[SOLVED] What CPU should I buy for 1080p 144Hz gaming

brendan_20

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So I have a GTX 1080 and my current CPU is i5 4590. My budget is around £300 which CPU should I go for (preferably 6 core/12 threads for futureproofing)
 
It really depends as if you want to reach 144HZ with the equivalent high FPS to go with it, then the Intel in the 8600K/9600K and if you can stretch to the 8700K would be the best option...

If value to performance is more important then the 2600 or the 2700 cannot be beaten for price to performance. The 8600K and above will of course drive more FPS especially if that is critical to you on that monitor.

Scan in the UK have the 8600K at £239.98, the 9600K at £247.98 and Overclockers in the UK have the 8600K at a bit more money and the 9600K at £244.99 a little bit cheaper...Though shop around for the best price.

The Ryzen 2600 just cannot be beaten at an absurdly low price of £144.98 at Scan UK and the 2700 is down to just £215.99!!! for a black friday deal, again just a great price though do shop around to see if you can find it cheaper..

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/amd-ryzen-7-2700-am4-zenplus-8-core-16-thread-32ghz-41ghz-turbo-20mb-cache-65w-cpu-retail-plus-wrait

As to the mighty 9700K the 8 Core 8 thread, the cheapest I can find that is around £379.88 which is a black friday deal at Overclockers and seems like a mistake as it is a bit on the low side....but about the fastest single gaming CPU out there next to the 9900K...

https://www.overclockers.co.uk/intel-core-i7-9700k-3.6ghz-coffee-lake-socket-lga1151-processor-oem-cp-65m-in.html?gclid=CjwKCAiAiuTfBRAaEiwA4itUqKXmUC2Kg8TRHVYjjnG8ld6PuQMR02_NjfCrKdop8IBc4IaqnHSJMRoCzaQQAvD_BwE
 


Good point....assumption is the 'add anything bad here'.....
 


Sometimes we have to make assumptions on here though to give the best answer possible. But we need to say what could go wrong too if we make such assumptions. For example we can assume that the £300 is just for the CPU and that the op has a budget for the other stuff. But we can't ever assume that the op knows as much as an expert on the subject unless we see such badges on their account. So we have to add in something like, "Just to be sure you know you will also need new RAM and a new motherboard." Sometimes we have to make assumptions to fill in missing information that the op can't or won't give. For example if the op doesn't know what motherboard they have then we can make assumptions based on what CPU they have. A K Intel CPU usually means a Z board. That's not always true but it's the best assumption to make given what hardware they are using. I'm sure you already knew a lot of that though.

Is that what you mean by the 'add anything bad here' part?
 


Yep...you said it all...One can only learn and get better...
 

brendan_20

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Yeah I know my budget but I specifically said 300 for the CPU Ill have the rest sorted, well anyway I bought Ryzen 7 2700X from america shipped to UK for 264 GBP which is still cheaper than buying it from UK which would've costed me around 300 GBP. I went with Ryzen as the intel equivalent was priced 42% more and the AM4 socket will be around much longer
 

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