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Choosing A Motherboard Bundle - Updated April 2022

Buying a motherboard bundle is one of the fastest and most cost effective ways to upgrade your PC, but how do you get the best value?

 

Choosing A Motherboard And CPU Bundle

 

When you're building a gaming PC or home computer, the very first thing you should think about is the upgrade path. Sometimes you don't want to just upgrade your CPU, and may need extra interfaces on your motherboard, so a great way to improve your specs and remain cost effective is a motherboard bundle.

What Is A Motherboard Bundle?

The most common motherboard bundle will include: -

  • Motherboard (duh)
  • CPU
  • Memory
  • CPU Cooler

This means you will just need to pair the bundle with a case, PSU (Power Supply unit), GPU and storage. Usually, a motherboard bundle is ideal for PC builders who already have a PC and just need to upgrade the heart and soul of their rig. A motherboard that supports faster RAM clock speeds, has a PCIe Gen3 x4 interface and a comprises a faster CPU is an ideal scenario.

Upgrading With A Motherboard Bundle

Let's take a typical upgrade path from an Intel Core i7 8700K:

  • Intel Core i7 8700k
  • ASUS Z370-a
  • GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
  • 256GB SSD
  • 2TB HDD
  • NZXT H710i Case
  • 550W Gold PSU
  • 16GB 3200MHz RAM (2x 8GB)

The Core i7 8700K 3.70GHz has a Turbo frequency of 4.7GHz, so was obviously a capable gaming CPU before the latter part of 2020, with six cores that will handle multi-tasking and CPU-intensive titles, but this processor was superseded by Intel chips such as the Core i5 10600K and AMD's Ryzen 5 5600X. On the basis of value alone, it would make sense to upgrade the processor to take advantage of higher core counts and speed from new chips.

This exact specification sold on eBay for over £750, so it is quite feasible to get around half that for the motherboard, RAM and processor if you wanted to sell it on the second-user market.

Intel Motherboard Bundle Choice: CCL Core i7 11700K Motherboard Bundle

 

CCL Core i7 10700K Motherboard Bundle

 

The logical choice would be an upgrade to the Core i7 11700K processor, with 3.6GHz base clock speed and Turbo of 5.0GHz. This chip has 8 Cores, with 16 Threads, so can handle CPU-hungry titles and will multi-task your daily grind with ease and aplomb. You will, however, need a CPU cooler for this bundle.

The CCL Core i7 11700K Motherboard Bundle comes with Kingston 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 memory, which is Intel XMP-ready to get the best clock speeds recommended by the guys in the white coats at Kingston.

The motherboard itself is the MSI Z590-A PRO, which can unleash the full potential of the i7 11700K with core boost technology, also housing an extended heatsink to ensure the CPU runs at full speed. You'll also get excellent connectivity and interfaces, with Lightning 20Gbps USB & USB-C connection, and Lightning Gen 4 PCIe for M.2 SSDs.

The GTX 1070 Ti from the previous PC would mean that the new PC build would be capable of playing the following games at recommended specifications: -

  • GTA 5
  • VALORANT
  • Halo Infinite
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Fortnite
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • The Witcher 3
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Forza Horizon 5

As you can see, this makes for an excellent upgrade, playing the latest games and handling its business very well.

AMD Motherboard Bundle Choice: CCL Alpha Liquid II B550 5600X AMD Motherboard Bundle

 

CCL Alpha Liquid II B550 5600X Motherboard Bundle

 

Naturally, the AMD vs Intel upgrade path is always worth mentioning. AMD builds are much easier to swap out components in future, as the company has always dedicated itself to creating a longer upgrade path (which means higher lifetime value of a customer).

This being the case, the CCL Alpha Liquid II B550 5600X AMD Motherboard Bundle is ideal for gaming, and also sports a liquid cooler for optimal performance of the Ryzen 5 5600X processor. The MSI MAG CORELIQUID 360R AIO Cooler also allows customisation of the RGB lighting for the gamer who likes a light show during battle...

When it comes to being an all-rounder, the 5600X always stands out, and plays second fiddle to very few processors in its class, other than the Apple M1 and its AMD cousins, the Ryzen 9 3900X and the Ryzen 7 3700X. Whether you are playing the latest AAA or competitive games, CAD or 3D designing, or crunching masses of data, the AMD Ryzen 5000 Series desktop processors have clearly set the bar for gamers and creators since their inception.

Again, the GTX 1070 Ti from the remains of the PC hardware means the new PC build is capable of playing the same games at recommended specifications: -

  • GTA 5
  • VALORANT
  • Halo Infinite
  • Call of Duty: Warzone
  • Fortnite
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • The Witcher 3
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Forza Horizon 5

Motherboard Bundle Options

It is definitely worth mentioning that these motherboard bundles are also customisable. CCL will build your motherboard bundle, and also upgrade the specification should you require it.

Next to the Buy button on the motherboard bundle product page you will see a "CUSTOMISE" link. Clicking this will open up all the available upgrade options for each component.

 

Custom Motherboard Bundle

Custom Motherboard Bundle

 

Last Word

The example above is for a typical upgrade path from a very popular processor - the i7 8700K - though your path may be different. You should also remember that when you upgrade with a motherboard bundle that you will need to reinstall windows on a formatted SSD or HDD. You should always reinstall windows when you make any major hardware changes.

The easiest thing to do is move all of your files and folders you want to keep from your SSD over to your HDD, leaving just the operating system (Windows). You can then reinstall Windows on your SSD once the new hardware is installed, and use the HDD for long term storage. More info on this can be found here.

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