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Compatibility with my CPU, mobo, and RAM

I would describe myself as descent with computers. I have built a few and love the subject. However, compatibility always seems to be my downfall. I usually use pcpartpicker for help but I just want to make sure. I plan on upgrading my PC to an i5 6500 (was an AMD fx 8320) and upgrading my mobo to an Asus H170M-E DC mATX LGA1151 (was a Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P). My RAM, which I do not plan on upgrading, is 16gb (2x8) Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600. When I threw that together into pcpartpicker it said at the bottom "The Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory operating voltage of 1.5V exceeds the Intel Skylake CPU recommended maximum of 1.35V+5% (1.417V). This memory module may run at a reduced clock rate to meet the 1.35V voltage recommendation, or may require running at a voltage greater than the Intel recommended maximum". I just wanted to check and see if this was something to worry about. I don't wanna fry my system after all. Also, will a GTX 1070 fit in a NZXT S340?

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  1. The problem here is Skylake doesn't officially support DDR3. It supports DDR4 and DDR3L (low voltage), but running DDR3 could possibly kill your CPU over time. If you stick with upgrading to Skylake, you will have to buy a new set of DDR4 RAM. If you really don't want to replace your RAM, you could also buy a Haswell i5 and LGA1150 motherboard. In fact, that was the route I took since I already had a stick of DDR3 sitting around.

    As for the GTX 1070, yes it will fit in an S340.
  2. Boeing77W said:
    The problem here is Skylake doesn't officially support DDR3. It supports DDR4 and DDR3L (low voltage), but running DDR3 could possibly kill your CPU over time. If you stick with upgrading to Skylake, you will have to buy a new set of DDR4 RAM. If you really don't want to replace your RAM, you could also buy a Haswell i5 and LGA1150 motherboard. In fact, that was the route I took since I already had a stick of DDR3 sitting around.

    As for the GTX 1070, yes it will fit in an S340.


    Thanks for the help. I guess I'll just go ahead and replace the RAM since I'm going with an all blue theme. I just wish I didn't have to since I just upgraded the RAM not too long ago. What is the performance difference between a Haswell and a Skylake? Is it even worth it to get a Skylake?
  3. hunt4coal said:
    Boeing77W said:
    The problem here is Skylake doesn't officially support DDR3. It supports DDR4 and DDR3L (low voltage), but running DDR3 could possibly kill your CPU over time. If you stick with upgrading to Skylake, you will have to buy a new set of DDR4 RAM. If you really don't want to replace your RAM, you could also buy a Haswell i5 and LGA1150 motherboard. In fact, that was the route I took since I already had a stick of DDR3 sitting around.

    As for the GTX 1070, yes it will fit in an S340.


    Thanks for the help. I guess I'll just go ahead and replace the RAM since I'm going with an all blue theme and I found RAM to match that I think is compatible (http://www.microcenter.com/product/459105/16GB_2_x_8GB_DDR4-2400_PC4-19200_CL15_Desktop_Memory_Kit). I just wish I didn't have to since I just upgraded the RAM not too long ago. What is the performance difference between a Haswell and a Skylake? Is it even worth it to get a Skylake?


    Skylake is a new architecture, but its not a huge jump from Haswell. I believe the major practical difference lies in the iGPU, where Skylake chips have better iGPUs than Haswell chips. They also have lower TDPs, so you will get better temps. Performance-wise, the 6500 is comparable to the 4590, barely beating it.
  4. Boeing77W said:
    hunt4coal said:
    Boeing77W said:
    The problem here is Skylake doesn't officially support DDR3. It supports DDR4 and DDR3L (low voltage), but running DDR3 could possibly kill your CPU over time. If you stick with upgrading to Skylake, you will have to buy a new set of DDR4 RAM. If you really don't want to replace your RAM, you could also buy a Haswell i5 and LGA1150 motherboard. In fact, that was the route I took since I already had a stick of DDR3 sitting around.

    As for the GTX 1070, yes it will fit in an S340.


    Thanks for the help. I guess I'll just go ahead and replace the RAM since I'm going with an all blue theme and I found RAM to match that I think is compatible (http://www.microcenter.com/product/459105/16GB_2_x_8GB_DDR4-2400_PC4-19200_CL15_Desktop_Memory_Kit). I just wish I didn't have to since I just upgraded the RAM not too long ago. What is the performance difference between a Haswell and a Skylake? Is it even worth it to get a Skylake?


    Skylake is a new architecture, but its not a huge jump from Haswell. I believe the major practical difference lies in the iGPU, where Skylake chips have better iGPUs than Haswell chips. They also have lower TDPs, so you will get better temps. Performance-wise, the 6500 is comparable to the 4590, barely beating it.


    So would it make more financial sense to just get a 4590? I'm on a slight budget of ~$375 for the new CPU, mobo, and RAM
  5. Best answer
    hunt4coal said:
    Boeing77W said:
    hunt4coal said:
    Boeing77W said:
    The problem here is Skylake doesn't officially support DDR3. It supports DDR4 and DDR3L (low voltage), but running DDR3 could possibly kill your CPU over time. If you stick with upgrading to Skylake, you will have to buy a new set of DDR4 RAM. If you really don't want to replace your RAM, you could also buy a Haswell i5 and LGA1150 motherboard. In fact, that was the route I took since I already had a stick of DDR3 sitting around.

    As for the GTX 1070, yes it will fit in an S340.


    Thanks for the help. I guess I'll just go ahead and replace the RAM since I'm going with an all blue theme and I found RAM to match that I think is compatible (http://www.microcenter.com/product/459105/16GB_2_x_8GB_DDR4-2400_PC4-19200_CL15_Desktop_Memory_Kit). I just wish I didn't have to since I just upgraded the RAM not too long ago. What is the performance difference between a Haswell and a Skylake? Is it even worth it to get a Skylake?


    Skylake is a new architecture, but its not a huge jump from Haswell. I believe the major practical difference lies in the iGPU, where Skylake chips have better iGPUs than Haswell chips. They also have lower TDPs, so you will get better temps. Performance-wise, the 6500 is comparable to the 4590, barely beating it.


    So would it make more financial sense to just get a 4590? I'm on a slight budget of ~$375 for the new CPU, mobo, and RAM


    Yeah it would. For myself, I got a 4590 with a great H97M motherboard for around $400 CDN. If you were referring to $375 USD, then yes it should fit in your budget. The 4590 runs great, and the H97M I got happens to be one of the overclocking H97s so I plan locking it at 3.7 GHz turbo.

    This is my mobo: http://www.ncix.com/detail/asrock-h97m-pro4-lga-1150-0a-97212.htm
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