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Want to upgrade this year, should it be to 9th gen CPU or GPU?

So I want to make an upgrade this holiday season, either to a 9th gen 9700K or the RTX 2070, but want the upgrade to make the most sense financially and performance wise. 

 

So far reviews for RTX 2070 are lukewarm, saying it’s more of a sidegrade from 1070. Now wanted to know if a CPU upgrade coming from 6700K is more worth the money? This would also include a new mobo which I could use coming from a Z-170.  Wanted to get honest opinions on what everyone thinks. 

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11 minutes ago, GoldenLag said:

CPU is not worth upgrading at all. 14nm shortage and intel are pushing pricer higher

As are nVidia, so there is no easy answer here.

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i'd recommend a rtx 2070 rather than a new cpu! have you overclocked you 6700k? maybe a i7 7740x you wont need a new motherboard.

what power supply do you have & what resolution do you play at?

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Just now, Alex Atkin UK said:

As are nVidia, so there is no easy answer here.

Except there is literally nothing to gain by upgrading Intel......

 

Nvidia is doing raytracing and not performance. If you are not interested in raytracing, then pascal is the way to go

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But let’s be as objective as possible here, how much FPS gain can be had by upgrading from a 6700K to let’s say 9700K 

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21 minutes ago, ThatKrazyPolak said:

So I want to make an upgrade this holiday season, either to a 9th gen 9700K or the RTX 2070, but want the upgrade to make the most sense financially and performance wise. 

 

So far reviews for RTX 2070 are lukewarm, saying it’s more of a sidegrade from 1070. Now wanted to know if a CPU upgrade coming from 6700K is more worth the money? This would also include a new mobo which I could use coming from a Z-170.  Wanted to get honest opinions on what everyone thinks. 

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2 minutes ago, Ben Mills said:

i'd recommend a rtx 2070 rather than a new cpu! have you overclocked you 6700k? maybe a i7 7740x you wont need a new motherboard.

what power supply do you have & what resolution do you play at?

7740x is skylake X. Never buy skylake X

 

Its also a different socket So not interchangable

 

Rule of thumb, never recommend skylake X with th exception of peopøe with bottomless pockets of money and have veery specific workloads

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2 minutes ago, ThatKrazyPolak said:

But let’s be as objective as possible here, how much FPS gain can be had by upgrading from a 6700K to let’s say 9700K 

5% depending on the title. 

 

So pretty much nothing.......

4 minutes ago, ThatKrazyPolak said:

1440p, PSU I think is 750W 

What model? Brand?

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I don't think you'll notice that much of a difference upgrading the cpu, especially when considering the cost.

So I recommend a rtx 2070 - what type of games do you paly and what settings do you currently play on ? rtx 2070 will obviously be good enough for gaming for a very long time therefore I suggest buying a new gpu rather than a new cpu 

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34 minutes ago, ThatKrazyPolak said:

But let’s be as objective as possible here, how much FPS gain can be had by upgrading from a 6700K to let’s say 9700K 

Depends on the game.  Assassins Creed Odyssey for example is STILL CPU bound at times on my 8600k at 4.8Ghz, wish I'd gone for the 8700k now.

I think going for a high-end Ryzen might honestly be better right now if going for a complete CPU, motherboard and RAM upgrade.

GPU, I'd go for an RTX 2080 or a GTX 1080 Ti, as I highly suspect Raytracing is going to be limited on the 2070 and why bother going RTX at all if you don't want Raytracing?

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3 hours ago, ThatKrazyPolak said:

But let’s be as objective as possible here, how much FPS gain can be had by upgrading from a 6700K to let’s say 9700K 

At 1440p the difference in fps when upgrading cpu (from 6700k) is too small to notice (just google benchmarks), therefore all that money will be wasted.

 

Just buy a used gtx 1080 - good price, on par with 2070.

 

For CPU, why not buy ryzen 2700x? That CPU is just too good compared to any intel CPU in that price range, and even beyond that price range. (same performance as any i7 at 1440p (maybe 1 or 2 fps difference), and you get 8 cores 16 threads).

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If you haven't already, I would suggest overclocking your processor to 4.5 GHz or higher, as most can achieve 4.5 GHz fairly easily. I run mine at 4.5 GHz 1.255 Volts as a daily overclock, and there isn't any game it cannot handle. Paired with a GTX 1060 at 1080P, this thing is able to run demanding AAA games like Battlefield 1 at 90-110 fps on high-ultra settings. My processor at 4.5 GHz is a bit faster than the current gen locked Coffee Lake i5s and a bit slower than the unlocked 8600K, but generally on par, so it should be more than capable of handling just about any game for at least 2-4 years or more. I wouldn't upgrade that cpu at all, instead I'd be looking at a gpu upgrade, but even then a 1070, ( Assuming that's what you have ), is still more than capable of 1080P gaming and even 1440P gaming. In short, I wouldn't worry about upgrading anything at all, honestly.

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