uk

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    That's great thanks. So your suggesting a new motherboard may be the way to go also ? Go on then hit me with it lol
     
  12. tamzzy

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    no.
    h170 with an i7 processor still has some life left, just that the whole platform has been superseded.
    hence the advise of getting a used CPU, rather than buying it new.
     
  13. mat1uk

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    Good stuff. Time to start looking for 2nd hand processor's then
     
  14. tamzzy

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    if you're not comfortable with updating bios, then look for 6th gen processors.
    top of the list is 6700k then 6700
    i wouldn't pay more than £180 for a used 6700k, or more than £150 for a used 6700
     
  15. mat1uk

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    A don't mind doing the bios update but I was getting issues with the Asus bios updater program and windows 10. I'm away from the machine at the moment but if I can flash it then a 7th gen it is but if this bios flashing problem persists I will look lower as you suggested. Just hope what ever I do is a considerable number improvement on what I have running at the moment
     
  16. tamzzy

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    depends on what programs you're using of course.
     
  17. mat1uk

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    Well pubg started stuttering today lol but mainly for processing files for my 3d printers. Slicing complicated 3d models takes quite a lot of processing power. I also stream live unboxings and reviews on YouTube which is also processor heavy.

    Thanks for all your help I really do appreciate it
     
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    bios sorted now to find the best price on the cpu fan as some paste i guess
     
  19. ExoMale

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    Sell your board with processor and get this

    My basket at Overclockers UK:
    Total: £287.48 (includes shipping: £10.50) ​
    [​IMG][​IMG]

    Was going to add ram, but given you got 32gb of compatible ram there’s no point, but a big upgrade over your current i5 and more up to date and cheaper than just one of this kabylake processors suggested.
     
  20. mat1uk

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    Thanks for this. I only have 16gb of ram 4x4 you the no upgrade that also ?