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I7 6700k and 1070/1440p monitor vs X5675 and 1080/4K monitor

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So I'm currently faced with the choice of building a completely new PC with slightly less overall performance or upgrading what I have currently for every last drop of performance it's good for.

FYI, my current system is a Core I7 950 LGA1366 with an Asus Sabertooth X58 Mobo, 16GB of Corsair RAM, and a EVGA 760.

I have 2 builds drafted up, one which is a new PC from the ground up except for the drives which I will be reusing, and another which is a evolution of my current system.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Prepsi/saved/fZfMnQ

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Prepsi/saved/r8MfrH

I don't want to keep the 950, as it would bottleneck a 1070 or 1080. The server CPU in the second build is an absolute beast and can easily be OC'd to 4.5 on water. However, it is common for server CPU's to lag behind normal I7's in gaming. However, the savings from not having to buy new everything would mean I would be able to have a 1080 and a 4K IPS display. I realize the 1080 won't be the greatest at 4K, however it's more than enough to run GTAV at ultra with FXAA to smoothen out any jaggies that persist at 4K. What do you guys think?
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24 inch 4k monitor is way to small, I have a 28 inch and without scaling in windows its very hard to read text. But windows scaling is super buggy and it makes a lot of things blurry instead of scaled correctly.

The first system (6700k) would be a much better overall system, and if your just gaming and want to save a few bucks the 6600k is similar game performance and its $120 cheaper. Spend that extra $120 and buy a better monitor such as a 144hz 1440p monitor.
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24 inch 4k monitor is way to small, I have a 28 inch and without scaling in windows its very hard to read text. But windows scaling is super buggy and it makes a lot of things blurry instead of scaled correctly.

The first system (6700k) would be a much better overall system, and if your just gaming and want to save a few bucks the 6600k is similar game performance and its $120 cheaper. Spend that extra $120 and buy a better monitor such as a 144hz 1440p monitor.
About the 24 inch: It drives the PPI up to insane levels. I also A: run guitar VST's on my rig which run better with a high end CPU, and B: would prefer better colors to 144hz.
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I had your same dilemma a year and a half ago and went for the Xeon. (X5660 in my case). I have mine overclocked to 4.4 Ghz on air and it's stable. Hasn't blue screened in normal or gaming use since I ran my stability tests.

http://www.3dmark.com/fs/9436618

Above is a link to my Fire Strike score with a 1070. I ended up returning the 1070 and am going for a 1080 (hasn't arrived yet or else I'd link to that score). Point is the CPU bottleneck on the 1070 is almost nonexistent. Also you have to figure in the 2 extra cores you're going to get with Xeon. True, not a lot of games take advantage of more than 4 cores (if even 2 for that matter), but most modern games are being built to take more load off the GPU from the CPU.

In gaming specific scenarios you just aren't going to see that much of a difference from a highly clocked X58 Xeon to a newer quad core Skylake. Now at the same clocks in single thread performance based scenario you'd see quite a bit of difference, but if you're just gaming I always recommend spending the extra money on the GPU given the specific options.

Believe me, that Xeon will breath new life into your rig from a 950 and without you having to upgrade everything else. I used to have the CPU upgrade itch, and like you I was going to upgrade the whole thing. So happy I didn't do that.

For more information I recommend reading through this thread. Kanu-Maru has done tons of benchmarks using real world scenarios and keeps it up to date.
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You own a Sabertooth and an EVGA 760 A1 ?
     
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You own a Sabertooth and an EVGA 760 A1 ?
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Yes

Nice. I recently took out my EVGA 760 A1 rev 1 board and installed this UD7

Regarding the second build, I don't think the Xeons have a multi for 1600MHz, you'd have to overclock the BLCK to get to 1600MHz
     
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Nice. I recently took out my EVGA 760 A1 rev 1 board and installed this UD7

Regarding the second build, I don't think the Xeons have a multi for 1600MHz, you'd have to overclock the BLCK to get to 1600MHz

I think he means he has an EVGA GTX 760 graphics card.
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