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Looking for a processor mostly for gaming. Currently have a 2600k which is OC'ed to 4.4GHz.
I don't plan on overclocking my next processor as I've had stability issues in the past.

What is a good processor that will keep up with games for the next few years? I was thinking a 7700k?
The "k" is not much more, maybe I'll OC in the future if I NEED to.
Or is there something else out or coming out I should wait for?
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1600/1600x OC'd
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Originally Posted by dseg View Post

Looking for a processor mostly for gaming. Currently have a 2600k which is OC'ed to 4.4GHz.
I don't plan on overclocking my next processor as I've had stability issues in the past.

What is a good processor that will keep up with games for the next few years? I was thinking a 7700k?
The "k" is not much more, maybe I'll OC in the future if I NEED to.
Or is there something else out or coming out I should wait for?


Anything up to and including the 7700k in Intel's mainstream lineup is fundamentally the same as a 2600k but somewhat faster and supporting newer motherboard features, but nothing game-changing. You could buy one and they are excellent gaming chips but not such a great value. At this point I wouldn't buy another quad core when AMD has 6c/12t and 8c/16t parts available for less money. Games are finally starting to take advantage of higher core count chips and will likely do so more in the future since people on mainstream sockets are buying them. If you want to build right now I would look at a Ryzen chip. If you can wait a couple months I would see what Intel brings with Coffee Lake - supposedly a 6 core option for about the price of current 4 core chips.
 
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I agree with Fuzzywinks.
Wait.
See what coffeelake brings to the table. There's little point getting on a new platform right now. If you absolutely have to buy a new machine right now, then AMD's Ryzen 5 1600 or 1600x is the way to go. Get a good motherboard and you'll love it with an updated BIOS. I just went from 2600k to a Ryzen 5 1600, and it's marvellous. The biggest gain is an NVME PCIe SSD, you absolutely have to get one of those in your new build. Skip the cheaper same slot SATA drives, as they won't be really any faster than your current one.
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1700/1700X or wait for 6C/6T Coffin Lake.
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And way to go won't get 5 duff sockets a year and won't have company's dropping support as fast as possible and may have far better support long term. ie less platform launches less chance company will drop support within same year. Intel needs to settle there poop and stick to one yesterday one mainstream . Not barf out everything in same gen.
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I would not go Ryzen from a 2600k. They will trade blows depending on the games you play.

I would wait for coffee lake personally. The situation would be different if you did more than just mostly game, however.
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If you're still capable of playing games at fps you like wait see if Intel cools it's heels on releasing platforms CPUs. If anything and is making Intel go full derp which should tell ya something.
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I would not go Ryzen from a 2600k. They will trade blows depending on the games you play.

I would wait for coffee lake personally. The situation would be different if you did more than just mostly game, however.

I also agree with this. Just wait it out. I'm rocking my old 2600k and an R9 390X I picked up for £120, coming down from a 7700k + 1080ti., unless you are gaming at 4k, I do not struggle running games. Most games run at 4k on my rig at 30fps, with occasional dips with the right settings.

The 2600k is still solid, single core performance beats 1400/1600 (see here) and can even edge close to the 1700. I would NOT advise going to Ryzen if you are purely a gamer.

Yes more games in the future will start to utilise more cores, but to get an entirely new platform, that's Motherboard/RAM/CPU... you'd be tempted to get a new cooler too and possibly build another rig out of your old parts. It'd be a cost that could be best spent elsewhere.

For example, you're running a 780, I'd grab yourself a 1070 for now instead of a new processor.
    
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I'm on the same boat right now with a i7 2600k @ 4.3ghz it's a beast chip and I plan to overclock my next chip %100
I'm in the waiting game like most people.
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