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Upgrade from Kaby Lake

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by dl8860, Jun 24, 2020.

  1. dl8860

    Mobster

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    Just before Ryzen landed (early 2017) I was looking to make a cost effective upgrade from my Athlon II setup from 2011 so bought a pentium g4560 as it was enough for my needs at the time and the CPU and mobo came to only 140 quid. I think this was mostly based off reading some reviews that the g4560 was very good performance for pound.

    I guess whenever you buy a new mobo you hope you might be able to use it for another cpu after the one you have at the time, but checking prices and performance of other second hand kaby lake chips (say i5-7600), they don't look great against a mid-tier ryzen equivalent (say R5 2600).

    My motherboard is B250, so basically just looking for someone to confirm that unfortunately there's not really any worthwhile upgrade paths to pursue with it or not.

    In hindsight it seems like I swapped from AMD to intel at the worst time possible in a long time!
     
  2. Tetras

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    For most common motherboards you can mod the BIOS to get 8th and 9th gen support, but they're not exactly cheap CPUs either, unless you snag a used or nearly new 8400/9400 around £100 or so. Up to you if you want to faff around with that, or just jump ship.
     
  3. Joxeon

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    Grab a cheap B450 and a 2600/1600AF you also have the option to upgrade to 3000/4000 chip in a few years when they are going for peanuts.
     
  4. dl8860

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    If 3000 would go for peanuts in a few years, shouldn't i5-7600s be going for peanuts now?
     
  5. Joxeon

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    Intel CPUs seem to carry a premium with even 8 year old chips going for £100.
     
  6. dl8860

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    OK, so I guess AMD won't hold their value as well, maybe ryzen will? No use trying to predict the future though. Is B450 confirmed to be compatible with 4000s?
     
  7. dl8860

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    Should I worry that AMD B450 has only 6 PCIe 2.0 lanes, which would be a downgrade from my intel B250's 12x PCIe 3.0?
     
  8. Joxeon

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    You get 4 extra pcie3 lanes from the ryzen CPU over intel but ultimately it depends what your looking to run. If you need more lanes then there is X570 but that is a step up in cost, there is also B550 but those only support current 3000 series CPU.