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.
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.
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