Question Should I upgrade my CPU?

fakesympathy

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Not on my immediate concern, but just wanted to get opinons.

In 2018, I bought a PC w/ i7-8700K 6-Core 3.7 GHz, GTX 1070 Ti 8GB, Z370 Motherboard, 16GB RAM DDR4 2400, 1TB HDD, 240GB SSD, Liquid Cooled, WiFi adapter, Win 10 64-Bit, Slate 9210, RGB.

Ever since then I've upgraded to RTX 3080, 1 TB SSD, 850W PSU, added WiFi PCIe card, and different 16 RAM with DDR4 3600. CPU is the only one I haven't upgraded yet.

With my current build, I can run most games well save for three; Elden Ring, RDR2, and CP2077, in order of stability (all being run at ultra/high settings). Elden Ring gets these random freezes/fps drops, making me miss some critical timings for dodges and attacks. For RDR2, most of the time runs well, but in chaotic gunfights, screen tears are everywhere. CP2077 still feels unstable after all this time.

So should I upgrade my CPU? If so to what?
 

Lutfij

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850W PSU,
850W is the advertised wattage of the unit. Make and model of the unit?

Z370 Motherboard
Model of the board?

If you do upgrade, without changing the motherboard, you're relegated to investing in the 9th Gen of Intel processors which aren't that much of a step above what you already have.
 
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Not on my immediate concern, but just wanted to get opinons.

In 2018, I bought a PC w/ i7-8700K 6-Core 3.7 GHz, GTX 1070 Ti 8GB, Z370 Motherboard, 16GB RAM DDR4 2400, 1TB HDD, 240GB SSD, Liquid Cooled, WiFi adapter, Win 10 64-Bit, Slate 9210, RGB.

Ever since then I've upgraded to RTX 3080, 1 TB SSD, 850W PSU, added WiFi PCIe card, and different 16 RAM with DDR4 3600. CPU is the only one I haven't upgraded yet.

With my current build, I can run most games well save for three; Elden Ring, RDR2, and CP2077, in order of stability (all being run at ultra/high settings). Elden Ring gets these random freezes/fps drops, making me miss some critical timings for dodges and attacks. For RDR2, most of the time runs well, but in chaotic gunfights, screen tears are everywhere. CP2077 still feels unstable after all this time.

So should I upgrade my CPU? If so to what?
Have you made sure to keep your chipset drivers, and things like this up to date from manufacturing website.
Are you sure you have a reliable psu?
And have you made sure your bios is up to date? With all setting where you need them.
 

Why_Me

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Not on my immediate concern, but just wanted to get opinons.

In 2018, I bought a PC w/ i7-8700K 6-Core 3.7 GHz, GTX 1070 Ti 8GB, Z370 Motherboard, 16GB RAM DDR4 2400, 1TB HDD, 240GB SSD, Liquid Cooled, WiFi adapter, Win 10 64-Bit, Slate 9210, RGB.

Ever since then I've upgraded to RTX 3080, 1 TB SSD, 850W PSU, added WiFi PCIe card, and different 16 RAM with DDR4 3600. CPU is the only one I haven't upgraded yet.

With my current build, I can run most games well save for three; Elden Ring, RDR2, and CP2077, in order of stability (all being run at ultra/high settings). Elden Ring gets these random freezes/fps drops, making me miss some critical timings for dodges and attacks. For RDR2, most of the time runs well, but in chaotic gunfights, screen tears are everywhere. CP2077 still feels unstable after all this time.

So should I upgrade my CPU? If so to what?
What country are you located and what is your budget?
 

fakesympathy

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850W PSU,
850W is the advertised wattage of the unit. Make and model of the unit?
Z370 Motherboard
Model of the board?
What country are you located and what is your budget?
Sorry, forgot to add some details

First off, I am in US. budget will be whatever the CPU will cost, since that's the thing I'm interested in right now.

The PSU is this model.

The motherboard is this one

I am sure everything is up to date
 

Nighthawk117

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Not on my immediate concern, but just wanted to get opinons.

In 2018, I bought a PC w/ i7-8700K 6-Core 3.7 GHz, GTX 1070 Ti 8GB, Z370 Motherboard, 16GB RAM DDR4 2400, 1TB HDD, 240GB SSD, Liquid Cooled, WiFi adapter, Win 10 64-Bit, Slate 9210, RGB.

Ever since then I've upgraded to RTX 3080, 1 TB SSD, 850W PSU, added WiFi PCIe card, and different 16 RAM with DDR4 3600. CPU is the only one I haven't upgraded yet.

With my current build, I can run most games well save for three; Elden Ring, RDR2, and CP2077, in order of stability (all being run at ultra/high settings). Elden Ring gets these random freezes/fps drops, making me miss some critical timings for dodges and attacks. For RDR2, most of the time runs well, but in chaotic gunfights, screen tears are everywhere. CP2077 still feels unstable after all this time.

So should I upgrade my CPU? If so to what?
Personally I find that an 8700K still gives a pretty good experience in modern games. CP2077 will struggle to run at a consistent 60 FPS with ray tracing on but I wouldn't say it was bad, haven't played Elden Ring though.

You would definitely benefit from a CPU upgrade, if you want to keep your current board then the only option is the 9900K if you can get hold of one. However I wouldn't bother doing that I would upgrade to a 12700K and new board instead.

I personally wouldn't be in a rush to upgrade an 8700K, you should also be aware that new AMD and Intel CPU's are coming towards the end of the year. With that being said though the 13700K is a meaningless improvement over the 12700K for gaming so it doesn't really matter if you buy now.
 

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