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I am very happy with my current PC, but I think I need a little more breathing room as I feel a little squeezed resource wise currently and I wanted to ask current 5960x owners if they could provide some input on the real world advantages of the extra cores/cache in a high utilization build.

Current Build:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1374793/build-log-water-cooled-800d-now-with-rigid-tubing/10#post_23354509

I am already maxed in this build for ram (32GB) and do not really have any concerns for gaming capacity since I mostly play D3 and Wow. Noise is a major concern since my house is very quiet and the PC sits right next to me. As you can see I have everything water cooled already and the PC is currently very quiet.

My computer is used as a do-it-all and as such, runs 24x7x365 at between 60-80% cpu utilization.

my typical daily load breaks down as shown in the pictures below:





Given it seems like people are starting to think about unloading their mega builds, I was thinking about making the move hoping my cpu utilization would go down and maybe I could get more ram. Anyone that has had experience with 4790k vs 5960x in this type of setup, I would appreciate any feedback on if it is a worthwhile switch, or should I just wait until Q2 next year for an upgrade? Thanks.
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I don't have i7-5960X, I had bad luck and I late only few hours to reserve one for 500 euro.
But If you have money to pay It's really nice to have one of best Intel desktop processor ever.
If we look overclocking side compare with stock frequency he is best Intel overclock and first Intel CPU with real 8 core and 16 threads.
i7-5960X bring biggest improvement from overclocking compare to performance on stock frequency.
Memory and CPU result after OC CPU and Uncore are amazing.
Only for him you will need 4x8GB DDR4 best on 2400-2800MHz if you don't want to throw money and if you want latency under 17-18 and at least 300-350$ worth motherboard.
Than your platform will be something similar as server, life will be much longer than Z chipset and I can't imagine at this moment what NVIDIA and AMD could present to need more power than i7-5960X overclocked on 4.0-4.2 GHz. It's very hard to imagine in head such hardware.
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For the price of the 5960x you could build a rig to cover all your resource heavy tasks leaving your current PC for general activity.


*I'd move to a 6700k or 5820k w/16gb ddr4/mobo on my main system. Put the 4790k/mobo/ddr3 ram in the work system (should be able to just run on the HD4600). Buy a cheap case, modest PSU, and a hdd/ssd whatever for the workstation pc. It would remove the need to bog down your main/gaming PC with work related tasks. I see no reason you couldn't put this together for less then the cost of buying just the 5960x without considering the mobo/ram.
Edited by Chargeit - 11/2/15 at 3:19pm
     
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i7-5820K is far best performance/price ratio. Actually we didn't had long time so good processor for such affordable price.
People mix him with i7-3820 and i7-4820 and than rather choose i7-6700K and I would bought rather 4 core for Z chipset than 4 core for X chipset.
But i7-5820K is only better and never version of i7-4960X with same number of cores and same cache size only lower clock.
But overclocked on 4.0GHz and 3.0-3.2GHz Uncore in single threaded applications is same as i7-6700K on default clock but multi is much better.

Now for very good price people could build nice working/gaming RIG.
Small mATX board, 16-32GB DDR4 on 1.2V they are cheaper than faster modules on 1.35V and RIG for few year is finished.
Or if someone have newer DDR3 platform as Haswell could wait better chipset with Skylake E. But nobody give warranty for nice price and good overclocking capability.
Same as before 3-4 years when people told me wait Haswell he will be better overclocker than Ivy I didn't listen and it's good because I didn't listen Ivy was much better and he finished duty on time for i7-5820K.
Maybe Intel launch only few percent stronger processor with higher clock than ours and ask 450-500$ minimum for 6 core.
And now for 400$ people could buy nice X99 board as R5E. Inside with motherboard they get and 100$ worth OC Panel.
Edited by Vlada011 - 11/3/15 at 6:50am
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I went from a 4.8ghz 4790K with 16GB RAM to a 5960X at 4.5ghz and 32GB of RAM. I was running up to 100% CPU usage on my 4790K far too often, and idle at 10GB of RAM and use all 16GB quite a bit. It's exactly what you would think, I'm using half the resources now. But the good news is, with X99 you can run far more RAM and also use server CPU with more cores. Memory bandwidth and extra cache doesn't seem to make much difference that I can tell. Not a bencher these days, more of a power user with enough money to get what I want.
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