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post #1 of 126 (permalink) Old 03-19-2019, 12:29 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm getting a new CPU, motherboard, and memory over the next several months! I need lots of help choosing parts though. Let's start with the CPU!

Hi, everyone.

I'm back and I'm also finally upgrading! I started the upgrade process with Windows 10, a GTX 1070 Ti, and a new PSU (I wanted an RTX 2070 but I just can't afford one - besides, my previous GPU was a GTX 780). Now I'm ready to get a new CPU, motherboard, and memory. Unfortunately, I have no knowledge about what to get and what to avoid. I need your help in getting me up to speed. I am behind by about 8 years.

I have a limited income, so I have to buy one part per month. I'm going to start by buying the CPU as early as sometime next month. The goal is to completely get away from my GPU bottleneck.

I'm only interested in an i7. Using PCPartPicker, it looks like the i7s in my budget are the 6700K, 7700K, 8700K, and 9700K. The 9700K is at the extreme limit of my budget. Would it be worth it? I think any of these would be an absolutely HUGE upgrade for me, but with as infrequent as my upgrades are, I think the smartest purchase would be the 9700K - provided there are no reasons to avoid it.

Is there any reason to avoid any of these CPUs? I need your help to be brought up to speed here so that I don't make a purchase I might later regret.

Thank you!


Edit:

I'm just looking at so-called "future-proofing" for another 5+ years like I did with the 2500K. Again, I'm also looking at completely getting away from the GPU bottleneck. Amusingly, here's all I do every day:

  • The most demanding and modern games I have at the moment are Crysis 1, 2, 3, Mirror's Edge Catalyst, Overload (check it out!), and who knows what else I may buy in the coming years, if anything. I do feel that my current system is preventing me from feeling comfortable buying any new games though.
  • Internet and e-mail, of course
  • Watch YouTube
  • Watch DVDs
  • Listen to my music, either on CD or with my AIFF and AAC rips

I think that about covers it actually.

One reason I can think of for wanting to stay with Intel is, I think I would have less to learn because I've never known anything about AMD's CPUs. So, I just feel much more comfortable staying with Intel.

Edit 2: I'm open to AMD as well because I learned during the course of this thread so far that they are coming out with Ryzen 5 3000 series CPUs this year and the Ryzen 5 3600X looks to be


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post #2 of 126 (permalink) Old 03-19-2019, 12:34 PM
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New only? Willing to buy used?

If you're only interested in new, I would definitely not buy a 6700/7700K. 9700K is a fine choice, just pick a good board with it and don't go for the cheapest motherboard since an 8 core requires a decent VRM to OC reliably.

Frankly though I'd wait a few months and see what the Ryzen 3000 series brings to the table unless you need a better PC now.

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New only? Willing to buy used?

If you're only interested in new, I would definitely not buy a 6700/7700K. 9700K is a fine choice, just pick a good board with it and don't go for the cheapest motherboard since an 8 core requires a decent VRM to OC reliably.

Frankly though I'd wait a few months and see what the Ryzen 3000 series brings to the table unless you need a better PC now.
Thank you, The Pook! I'd like to avoid used CPUs if possible.

Fortunately, the only reason I want to upgrade is to get away from my CPU bottleneck. My system is otherwise still working beautifully.


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I'd go 8700k as it has more threads then the 9700k. The 9700k shouldn't even be an I7.

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whoa was wondering where you been earlier today 2cables!

Post edit though AMD is coming out with some nice CPU's possibly a 16 core 32 thread pig hopefully. Also keep in mind though that the Intel 9700 i think only has 16 lanes, the rest is all shared with the PCH...ick but if that don't bug you it should server you well for many a year.

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I'd go 8700k as it has more threads then the 9700k. The 9700k shouldn't even be an I7.
Does that mean the 8700K offers better performance?


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Why do you specifically want an i7? Is it the amount of cores/threads? Its pure performance?

I ask, because since you're budget limited, it might be a much better idea to go with an AM4 platform instead, and upgrade your CPU again later. You can get a R5 2600 (6c/12T) for under $175. That's a hard value to beat.
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Why do you specifically want an i7? Is it the amount of cores/threads? Its pure performance?

I ask, because since you're budget limited, it might be a much better idea to go with an AM4 platform instead, and upgrade your CPU again later. You can get a R5 2600 (6c/12T) for under $175. That's a hard value to beat.
I'd rather not upgrade again later. When I'm done with this purchase, I plan to be done for a few years at least - just like with my i5-2500K and P8P67 EVO and memory.


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I'd rather not upgrade again later. When I'm done with this purchase, I plan to be done for a few years at least - just like with my i5-2500K and P8P67 EVO and memory.
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This can give you an idea...

https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/
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