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bucketofcrud12 2 months ago

willl be pairing with a Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro Wifi, just not sure which CPU is the better gaming option. my two primary games are BF1 and GTA V. I also play PUBG, BF4, DOOM, FC5, TF2 (titanfall 2, not team fortress 2), and the Darkness Within 2.
which do you think is a better value? I'm leaning 8700K as I think that will work just as well as a 9700K for most games and RN its $40-50 less. My desired target resolution and refresh is 2560x1440p @ 144hz or 165hz. I have a GTX 1080 TI to pair with that and will be also grabbing an Acer XB271HU bmiprz
EDIT: Thank you all for the replies, you made up my mind to get the 9700K (or 9900K if it comes down in price anytime before I buy).

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Chillsabre 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

I use a GTX 1080 with an 8700K and aside from a few CPU heavy games, nothing really pushes my CPU over 35% and it isnt even overclocked, its just using the MCE setting in the BIOS.

If you were planning on streaming, I would recommend a 9900K but otherwise, the 8700K is more than sufficient. I am personally on the fence about the lack of hyperthreading on the 9700K. it will run hotter than the 8700K but its doubtful you would need more cores.

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 2 months ago

Both are quite enough for 120Hz+ @ 2K, but I'd go with the 9700K, as it's a newer chip.

bucketofcrud12 submitter 4 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

thanks. I appreciate the input!

mack_au 4 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

You might as well get the 9700k.

bucketofcrud12 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

ok, thanks, but:
1.) thats not even the correct comparison. I said 8700K or 9700K.
2.) userbenchmark is not exactly what I'd call 'accurate'.

icecreamman117 1 point 2 months ago

i swear i saw 9900k somewhere and it's pretty accurate its based of other peoples systems and from someone who has owned both the 9700k performs better

bucketofcrud12 submitter 4 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

mmm. I'd like to get a few opinions. I know how userbenchmark works, thats why I think its so innaccurate. you have too many unknowns in those benches. it includes benches with high background CPU usage and averages it into semi-decent benches, which ruins the overall benchmark. not to mention, I've seen benches (such as i5-7300HQ vs i7-6700HQ) which make absolutely no sense. I (along with most people I've asked on these forums) dont use userbenchmark for these reasons among others.
as you can see, userbenchmark thinks that the 7300HQ is 6% better overall. I say different. as a former owner of the Dell 15 7577 (i5-7300HQ) and then later the Eluktronics P670RP6 (i7-6700HQ), I can say that this is false.