Updated: March 20, 2023
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BUYPOWER - Gaming Desktop - Intel Core i5-8400 - 8GB Memory - NVIDIA GTX 1060 3GB - 1TB HDD -this is my pc

I want to upgrade to a ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1660 6GB GDDR5 or GDDR6 192-bit. Also upgrading ram to PNY 2 8GB sticks XLR8 Gaming DDR4 2666mhz (PC4-21300) is that compatible? Windows 10 OS

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Nice to meet you, *****!
What motherboard do you have?

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I put the specifications of the pc, maybe zt-16600k-10m

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Okay, everything seems to me compatible.  Feel free to upgrade it.

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So the gddr5 or gddr6 both work? Do any of the higher zotac GeForce graphics cardcwork as well?

Yes, both work.

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What processors are compatible, i7, i9, ?
Sorry to ask so many questions

You said you have i5

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Is it worth upgrading for gaming?

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So will that take i7 or i9?

i7 should fine.
should be fine. )

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One more question, is it worth 20 bucks to get the gddr6 instead of gddr5? What's your opinion of that graphics card?
My son is the gamer

gddr6 , 20$ is nothing, but gddr6 is better.

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Can this card play the latest games out without lag?

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Thank you, you have been great!

I’m glad I was able to get that sorted out for you. Is there anything else I can assist you with today?

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So the i9 will work with my system?

Yes, it will work

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Does it matter the grade of i9?

Do you mean like i7 or i9?

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There are different prices for i9s

Because there are different generations. Intel continues to push the envelope for desktop gaming with the new 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900KS processor. Based on Intel's 12th Gen performance hybrid architecture, this processor can hit 5.5 GHz on up to two cores for the first time, giving the most extreme gamers the ability to maximize performance

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What else do you need to add when upgrading processors? Fans, etc..
Or is that all inclusive?

The two key hardware parts you need to check for compatibility are your motherboard and CPU cooler. If you upgrade your CPU, there's a high chance that you'll also need a motherboard upgrade. It generally depends on how old your CPU is. However, if it is compatible, there is no need to update it too

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I may just stick with the i7

Yes, right

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Any i7 should be compatible with pc?
My pc

It should be compatible with your motherboard

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Thank you

You are welcome!
Let me know if I can help you more

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