CPU+Motherboard Combo up to $500

Hi OzBargainers,

My cpu do not meet Win 11 recommendations, wondering if you can help me to build best value for money combo. Everything else stay that same, will replace CPU & motherboard. Current motherboard-atx Fatal1ty H270 Performance and Intel® Core™ i7-7700 Processor

Please advise



  • Motherboards do not come with TPM 2.0 module, so you will need to but it as well. I bought one a few weeks ago for $25, so watch out for rip off prices.

    • i was able to enable it in bios-with my current motherboard
      cpu too weak according to microshit

    • Most newer Ryzen CPUs come with CPU fTPM which does the same thing, and I'd hope the newer Intel CPUs do as well.

      • yep, without my ryzen series 3000 CPU , would have been locked out of windows 11 until next upgrade.

  • +4

    It seems like a bit of a waste of money to upgrade your computer's hardware for the sole reason of having compatibility for a newly released OS.

    A cheap $220 CPU and Mobo bundle like this would technically allow you to run W11. It's more of a side-grade than an upgrade however.

    Performance difference maybe 4 to 5 percent faster in single thread perf.

    • +2

      There's also a huge difference between the "recommendations" and reality. The latest version of Windows 10 supposedly doesn't support Haswell CPUs but it runs fine - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/min...

      From what Microsoft have said, the sole limitation is that you won't be able to upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10 on an unsupported platform. It'll do a fresh install just fine. And likely there'll be a workaround eventually, since they're supporting some Kaby Lake chips just not all of them.

      Granted, it's possible to get a 5600x and motherboard for under $500. I'd probably want to upgrade RAM at the same time too though.

  • i tried prerelease version ,and i really like it
    and like to be up to date
    everything else except cpu+motherboard is right

  • SE Ebay Plus is selling 5600X for $375 right now. I would add an extra $50-$100 to the budget and get a decent X570 mobo.

    • Can you elaborate more please

      • +1


        Ebay Plus is running a 22% discount promotion at the moment but most items are jacked up. 5600X offered by SE at $480 works out to be $374.40 which includes free express post. The cheapest Ebay Plus+AfterPay promo previously were around $365 so this is a pretty good deal. Remember this CPU was selling for $569 a couple of months back.

        Now, you are left with a mobo to suit the 5600X and I would get a decent X570. My personal favourite would be MSI X570 MAG Tomahawk Wifi. Ebay Plus SE sells this for $339 so you can get it for $264.42 with free express post. The grand total for the system would be $638.82 but you can always look for a cheaper X570 board at the $180 range for a lower total of around $550.

        • TPM will work on this ?

  • +1

    PLE.com.au have a sale on ATM

  • +1

    I tried the Win11 dev version as a Windows insider even on my i5-2400 + Q67 from 2011 :D didn't like the new look though

    I think you can get 5600x (has fTPM) + Gigabyte B550 DS3H MB, got the same for $420 in total 2 weeks back from Ebay deals for $335 + $85. Retails at $399 + $99 but you can find many deals. But 7700 is a great CPU, I would keep it for few more years. I got the AMD one because there was no Intel CPU (11700 is expensive than this) at that price range with similar performance. I had to get DDR4 RAM because I had DDR3 with i5-2400.

    What is the RAM speed in your current build? Because you may need to get higher speed RAM if you are going for AMD, so may be getting a new Intel CPU+MB would be cheaper

  • 48gigs ,
    Team Group Team T-Force Dark Za 32GB (2x16GB) 3600MHz CL18 DDR4

    Do not game much on PC -yet , mostly on console

  • Hi there me ,again
    Is there any sense to upgrade from i7 7700 to ryzen 5600x?
    Do I note any significant difference?
    I also got Galax NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER EX in my setup
    Please advise

    • What games do you play? I would only upgrade if it was absolutely necessary. If you're doing any heavy multicore workloads, the 5600x will be a huge difference (around double the performance)

  • almost do not play at all as i have ps5&xbxs1 available, upgrading cos of win11 upgrade

    • I wouldnt really bother upgrading for Windows 11, having already used both Windows 10 and 11

  • just ordered 5600x
    What Mobo shall i get ?

    • Usually you'd pair it with a B550 board, the MSI B550 Tomahawk are quite popular. There's also the GB Aorus Pro/Elite and Asus TUF in similar price points.

  • the best value is to not upgrade unless you need tpm 2.0/extra performance

    (literally nobody knows what tpm 2.0 is)