Question Upgrade from 9600k to 9700k

thewalleprod

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Hi there,

Was wondering if it is worth upgrading from an i5 9600k to the i7 9700k? I mostly use it for gaming and some video editing. This is paired up with an RTX 2080.
 

Wolfshadw

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Assuming you could get around $200 for the used Core I5-9600K, that takes the overall cost of the I7-9700K down to around $200. Only you can decide of the extra two cores you're getting are worth that much.

Personally, I'd say no.

-Wolf sends

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logainofhades

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I would say it is a good upgrade, as the i5 9600k is really not that great of an all around CPU. The 9700k should have less frametime variance issues, that the 9600k can have, and will be superior for video editing. Granted that is only if you can sell your 9600k, to make up most of the cost.
 

thewalleprod

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Assuming you could get around $200 for the used Core I5-9600K, that takes the overall cost of the I7-9700K down to around $200. Only you can decide of the extra two cores you're getting are worth that much.

Personally, I'd say no.

-Wolf sends

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The reason for this question is because the i7 9700k is on sale for $299.99 at MicroCenter. I bought the i5 9600k for $229.99 A while ago.
 

Wolfshadw

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The reason for this question is because the i7 9700k is on sale for $299.99 at MicroCenter. I bought the i5 9600k for $229.99 A while ago.
With the overall cost down to $100, it's still up to you, but it is much more reasonable. If I felt I was having any issues with my I5-9600K, I'd consider it, but it also has to depend on how easily I could sell the old processor.

-Wolf sends
 

rickypicky5

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I'm in a similar situation. I have an i5-9600k and live near a MicroCenter as well. Personally, if I were to upgrade, I'd upgrade to the i9-9900k which is currently on sale at $429. The extra 2 cores on the i7-9700k would be nice, and likely will help you in games that need more than 6 threads, but I really don't think they're going to help you very much in most current games over the i5-9600k. The i9-9900k, IMHO, is much more 'future' proof in that it has 8 cores and 16 threads,
 

Zizo007

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I'm in a similar situation. I have an i5-9600k and live near a MicroCenter as well. Personally, if I were to upgrade, I'd upgrade to the i9-9900k which is currently on sale at $429. The extra 2 cores on the i7-9700k would be nice, and likely will help you in games that need more than 6 threads, but I really don't think they're going to help you very much in most current games over the i5-9600k. The i9-9900k, IMHO, is much more 'future' proof in that it has 8 cores and 16 threads,
And higher clock speeds with more OCing potential. That'a why I recommended to upgrade to 9900K or KS to make the upgrade worthwhile. The 9900KS is guaranteed to hit 5.2Ghz on all cores which is crazy.
 

MadsModsat

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The value of the i9 upgrade would also depend on wheter the cooling that OP already owns, is up to the job - especially when you begin OC'ing. The i9 does get hot quite quickly when you run it above standard spec.
 
Will the 9700k be a better more powerful chip? YES, no question but most definitely NOT worth it if you already have the 9600k. unless you are using your PC professionally, there is nothing really to gain.... Maybe a couple of FPS in gaming or rendering your videos a min or two faster. other than saying you now have an I7 whats there to gain? NOT MUCH.

so if I were giving advice I'd say no don't do it. BUT, if it were me in the EXACT same position I'd do it.

go figure
 

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