Question Advice on next Upgrades

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Budget: £800 British Pounds

CPU: Intel Core i5 7600K

RAM: 16.0GB Corsair Ram 2666Mhz

Motherboard: MSI Z270 KRAIT GAMING

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070

Cooler: NZXT X62 Kraken

Storage: 250 Samsung 850 EVO SSD,
1TB Seagate HDD

I'm looking to future proof my build for the following years and play games at 1440p 144hz
 

Darkbreeze

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Is your heart particularly set on Intel vs AMD?

What are your thoughts on upgrades? What have you been considering? It helps to know your line of thought before making recommendations out of the blue or just throwing builds at the wall to see what sticks.
 
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Is your heart particularly set on Intel vs AMD?

What are your thoughts on upgrades? What have you been considering? It helps to know your line of thought before making recommendations out of the blue or just throwing builds at the wall to see what sticks.
I plan to stay with Intel | Nvidia since I've always been with them and never had problems.

Since the 2070 Is pretty new and I didn't get it that long ago I'm thinking more towards getting a 9700k and the 970 1TB Samsung Evo M.2 for extra storage In the future. I've been playing games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey are the 4 cores aren't keeping up for a smooth experience with constant stuttering. I'd like to be primarily gaming on 1440p 144hz for 2020 as I've been on 1080p 60hz since I moved to PC and want that next stage In gaming.
 
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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor (£361.98 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z390-F GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£188.99 @ AWD-IT)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£198.96 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £749.93
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-23 06:37 BST+0100
How future proof will the 9700K & RTX 2070 be for 1440p/1080p gaming? Would it be worth spending the extra cash to get a I9 9900K to be safe.
 

Darkbreeze

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So, my opinion on that is likely to be different from some other people's, but IMO the hyperthreads on Intel CPUs are so badly hamstrung now due to the various and cumulative Spectre, Meltdown and other vulnerability patches, that it's almost not worth getting a model with hyperthreads anymore. And that's without factoring in the addition of the Windows patches for those models that have hyperthreading.

I realize that for JUST gaming, the performance hit isn't "horrendous", but it's not good either. So really it's a judgement call. Performance won't be WORSE than with a straight up 8 core no hyperthreading model, but I'm not sure the gains are enough to justify the additional expense. Obviously, there is no such thing as future proof, because what works ok today, doesn't tomorrow. And by tomorrow, I mean next year or the one after that.

If you honestly want to stick to Intel, and you want to invest in a platform that takes you as far as possible, then unless you're willing to probably wait until the end of 2020 for 10nm Icelake desktop parts, the 9900k is the best it's going to get on the Intel side of things for a while.
 

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