[SOLVED] Suggestion upgrading from 4790K to 8700K or 2700X

Nov 23, 2018
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I'm looking to upgrade from my current i7 4790K. After researching and reviewing many vids and articles, I'm deciding between these two 8700K or 2700X. I'm a content creator but mainly using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Blender for 3D modeling. Through reading articles and looking at some scores, it seems like the software I use probably won't really benefit from higher cores? Blender cans GPU to render and Adobe Ps and Ai perform better with lesser cores? However, because of work, I often will have 60+ pages of browser tabs open while working. With my current build, it started to lag heavily while running all these software. So, I don't know will having more cores help me in this case. I do know that I need more RAM so I will be upgrading from 16GB to 32GB memory.

I already created the build I am thinking to buy. But will like some suggestions because I am not sure which one to go with.

- 8700K
- MSI MAG Z390 Tomahawk
- G.Skill DDR4 32GB 3000
- 970 EVO 512GB
- GTX 1070 8GB (my current GPU)
- CPU fan: EVGA CLC 120 Liquid Cooler
- Corsair Crystal 570X
Sub: $1,043

- 2700X
- ROG Strix B450-F Gaming
- G.Skill DDR4 32GB 3000
- 970 EVO 512GB
- GTX 1070 8GB (my current GPU)
- CPU fan: from 2700X stock
- Corsair Crystal 570X
Sub:$959.43

This is what I came up with my 1k budget. Because they are only $100 apart, 2700X does not seem to be a CPU I will pick over just by looking at the price. Was thinking to go with cheaper Z370 or lower tier motherboard, but USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C is only available in the new motherboard line up.
 
Based on your use case, I would go the 8700K as it just shades the 2700X for Adobe but it is very close as the 2700X shades the 8700K in blender but both just by small amounts....This might help you:

https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Photoshop-CC-2018-CPU-Performance-AMD-Ryzen-2-vs-Intel-8th-Gen-1136/

Out of both CPU's you can't really make a bad decision as both are great. It just comes down to money and what you are willing to spend and what you think the extra performance will bring. The 8700K does also overclock extremely well and you can drop in a 9900K in a few years if the price ever drops from its current absurd price...Counter to this, the Ryzen also has a great upgrade path with Ryzen 3 next year...
 

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