A good gaming rig needs a good processor. Know your options and choose wisely: the Intel core i5-7600K or the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X?
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Intel Core i5-7600K
If you’re looking for an Intel processor, I recommend an i5. Slower models like the 6500 use the Skylake microarchitecture while faster models like the 7600K use the Kaby Lake microarchitecture. The 7600K is the top i5 chip and is expected by some websites to be the most popular gaming CPU of 2017. Among the i5 chips, the 7600K gives you the most bang for your buck. It sits right behind Intel’s flagship CPU – the i7-7700K – but it’s much cheaper. Microsoft does not support Kaby Lake processors on computers running Windows versions prior to Windows 10.
Click here to go to Amazon and read about the Intel core i5-7600K or click the picture on the left.
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
If you’re looking for an AMD processor, I recommend a Ryzen 5. Ryzen processors use the Zen microarchitecture. The Ryzen 5 processors are AMD’s alternative to Intel’s i5 chips. The 1600X is the top Ryzen 5 chip and is often compared to Intel’s i5-7600K. Ryzen processors have 2 more cores and three times as many threads as i5 processors. This means they have an advantage when performing tasks that can make use of more than four cores and/or have more than 4 threads. Microsoft does not support Ryzen processors on computers running Windows versions prior to Windows 10.
Click here to go to Amazon and read about the AMD Ryzen 5 1600X or click the picture on the right.
The lack of support by Microsoft for Windows 7 or 8.1 on new processors means anyone buying a new computer will have to upgrade to Windows 10. Yes, Microsoft is forcing us all to eventually upgrade to Windows 10. Fortunately, those of us who like Windows 7 can make Windows 10 look like Windows 7. Just go to youtube and search for “Make Windows 10 look like Windows 7”.
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