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Is 9900k @ $ 400 worth to keep? (Answered!)

Is 9900k keeper at $ 400

  • Yay

    Votes: 7 33.3%
  • Nay

    Votes: 8 38.1%
  • Forget 9900k and Ryzen 4000. 3700X all the way until 2024!

    Votes: 6 28.6%
  • Forget 9900k, Ryzen 4000, or 3700X. 3900X all the way until 2024!

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    21

everydae

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So, my buddy at local store gave me a deal on this 9900k R0 stepping because its soccer ball case was dropped and cracked. I can return it to him anytime for refund.

My system is 3700X + X570 Taichi + 2080 Ti Hybrid + 360mm AIO (X72). I know X72 and X570 Taichi are overkill for 3700X, but I already had X72 from my other system and am using 3 NVMe so B450 or X470 were not an option.

I use it for gaming at 1440p@144Hz or 4K@60Hz. Not much of productivity or streaming. That's why I got 3700X (considered 3600 as well but I wanted to stick with 8C16T at minimum), and planned to keep this system until later next year when Ryzen 4000 launches, and upgrade to 4700X or something.

Fortunately, I can return 3700X and X570 for full refund as they are within return period. So, I can either keep my initial plan of 3700X now 4700X later, or go with 9900k, OC to 5GHz+ and done with it.

Financially, I don't think it would make much difference.

9900k would cost $ 600 today w/ $ 200 Z390 mobo.
3700X + X570 cost me $ 550. Ryzen 4700X would cost ~$ 300, and hope I can get rid of 3700X for ~$ 150.

I will spend about $ 100 more at the end if I were to go with 3700X now 4700X later, but 4700X would outperform 9900k@5GHz, so I am certainly willing to pay price. (And who am I talking about 'financial' when I already spent $ 1300 on GPU. lol)

Of course, there are many assumptions in this plan; i.e. AMD not jacking up the price of 4000's and delivers what is expected. And of course, there are the third and forth option: Forget both and stick with 3700X all the way! OR Forget all three, and get 3900X lol

So, what do you guys think?


CONCLUSION REACHED!! As mentioned in my last reply, I wasn't aware about Z390 limitation of using 3 NVMe's. Answer is clear now! Thank you guys, you really saved me.
 
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lobz

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Why on Earth would you go through all that fuss just for getting a couple (really not much) more fps @1440p and nothing @ 4K, plus being stuck on a dead and inferior platform (Z390 vs X570)?

That is my opinion.
 

UsandThem

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Why on Earth would you go through all that fuss just for getting a couple (really not much) more fps @1440p and nothing @ 4K, plus being stuck on a dead and inferior platform (Z390 vs X570)?

That is my opinion.
Exactly.

The OP has already had a 9900K build once before, so I don't get this thread at all. A lot of work for gaining basically nothing.
https://forums.anandtech.com/threads/all-sold.2569562/

From what they have posted before, I guess they just like to upgrade to different CPUs all the time. Like J.G. Wentworth says in their commericals "It's your money"....... :p
 

VirtualLarry

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If you want/need "three NVMe", then you DON'T want an Intel consumer platform, where ALL of the NVMe slots are routed through one PCi-E 3.0 x4 / DMI 3.0 connection.
 
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lobz

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If you want/need "three NVMe", then you DON'T want an Intel consumer platform, where ALL of the NVMe slots are routed through one PCi-E 3.0 x4 / DMI 3.0 connection.
I completely forgot to mention that. He went with X570 exactly because of this, but then he would cripple all the drives just for the cool notion of having a 5 GHz CPU.

I hope we can save the OP some trouble :)
 

everydae

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Exactly.

The OP has already had a 9900K build once before, so I don't get this thread at all. A lot of work for gaining basically nothing.
https://forums.anandtech.com/threads/all-sold.2569562/

From what they have posted before, I guess they just like to upgrade to different CPUs all the time. Like J.G. Wentworth says in their commericals "It's your money"....... :p
Actually, although I said I tried it for a week, I actually didn't. That 9900k was open box I got from Microcenter, and hoped I could turn it around for a little profit. But actually instead, I just returned it. :p
 

everydae

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I completely forgot to mention that. He went with X570 exactly because of this, but then he would cripple all the drives just for the cool notion of having a 5 GHz CPU.

I hope we can save the OP some trouble :)
I honestly was not aware of this at all! So, yes, you guys really saved me on this! It's clear now that I will stick with X570. Question will be 3700X all the way, or 4700X next year, but either way, I am going with Ryzen and giving 9900k back to buddy.
 
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lobz

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I honestly was not aware of this at all! So, yes, you guys really saved me on this! It's clear now that I will stick with X570. Question will be 3700X all the way, or 4700X next year, but either way, I am going with Ryzen and giving 9900k back to buddy.
I think that the beauty of sticking with your build now is that in a year or so when the new AMD CPUs come out, you can decide if you still want something new or not, while if you'll want whichever new intel CPU, having the 9900K machine won't dlbe much of a help... :)
A lot can happen in a year, so unless you're dissatisfied with the 3700X for some reason, I'd stick with it and spend that couple of hundreds on candy - or Candy :D
 

rbk123

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I think that the beauty of sticking with your build now is that in a year or so when the new AMD CPUs come out, you can decide if you still want something new or not,
He's jonesing so bad for a switch already, he'll have switched several times between now and next year's new Zen's, just watch.
 

everydae

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He's jonesing so bad for a switch already, he'll have switched several times between now and next year's new Zen's, just watch.
Actually, no, lol. I hope I can, but with my wife coming back from Korea, moving and everything else over next six months, this will be my last chance to settle with the rig until summer. If I could switch in between, I wouldn’t even bother to ask, just will.
 

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