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Time for a new PC... Advice?

3 years 4 months ago #1 by Wobbles
After asking around the office why I couldn't get my home PC that I have been playing games with to boot from M.2, and being shamed for owning such a dinosaur, I've decided it may finally be time for an upgrade.

Apparently my z77 architecture cannot boot off of M.2, which is a shame because I happen to have a pair of 512gb M.2's just laying around.

So should I go 1150 or 1151? People are saying both and giving the same reasons for each so i'm lost.

Right now I have a i5-3550 on a MSI Z77A-G45 with a GTX660, so anything is probibly better.

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3 years 1 month ago #2 by Rinus H
Im not sure how relevant this still is, but as a new guy on these forum grounds, I would like to be as helpful as I can, so I would recommend a i7-6700k or i5-6600k, depending on budget paired with a z170 motherboard (that has the necessary PCIe lanes to handle a GPU and 2 m.2 SSDs and, once again depending on budget, either a GTX1070, GTX1060 or RX480. These specs are based off your old rig, so I don't know if you are looking for just good mid range or ultra high (in which case you would want a GTX1080). RAM? Wel, I'd go for a pair of 8GB's to add up to 16GB or 4 sticks of 4GB to also add up to 16GB. Personally I'd go for the former, as it is more budget friendly in the long run, as adding 2 more 8GB RAM sticks is easy enough, but having to get rid of 4 4GB sticks and then also having to buy 4 more 8GB sticks can be be quite the hassle.

Hope this is still relevant and helps out,
MrGForce

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3 years 1 month ago #3 by Wobbles
As much as I would love an i7, i5 is probably much more in my budget. I did purchase a 1060 G1 Gaming and have been very pleased.

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3 years 1 month ago #4 by TreyM
z170 is likely the best bet because buying into z97 and being stuck with DDR3 is probably a poor decision. While I bought a z97 Haswell system in 2014 (i7 4790k) and it's still a great system, I would definitely go with x99 or z170 today because of DDR4. Also, I would wait a bit for the new Kabylake Intel CPUs that are just around the corner. I believe z170 boards will support them and they look like they have a nice performance bump over Skylake chips.
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