Originally Posted by identitycrisis
I am planning to upgrade from my X58 System, but I am having a hard time deciding on the CPU... I don't intend to go for any extreme overclocks, but it will have something modest at some point. I'm also not sure i'm interested in dealing with deliding, which is why I keep leaning towards the 9700k over the 8700k, but the cheapo in me keeps saying the 8700k is close enough for a good savings.
Primary use is gaming at 1080p 144hz, occasional use is trans-coding rips for plex on my NAS. Either i7 is likely overkill for my use but I don't want to have to go through this again for a while.
I'll be buying the CPU and Motherboard at Microcenter, so I will be able to get the 8700k for around $300 and the 9700k for $370, plus tax. Likely the end of this week.
i7 9700k or 8700k
Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro or Ultra
16gb G. Skill Trident 3200mhz CL16 - Purchased off of OCN already, i'll run this until prices come down or I find something worth buying.
GPU eVGA GTX 1080 - Already own
eVGA Supernova 850w G+ - purchased from evga w/ 12 year warranty
Corsair 500D (or my Alienware Predator 2 Case I am cutting up to add more fans and air intake.)
CPU Cooler - Right now I have an Enermax Liqtech II 240mm, likely going to get something else, need recommendations
SSD/HDD - Have this covered
Case fans - Arctic F120/140mm.
I really just can't decide on the CPU or cooler mostly. I will likely use the Enermax until I figure out what I want to do for a permanent cooling solution.
I want the system to be fairly quiet at idle, do the Arctic F120/140 fans perform quietly? I've seen them recommended around here.
My other option is a 2nd hand 6700k and motherboard - seems a let down from my 6c/12t xeon. I know it will be faster doing most things but it still feels like a step down. I might be able to still get it if it hasn't sold.
Thanks in advance! Happy Holidays!
Wait for 7nm CPUs and GPUs. Don't buy this outdated problematic stuff from Intel :/
I don't have a problem with Arctic or Gelid fans, plus they come with long warranty so who cares if they fail early, exchange them under warranty (none failed for me yet and the warranty is 6 years for Arctic). Are Noctuas and other overpriced fans magically quieter? Nope. Do they perform better and last longer? Not really. Plus you can find the very same fan shapes from other brands than Noctua, Noctua didn't make those shapes either, they all just copycat one another and often good proven original designs may actually be from old industrial use Nidecs.
You will definitely want 8C/16T or higher no matter what brand you choose. From Intel this is still outrageously priced and barely available.
Don't get stuck to one brand, choose the best value instead of barely any better performance at double the cost.
Intel needs to wake up, big time. Fix their endless security holes and move on from Core and 14nm to new architecture and 10nm that they are delaying indefinitely.