Intel Core i3-7350K Review

Entry-level desktop processor released in 2017 with 2 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 4.2GHz, max speed at 4.2GHz, and a 60W power rating. Core i3-7350K is based on the Kaby Lake-S 14nm family and part of the Core i3 series.
Price 26.9%
Speed 75%
Productivity 53%
Gaming 85%
Category Desktop
Target entry-level
Socket Compatibility LGA1151
Integrated Graphics Intel HD Graphics 630
Cooler Included No
Overclock Potential 1 %
Year 2017 Model
Price 179 USD
Number of Cores 2 Cores
Number of Threads 4 Threads
Core Frequency 4.2 GHz
Boost Frequency 4.2 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4.2 GHz
Power Consumption 60 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 4 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 64 GB
Price-Value Score 26.9 %
Speed Score 75 %
Productivity Score 53 %
Gaming Score 85 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 36.7 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 18.3 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 9.2 %
Overall Score 38/100

The Core i3-7350K is one of Intel's entry-level Desktop processors. It was released in 2017 with 2 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 4.2GHz, max speed at 4.2GHz, and a 60W power rating. The Core i3-7350K is based on the Kaby Lake-S 14nm family and is part of the Core i3 series.

Core i3-7350K is also the successor of Intel's last gen Core i3-6300 processor that was based on the Skylake-S and 14nm process and was released in 2015.

That something is the Core i3-7350K. Intel cranks the TDP dial up to 60W on this 2-core 4-thread chip, making it the high-performance counterpart to the 51W Core i3-7320, which is basically the same 14nm chip built with the Kaby Lake-S microarchitecture, but with a lower TDP rating. That chip came away from our first look at the Kaby Lake-S series with an Editor's Choice award, going toe-to-toe with AMD's Ryzen 3 1300X, so it's fair to say we have high hopes for the higher-performance model. Intel still hasn't sampled the chip to the press, so we bought one at retail to put it under the microscope.

But we've also found that, after simple push-button overclocking, the Core i3-7320 offers similar performance to the Core i3-7350K, even when it is also overclocked. But for $70 less. The Core i3-7350K is an impressive chip and offers a better mixture of performance than AMD's Ryzen 3 1300X, no doubt, but in this case, value seekers might opt for its less expensive sibling.

As the higher-priced version of the Core i3-7320, the Core i3-7350K has higher base and Boost frequencies of 4.2 and 4.2 GHz, respectively. That's an increase in base frequency and a bump to boost clocks, but the real advantage should lay in the higher Package Power Tracking (PPT) envelope, which is a measurement of the maximum amount of power delivered to the socket. The Core i3-7320's PPT tops out at 51W, while the motherboard can pump up to 142W to the Core i3-7350K at peak performance. That opens up much more aggressive boost behavior, on both single and multiple cores, that could widen the performance gap beyond what we see on the spec sheet.

Bear in mind, however, that if you already have something like the Core i3-6300, this generation doesn't offer the biggest boost in performance. You might want to wait another year or so before dropping a few hundred bucks, or even opt to splurge on a higher-end but pricier chip.

Intel has been having some trouble as of late which has made it even harder to compete with the incoming wave of Ryzen 3 processors. That has forced the chip maker to be a little more creative and make do with their current product lines. Today we have the Intel Core i3-7350K on hand, which in itself isn’t anything new. It’s basically a refreshed Core i3-6300 with a clock speed boost. We say basically because it’s not a straight refresh however, there’s another change.

Bottom Line, the Intel Core i3-7350K does not get much media attention since it is entry-level 7 Gen Core Kaby Lake-S processor, but it is a very capable processor that still delivers a good computing experience for entry-level users.

If extended overclocking and boost frequencies are trivial matters to you, Intel also offers the Core i3-7320 at $157. It’s still outfitted with 2-cores and 4-threads, but clocks in at a slower 4.1GHz and maxes out at only 4.1GHz.

Now the biggest question is can Intel’s Core i3 processor play games? The answer is simply yes as it got a respectable gaming score of 85% in our benchmarks.

That said, to squeeze out all the potential of this surprisingly potent entry-level chip, you’ll want (and need) to splurge on an enthusiast-grade Z270, Z370, Z390 motherboard.

Fresh from a successful roll-out of mainstream Core i3 CPUs, Intel's attack on AMD now extends down into the entry-level with its Core i3-7350K processors, which the company is making available as of Jan 2017.

Which GPU to Pick for Intel Core i3-7350K

Below is a comparison of all graphics cards average FPS performance (using an average of 80+ games at ultra quality settings), combined with the Intel Core i3-7350K.

GPU Price Cost/Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $2,499 $20.9 119.4 FPS
117.5 FPS
78.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $1,299 $11.2 116.3 FPS
114.4 FPS
76.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $699 $6.6 105.5 FPS
102.8 FPS
68.2 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $2,999 $29.7 101.1 FPS
99.5 FPS
67.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $699 $7 99.7 FPS
96.1 FPS
63.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $759 $8.1 93.5 FPS
91.7 FPS
60.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $499 $5.4 92.9 FPS
88.5 FPS
58.6 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $1,199 $13.1 91.6 FPS
88.5 FPS
60 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $699 $7.6 91.6 FPS
87.9 FPS
57.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $399 $4.5 89.3 FPS
85.5 FPS
55.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $499 $5.7 88.1 FPS
82.7 FPS
55.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $400 $4.8 83.3 FPS
77 FPS
50.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $349 $4.3 81.8 FPS
78.4 FPS
51 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $499 $6.3 79.4 FPS
75 FPS
48.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $350 $4.5 78.4 FPS
70.8 FPS
45.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $279 $3.6 77.2 FPS
73.3 FPS
47.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $1,499 $20.1 74.4 FPS
69.3 FPS
48.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $499 $6.7 74.2 FPS
71.2 FPS
46.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $409 $5.6 73.6 FPS
69.4 FPS
45.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $999 $14 71.5 FPS
66.7 FPS
43.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $279 $4 70 FPS
66.1 FPS
43 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $399 $5.7 69.6 FPS
66.5 FPS
43.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $399 $5.9 67.7 FPS
63.4 FPS
41 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $229 $3.5 66 FPS
62.4 FPS
40.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $649 $10.4 62.2 FPS
58.5 FPS
38 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $220 $3.5 62.1 FPS
58.6 FPS
38.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $279 $4.7 58.9 FPS
54 FPS
34.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $649 $11.5 56.5 FPS
55.6 FPS
37.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $160 $3 54.1 FPS
50.9 FPS
33.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $199 $3.7 53.6 FPS
49.1 FPS
31.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $549 $10.3 53.4 FPS
49.6 FPS
32.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $229 $4.4 52.3 FPS
47.8 FPS
30.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $649 $12.6 51.4 FPS
49.7 FPS
33 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $999 $20 49.9 FPS
45.9 FPS
31.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $549 $11.3 48.6 FPS
46.8 FPS
30.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $254 $5.2 48.5 FPS
44.8 FPS
29.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $169 $3.5 48 FPS
44.1 FPS
27.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $429 $9.2 46.8 FPS
44.8 FPS
29.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $170 $3.7 46 FPS
42.6 FPS
27.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $329 $7.3 45.2 FPS
41.4 FPS
28 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $400 $9.1 44 FPS
41.8 FPS
27.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $329 $7.5 43.7 FPS
40.9 FPS
25.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $169 $3.9 43.1 FPS
40.4 FPS
25.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $149 $3.6 41.2 FPS
38.6 FPS
25 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $179 $4.6 38.5 FPS
36.2 FPS
23.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $229 $7.1 32.4 FPS
30.1 FPS
20 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $249 $8.6 29 FPS
27.1 FPS
16.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $199 $6.9 28.8 FPS
26.9 FPS
16.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $169 $6 28.4 FPS
26.6 FPS
17.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $279 $9.9 28.1 FPS
26.5 FPS
16.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $199 $7.2 27.8 FPS
25.8 FPS
16.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $169 $7 24.2 FPS
22.4 FPS
14.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $99 $4.4 22.4 FPS
20.5 FPS
13.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $159 $7.3 21.9 FPS
20.1 FPS
13.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $149 $6.9 21.5 FPS
18.9 FPS
12.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $149 $7 21.4 FPS
18.2 FPS
12.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $140 $7.1 19.8 FPS
18.2 FPS
11.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $149 $7.8 19.1 FPS
15.6 FPS
10.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $79 $5.1 15.6 FPS
14.4 FPS
9.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $79 $5.3 14.9 FPS
13.7 FPS
8.5 FPS

Related Discussions

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dachshund103 August 19, 2017

i3 7350k vs ryzen 5 1400? help me choose O~O

As far as gaming and buying either of these cpus which one has the most value (including motherboard) per dollar?

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inevitabled34th August 24, 2018

I need help comparing CPUs for my first build. i3-7350K vs. i5-2320 (links in the description).

GPUBoss couldn't find the 7350K, so I have nothing to go on except for the GHz and cores.

i3

i5

I still haven't bought the motherboard, yet, so there aren't any compatibility issues to worry about yet. Thanks in advance. :)

Edit: I was requested to post my whole build and my budget, so I will do that below.

As of right now I have:

  • Thermaltake Smart Series 600W 80+ PSU

  • GTX 1050 GPU

  • Arctic Freezer i32 CPU fan

  • Tesseract case (can't find the specific model number)

  • 1x CD/DVD drive

I am currently missing:

  • CPU

  • Motherboard

  • RAM

  • Storage

This list was made by a good friend and is what I'm going off of.

I should also probably add that the list a bit old, as I have been accumulating parts over the past year or so. I will eventually get it all built.

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Tylertooo August 16, 2018

The 7350K runs at 4.2GHz and is a beast in single threaded applications. I think there are only about 3 or 4 that are faster. Most of what we do is single threaded. That makes the 7350K a particularly easy choice.

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bendvis August 20, 2018

Despite only having 2 physical cores/4 virtual cores, the 7350k is superior to the 2320 across the board, according to UserBenchmark .

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inevitabled34th August 22, 2018

The dual-core throws me off. I'm not planning to play a lot of really intensive stuff except maybe Arma 3 and Ghost Recon Wildlands. Will those two cores be enough?

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inevitabled34th August 18, 2018

I'm not good at telling what is better than what and I assumed that all i5s were better than all i3s.

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dandu3 August 18, 2018

Wait for the H310 boards to come out and get an i3 8100, it's quad core

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inevitabled34th August 18, 2018

I looked on PC part picker and the 8100 was almost $60 cheaper than the 7350K? Is it much better?

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Meyzu91 August 18, 2019

Help me upgrade my "shitty" computer!

So i almost exclusivly play fighting games like Tekken 7, SFV etc. My current specs are fine for it but I enjoy watching streams on my secondary screen and im forced to lower the quality to 480p at times to get a smooth gaming experience, id like to have it at 1080p 60fps when watching twitch but then my game is not nearly as smooth

These are my specs, and im almost certain its the CPU holding me back, im not looking for a big upgrade, just want to make sure my mobo can handle a new, better CPU and perhaps 16gb ram instead of 8gb.

CPU: Core i3-7350K

GPU: 1060 6gb

RAM: 2x 4gb

Mobo: Gigabyte Z270X-Ultra Gaming-CF


Not looking for a crazy upgrade just want to be able to play my games and watch the streams without any stutters or fps drops.

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EatPlentyOfBiscuits August 18, 2019

Per the supported CPU list below your mb will support an i7-7700k.

https://www.gigabyte.com/Ajax/SupportFunction/Getcpulist?Type=Product&Value=6095

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drumminco77 August 15, 2019

His motherboard is definitely not capable of running an 8700k or 9900k. http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/CPUs/Intel/Core_i3/i3-7350K.html

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drumminco77 August 11, 2019

Cheapest option: add 8 more GB of RAM. Hopefully your motherboard has two more slots. Even better add a new CPU and motherboard as well . 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen R5 2600 and a moderately priced mobo can be found for around $250

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youmamgay August 18, 2019

Yeah you should really buy a new cpu. Ur motherboard supports the newest cpus so up to the i9 9900k. And you should also put in two more 4gb stocks of ram. A i7 9700k or 8700k should be fine for what you’re doing

Update I’m stupid wrong chipset

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AdeptusMechanic August 11, 2019

Z270 does not support 8xxx or 9xxx intel cpus its 7700k max.

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Raphtalia_Chaa June 18, 2020

Is this build okay for 1080p gaming, any help with compatibility issues

I'm on quite a tight budget at the moment looking for some advice if this would be an okay build to play games on medium at 1080p some modern triple AAA titles and maybe some modded minecraft, thank you!

CPU: Intel Core i3-7350K 4.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor Motherboard: ASRock H110M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive SSD: Kingston A400 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 960 4 GB Video Card CASE: Rosewill FBM-X2 MicroATX Mini Tower Case PSU: SeaSonic S12III 500 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply

Edit: I dont know how to fix the format sorry!!!

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Ctracktion June 08, 2020

For a lot of games, yes. However, you may need to lower down the settings for a demanding game.

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Raphtalia_Chaa June 24, 2020

Is the CPU compatible fine with the motherboard?

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Scooban July 13, 2020

Upgraded CPU, PC won’t boot. HELP!

Upgraded from an i3-7350k to an i5-9600k, initially i just swapped them and tried turning on the PC, it turns on for about a second, the fans start spinning and LEDs turn on then they stop. After that I tried a CMOS clear, first by using a paper clip where you’d put the jumper, then by removing the CMOS battery. After that, i put the old CPU in and it worked fine, I updated the BIOS to the most recent version and then put the new CPU back in, and it still won’t boot. I have no idea what to do.

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Weeman2412 July 13, 2020

You cannot put a 9600K in to the same motherboard as the 7350k. The number of pins are the same, but the chipset requirement isn't so the the motherboard of the 7350k will not boot with a 9600K in it. Best you can do is the 7700k, that is the strongest possible chip you can fit on your 7350k motherboard.

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Scooban July 13, 2020

god i fucking hate microcenter employees. guess i gotta go return it

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EpicGamer4213 July 13, 2020

Whoever told you they were compatible is an idiot

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syl12nl July 13, 2020

Might have fried a cpu i am not sure though pin outs might be power to data

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Critics Reviews

The Core i3-7350K's time is ahead of the previous-generation Core i3-6100, and a little better than the AMD chips. But the Core i7-7700K finished in less than half the Core i3-7350K's time. And ...
And whereas the locked Core i3s are rated at 35W and 51W, the Core i3-7350K is the lone 60W SKU. Intel also re-introduced TSX-NI support, which can boost multi-threaded performance, to the i3 series.
The Core i3-7350K is the odd member of the stack. It sits as the only processor with a TDP of 60W, and is priced very close to the Core i5-7400/7400T.
Core i3-7350K: Entry level overclocking at midrange pricing. The Core i3-7350K ends up as a bit of a perplexing chip. Performance is quite good for a dual-core processor, and in games it comes ...
Yay, Intel have extended their overclockable K-series chips down into the cheaper i3 end of the market. The Kaby Lake Core i3 7350K is the first fully unlocked i3 chip, offering seriously high ...
El procesador Intel Core i3 7350K ofrece unas razonables prestaciones para su precio, aunque por poco más de un 10% tenemos un muy superior Intel Core i5 6600 de mejores prestaciones, con 4 núcleos y también con el procesador desbloqueado, que se muestra como un procesador con mayor sentido que éste que hemos analizado.
The Core i3 7350K is a very fast processor, but even with an overclock in place it cannot maintain 60fps in Crysis 3’s jungle stage and it barely manages to sustain 60fps in Rise of the Tomb Raider’s Geothermal Valley, even at 4.8GHz. For the record, even the i5 at 4.8GHz has issues with Crysis 3 – though it proves perfectly capable in ...
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big_mike2003 December 08, 2019
ssd is detected in bios and device manager but not the partition or file explorer
ssd is detected in bios and device manager but not the partition or file explorer.
i bought a samsung 860 evo 500gb going on a week ago now.
i want to make it my main drive for 2 or 3 games and OS but it doesnt show up in partition or anywhere i need it to be so i can format it.
i dont think this matters but i have
i5 9600k
gtx 1660
16gb ddr4 3000mhz
and a super barebones mini atx h310 motherboard by MSI.
i tried it in my i3 7350k z270 1050ti computer and it didnt work there either.
i tried diffrent sata ports, sata cables, power cables and diffrent connectors, installing windows to it without hard drive in(wouldnt show up), reinstalling windows on hdd and plugging it in.
basically everything hardware related ive tried.
software related i tried CMD>diskpart>disk volume> doesnt show up to format it or add a letter to it.
a few other things ive mindlessly done over the past week that ive forgotten and ive even tried the windows memory diagnostic tool and probably every video on youtube that is anything similar to my situation.
if theres any way to see if its faulty so i can return it as soon as possible that would be great too.
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rgd1101 November 07, 2011
windows 10? check storage spaces?
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12438/windows-10-storage-spaces
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M1haiS December 06, 2019
Upgrading PC
I want to upgrade my GPU and CPU. What would be the better option?
A: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 + GTX 1660, 6 GB = 440 $

B: Intel I5 9400f + RX 580, 4 GB =370 $

I play games like the Assassins Creed and Grand Theft Auto titles, Red Dead Redemption 2, Sekiro, Star Wars Fallen Order, Shadow of the Tomb raider (...) In 2560 x 1080p

My old PC specs are: Intel i3 7350k, GTX 1050 (2GB), 8 GB RAM dual channel @ 2133 MHz.

Thanks in advance.
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Lutfij October 07, 2009
Since you've left the PSU out of the picture/post, I'm assuming you're going to recycle it. If so, make and model of the PSU and it's age.

I'd pick option A, pair it with a B450 chipset board so you can upgrade further with a Ryzen 2000 or 3000 series processor. Leave GPU that you currently have as opposed to getting up on your feet in one go. I'd get a better GPU later down the road once the backbone is strengthened.

Also you asked a similar question in this thread:
https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/best-upgrade-possible-with-this-budget.3545945/

Nearly a month ago. What has changed since that last thread? I see it's the same. I didn't delete/merge it due to the difference in posting.
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M1haiS November 18, 2019
Best upgrade possible with this budget?
I have a GTX 1050 2GB, I3 7350k, 8GB RAM 2400MHz Dual Channel, 500W power supply.
Should I upgrade to:

-Ryzen 5 1600 + GTX 1660 (6GB)
or
-Coffee Lake i5 9400f + AMD RX 580 (4GB)

Both combos cost around 420$ including new motherboard.
There is also Ryzen 5 2600 crossing my mind, 25$ more expensive than Ryzen 5 1600.
What combo would give the best FPS improvement overall? Thank you.
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geofelt October 09, 2006
Some thoughts:
With a 500w psu, do not plan on a rx580. The GTX1660 will take less power and is a bit stronger.

What is the make/model of your motherboard?
You may have a viable cpu upgrade.
For example, a I7-7700K would be a stronger processor upgrade than either of your options.
You can buy one on ebay for perhaps $275

For a stronger processor, there are two considerations:

1. How many threads can your games use? Your cpu has 4.
More than 4 is probably a good idea.
I think past 8 extra threads will not be used much.
The 1600 has 12, the 9400f has 6.

2. How strong are the cores individually?
Your current 7350K has a single thread passmark rating of 2428.
The 1600 is 1819, a step backward and needs to be compensated by using more threads.
The 9400f is 2397. About what you have now, but with more threads.


How cpu limited are you now?
Try this test:
Run YOUR games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
If your FPS increases, it indicates that your cpu is strong enough to drive a better graphics configuration.
If your FPS stays the same, you are likely more cpu limited.
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M1haiS November 16, 2019
Upgrade CPU or GPU? (Limited budget)
Hello, everyone.
As you can see in the title I have a budget of 250$ and I can only upgrade one component.
My specs are:
CPU: Intel i3-7350k
GPU: GTX 1050 2 GB
RAM: 8GB 2400 MHZ

I was thinking of buying a GTX 1660. Do you think it will bottleneck badly with the CPU? Should I upgrade my CPU instead? I want the best FPS improvement possible within that amount of money.
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delaro August 23, 2011
An i3-7350K is more capable than the 2GB 1050. Will it hold back the 1660? At some point, yes but also your 8GB of RAM will start to become an issue as well. I would suggest upgrading the GPU first and then the CPU/MB+ RAM later on when you can afford it.

And then there is the used option
i5 7600K $120
RX 580 8GB $120

You can also find combos like this

$160 shipped "Reddit/hardwareswap"
Ryzen 1600x CPU - $70 shipped
Gigabyte ab350 gaming MOBO - $60 shipped
Corsair 16gb 2400CL14 RAM - $45 shipped

A 2GB GPU is a huge problem now, most games take 3+ GB of VRAM so it's not like you don't have plenty of options open. 👍
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KnightRiderX420 August 08, 2019
z motherboards vs h
is it really true that only "Z" motherboards will allow overclocking the cpu? and ram. if this is the case then why does my h270m have overclockimg options in the bios? right now i have a skylake i3 in there and the settings do nothing. my real question is if i get a 7350k or any 6000k, 7000k processor and use this asrock board will the options that are definitly present in the mobo bios actualy work or have an affect. or are they just in every board bios even if they cant be changed or whatever? I cant seem to really find a desent new Z 200 series motherboard Micro-ATX or even itx as my case is a corsair x240 crystal. any input would be great. I realize i could just even now go to 8 or 9 series stuff but saving cash is my ultimate goal and from what i've seen with this i3 6100 that i have now, i really dont need a i7 or even for my load an i5 so the 350k skew is right up my ally.
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PC Tailor June 29, 2017
Welcome to the forums my friend!

Yes you are pretty much correct that Z series motherboards are only really made for overclocking. Some of the other H or B motherboards will not have overclocking options at all. And some of them may have overclocking options, but won't allow you overclock any of the higher end processors.

Some of them do, but doesn't mean they are more suitable for overclocking. Some of them only enable a very basic level of overclocking and many lack additional features, and can often not overclock anywhere near as much with stability.

The Z motherboards are tailored to allow for proper overclocking with complete control. So if you want to overclock effectively, the Z or X motherboards are required.