Question Is it worth it to upgrade from an i7 4790K to an 9700k?

That all hinges on your financial situation and how many hours per week you're gaming (and what kind of games). You'd be looking at a 30+% improvement in frame rates for CPU-heavy games.

For hobbyist photo editing, your current CPU is fine.
 
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TechyInAZ

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As said above, what is your current workload?

If you do a good amount of gaming and photo editing (I'm also a photo editor in Lightroom), the 9700K will definitely be a serious upgrade for you. it will be well worth it if the price is right. If it's way overpriced, perhaps consider AMD Ryzen.
 

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Without even going into details you will get a night and day difference stepping up to that level. The only thing I can't advise you on is photo editing, the 9700k does not have Hyper-threading and I don't know if photo editing benefits from Hyper-threading.
 

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As said above, what is your current workload?

If you do a good amount of gaming and photo editing (I'm also a photo editor in Lightroom), the 9700K will definitely be a serious upgrade for you. it will be well worth it if the price is right. If it's way overpriced, perhaps consider AMD Ryzen.
I edit in photoshop with a lot of adjustment layers and also high resolution RAW files with camera raw , with multiple images and tabs open and also moderate multi tasking . Do you think Ryzen 7 will be a better choice for me over intel?
 
You would see a performance difference yes, but you're in a position where the i7 4790k, though it may be pushing 5 years, it's still a relevant processor by today's standards. If I were in your position, i'd wait for Intel to counter. It may be 1-2 years, but the fact that you have to spend $500 on a hyper-threaded 8 core chip is ridiculous. I say give Intel a chance to respond/counter to Ryzen 3rd gen because you'll likely get more cores/threads at a higher frequency for the money when it's time. If you must upgrade now, go Ryzen 3rd gen. The i7 9700k is the future i5. Games like Battlefield V peg i5 hex core processors at 100% load already.
 
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Worth is something only YOU can determine.
a 4790K to a 9700K is a very big jump and is as good as it gets for gaming.

For photo editing you might want to read this article on best configurations for photoshop.
https://www.pugetsystems.com/recommended/Recommended-Systems-for-Adobe-Photoshop-CC-139/Hardware-Recommendations
There may be a later version which includes ryzen 3000 processors.
Here is one with less detail:
https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Photoshop-CPU-Roundup-AMD-Ryzen-3-AMD-Threadripper-2-Intel-9th-Gen-Intel-X-series-1529/#BenchmarkResults
 

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