Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Core i7-7700K And Asus Z270-A Upgrade Story

Those of you that are contemplating migrating from your old Sandy Lake platform to a shiny new Kaby Lake system need to read this article at Tech Report today.

First off, it's good to know where I'm coming from. My old rig (now paired with a Radeon RX 470 for dedicated The Sims 4 duty on the TV) was an i7-2600K mildly overclocked to 4.2 GHz and sporting 16GB of DDR3-2133 RAM. That Sandy Bridge build served as my main PC for probably twice as long as any of my previous rigs. It's still pretty respectable, but seeing these results in our i7-7700K review pushed me over the edge. The only thing I kept from my old PC was my EVGA GTX 980 Ti Hybrid which, if I behave myself, still has over a year of service ahead of it to reach my personal every-three-year GPU upgrade threshold.