Question Is it worth upgrading to an i9 9900k in 2022?

LittleBoy393

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Currently I have the i7 4790k @4.8 Ghz and while it does very well for its age and most of the games I play at, there are some which cause it to give a hard bottleneck to my GPU, to the point where (the gpu) is sitting at <30%.

I was already considering building a new system when Intel 13th/Ryzen 7th gen drops later this year but found an i9 9900k and an Asus z390 motherboard for sale in my area for $400.

Is the 9900k still good in 2022 or should I just wait until the next gen drops?


The hardest game I play that hits the CPU is BeamMP (a multi-player mod for BeamNG)

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Currently I have the i7 4790k @4.8 Ghz and while it does very well for its age and most of the games I play at, there are some which cause it to give a hard bottleneck to my GPU, to the point where (the gpu) is sitting at <30%.

I was already considering building a new system when Intel 13th/Ryzen 7th gen drops later this year but found an i9 9900k and an Asus z390 motherboard for sale in my area for $400.

Is the 9900k still good in 2022 or should I just wait until the next gen drops?


The hardest game I play that hits the CPU is BeamMP (a multi-player mod for BeamNG)

Thank you
While there's some merit in isolation, it's not at a price where I'd consider it. It doesn't make sense to pay $400 for a used 9900K and used motherboard when you can get a 12600K new for $275 and a new motherboard at $200 for only $75 more.
 

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I'd say that your better of waiting for the next gen to drop.

Way more advantages over older hardware.

In the mean time you can save and make sure you got the right amount for quality parts when the time is right.

The performance difference when upgrading from a way back in the day hardware to something modern is quite magical.
 
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I'd wait for the new gen CPUs unless you have a use for the extra cores in a non-gaming workload or just cannot wait. If RAM comes with the motherboard it could be a decent deal.

I upgraded from a 4790K to a 9900K a few years ago and the 9900K plays all my games and handles my rendering workload very well. But as much as I am loathe to admit, even a 12th gen i5 beats the 9990K in gaming.
 
that's too much ($400) for a 9900K/Z390 nowadays....

A B450 and R5/5600X is less money ($320?), although with either path you must allocate $80 or so for 16 GB of DDR4/3600

I'd be on the lookout for 12400F and B660 combos...faster than both of the above options.
 
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