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Question Looking for Upgrade advice

Aug 22, 2019
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Current Specs:

Intel Core I5-7600k
NZXT Kraken X62
MSI Intel Z170 KRAIT-GAMING
Corsair Vengeance 16GB 2666Mhz
Samsung 850 Evo 250GB
1TB HDD
EVGA RTX 2070
NZXT S340 Elite
EVGA SuperNova G3 650 W 80+ Gold (Item#: N82E16817438094)

How much do you want to spend on the upgrade?
My Budget Is £1350 British Pounds

What is your goal for the upgrade?
My Goal for the upgrade Is to run 1440p 144hz and run the latest games with no stuttering or performance loss for 2020.
 

boju

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2070 won't get 144fps consistently at 1440p but will be fairly high still. Be good to have Gsync or Freesync so fps dips aren't as noticeable.

For a cpu to adequately feed the gpu without maxing out would look no less than a 9700k or Ryzen 3700x + 3200MHz ram 2x 16GB. Ram speed is crucial for Ryzen and capacity for less io usage. 16GB ram is only just cutting mustard.
 
I’d go for this and sell what you can from your current build.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 3.9 GHz 8-Core Processor (£342.78 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte X570 AORUS ELITE ATX AM4 Motherboard (£187.14 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z Neo 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory (£119.12 @ Alza)
Video Card: MSI GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB GAMING X TRIO Video Card (£707.32 @ More Computers)
Total: £1356.36
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-21 00:44 GMT+0000
 
Aug 22, 2019
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The Upgrades I currently have planned for this build was a 9700k - Z390 Motherboard - 32GB 3200 Corsair - 1TB M.2 then I was planning on spending an extra £150+ so I can get a PG279Q 1440p 144hz Monitor. With the RTX 3000s apparently due to release next June I feel like the 2070 will be more then fine till then. But I'm open to suggestions. [Also the PG279Q Has Gsync so I don't need to worry about performance stuttering from that.
 

boju

Champion
The Upgrades I currently have planned for this build was a 9700k - Z390 Motherboard - 32GB 3200 Corsair - 1TB M.2 then I was planning on spending an extra £150+ so I can get a PG279Q 1440p 144hz Monitor. With the RTX 3000s apparently due to release next June I feel like the 2070 will be more then fine till then. But I'm open to suggestions. [Also the PG279Q Has Gsync so I don't need to worry about performance stuttering from that.
It'll be a solid system.
 
The Upgrades I currently have planned for this build was a 9700k - Z390 Motherboard - 32GB 3200 Corsair - 1TB M.2 then I was planning on spending an extra £150+ so I can get a PG279Q 1440p 144hz Monitor. With the RTX 3000s apparently due to release next June I feel like the 2070 will be more then fine till then. But I'm open to suggestions. [Also the PG279Q Has Gsync so I don't need to worry about performance stuttering from that.
With you planning to upgrade to a 3000 series RTX then I would focus on the areas you already are. I’m not a fan of the 9700k because of its lack of multithreading. It’s a great CURRENT CPU but how long will you plan t use it and how long before it falls behind a 3700x/3800x or a 9900k? Idk but I’ll never recommend that CPU regardless of how well it performs NOW. I’d get any of those 3 over a 9700k personally. Regardless it will be a good upgrade for you, just a weird choice with 8c/16t CPUs on the market in the same price range.

Monitor is something that I upgraded recently and did a LOT of research on. Anything branded GSYNC is immediately a waste of money IMO. During my research it was interesting to me that Nvidia started certifying Freesync monitors to be Gsync compatible. What this means is the monitor uses gsync with the Nvidia GPU without the huge price hike. I went with an Acer xg270hu for $300 and it has performed flawlessly. Couldn’t see 1 reason to pay another dollar.
 
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Is the 9900k something you would recommend over the 9700k then? I've always heard so much mixed views on both CPUs. I want a CPU I won't have to upgrade for awhile. If I have to place extra money down for a 9900k I'm willing to do so.
With you planning to upgrade to a 3000 series RTX then I would focus on the areas you already are. I’m not a fan of the 9700k because of its lack of multithreading. It’s a great CURRENT CPU but how long will you plan t use it and how long before it falls behind a 3700x/3800x or a 9900k? Idk but I’ll never recommend that CPU regardless of how well it performs NOW. I’d get any of those 3 over a 9700k personally. Regardless it will be a good upgrade for you, just a weird choice with 8c/16t CPUs on the market in the same price range.

Monitor is something that I upgraded recently and did a LOT of research on. Anything branded GSYNC is immediately a waste of money IMO. During my research it was interesting to me that Nvidia started certifying Freesync monitors to be Gsync compatible. What this means is the monitor uses gsync with the Nvidia GPU without the huge price hike. I went with an Acer xg270hu for $300 and it has performed flawlessly. Couldn’t see 1 reason to pay another dollar.
 
Is the 9900k something you would recommend over the 9700k then? I've always heard so much mixed views on both CPUs. I want a CPU I won't have to upgrade for awhile. If I have to place extra money down for a 9900k I'm willing to do so.
I have a 9900k and I love it. If I was purchasing a CPU today, I’d get the 3900x for the 12 cores and similar price. If you want to stick to intel then I think the multithreading is definitely worth the additional money over a 9700k. A 9900k should last you a LONG time on the CPU side.
 

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