Question Is upgrading to an i7 4790k worth it in 2019?

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IF you could get it at a good price ($100-$150, preferably closer to the former, it might be a good stopgap solution for 6-12 months...

Any money sunk into this is money spent for the performance bump only until your next upgrade, which certainly must then be MB/CPU, and DDR4...

(The GTX1060, of course, is still quite competent at 1080P!)
 

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I spent the entire evening troubleshooting this issue but didn't succeed in finding the possible cause . I even swapped the hyper tx3 with a cm h410r cooler that i had running in another system but that too failed to bring the temps down under load.

This is a really strange issue, i have never encountered anything like this before.

Did i do anything inadvertently that could have damaged the motherboard (such as bent pins etc)? I inspected the cpu socket but all the pins seemed ok-i could see no signs of any bent or damaged pins at all.

If the 4790k was faulty, could its use have damaged the mobo somehow, such that when other cpus are used, the same issue keeps cropping up again?

Had the mobo been damaged somehow, would it have booted up at all?

Ps my case is a corsair carbide 400r
As long as it stays under 100 at full load, there isn't too much to worry about. You might want to get a better thermal paste down the road, but as long as it won't throttle, I wouldn't worry too much.
My question is - how is it running? Are your slowness issues gone?
 

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That's too bad. Considering what you said about your other processor, you probably just needed some new thermal paste. Personally, I run mine around 4.2, which keeps the temps down quite a bit (as it keeps the auto voltage down as well).
 

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That's too bad. Considering what you said about your other processor, you probably just needed some new thermal paste. Personally, I run mine around 4.2, which keeps the temps down quite a bit (as it keeps the auto voltage down as well).
Which thermal paste would be effective at keeping the processor cool?can you recommend any?

I used a small drop of some Cm mastergel pro that i had received with my h410r cooler last year-while its staying at around 40 degrees at idle, the temps increase when its subjected to some load-in all my years of using pcs, this is the first time I have seen a cpu hitting the 90s so quickly on load. I know that tx3 isn't the best cooler out there, but i don't think the temps should have been that high even with this cooler installed.

Is the thermal paste not doing a good job of conducting heat? Can a bent mobo socket pin cause such abnormally high temps?
 

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Arctic silver 5 is what I always use. Pins wouldn't be related to high temps, whether or not you have any. Any just to be clear, what are you running to get the "load" temp. One of your games?
 

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I checked the temps using some games as well as benchmarking tools (cinebench r15, prime95 etc). In both cases the cpu overheated, which is a bit strange as i had never seen it exceeding 60-65 c earlier even under load.

This is causing me to suspect that it's probably a motherboard issue.

Given how buggy win 10 has been lately, can it somehow be responsible for the high temps?
 
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I haven't had any issues with Win 10 personally. Prime95 will put Haswells under an abnormal, non -realistic load and it most definitely would throttle at 4.4 unless you were cooling it with water or one of the high-end Noctua units.
 

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Ok. What do you have turbo speed at? Does your motherboard allow you to run it on non-turbo (4.0 GHz), at least until you get a better cooling material. What is your case fan setup like?
 

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