Core 2 Quad Q9550 to i7 2600k?

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Hello, I've have been looking for an upgrade for my Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.83 GHz for about 2 years now. I was going to go i5 6600k + Z170 + DDR4 but I thought of something else. I was looking on ebay and found an i7 2600k for ~$240 CAD and a LGA 1155 motherboard, ASUS P8P67 DELUXE which is ~$150 CAD. Bringing the cost total of $400 instead of the ~$600 CAD for i5 6600k upgrade. Do you guys think i7 2600k and the motherboard is good buy? This is my current system:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 @ 2.83 GHz
Motherboard: Intel DX38BT (LGA 775)
GPU: Nvidia GTX 760 2 GB
Memory: 8 GB DDR3 (4 * 2 GB) 1.3 GHz
HDD: 1 TB Seagate + 500 GB Seagate
PSU: EVGA 600W Bronze 80 Plus
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

I'm going to be using this build for AAA gaming, 3D Modeling/rendering and just looking for faster install/extract times. Thanks

P.S. I'm thinking for this build to last 2-3 years...I might change the GPU this/next year.
 

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The performance may be close (benchmarking only) but overall performance the Skylake system will be better (faster bus speeds, better memory etc). And in 3 years if you think its too slow you can get an i7-6700 or whatever else comes out and put it in and boom go faster. Instead of having a dead platform with no upgrade path, that as I said you'll need to replace motherboard/cpu/memory. Its a no brainer....
 

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If you are ok with your $400 investment only lasting a couple years sure, but the newer equipment is far superior and will be upgrade-able should you decide to go faster in a couple years. Otherwise in a couple years no matter what you're getting a new motherboard/processor/memory.

Value wise, its a waste.
 
Why not just spend the extra money and go with a platform that can last you 4-5 years?

I guess I just don't see the point upgrading from one dead platform to another dead platform.

At least with the Skylake build you'll be able to upgrade very easily in the future. With the Sandy Bridge build you'll be stuck in 2-3 years time when you want to upgrade.
 
Those price aren't exactly deal breaking, they're still up there on expense. If you go with a cheap $130 Z170 motherboard and a I5 6600K, that will be far better than any sandy bridge system, and it should be a bit cheaper too. DDR4 is only $50 or less for 8GB.
 


For fully threaded apps, I believe the 6600K still pulls out. Plus with overclocking the i5 6600k will be much faster aswell.
 

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The performance may be close (benchmarking only) but overall performance the Skylake system will be better (faster bus speeds, better memory etc). And in 3 years if you think its too slow you can get an i7-6700 or whatever else comes out and put it in and boom go faster. Instead of having a dead platform with no upgrade path, that as I said you'll need to replace motherboard/cpu/memory. Its a no brainer....
 

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Oh...Here I was thinking it was going to be a great move. Would this build be great then?

CPU: Intel Core i5 6600k
Motherboard: GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-H170-Gaming 3
Memory: 8 GB DDR4 2.4 GHz
Total Cost: $615 CAD (Incl. Shipping & TAX)

EDIT:
Is there a difference between Z170 & H170? I would like to OC.
 

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If you want to overclock you need a Z170 board.

Try this one, should be around the same price:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157681&cm_re=asrock_z170-_-13-157-681-_-Product

 

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Okay, how about this?

CPU: Intel Core i5 6600k
Motherboard: GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 3
Memory: 8 GB DDR4 2.4 GHz
Total Cost: $666 CAD (Incl. Shipping & TAX)
 

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You can overclock the processor to be faster, the memory is faster, the system bus is faster, and you can upgrade it. So its faster and upgrade-able, what else do you need?

Its better in every way.
 

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Thanks for the answers. I'll be going with the i5 6th gen build. The actual reason I wanted to go i7 2nd gen is because I wanted to get a GTX 780 Ti from ebay as well for $350-400 CAD, so I figured I can at least have an i7 with a GTX 780 Ti. Also, I would've sold my GTX 760 and my old Q9550/DX38BT to anyone who wants it just to keep the cost low and get the i7 2600k + GTX 780 Ti.
 


I hope your not planning on buy the 780 ti right now, for today and the future, it's going to be a terrible card. Having only a 3GB frame buffer is a HUGE bottleneck for that video card, so much so that a gtx 780 6GB is the most powerful card from Kepler now.
 

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Oh, I was wondering that too. 3 GB for a card....looks like i5 6600k for sure. I'm pretty sure LGA-1151 will support Kaby Lake and Cannon Lake, right?

 

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