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Is the 4790k still worth upgrading to?

Discussion in 'Intel x86 CPUs and chipsets' started by zdream, Aug 3, 2017.

  1. zdream

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    My friend has a 2500k and is looking to upgrade, he has the option of upgrading to a 4790k or spend the extra 100 and go for a 6700, would it be worth waiting or just save a bit of extra cash and go the 4790k and OC it? keeping in mind spending the extra money would rather be avoided if possible.
     
  2. Skramit

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    For a gaming rig? No. Don't forget he would need a new motherboard as well.

    Keep the 2500k. Still perfectly ample for gaming.
     
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    what's the best course of action then? he has around $500 to play with.

    i5 2500k OC'd slightly (not sure what amount)
    gtx 760
    16gb DDR3
     
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    What res is he gaming at?

    Become more GPU bound above 1080p and so a GPU upgrade is more relevant.

    I take it you're obviously looking at used market with a $500 budget. New MB needed if go to 4790k, and new Ram & mobo if going 6700/7700k.

    Running a 4790k @ 4.7ghz myself and it is a great chip but 2500k's can clock pretty high and are still plenty powerful.
     
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    1080p 144hz

    Would a 2500k bottleneck a GTX 1070 at all?
     
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    I wouldn't think so. See what the OC is on the 2500k maybe and just bump it a bit if possible.

    Another option could be to grab a cheap 2600k or 3770k if one pops up on here but not really necessary just for gaming.
     
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    Nope. It's plenty of CPU.
     
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    so your suggestion would be just spend the 500 on a GTX 1070 and he'll be golden?
     
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    That's what I'd do.
     
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    thanks a lot guys :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    Another vote for that and maybe bring the OC up to 4400ish if it will easily.

    I've just finished running through a range of Ivy, Sandy and Haswell i5's with RAM from 1333 to 2400 using GPUs from a 960 to 1080 on PCIe 2.0 and 3.0 with a client (DSW not IT), and even with the 2500 there's not enough of a bottleneck on most games to try and upgrade for that budget.

    The GPU upgrade will make a phenomenal difference though!
     
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    I'd been in the same school of though based on past experience, but I think they've generally got their stuff together now but I still have personal preference to Nvidia.

    I'm pretty sure that reviews will be out on Vega in the next week or so, as for availability of aftermarket cards if you don't want the stock cooler you might be waiting a while. Pricing on Vega 56 which is what they're talking about in that link is likely around $500AUD. source here http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/radeon-rx-vega-56-reportedly-beating-gtx-1070-by-20.html
     

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