This is my normal, everyday gaming/coding/web surfing rig. We'll call it Bertha. She's dirty, heavy, and still gets the job done.
Before the upgrade, she had an ASUS P5N-D Motherboard with an Intel Core2 Quad Q8400 2.67Ghz processor, and 8GB DDR2-800 RAM. The other parts of the computer that we'll keep are the GeForce GTX 750 Ti, WD 1.5TB SATA HDD, and Antec 900 Black Steel Case.
Cinebench: 204cb @ 34.99FPS (before) Cinebench: 378cb @ 80.84FPS (after)
So my conclusion, changing the mobo, CPU, and Memory released the performance bottleneck of the Graphics card, since the old mobo was only pci-e 2.0, and the new one is pci-e 3.0. Another point to make note of, while the new memory may be DDR4-3000, it's only running at DDR4-2133 because of the limitation of the CPU. The CPU is a Kaby Lake Pentium G4560 @ 3.5GHz (2c/4t). But my motherboard can now accept all the way up to a Core i7-7700k, thanks to the upgraded BIOS chip I had to buy off eBay to make the Kaby Lake processor work. I surmise I wouldn't have had post issues if I had stuck with a Sky Lake processor.
Currently, I'm using all stock air coolers with the processor and graphics card. So Just having stress tested the rig, my highest temperature was 44c and idle is usually around 36c. Not much of a swing. It is notable that I cannot overclock this CPU and the TDP is 54W. But for the most part, I'm getting double FPS gains in all my games across the board.
Here's some of them.
Minecraft: (before)40fps (after)243fps
GTA5: (before)23fps (after)61fps Star Citizen: (before)7fps (after)15fps
Now I won't be playing Star Citizen with the current video card anytime soon, but I did prove that I did get a performance boost just by changing the motherboard and CPU.
So if you need to upgrade from older hardware, and really can't afford the uber system--get the motherboard you really want, and plug in this Pentium G4560 for a mere $60. It'll give you a leg up on the performance over your older system, and give you some room for upgrades in the future, when your finances allow it.
Good Kaby Lake class processor for the money. Allowed me to get my proverbial foot in the door on an upgrade, without breaking the bank. Paired with a Z170 Pro4s from AsRock. Not only will I save on the electric bill with this processor's 54W TDP over my old Core2 Quad's 95W, but at $60, this processor allows me room to expand my system to the maximum CPU my motherboard supports--Core i7-7700K. Nice!
Does what it needs to, well. Really can't compare it to anything else as this is the only paste I've ever used on builds.
This board does exactly what I need it to do. Offer me choices for CPU, as well as memory. A plus is that this motherboard allows 2-way Crossfire, but the downside is that I can't do 2-way SLI. Not a big deal, though, as most titles don't actually have been programmed for 2-way graphics. But at the current price point of most of the top-end graphics cards, I might be better of to do a couple of RX490's rather than a single 1080 XP.
No complaints about this RAM. In my current system, this RAM is running at DDR4-2133 due to the limitation of my processor (Pentium G4560). However, once I plug in a better CPU, I'll get the full DDR4-3000 experience. Plus the color of this RAM goes with almost everything.
Inexpensive and does the job I need them to do. Got the 2 pack as they were less expensive than a single cable of the same.