Question i7-9700K for gaming vs Ryzen 5?

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I am speccing two separate gaming pc's for my sons.
With tons of help from here I have my younger son's done based in Ryzen 5 3600 & B550 board.

My older son started to spec his with i7-9700K, MSI Z390-A PRO board, & an RTX 2060 video card.
He plays various games like League, Rainbow Six Siege, some Overwatch.
He's not a big streamer & doesn't do any other things to tax a system.
He doesn't want to have to worry about upgrading for a few years.
*Budget is around $1500(preferably under) in Canadian $.
is the above i7 combo good to go or would he be better off with a different motherboard or video card etc.

Probably just gaming at 1080p for now. He has a 144hz monitor.
 

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I do not know if you also need to budget the PSU, Case, Storage, RAM, Monitor, etc. on those $1500, but I would probably skip the 9700K and go with 10th gen intel, like the Core i5 10600 (or the 10600K if your son is going to OC).

If you share with us exactly what you need (if its the full system or just some part) we may be able to give you some part list.
 

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I do not know if you also need to budget the PSU, Case, Storage, RAM, Monitor, etc. on those $1500, but I would probably skip the 9700K and go with 10th gen intel, like the Core i5 10600 (or the 10600K if your son is going to OC).

If you share with us exactly what you need (if its the full system or just some part) we may be able to give you some part list.

PCPartPicker Part List: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/ZPf2RT

CPU: Intel Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($419.59 @ Amazon Canada)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition 57.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($54.50 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: MSI Z390-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($174.50 @ Vuugo)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory (Purchased For $114.99)
Storage: Crucial P2 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($80.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($72.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB KO GAMING Video Card ($446.60 @ Vuugo)
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox Q500L ATX Mid Tower Case ($74.99 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: EVGA BR 600 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($89.50 @ Vuugo)
Total: $1528.41
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-19 12:25 EDT-0400[/QU
 

RodroX

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If you have the RAM already I would go for this:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($264.50 @ shopRBC)
Motherboard: MSI B550M PRO-VDH WIFI Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($144.75 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Kingston A2000 250 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($49.64 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($137.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB XC ULTRA GAMING Video Card ($679.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.50 @ Vuugo)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ PC-Canada)
Total: $1506.12
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-19 13:12 EDT-0400


Better GPU, all solid state drives (sadly half the storage, still 1TB for games), much better PSU and one heck of a Case. Later on you can update the BIOS and swap the CPU to a Ryzen 5000 series

Cheers!
 

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If you have the RAM already I would go for this:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($264.50 @ shopRBC)
Motherboard: MSI B550M PRO-VDH WIFI Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($144.75 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Kingston A2000 250 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($49.64 @ Vuugo)
Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($137.75 @ Vuugo)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB XC ULTRA GAMING Video Card ($679.99 @ Memory Express)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case ($119.50 @ Vuugo)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($109.99 @ PC-Canada)
Total: $1506.12
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-19 13:12 EDT-0400


Better GPU, all solid state drives (sadly half the storage, still 1TB for games), much better PSU and one heck of a Case. Later on you can update the BIOS and swap the CPU to a Ryzen 5000 series

Cheers!
Hey there,
Thanks for the response.
The $1500 included the RAM that I already bought for $115 but I can figure that out.

I’ll stick with the old school 2tb drive since he told me he’s constantly running out of room on his 1tb Drive now.

So it’s not worth staying with Intel then hey? I know a lot of people spec the 3600 now by default.

Thanks again
 
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RodroX

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Hey there,
Thanks for the response.
The $1500 included the RAM that I already bought for $115 but I can figure that out.

I’ll stick with the old school 2tb drive since he told me he’s constantly running out of room on his 1tb Drive now.

So it’s not worth staying with Intel then hey? I know a lot of people spec the 3600 now by default.

Thanks again
Intel is (at least till the reviews of the Ryzen 5000 series arrive) the best gaming CPU for highest FPS at low resolution, but if picking an AMD lets you get a higher tier GPU, I would go that way all the time, but hey thats me.

To keep in mind once you get to the 1440p arena, or even higher 4K the CPU choice wont matter in most scenarios.

We all see those fancy and awesome reviews where you can see intel getting 3~7% more FPS than AMD in some games at 1440p, but you have to keep in mind that the reviewer is using a very clean installation of Windows, no antivirus, and the best GPU you can get (probably an RTX 2080TI or the new RTX 3080, depending on how old is the review). So once you step down a few notches on the GPU performance, to let say around a RTX 2060~2070 , the diference between AMD and Intel gets even smaller.

But this is your build so go either way, theres no wrong answer, is just a somehow complex time to build a gaming system, with soo many new launches around.
 
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jaged

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I agree it’s a rough time to be doing this. It’s actually for Christmas but my wife is worried once we get closer to Christmas delivery/shipping times will spike so I’m trying to spec/gather as much as I can before then.
I assume it’s best to wait as long as possible...is it for both the CPU & GPU new releases or one or the other?
 

RodroX

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On november 5 the new Ryzen 5000 series will be avilable for purchase (reviews should be around the same time).

AMD will discover the next GPU (RDNA2 / Big Navi) on November 29. No idea when those new GPUs will hit the market or how they perform compared to the new RTX 3000 series.
 

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