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Hi. I'm kinda stuck on making a decision here.

my current (2015) build is:
Asus x99 deluxe mobo
CPU: intel core i7 5960x (stock clock)
GPU: 2x EVGA GTX 980 SC (SLi)
32gb Ram 2666 mhz

using the Asus rog swift 144hz 1440p gaming monitor.

I used to use this build for 2 primary reasons.
1) Encoding all my movies (got a plex server running)
2) Gaming.

Now I want to upgrade to the EVGA GTX 1080 Ti FTW 3 (for that VR experience). And never going to go with SLI route again (personal reasons due to some game bugs).

Right now i already got an intel Nuc for my dedicated plex server. And my gaming rig is now 70% gaming and 30% encoding movies (usually leave it overnight to encode them).

Will I hinder myself with my gaming experience with that CPU or should I sell my CPU (and perhaps even my mobo) to get a 7700k intel or maybe the new Ryzen?

or will it still be optimum in gaming? Was thinking of selling my whole rig and get a new one if the CPU isnt recommended for modern games.

Thanks!
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Still great!
 
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I wouldn't swap out your rig. for your stated purpose. I would get a good aftermarket cooler and overclock your 5960.

Whats your monitor refresh rate? Is it 60Hz?. If so 60 fps is all you need. Im presuming if you have that kind of CPU you wont be gaming at 1080 and will be 1440/4k in which case you would be into more GPU limited situations and wouldn't gain a lot from upgrading the CPU.

7700K would likely be less capable in the encoding.
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It's still a beast!

Overclock it, you got tons of head room and it's free tongue.gif
 
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Nah man it's horrible. :P JK, it's a beast dude.

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post #6 of 61
7700K owners be like. "Its complete rubbish since amd trash beats it."
But in reality. Just throw a bit of a overclock on it and its a lot quicker then stock clocks.
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I wouldn't swap out your rig. for your stated purpose. I would get a good aftermarket cooler and overclock your 5960.

Whats your monitor refresh rate? Is it 60Hz?. If so 60 fps is all you need. Im presuming if you have that kind of CPU you wont be gaming at 1080 and will be 1440/4k in which case you would be into more GPU limited situations and wouldn't gain a lot from upgrading the CPU.

7700K would likely be less capable in the encoding.
In the original post, they state they're gaming on a 144hz 1440p monitor.

The i7-5690X is perfectly fine for gaming. No idea why would think it isn't. As long as you are getting the desired frame rates in the games you play, every single component in your system is good enough. At 1440p, the graphics card is more important than the processor. You probably won't have a reason to upgrade your CPU for another two or three generations of processors unless you just feel like upgrading.
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I don't even think that is a valid question, lol. I mean are you serious?

It trade blows with Ryzen 8 cores in productivity/gaming applications at stock. And beats Ryzen slightly in productivity applications at max OC, but for the most part it becomes much closer to the 7700K in gaming than Ryzen.

So the 5960X is still overall the faster chip.

For someone who is new to the market does it worth it to drop a grand on this or 6900K vs Ryzen? Hell no. But your case is totally different.
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Ryzen would be a downgrade for you provided your i7-5960X stays turboed (3.3GHz all core and 3.5GHz two cores).

You could probably pump your clock past 3.9 / 4.0GHz with any decent cooling. Per hwbot.org the average air & water overclock is 4.4-4.5GHz.
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post #10 of 61
Any CPU on the market would more or less be a sidegrade. Any performance gains that may or may not be there would not be worth the investment.
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