is this CPU even worth getting at the price

angerbeaverangerbeaver Member UncommonPosts: 991
So im going to try putting together a new PC for streaming and gaming primarily (although surfing and youtube is also whats going to be done). I figure I'll start the decision making with the CPU, then MB, then RAM etc...

I'm looking at http://www.ncix.com/detail/intel-core-i7-7700k-processor-8m-a8-137588.htm?promoid=1500

INTEL CORE I7-7700K Processor 8M Cache 4 Cores 4.2GHZ FC-LGA14C Retail Box Kaby Lake

I read up and this appears to be a higher end Kaby lake series. It is roughly $450 CAD (I cant find big sales for it).

Now I wikipedia CPU and a new series is set to release late 2017. I don't feel like my PC can wait that long, but is it worth getting this for 450$ with a new series sort of around the corner? I'm not an early adapter so I would most likely wait out the beginning anyways when the new series is released. My concern is if I would be overpaying at that price. 

I'm currently using Intel Core i7 CPU 950  @ 3.07GHz, 3060 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)

Any advice or opinions is very appreciated
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  • QuizzicalQuizzical Member EpicPosts: 17,843
    Whether it's worth buying depends on your budget, and how you feel about more cores versus faster cores.  The Core i7-7700K has the highest single-threaded performance you can buy.  Or for about the same price, you could get a Ryzen 7 1700, which has 8 cores rather than four, but the cores are each only about 70% as fast.  The latter will win in programs that scale well to many threads while the former will win in single-threaded programs.  Which is better for you depends on what you do.

    Waiting for a future generation of CPUs is really only interesting if you're of the view that eight cores isn't enough.  I don't see anything beyond minor, incremental improvements coming for top end single-threaded performance in the foreseeable future.
  • CleffyCleffy San Diego, CAMember RarePosts: 5,524
    For your particular needs, the Ryzen 7 1700 makes the most sense. With 8 cores you can software encode while playing a game. This produces the best quality video for your stream without having a 2nd computer encoding.
  • angerbeaverangerbeaver Member UncommonPosts: 991
    I have never gone with AMD, it has always been Intel. I'm not opposed to trying something new though.

    @Quizzical I am not really knowledgeable in what the things I will do scale with. Single or multi-thread. It would be to play mmorpgs, AAA single player games, stream on Twitch, stream a movie,watch youtube videos, surf the web, and potentially all of those at the same time :)

    I assume the multi-threading at 70% each would be best as @Cleffy mentioned in that case?

    Thanks!
  • DeadSpockDeadSpock Member UncommonPosts: 52
    I have an i5-3570K since forever forget 6-7 years ago for 180$, in my opinion i5 is more than enough for gaming.
  • CalexCalex Central, NJMember UncommonPosts: 97
    edited April 26
    I have the 7700k and its a beast paired with the 1080 ftw evga video card on the asus maximus hero board and couldn't be happier, also upgraded my monitor to acer predator 34 wide screen 2k. Just upgraded my rig this year from a 3770k and 680 gtx. Gaming is flawless and there seems like nothing this rig can't run at max settings. 

    It was pricey but for top of the line I always expect to get 4 or 5 years of future proof equipment.
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  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKMember LegendaryPosts: 15,690

    Cleffy said:

    For your particular needs, the Ryzen 7 1700 makes the most sense. With 8 cores you can software encode while playing a game. This produces the best quality video for your stream without having a 2nd computer encoding.


    The thing is i7 7700k would work just fine as well
  • DMKanoDMKano Gamercentral, AKMember LegendaryPosts: 15,690


    I have never gone with AMD, it has always been Intel. I'm not opposed to trying something new though.

    @Quizzical I am not really knowledgeable in what the things I will do scale with. Single or multi-thread. It would be to play mmorpgs, AAA single player games, stream on Twitch, stream a movie,watch youtube videos, surf the web, and potentially all of those at the same time :)

    I assume the multi-threading at 70% each would be best as @Cleffy mentioned in that case?

    Thanks!



    Best is questionable unless you ran your workload on one Intel system and one ryzen and compared the results.

    Dont assume anything without actual data for your specific scenario.
  • VrikaVrika FinlandMember RarePosts: 3,864


     I am not really knowledgeable in what the things I will do scale with. Single or multi-thread. It would be to play mmorpgs, AAA single player games, stream on Twitch, stream a movie,watch youtube videos, surf the web, and potentially all of those at the same time :)


    Ryzen is likely better alternative when you're streaming, or if you're playing more than one game at the same time.

    For all other situations, I7 is likely better.

    But much of this is guesswork. Both Ryzen and I7 have their strengths, and both would be good choices in their own way.
  • wandericawanderica clayton, NCMember UncommonPosts: 247
    What does the rest of your system look like?  If, for example, you're playing at 1440p on a GTX 1070, you're limited by your GPU most likely (depending on the game), and both of those processors would be equal in terms of performance benefits for gaming.  However, the 1700 would have room to spare for streaming on Twitch.  In other words, that 70% performance number, while accurate, isn't going to translate into 30% better performance from buying a 7700k for you.  Either processor is going to be a huge upgrade for you and will perform just fine.  I have a 6700k myself and love it.  There is a case to be made for more threads while streaming, especially when the game you're playing taps into more than 4 cores.


  • Veexer_NuiVeexer_Nui uganda, ARMember UncommonPosts: 174
    Ryzen if you want to stream + game + photoshop + 3d render + autocad  at the same time.
    7700k if you only game.

    Newer games will come out that fully support ryzen then it wont even be close.

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  • GdemamiGdemami Member RarePosts: 10,557

    @Quizzical I am not really knowledgeable in what the things I will do scale with. Single or multi-thread. It would be to play mmorpgs, AAA single player games, stream on Twitch, stream a movie,watch youtube videos, surf the web, and potentially all of those at the same time :)

    I assume the multi-threading at 70% each would be best as @Cleffy mentioned in that case?

    Thanks!


    Apart from few specific tasks, nothing you do on desktop really scales well with core count. Those extra cores are mostly useless, what counts tho is performance per core.

    Stick with i7 and Avoid "k" series CPUs since overclocking, and clock speed in general, does not translate well into performance  / money ratio - you spent a lot for very litle performance gain.


  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHMember RarePosts: 8,423

    DMKano said:



    Cleffy said:


    For your particular needs, the Ryzen 7 1700 makes the most sense. With 8 cores you can software encode while playing a game. This produces the best quality video for your stream without having a 2nd computer encoding.




    The thing is i7 7700k would work just fine as well


    Yeah for $200 more.  Personally if you want to stick with Intel get the I5 6600k and save yourself over $200.  The difference when gaming between the I5 and the I7 is minor.
  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHMember RarePosts: 8,423

    Gdemami said:



    @Quizzical I am not really knowledgeable in what the things I will do scale with. Single or multi-thread. It would be to play mmorpgs, AAA single player games, stream on Twitch, stream a movie,watch youtube videos, surf the web, and potentially all of those at the same time :)

    I assume the multi-threading at 70% each would be best as @Cleffy mentioned in that case?

    Thanks!




    Apart from few specific tasks, nothing you do on desktop really scales well with core count. Those extra cores are mostly useless, what counts tho is performance per core.

    Stick with i7 and Avoid "k" series CPUs since overclocking, and clock speed in general, does not translate well into performance  / money ratio - you spent a lot for very litle performance gain.




    What terrible advice!
  • GdemamiGdemami Member RarePosts: 10,557

    Ozmodan said:
    What terrible advice!


    Maybe, still better than 6600k or Ryzen tho....
  • VrikaVrika FinlandMember RarePosts: 3,864
    edited April 26


    Ozmodan said:





    DMKano said:







    Cleffy said:




    For your particular needs, the Ryzen 7 1700 makes the most sense. With 8 cores you can software encode while playing a game. This produces the best quality video for your stream without having a 2nd computer encoding.








    The thing is i7 7700k would work just fine as well






    Yeah for $200 more.  Personally if you want to stick with Intel get the I5 6600k and save yourself over $200.  The difference when gaming between the I5 and the I7 is minor.




    When streaming I5 6600K won't be good enough.

    But a cheaper Ryzen might be good enough if one wants to spend less than an I7 costs.
    Post edited by Vrika on
  • Jean-Luc_PicardJean-Luc_Picard La BarreMember EpicPosts: 6,154
    edited April 26
    The only reason I have a 7700k is because I get free upgrades through my work, otherwise I'd still be with my 4770k. But then, I went to the 4790k, then 6700k and now 7700k, and this said, the 7700k, specially at the clock speed I have it, is faster than the previous 4 core 8 thread "K" processors, and is most likely the best gaming CPU nowadays even at stock speed.

    My advice though would be:
    If you have to sacrifice the graphic card to get a better CPU for gaming, do NOT do it. Get the best graphic card possible, and drop to an I5 or a Rizen. Only get an I7 if money isn't a problem at all.
    Post edited by Jean-Luc_Picard on
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  • GdemamiGdemami Member RarePosts: 10,557
    edited April 26
    Jean-Luc_Picard said:

    The only reason I have a 7700k is because I get free upgrades through my work, otherwise I'd still be with my 4770k. But then, I went to the 4790k, then 6700k and now 7700k, and this said, the 7700k, specially at the clock speed I have it, is faster than the previous 4 core 8 thread "K" processors, and is most likely the best gaming CPU nowadays even at stock speed.

    My advice though would be:
    If you have to sacrifice the graphic card to get a better CPU for gaming, do NOT do it. Get the best graphic card possible, and drop to an I5 or a Rizen. Only get an I7 if money isn't a problem at all.


    For gaming+streaming, i7 is well worthy...

    Besides, when you count in the cost of expensive Z270 board + cooler, price difference between 7600k and 7700 evens out.
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  • ZebbakeiZebbakei Asheville, NCMember UncommonPosts: 31
    edited April 26
    If I was building a PC atm i'd go with a amd 1600 6c/12t for 220ish, it comes with an adequate cpu cooler, even if you're OCing. It does just as well as a 1700 in single threaded tasks and nearly as well in multi threaded stuff. Saves you money for a better gpu.
    Post edited by Zebbakei on
  • Asm0deusAsm0deus BaatorMember RarePosts: 1,870
    edited April 26




    Ryzen if you want to stream + game + photoshop + 3d render + autocad  at the same time.
    7700k if you only game.

    Newer games will come out that fully support ryzen then it wont even be close.


    That's the thing that lots of people are hoping, that newer games will make use of more than 4 cores and that will make up for them being slower but dunno so seems like 4 faster cores is still better than 6 slower ones for now.




    Vrika said:



    ...snip.....






    When streaming I5 6600K won't be good enough.

    But a cheaper Ryzen might be good enough if one wants to spend less than an I7 costs.




    Hmm I have a 15-750 and I am able to stream just fine.


    One thing though is if  games become better optimized for ryzen and thus the single core performance goes up that would be awesome considering ryzen has much better prices than intel right now.




    I really think it's time for intel to lose the king of the hill spot so we can finally see some decent prices from them.
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  • WizardryWizardry Ontario, CanadaMember EpicPosts: 12,427
    I would say go for that cpu,that is a good price in CDN dollars.Anything newer coming out would likely be using old chips o/c or jacked up prices that only the foolish jump in on.Get a matching GPU and your rocking.

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  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHMember RarePosts: 8,423
    edited April 28


    Gdemami said:


    Jean-Luc_Picard said:



    The only reason I have a 7700k is because I get free upgrades through my work, otherwise I'd still be with my 4770k. But then, I went to the 4790k, then 6700k and now 7700k, and this said, the 7700k, specially at the clock speed I have it, is faster than the previous 4 core 8 thread "K" processors, and is most likely the best gaming CPU nowadays even at stock speed.

    My advice though would be:
    If you have to sacrifice the graphic card to get a better CPU for gaming, do NOT do it. Get the best graphic card possible, and drop to an I5 or a Rizen. Only get an I7 if money isn't a problem at all.




    For gaming+streaming, i7 is well worthy...

    Besides, when you count in the cost of expensive Z270 board + cooler, price difference between 7600k and 7700 evens out.




    More nonsense?  Why in the world do you need a top end I7 to stream????  My media PC has an normally clocked I5 4790k and it streams anything I want it to.  
    Post edited by Ozmodan on
  • AragoniAragoni PiteMember UncommonPosts: 318
    First of all CPUs nowadays are a bit of a gamble, as it depends on how well the upcoming games will handle multi-threading. ID Software very recently went out and said that they are developing their next engine with multi-threading in mind, as Ryzen has pushed CPUs with many cores down to a really reasonable price. 
    If you look at performance tests (my source here in a Swedish website called Sweclockers) the difference between say a 1600x and a 7700k isn't that much, and considering that the 7700k is more expensive and that you might not get a CPU that are as future-proof, I'd recommend a Ryzen. I actually bought a new computer last week with a 1600 (no X) and it's a beast. Even had a stock cooler which actually works perfectly, both on keeping the CPU cool and keeping the noise down. 

    Just keep these things in mind: 1. If you decide to go Intel, avoid the i5s (6600k, 7600k) as you will want the extra cores for video encoding when you're streaming. 
    2. Ryzen seems to be very affected by the speed on your RAM, so I'd recommend going over 3000Mhz on them.

    ID Software: 
    Sweclockers: http://www.sweclockers.com/test/23613-amd-ryzen-5-1600x-och-5-1500x/12#content

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  • GdemamiGdemami Member RarePosts: 10,557

    Aragoni said:

    First of all CPUs nowadays are a bit of a gamble, as it depends on how well the upcoming games will handle multi-threading.


    Not really, it is easily predictible how it will go.



    Here is the crux:
    Even if the game is well threaded, the bottleneck will still be on GPU and additional cores, more MHz or higher IPC won't help because the amount of workload we put on GPUs increase at much faster rate than CPU load increase.


    This core craze is the same core craze we had when FX was launched - 'everyone' was saying how games will be using more cores. Nothing happened since, and nothing will change in foreseeable future because the paradigm above still applies.
  • RidelynnRidelynn Fresno, CAMember EpicPosts: 5,763

    Gdemami said:



    Aragoni said:


    First of all CPUs nowadays are a bit of a gamble, as it depends on how well the upcoming games will handle multi-threading.




    Not really, it is easily predictible how it will go.





    Here is the crux:

    Even if the game is well threaded, the bottleneck will still be on GPU and additional cores, more MHz or higher IPC won't help because the amount of workload we put on GPUs increase at much faster rate than CPU load increase.



    This core craze is the same core craze we had when FX was launched - 'everyone' was saying how games will be using more cores. Nothing happened since, and nothing will change in foreseeable future because the paradigm above still applies.


    Actually, I agree with that. Well written and entirely true, with respect to gaming.
  • wandericawanderica clayton, NCMember UncommonPosts: 247

    Gdemami said:



    Aragoni said:


    First of all CPUs nowadays are a bit of a gamble, as it depends on how well the upcoming games will handle multi-threading.




    Not really, it is easily predictible how it will go.





    Here is the crux:

    Even if the game is well threaded, the bottleneck will still be on GPU and additional cores, more MHz or higher IPC won't help because the amount of workload we put on GPUs increase at much faster rate than CPU load increase.



    This core craze is the same core craze we had when FX was launched - 'everyone' was saying how games will be using more cores. Nothing happened since, and nothing will change in foreseeable future because the paradigm above still applies.

    I'm not so sure.  It feels more like Intel Extreme vs C2D or C2D vs Quad Cores to me.  In both of those examples, more cores was the correct prediction.  I will admit, however, that games today are being written to scale with available threads making 8 thread CPUs viable for much longer than single core or C2D chips were.  At what point, however, do available threads overtake the GPU as the bottleneck source?  BF1 is getting close to what we could expect to see.  Even though it's still GPU limited, as you say, it still caps out the 4c / 8t chips at near 100% usage.  Doom, on the other hand, using Vulkan, doesn't have that limitation, but it does scale very well with more available cores.

    I think in the end you're correct.  A 7700k will be a fantastic CPU for quite a while, but processors with less than 8 threads already bottleneck GPUs in BF1.  I think those CPU requirements will creep up a bit faster than we realize due to thread scaling in modern games.


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