I promised myself I would skip this generation too but I have this itch that won't go away. So now I'm having a battle with myself. So I have an i5 8400 8th gen, and I have a budget of $250 to $400( the more affordable the better of course) for a new processor. What are processors that's worth the upgrade basing on price and performance? I'm mainly gaming and some basic work from home stuff. In general, how many percentage of performance increase do you guys consider worth the upgrade? Thanks.
The best advice you are ever going to get is to only upgrade when what you have can't run the program what you need to run in the way you would like to. And then go all out and buy a whole new computer with the fastest parts you can get. 1 bit a time if you had too.
The only second bit of advice you might get from other people with your current PC is to sell it to get money whilst it is still sellable so you have cash for the new PC.
I might only upgrade your PC depending on the motherboard. Did it have NVMe for faster load times? Was it limited in some other way?
I might swap the cooling system for an quality AiO watercooler so it can be O/C and later on moved to the next PC. Or put in a lastest Gfx card if that were a issue.