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1700X or 8700K

I'm planning on upgrading my current 4790k system. I intend to use it as a workstation, and for gaming.

At this point cant decide between the Ryzen 1700X or the i7-8700k.  I also considered the Threadripper 1900X, but don't think the extra cost is justified for my uses (Other then showing off!).

 

Any suggestions?

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If you're looking at 50 to 60%+ gaming, 8700K. Otherwise the 1700 might be worth it for more workstation oriented tasks, depending on the workload and if it can use the extra cores.

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What kind of workstation workloads you plan on doing? Do you really feel the i7 4790k is not being enough? it still is a very high end CPU, single thread performance wise it might even take the lead on the R7 1700x still therefore if you won't be using software that benefits greatly from multi-threading like mostly gaming that could end up being a side-grade (if not a downgrade).

 

Depending on what you do might be worthier hold up to the 4790k longer to the mid to end of 2018 when Intel finally rolls out 10nm Ice Lake processors.

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8700K beats the 1700X in nearly everything. Unless your budget is strict, I'd take the 8700K. 

 

Then again, I agree with @Princess Cadence. Your 4790K is still a much better choice for gaming and CAD and, unless you're strictly rendering, this makes the Ryzen upgrade nearly even with the 4790K. 

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To be honest with you. for gaming, it really doesn't get all that much better than an overclocked 4790k (mines at 4.6Ghz for example.) For workstation type stuff, either the 1700 or the 8700k will serve you VERY well but if you would like to see at least better fps in games, get the i7 imo

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