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Is the 9900k still a good buy going into 2021?

Hi all. Im building my first PC in 9 years. This is a mid-high end pure gaming rig that I want to last for at least 3-4 years. I am going with a RTX 3080 (or big navi) and need help choosing a processor. My budget is $300 and up to this point my plan was to get a 10600k OC'd or the new AMD 5600x. I primarily want to play COD Warzone at high frame rates @ 1440p.

 

Micro Center just put the 9900k on sale for $299 and until now getting a top of the line CPU was a dream (even if it is a generation old). My question is, would a 9900k overclocked be a good buy @ $300 going into 2021? I picked up the 9900k and an Aorus z390 PRO Wifi for $470 total which would have cost $650 a week ago. I have 15 days to return it.

 

Thanks for the input!

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its an it ok  deal good for gaming i just suggest waiting for a 5800x 

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I would not pay $299 for a 9900k now when new Ryzen is not even 2 weeks away from release. I don't think thats a good choice at all right now.

 

I mean, it will work, it will give you great performance but its on an outdated platform with no upgrade path at all, no PCIe4, etc...

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2 minutes ago, WereCat said:

I would't not pay $299 for a 9900k now when new Ryzen is not even 2 weeks away from release. I don't think thats a good choice at all right now.

 

I mean, it will work, it will give you great performance but its on an outdated platform with no upgrade path at all, no PCIe4, etc...

Isn't the 5800X on an outdated platform with no upgrade path tho?   This is the last chip for the AM4 socket, as far as I know.

 

9900k will still deliver comparative excellent gaming.  Not saying to buy it, but don't discount its raw performance.

 

From what I can tell, the 10600K is Intel's best bang/buck gaming chip.  Wait for the 5xxx AMD chips to see how how they all compare, then buy. 

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The reason for the sale is that they won't sell any more of these when the 5600X and higher are released. So i wouldn't go for a 9900K now.

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1 minute ago, Dedayog said:

Isn't the 5800X on an outdated platform with no upgrade path tho?   This is the last chip for the AM4 socket, as far as I know.

We don't know for sure. Chances are, yes. But at least you got all of the modern features on AM4 (B550/X570) that are not present on Z390 platform.

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For the price it's a decent deal. After all Intel has not improved their desktop CPU's architecture in any significant way since 6th gen, meaning 10th is barely better than the 9th. However you would need to spend more on cooling due to the sheer heat output and power draw, so it doesnt save you as much as the CPU + board alone would suggest

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Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

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