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Build Complete i5-11600k vs Ryzen 5600x; 1440p-165hz Gaming Upgrade

crockman

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I've never gamed at a Higher Resolution then 1080p, until a few days ago. Had not spent more then $100 on a Monitor or TV for PC Purposes, until a few days ago.
Figured I'd give High Refresh Rate Gaming a whirl. Purchased a Dell s3220DGF 1440p-165hz Monitor a few days ago.

Now I got that PC Upgrade Bug.
I'm looking for other possible upgrade paths now.

Present System:

i7-4770k (not oc'd)
Asrock Z97 Pro4-MB
2x8GB RAM
XFX 550watt-Gold PSU
EVO-860 1TB SSD
Fractal Design R5 Quiet Case
GTX 1660 Ti -Gigabyte Windforce

I built this PC quite a few years ago. Upgraded to the 1660 Ti when they first launched (was looking at buying a 2060 but chose the 1660 ti for it was a good amount cheaper with much less Power usage).
But now that I have the 1440p Monitor I would like to catch the rest of my PC Parts up to it.

This PC Build/Upgrade is for Everyday Task's & Gaming, the new Twist, it will be 2K-165Hz Gaming. and I do a lot of Gaming. Many Different Games, to name a few, Anthem, Division 2, WoW, Valheim, EVE Online, Star Citizen....Generally fairly Video Taxing MMO's.

A Definite Future consideration, when GPU Prices return to sanity I will upgrade the 1660 ti to an RTX 3070.

So, Main concern of this New PC Build/Upgrade is What CPU Should I go with ? PC being Upgraded now, 1660 ti stays for now, 3070 down the road.

I've looked thru Many different CPU possibilities. Would rather not spend much more then $300 (350ish possibly) on the new CPU.
I have for the Moment narrowed it down to the Ryzen 5 5600x $300 at Micro Center possibly with $155 Asrock MB or the Brand New i5-11600k $270 at Micro Center possibly with $190 MSI-MB

I really, really like the Efficiency of the 5600X, only 65 Watts, combined with it has PCIe "4". If not for that 65-watt efficiency I would have probably already bought the Nicely Priced $190 i5-10600k(paired it with an inexpensive MB and just planed to do my Next Future Upgrade a little sooner)

Any CPU / Motherboard Suggestions are welcome

This New Build is to be designed around my 1440p-165HZ Monitor & the to be Future Purchased 3070

Thanks in Advance
 

crockman

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The PC Parts I chose for this 'not too expensive gaming upgrade':

Motherboard: Asus H570-Pro TUF Gaming Wifi, ATX ($190 at Micro Center)
$190 H570
CPU: i5-11400 Rocket Lake ($180 at Micro Center)
$180 i5-11400
RAM: Crucial Ballistix Gaming 2x8GB ($85 at Micro Center)(I'll eventually add a 2nd set of 2x8GB)
$85 Crucial
CPU Cooler: Arctic Freezer 7X ($24 at Amazon)(11400 is not oc'able so a more expensive Cooler is not needed)
$24 Arctic

Parts I'll Reuse (In my Signature Below):
Case: Fractal Design R5
HDD & SSD (Eventually I'll Upgrade to at least 1 4x4 M2)
GTX 1660 Ti
XFX 550 Watt PSU (This is going on 5 years old now so my 1st of the Reused parts to be upgraded will be the PSU)

Main Reason I chose the i5-11400 was it operates at only 65 Watts, i did not want to deal with the Generated Heat of 125 Watt CPU's.
2nd Reason: AMD CPU's are Over-priced at this time

Unsure how well this i5-11400 will perform in games, but so far the reviews of it have been excellent. Plus it is Big Upgrade to my i7-4770k, so at least I'm not downgrading.
 
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It is a nice board, but I am curious why you picked an expensive H570? A similarly priced and featured Z board would have provided better resale value later, even though the overclocking is irrelevant to you. A B560 would have saved quite a bit of money, if you don't need the extra features. Was it one of those MC bundles or something?
 
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crockman

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It is a nice board, but I am curious why you picked an expensive H570? A similarly priced and featured Z board would have provided better resale value later, even though the overclocking is irrelevant to you. A B560 would have saved quite a bit of money, if you don't need the extra features. Was it one of those MC bundles or something?
I wanted to buy the Motherboard at Micro Center (MC). Reason, I have one only about 20 miles from me. That way I could buy the MC in-house Warranty (it was $20 for 2 years) so if any problems with the MB, it could be solved in 1 Day.
"B" Series 500, yes that is what I was planning on buying due to the fact the 11400 is Not Oc'able. Problem though, MC had No B'Series 500's, all the B 500's were and still are, sold out.
As well, the Best Buy Stores in my Area do not have any "B" 500's for sale either.

So that left Z or H. The Cheapest Z 500 at MC with equal/better features of my H570 is the $270 MSI Z590 Tomahawk. The Tomahawk is a very nice board.

Due to my Work Schedule I have not yet picked up my H570 from Micro Center, I have til end of day on Monday the 5th to pick it up.
So i still have a couple days to decide, Buy the Tomahawk or Keep the H570.
I'm not much of an OC'er, but your right the Z590 would definitely have a better resale value, so I'll definitely consider it.
 
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crockman

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Another thing I had considered, although I had not mentioned it (my post's were getting too long).
If I buy the "Z" 500 I might as well buy an OC'able Rocket Lake, namely the i5-11600k. So $80 more for each the MB & CPU, $160 more total.
But then CPU Watt jumps from 65w to 125w. I'd rather not deal with OC'ing 125 watts

I have been planning all along, I haven't mentioned it, that I'll upgrade to Intel's 10nm/7nm CPU's when they arrive. So this Rocket Lake is really more of a 'Fun' Spur of the moment type upgrade. The 11400 is a big upgrade to my 4770k, and I like building/upgrading PC's, it's Fun :)
 
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I thought about what Dapunisher had to say about better resale value of the "Z" Series of the 500 MB's.

I decided he was right, plus i felt it may not be a bad idea to have a MB that can OC CPU's just in case.

So from Micro Center I purchased the Gigabyte Z590 UD AC: $210 UD AC
I had thought about the MSI Z590 Tomahawk for $270, but i really don't need all that Bling anyway. So I'll save $60 and keep it for my eventual 3070.

Btw: I'm staying with my Choice of the i5-11400, I'll put that on my Gigabyte UD AC. Big Reason is I'd really like to see how well that 65 Watt 11400 performs. When 10nm CPU's arrive, If i don't jump on that bandwagon then I'll look into a 11600k or 11700k.

Thanks for the Assistance Dapunisher & Muadib
 

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