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08-18-2019 03:27 PM
Follow up on my upgrade: i installed the i7 7700k and its been working very well with no issues. Just a heads up to anyone interested in doing this: You will need a new CPU cooler, the stock one will be too weak. I also upgraded the power supply to be safe (and because I replaced the GTX 1060 with a RTX 2060 Super). Afterwards I've had absolutely no issues. Great performance and no CPU bottleneck anymore. Easily hitting 120+ FPS in most games @ High Settings. Turned out great 😁
08-19-2019 09:27 AM
Many thanks again - will consider this carefully.
I won't be doing any case mods - that's for sure - hence originally settling for i7-6700 (only when opportunity arises, they stubbornly remain expensive), as it uses the same cooler and its assembly as i5-6400 (according to the HP spec).
Under circumstances potential upgrade to i7-6700K is tempting, obviously, but Cooler Master Evo 212 with its sheer size seems rather scary a hell of a tower to me - that needs to fit in either.
In either case: Food for thoughts.