Question deciding on between 3700x vs 8700k

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so I was almost sure to go with the 3700x until I saw Micro center has deals on 8700k for 299 and with bundles I can walk away with a 8700k and a gigabyte z390 gaming x for about 415....so now I can't really decide which I want since the overclocking headroom on the ryzen is not much. Currrently I have a 4930k system dedicated mainly for work and some gaming which I plan to use it only for work once after this upgrade. Anyone can give me some advice? I will plan to build gaming only system with my rtx 2080 and predator 1440p monitor (i already own). Games like Division 2, far cry, battlefield, tomb raider, the upcoming COD, Ghost Recon Breakpoint.....Thanks
 
If this is for purely gaming, the Intel chips still hold fort mostly...
https://venturebeat.com/2019/07/10/ryzen-9-3900x-7-3700x-review/
The 3700x is pretty close mind you and may outlast the 8700k by miles, but by the time you are at the end of the life cycle of this build, you will need better hardware anyway.
Neither processor will disappoint you though as the differences are beyond fps ranges noticeable to the naked eye.
 
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If this is for purely gaming, the Intel chips still hold fort mostly...
https://venturebeat.com/2019/07/10/ryzen-9-3900x-7-3700x-review/
The 3700x is pretty close mind you and may outlast the 8700k by miles, but by the time you are at the end of the life cycle of this build, you will need better hardware anyway.
Neither processor will disappoint you though as the differences are beyond fps ranges noticeable to the naked eye.
thanks, ordered the following. BTW any official guide on PBO overclocking the 3700x or is it pretty same like 2700x (found some old videos)? Thanks!

Case 69.99
Ram 3200 CL 16 79
Nvme PCI M2 512 GB 49.99
CPU 329
B450 99.99
Total 627.97
 
AMD's PBO is pretty much extracting everything it can from the 3000-series, and, often the voltage (above 1.4V) required to get even 50-75 more MHz produces uncomfortable thermal levels...quickly

(De8auer did a pretty detailed video testing several samples on several mainboards, and all showed quite similar behavior)

It's almost safe to consider these already pre-overclocked...
 
thanks, ordered the following. BTW any official guide on PBO overclocking the 3700x or is it pretty same like 2700x (found some old videos)? Thanks!

Case 69.99
Ram 3200 CL 16 79
Nvme PCI M2 512 GB 49.99
CPU 329
B450 99.99
Total 627.97
As an early adopter, you have to deal with some of the inconsistencies of the platform until they are refined via updates. One of the flaw is enhanced thermals and power draw, even when running stock. Hopefully these will be addressed in future microcode updates.
There is not much benefit of OCing the 3700x as per AMD... https://www.pcgamesn.com/amd/ryzen-3000-overclocking-potential
 
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