[SOLVED] CPU upgrade?

ridd21

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Hello, Its been awhile since I have been here so I hope everyone is well, I am considering really hard on upgrading my CPU. I mostly use my PC for two things playing both GPU intensive and CPU intensive games at 4K while on the other monitor watching streams on twitch or listening to youtube videos, which I notice I take a decent FPS hit especially watching streams thus why I am wondering if a upgrade will help. I currently have a I7 6850k and GTX 1080 SLI and was looking at a Ryzen 7 2700x, I7 8700k, i7 9700k and a i9 9900k our would I be better off holding out for the new AMD CPU's? I don't mind spending around $700 if needed for a quality CPU and motherboard if its deemed it would be much help. I'm also planning on swapping the 1080 SLI to either a 1080Ti or a RTX 2080 since fewer and fewer games are supporting SLI. Any and all feedback is appreciated! Thanks again!
 
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The i7 9700k or i9 9900k would be a good choice. Ryzen 3000 is rumored to release July 7th, and some models offer crazy high boost speeds (5.1 GHZ!) so if you get a good cooler, and one of the new ryzens you could overclock it quite nicely and it would work fine at 4K.
 

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For 4k gaming I wouldn't change the CPU at all. You still have a 6 core/12 thread CPU with plenty of horsepower. (especially if you OC it). It's a shame the 2080ti's are so expensive because your 6850k could handle it.

Granted SLI support is hit or miss nowadays but you'll actually be downgrading your setup if you run a single 1080ti or RTX 2080.
 

ridd21

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For 4k gaming I wouldn't change the CPU at all. You still have a 6 core/12 thread CPU with plenty of horsepower. (especially if you OC it). It's a shame the 2080ti's are so expensive because your 6850k could handle it.

Granted SLI support is hit or miss nowadays but you'll actually be downgrading your setup if you run a single 1080ti or RTX 2080.
Yea that $1000+ price tag on a RTX 2080 TI is pretty insane, I use to buy the TI versions of the GPU below the titans to avoid that titan price tag.
 

ridd21

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The i7 9700k or i9 9900k would be a good choice. Ryzen 3000 is rumored to release July 7th, and some models offer crazy high boost speeds (5.1 GHZ!) so if you get a good cooler, and one of the new ryzens you could overclock it quite nicely and it would work fine at 4K.
Yea I have a Corsair H100I for my CPU currently, I hate overclocking alot so high boost speeds stock appeal to me haha
 
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Alrighty. If your 1080 Ti SLI setup is working well as of rn, no guarantees it’ll work with the Ryzen upgrade. You’re ok where you are with your cpu and GPU, but If you want to get a 2080 id recommend getting an intel CPU if you don’t want to upgrade your current ram. How quick is your current ram? If it’s under 3000-3200MHz you’ll probably have to look at new ram with a ryzen upgrade.
 

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