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I am currently running a 2500k with 16gb ram and a gtx 1050. I have been running it since not long after Sandy launch. The only thing thats been upgraded over the years is the graphics card. My young son has been using the computer that the Sandy build replaced. So what I was thinking is it was time to pass him the Sandy build and build a new one for me biggrin.gif

The only parts that will be replaced is the cpu, ram, mobo, and gpu. I'm keeping my case and 750w SeaSonic psu. So what will this computer be used for?

World of Warcraft is the only game I play. That's why Sandy has been around so long. It still plays WoW fine for me on "7" settings @ 1080p which I am happy with. Call this an opportunity upgrade thumb.gif

Aside from WoW, the computer is basically an everyday PC. So would it be better to hit the used market? or put together a Coffee Lake build? or maybe the slightly older Kaby Lake?

RAM: I figure 8gb of ddr4 should suffice for my needs.
GPU: I was thinking of the 660 3GB. or should I go for a 1050ti?

The budget is kinda up in the air. I just ask you take into account what the computer will be used for and we will go from there. I don't need the top of the line i7 for this. I look forward to any and all suggestions. I appreciate your time.
Edited by kegger - 11/18/17 at 7:45pm
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I know this is the intel section, but have you considered Ryzen? Much better value when it comes to core count, a 6 Core 12 Thread $160 Ryzen 1600 is pretty hard to beat for the value compared to intel's current offerings.
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I know this is the intel section, but have you considered Ryzen? Much better value when it comes to core count, a 6 Core 12 Thread $160 Ryzen 1600 is pretty hard to beat for the value compared to intel's current offerings.

I was reading some on that and read there could be performance hits in World of Warcraft vs the comparable Intel. But yes if I could get comparable WoW performance, I'd be interested.
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Ryzen systems don't do as well as Intel CPUs on MMOs that are largely singlethreaded.

However, if you can wait then Ryzen refresh should be more competitive with Intel Kaby Lake / Coffee Lake with respect to singlethreaded performance.

Also, it may not matter if your minimum FPS is above the FPS of your monitor.

edit: see

http://www.pcgameshardware.de/World-of-Warcraft-Legion-Spiel-55966/Specials/Legion-Test-Benchmarks-1204205/
after 4 cores there's not much difference
Edited by AlphaC - 11/18/17 at 8:14pm
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Ryzen is waaaay more than adequate in WoW unless you're trying to push 240hz.
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No idea why you still want to play that game. Non noobs that Oced and everything new they didn't need anything really for like forever with bloomfield/sandy. But yeah reallll upgrade still looked like and definitely is and was z170/270. If you think you need coffee Lake...I don\t know....telling ya it issss monster man.
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No idea why you still want to play that game.


I enjoy the game and still have a lot of RL friends that play it. I've played it off and on since it launched.

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Non noobs that Oced and everything new they didn't need anything really for like forever with bloomfield/sandy.


I agree. I wouldn't be upgrading at all if not for the opportunity that came up by selling my son's old rig.

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But yeah reallll upgrade still looked like and definitely is and was z170/270. If you think you need coffee Lake...I don\t know....telling ya it issss monster man.


That's why I was asking about Kaby Lake. I don't know if I need Coffee Lake or not. That's why I'm asking for suggestions. Thanks. thumb.gif
Edited by kegger - 11/18/17 at 8:38pm
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Ryzen systems don't do as well as Intel CPUs on MMOs that are largely singlethreaded.

However, if you can wait then Ryzen refresh should be more competitive with Intel Kaby Lake / Coffee Lake with respect to singlethreaded performance.

Also, it may not matter if your minimum FPS is above the FPS of your monitor.


That's what I was reading. The single thread performance stuff between AMD and Intel.
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Ryzen is waaaay more than adequate in WoW unless you're trying to push 240hz.

I'm running a 27inch monitor @ 1080p with I believe a 60hz refresh rate.
post #10 of 20
i went from sandy to kaby recently. the kaby i5 has massive overclocking headroom. i was at stable 5ghz in 10 minutes and 5 setting changes.

besides that. the thing with kaby/coffee lake is the fact that intel cheaped out on the tim between die and ihs. so delidding is best option if you like cooler temperature.

so throw an extra 80 ish dollars ontop of it. for a delid tool. some liquid ultra tim, and some gasket maker to relid. unless you like your warranty smile.gif
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