- May 9, 2004
The KBL decoder capabilities also has nothing to do with the chipset right? Because that G4560 + MSI H110i mobo looks mighty tempting.
If one is going to buy a gaming CPU right now to keep for 3 years+ it's really 7700K or bust. The i7-Ks have been massively outselling the i5-Ks since DC because more people are realizing betting against a certainly more heavily threaded computing future to save a mere $100 is foolish in an era of long lived CPUs, especially when considering the added costs of Z-boards and all that added trouble that OCing brings to the mix.I don't get the idea of "stopgap" CPUs/components. That's just double dipping, handing your money over twice to the CPU company when you could just hand it over once for a good CPU and not need to come back for 3-5 years+.
I can virtually guarantee that anybody who buys a 7700K for a gaming PC today will not "need" to upgrade for a long, long time. Even the i5 7600 isn't going to be a problem for a long time.
But a Celeron, Pentium, or i3? That'll need to be upgraded much sooner.
Now of course this argument works IF you have the money to spend upfront for the i7. If you don't, then you buy the best you can and ride it as long as possible. But people who CAN afford the 7700K but end up just throwing money away on stopgaps are just enriching Intel and its shareholders at the expense of their own pocketbooks.