I've been thinking about upgrading for a while, since January 2015 actually, but in the end I decided to wait since the monitor I wanted was coming out in late august. And I also thought I might as well go with Skylake by that time
The issue now is that the 6700k stock is REALLY low here and the few ones selling it are overcharging by more than 50% over the MSRP . Which is why I've been considering going with the 5820K instead (I was thinking about the 4790K before the 6700K).
It's been a long while since I last did an upgrade (6 years as mentioned in the title) and quite everything has changed at this point, I am undecided about which processor to get based on the use I do. Is it better 4 cores or 6?
Here's what I will use it for:
- Gaming: any kind of games, I don't really have a favorite genre
- Work: I work as a web developer and I run apache & mysql servers (and related kind of stuff) all the time. I also often have several browsers open with tons of tabs for testing things.
- VMs: I do run the occasional virtual box or vmplayer instance from time to time but this is rare anyway
- Encoding: I do encode some videos from time to time as well but it's rare just like the VMs.
- Other: in case it matters I always have lots of apps open at the same time (browsers as mentioned above, PHP IDEs, folders, display fusion for dual screen, antivirus, anti-malware, anti-exploit, firewall, email client, and much more things I won't spend time listing).
Games nowadays still don't use much cores from what I've seen, they even barely use 4 at all. But I also have to keep in mind that I will keep this new rig for another ~5 years for sure. I plan on watercooling it and doing a medium OC (around 4.5GHz).
I will use a GTX 980 Ti SLI and a Samsung 950 Pro, only 1 NVME SSD to start with and a 4TB SSHD but I will probably go with a NVME RAID at some point. Would the PCIe lanes be enough on a 6700K or should I look at the 5820K? Is more cores better for the kind of things I use? I'm not really sure about this part. Ideally I would like to go with the newest platform which will grant me some more "life" out of it and it supports NVME and all the new things out of the box, but...
Right now I have an i7-860 (4C/8T). Would I notice any tangible difference going with a solution with more cores? I am not worried about the price with ram, mobo, etc so we can leave that out of the equation