Originally Posted by cybman
i have everything on that list besides 9700k but i can return any of it for refund and get something else
I think the 9700K is a waste of money. I really, really, really urge you to consider keeping the 8700K. Ask around if you don't want to only take my word for it (but you would be benefiting from the weeks of daily research I did on this).
Here's why I think you shouldn't buy the 9700K:
- It doesn't have Hyper Threading (yet Intel calls it an i7?!). The 8700K has HT, and yes, some games do benefit from it.
- It will result in having inconsistent frametimes (noticeable frametime spikes, resulting in gameplay that isn't always butter-smooth). In all the tests I have seen, the 8700K gives better frametime consistency. Frametime consistency is what makes games seem smoother.
- For gaming, its performance is usually identical to the 8700K, and sometimes it's inferior due to the lack of Hyper Threading. The 9700K is never better by enough of a margin to even begin to justify the higher price.
- It is much more expensive (I know I'm being redundant here, but this is something I feel is worth stressing)
Also consider what you're upgrading from.
Seriously, with how expensive the 9700K is, this wouldn't be a wise purchase. It doesn't offer anything over the 8700K to justify the much higher price.