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Hello. I have been going back and forth over this and I am pulling my hair out...all in the sake of saving cash.

I have an i3 6100 right now.

Anyhow, I have everything I need right now to upgrade to an i7 7700K (minus the actual CPU and cooler). Now, I can upgrade to an i7 8700K (or possibly an 8600K?), but I would have to buy a new mobo, which would have to be a mini ITX to fit the case I am using now. I would really look into getting a new case if I went the 8700K route.

I would be saving some money by going the 7700K way, but is the 8700K enough of an upgrade to warrant that purchase, and possibly the purchase of a new case. I will be using it mostly for school, which is a lot of 4D Cinema, After Effects, Photoshop, Dreamweaver...etc. Some 1080p gaming, too (looking at Assassin's Creed Origins, in particular).

Thank you in advance for all of your help and responses!
 

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You really need to add up all the costs for each setup and see if the price difference it worth the upgrade. In my opinion, I'd try to get the 8700k if I could since it sounds like your workloads could use the extra cores.
 

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After Effects benefit having more cores. 8700k will provide faster performance over the 7700k. As for 4d Cinema, it relies on higher cpu frequency than multi-cores. Currently 4 cores are the cap for those programs. The majority of the design tasks are more single-core dependant. Photoshop likes dual-core & 4-cores but really likes a high frequency cpu. Not to familiar with Dreamweaver so I can't really speak on that but I'm quite sure you will good performance with a 7700k.

If I was in your shoes, I would save some money, upgrade to either a 7600k or 7700k & OC the cpu. I would only upgrade to a 8700k when I see at least 70% of my programs can benefit from having it. That's my
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If you have a Z170/270 motherboard, the Kaby Lake processor makes more financial sense. If your motherboard doesn't support overclocking, the move to Coffee Lake warrants more consideration. I would probably get the i7-7700K since it involves changing the fewest components. I guess that point is moot if you have to remove your motherboard to install the CPU and cooler. Go with the i7-7700K today and wait to see what Z390 brings with it. There's talk of Intel bringing more cores to mainstream.
 
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