[SOLVED] Upgrade from I5 4590 3.3 GHz to I5 9600K 3.7 GHz?

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Here is what i have currently.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/h3NZx6


Thinking about picking this up:
https://pcpartpicker.com/product/28qhP6/intel-core-i5-9600k-37ghz-6-core-processor-bx80684i59600k

What do we we think?

I was also looking at this, but I'm not sure the extra $100+ is worth it?
https://pcpartpicker.com/product/WtyV3C/intel-core-i7-9700k-36ghz-8-core-processor-bx80684i79700k

Thanks!

Just to add, usually just play games. All sorts.
Just trying to make my computer faster and less "glitchy".
Current CPU is about 3 to 4 years old.
 
PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor | $329.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard | MSI B450 Gaming Plus ATX AM4 Motherboard | $94.99 @ Amazon
Memory | GeIL EVO POTENZA 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory | $59.99 @ Newegg
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $483.98
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-09-21 19:16 EDT-0400 |
Or go for the "payless" brand, AMD.

You this build is really what Id go for since you already have to replace the motherboard and ram.

AMD likes fast ram, so I went for 16gb DDR4 3000mhz.
Also, The 3700x has slightly lower single-threaded performance than the 9700k, but the 3700x has way more cache and 8c/16t for very smooth gameplay.
The 3700x comes with the AMD wraith Prism RGB cooler which is good enough.
The 3700x is very new and efficient so it draws less power than the 9700k or 9600k. This means you dont need a fancy motherboard or cooler.
 
6th-9th generation Intel CPUs require motherboards with a different socket than your current motherboard. All modern AMD and Intel motherboard use DDR4 ram as well.

Your current LGA 1150 motherboard and DDR3 ram cannot work with any new CPU, so you will have to purchase a 300 series LGA 1151 motherboard and DDR4 ram.

What is your all-in budget for an upgrade?

Both a 9600k and 9700k would be a big performance bump, but the 6 threads of the 9600k are a limit.
 

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I honestly wouldnt even bother with a 6 core CPU. When the new consoles come they are gonna likely have 8cores 16threads and PC games will be even worse below 8 cores and 8 threads.
 

dbwilson21

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I don't really have a budget, but I don't want to spend a ludicrous amount.


Well I do have this motherboard laying around.
https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/H270-TOMAHAWK-ARCTIC.html

From what I can tell, it's LGA 1151 and supports DDR4.

So I could replace my motherboard with that one, and get a couple of these:
https://pcpartpicker.com/product/xjp323/gskill-memory-f42400c15d8gvr

And get either processor and I should be good?

Is the I7 worth the extra $100 though?
Unfortunately, the H270 tomahawk arctic supports only 6th and 7th generation CPUs even though the socket is the same as 8th and 9th gen CPUs. Because of this, the 9600k and 9700k will not work in that motherboard. You will need a 300 series motherboard as I said before. I would look for Z390 especially to avoid any BIOS issues.

The I7 is worth the extra 100 thanks to the extra 2 cores. As I said, 6c/6t will still not feel the smoothest in games. The I7 will be a better CPU.

8gb ram is fine, but I really would consider 16gb.

Also, your Hyper 212 is not really up to cooling an overclocked 9600k or even a stock 9700k.

PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | Intel Core i7-9700K 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor | $359.99 @ Best Buy
CPU Cooler | Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240L RGB 66.7 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler | $65.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard | MSI Z390-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard | $109.99 @ B&H
Memory | G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory | $37.99 @ Newegg
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total (before mail-in rebates) | $588.86
| Mail-in rebates | -$15.00
| Total | $573.86
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-09-21 19:11 EDT-0400 |
 
PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor | $329.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard | MSI B450 Gaming Plus ATX AM4 Motherboard | $94.99 @ Amazon
Memory | GeIL EVO POTENZA 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory | $59.99 @ Newegg
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $483.98
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-09-21 19:16 EDT-0400 |
Or go for the "payless" brand, AMD.

You this build is really what Id go for since you already have to replace the motherboard and ram.

AMD likes fast ram, so I went for 16gb DDR4 3000mhz.
Also, The 3700x has slightly lower single-threaded performance than the 9700k, but the 3700x has way more cache and 8c/16t for very smooth gameplay.
The 3700x comes with the AMD wraith Prism RGB cooler which is good enough.
The 3700x is very new and efficient so it draws less power than the 9700k or 9600k. This means you dont need a fancy motherboard or cooler.
 

dbwilson21

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Thanks! I'll go for the second option with the AMD processor.

Just to check, is everything else good and compatible?
No need for a new GPU or PSU?
 
No you dont need a new GPU or PSU. They will work with your new build just fine.

Just a heads up, when changing your motherboard (whether to a new intel or AMD board) windows has a good chance to go unactivated. You can usually call Microsoft and tell them you replaced your motherboard and they will reactivate it for you.
 

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