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ZGR

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I would retire your Kaby Lake. Unless you can find a used 7700 for cheap.
 

Gikaseixas

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For the cost of an i7 7700 one can buy i5 8500 and a new H370/Z370 board with good features. It would be pointless to invest in the old platform any further.
A second hand 7700 costs around $200, and he will have 8 threads available
 

PingSpike

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A second hand 7700 costs around $200, and he will have 8 threads available
But a brand new i5-8400 costs $180 and it has 6 cores, and a i3-8300 is $144. No shopping around, no warranty-less shenanigans. Even if you can't unload your old motherboard its only going to be like $20 extra outlay for new stuff versus used now that cheap 1151v2 boards are available. Investing more in kabylake at this point is simply a mistake IMO given how aggressively priced coffeelake is.
 

Gikaseixas

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But a brand new i5-8400 costs $180 and it has 6 cores, and a i3-8300 is $144. No shopping around, no warranty-less shenanigans. Even if you can't unload your old motherboard its only going to be like $20 extra outlay for new stuff versus used now that cheap 1151v2 boards are available. Investing more in kabylake at this point is simply a mistake IMO given how aggressively priced coffeelake is.
have to agree with this. Just logical I guess.
If 7700 was cheaper, maybe a drop in upgrade would have make sense but with newer i5 prices and very cheap motherboards one cannot go wrong.

I'm convinced now that my original advice was not the best :)
 

cfenton

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Use is multi tasking
- usually 60+ threads open in chrome, including some youtube, fb etc ....
- running mumu (android emulator) to play games.
- downloading stuffs

The PC does get sluggish with many chrome tabs open...

edit: mobo is non Z. So limited OC available...
There are Chrome extensions like The Great Suspender that will automatically suspend tabs you aren't using. You can customize it to your needs. It frees up system resources and should really help with the slowdown.
 

kwalkingcraze

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i3-8100 would be a dramatic improvement for not going obsolete. Intel processors depreciate faster than AMD after 4-5 years. Core i5-4570s now selling for $70 range.
 

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