Originally Posted by BensJammin
Hi guys. Been a long time since I have had an Intel CPU (my last being the amazing E8600) but I am now looking to switch from AMD if possible.
I currently have an 860k paired with a GTX 970 and there are mixed views about whether the CPU bottlenecks the 970 or not. I am also looking toward the 1070 and I don't know how well this CPU will play with it.
Anyway, I'm looking to spend around the £300 mark although I need mini itx as I have a Raven case. Even though its old tech I was thinking of going for Haswell as I have good ram (Hyper x 2133mhz DDR3) and saving a little there might be helpful. I know nothing about skylake apart from what I read in magazines so not really anything in depth. And the board choices confuse me too... Bxxx. Hxxx... Zxxx... Etc.
Something that over clocks should be nice if possible. My 860k is currently running 4.4ghz.
Please excuse my lack of Intel knowledge guys. 2008 when i had my E8600 was a long time ago and that amazing chip would boot into windows at 5ghz even back then
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So first off bottlenecking the 860k really depends on the game and whether its cpu intensive, most situations it is a solid cpu but a 1070 would for sure bottleneck it. It would still run fast and solid but it would be the limiter for sure.
The board choices might seem complex but they arent too killer. its simpler then it looks. the B and H and so forth designations are lower end to business class boards that normally offer less features but offer the same performance and stability as a Z series board. Skylake has seen a bigger boost with these board due to the cheaper overall cost for the same general feature sets. the Z series has official overclocking support and as such more features and boosts to any overclocking. If you are looking to overclock Z series boards are what you want, if you dont want to overclock you can save some money by going with a B or H series board and getting nearly the same core features you might want without the extra cost. Now some of the B and H series boards did have base clock overclocking on non K chips but intel axed it early on so only old bios releases allow it, all new bios updates block the feature. Apart from that the main differences with skylake from haswell is the architecture is newer on skylake as well as skylake has gone ddr4. most skylake boards now have m.2 slots with full 4x support. The performance boost isnt overly high but with some overclocking on a 6600k or 6700k it is a bit more substantial. generally i recommend/say to get the newest parts if it can be managed because they will last you longer with overall better framerates. the biggest issue now is that the parts for devils canyon are getting harder to find new as they have stopped production quite a while ago. Skylake has been out 9 months now and kaby lake is a few months away.
I put together a skylake build, it comes out to about 428USD a little bit over the 402USD conversion google gave me but mini itx is a bit more limiting, im going with 16gb of ram and you could go with a single 8gb stick to lower the cost until you can pickup the other stick.
Intel Core i5-6600K 250usdhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117561
EVGA Z170 Stinger 120usdhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188179&ignorebbr=1
G.SKILL Ripjaws V 52usdhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820231888
Sales and other rebates for your location on those parts or other parts will help bring the price down for sure.
Aside from that if you are willing to do some searching and part picking the Intel Core i5-4690K is still very capable just running out of stock in places and Z97 boards are aswell but you would be able to use your same ram and save. but newegg is nearly bone dry for them and ive only so much time to search haha ( PcPartPicker will aid you alot in your searching. i cant use it sadly but it is super useful on finding parts in stock. ) I do hope this helped a bit and if you've any questions feel free to ask.