[SOLVED] Best Gaming CPU for 1080 ti

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I've been struggling between which one to go on a new build. Its going to be purely for Gaming, I want to avoid hitting less than 60fps on the minimum fps, only to be played at 60fps at 1440p (since 4k at 60fps is not posible with my gpu).

On one had I want to have the most power efficient CPU that generate less heat/runs cooler

My options due to my budget are the next:

Ryzen 5 2600
Ballistix Sport LT 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR4 3200 MT/s (PC4-25600) CL16 SR x8 DIMM 288-Pin Memory - BLS2K8G4D32AESBK
Gigabyte B450 I AORUS Pro WiFi

i5 8400
Ballistix Sport LT 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR4 3200 MT/s (PC4-25600) CL16 SR x8 DIMM 288-Pin Memory - BLS2K8G4D32AESBK
GIGABYTE B360N WIFI

I was also thinking on going all guns for an i7 8700 or ryzen 7 2700x, but I think those would be overkill just for gaming.
 

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Both CPUs are mid-range and are going to perform well for average gaming.
However, pairing a 1080ti with one of them could cause slight bottlenecks in some CPU intensive games.
You could get a 2600 and overclock it, but just to be safe and have a little bit of headroom, I would recommend getting the i7 8700 or a 9th gen CPU if they fit in your budget(avoid the 2700x, it is not meant for gaming!)
 

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Both CPUs are mid-range and are going to perform well for average gaming.
However, pairing a 1080ti with one of them could cause slight bottlenecks in some CPU intensive games.
You could get a 2600 and overclock it, but just to be safe and have a little bit of headroom, I would recommend getting the i7 8700 or a 9th gen CPU if they fit in your budget(avoid the 2700x, it is not meant for gaming!)
Thanks, the i7 8700 that would be if I can get some extra money, but the ideal/real scenario will be the i5 8400/9400 or the ryzen 5 2600, I feel both CPU's as on par for gaming, 5-10% diff which doesnt matter to me, just want to have some 60fps stable (min fps too), does the 6 extra threads play better on the future for ryzen ?
 
I've been struggling between which one to go on a new build. Its going to be purely for Gaming, I want to avoid hitting less than 60fps on the minimum fps, only to be played at 60fps at 1440p (since 4k at 60fps is not posible with my gpu).

On one had I want to have the most power efficient CPU that generate less heat/runs cooler

My options due to my budget are the next:

Ryzen 5 2600
Ballistix Sport LT 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR4 3200 MT/s (PC4-25600) CL16 SR x8 DIMM 288-Pin Memory - BLS2K8G4D32AESBK
Gigabyte B450 I AORUS Pro WiFi

i5 8400
Ballistix Sport LT 16GB Kit (8GBx2) DDR4 3200 MT/s (PC4-25600) CL16 SR x8 DIMM 288-Pin Memory - BLS2K8G4D32AESBK
GIGABYTE B360N WIFI

I was also thinking on going all guns for an i7 8700 or ryzen 7 2700x, but I think those would be overkill just for gaming.
The best chip that will run the coolest and is the most efficient you say? The answer is the i9 9900T at 35w TDP.
 

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The best chip that will run the coolest and is the most efficient you say? The answer is the i9 9900T at 35w TDP.
I agree that would be pretty sweet, but thats not even on the 2 choices on the list, even if it was it, in my country it cost twice the budget of a new build, over $600-800 just for the cpu.
 
AMD 2600 - more cores/threads which means more future proofed
If you are gaming at 1440 then the performance between intel and amd is 1%
Also, when you decide to upgrade your computer to an even better one, you can remove the CPU and put a new one in. If you go Intel, you remove the CPU and the motherboard.

Check performances in games at 1440 from intel/amd - basically the same

https://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/amd_ryzen_5_2600_review,20.html
 
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I chose a Ryzen 5 2600 and a GTX 1660 Ti vs an i7-8700 last November when I upgraded my rig.
I saved around $400 by going with the Ryzen.
I am only a casual gamer but I am very happy with the performance at 1080p/60 Hz. I get from 85 to 120 fps in current games.


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My OC'd 2600 benchmarks as well as or better than a stock 2600x, which is what I was shooting for.
Also if I want to upgrade I can just throw a 2700 or 3000 in this rig in the future.

PSS
Using the Ryzen Balanced Power Plan my CPU down clocks to 1.55 GHz at idle and consumes very little power.
 
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Mazatan

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I chose a Ryzen 5 2600 and a GTX 1660 Ti vs an i7-8700 last November when I upgraded my rig.
I saved around $400 by going with the Ryzen.
I am only a casual gamer but I am very happy with the performance at 1080p/60 Hz. I get from 85 to 120 fps in current games.



PS
My OC'd 2600 benchmarks as well as or better than a stock 2600x, which is what I was shhoting for.
Also if I want to upgrade I can just throw a 2700 or 3000 in this rig in the future.

PSS
Using the Ryzen Balanced Power Plan my CPU dowclocks to 1.55 GHz at idle and consumes very little power.
Good point ... Im leaning more towards the ryzen now ....
 

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