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i7-4790K longevity?

I have an i7-4790K on a Z97-A mobo with 16 Gb 1866 MHz CL9 DDR3. I was recently thinking about building a new system, but my CPU+mobo still appear quite "adequate" compared to the newest hardware. Games and youtubes are pretty much my only uses. I'm curious what people's general feeling is of when the i7-4790K (or perhaps the DDR3) is going to be "out of date" enough to be worth dropping $500-$600 for a CPU+mobo+memory upgrade? (as opposed to putting most of that $ into GPU, etc)



I have my eye on upgrade paths but I get the feeling that it's still going to be adequate a year from now....and maybe longer? It's pretty easy to tell when the GPU is struggling to deliver the graphics and how much money to throw at that upgrade, but it's less obvious to me how to tell when the CPU+mobo+memory might start to be "behind the times".

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I'm still running a 2500k w/gtx980 at 1080p. As long as it does what I want it to, I'm sticking with it. If you were an upgrade addict you'd of already dropped that 4790. Are you getting acceptable fps at your resolution?

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I have the 4770K and I'm doing just fine. I game and surf at the same time with no issues.

If you can still play your favorite games then you're all right for now. At least that's my thinking.

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I ran the i7-4790K with a 1070 Ti and it was quite good for all the modern first person shooter games I play. I say keep the CPU+Mobo+Ram and upgrade the video card if you find it's not producing the frame rates you want.

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There has been very little improvement on CPU speed past Haswell. BW was worse for the most part and very rare, 6-9 series "Lakes" are all the same pretty much, just glue on more cores to compete with AMD.
Ryzen 1000 is about on par to Haswell in games. 2000 probably better. 3000, well that's the top of the food chain right now.

Sure a 3700X let alone 3900X is a nice upgrade, if you need it. You can find CPU comparisons for different uses in tests/reviews.

I have no problem with 4690K OC for any use so far. You would really need to drop a lot of hard cash to get serious MT performance, 3900X+.
Games, sure some like more cores nowadays while other still struggle with ST performance. Newer CPUs can be faster yes but it's not a gigantic leap depending on your GPU and the fps you're getting. More fps, more GPU and CPU is needed.
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You would be fine with a overclock on the i7-4790K and a recent midrange graphics card. How much would you spend on a graphics card?

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Quote: Originally Posted by essanbee View Post
Are you getting acceptable fps at your resolution?

I don't play super fast paced "shooter" games. It was a somewhat buggy early access game that got me thinking about upgrading, because I want to enjoy the eye candy on "ultra" settings 1440p, but I'm assuming the issues I'm having with that game are either the GPU or early access bugs. I don't get the impression that I'm having performance hit from CPU/mobo.

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Quote: Originally Posted by wingman99 View Post
You would be fine with a overclock on the i7-4790K and a recent midrange graphics card. How much would you spend on a graphics card?

I was going to see what came up over the next few months. The longer I can stick with this CPU/mobo/ram, the more I'll potentially spend on GPU if the GPU market seems right.

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Quote: Originally Posted by bkrownd View Post
I was going to see what came up over the next few months. The longer I can stick with this CPU/mobo/ram, the more I'll potentially spend on GPU if the GPU market seems right.
Running 1440p you could easily use RX 5700 XT for $400. Benchmarks link: https://www.techpowerup.com/review/a...oc-plus/7.html

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and 5700 is going for under $300 on newegg at the moment.

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