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The needed upgrade

by zhivotnoya



Date Published

March 3, 2017

Date Built

March 1, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

44.0° C


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.

Some numbers:

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.

Part Reviews


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!

Thermal Compound

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.

Comments Sorted by:

TotalInsanity4 3 points 23 months ago

You should add what case and power supply you're using to the parts list and add a few more pictures, this looks like a great upgrade!

zhivotnoya submitter 2 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Added the components I added over from the old system (case, psu, hdd). I'll get the pictures added later. :) TY for the comment!

uberlizard 1 Build 3 points 23 months ago

She's dirty, heavy, and still gets the job done.

I like it

MackPremo 2 points 23 months ago

Big sexy bertha!

Kratacz 2 points 21 months ago

Hi. Did u try to OC your RAM only to see the difference in CPU performance. I am very curious about the results.

zhivotnoya submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Sorry for the late reply. No, I didn't OC the RAM. The CPU only supports upto 2400MHz RAM, so OC'ing the RAM wouldn't help it any. However, when I get my 7700K, things will be different.

xof112 2 points 21 months ago

the Performance in Star Citizen - was it in the Persistant Universe, Star Marine or Arena Commander

zhivotnoya submitter 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Sorry for the late delay. It was PU. Probably not the CPU's fault, but the fault of my 750Ti. :)

Jokin_Is_Here 1 point 23 months ago

why the z170 chipset tho?

ignafiltro 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

He is planning on changing the processor later. Probably.

zhivotnoya submitter 2 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

Most definitely. And since I have the upgraded BIOS chip now, I can keep it at the Kaby Lake level is I so desire. :) Seems like a win-win to me!

Jokin_Is_Here 1 point 23 months ago


zhivotnoya submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Basically a budget upgrade. Didn't have much cash to spare, and just needed the upgrade.

NoSkillzJustGillz 3 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

did u have to flash the mobo for the cpu?

zhivotnoya submitter 2 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

I actually just went on eBay and purchased an upgraded bios chip for that mobo. Took a few extra days as the seller had to custom flash it for me. But well worth it. You can expect to pay about $10-15 for the chip. Still worth it I felt since the mobo from the factory was version 3.10...I think. You'll need a ver 7+ to use the kaby lake processors.

NoSkillzJustGillz 3 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

thank you for the speedy reply =]

zhivotnoya submitter 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Added the psu, hdd, and case I've taken from my old computer. I'll add more photos later tonight.