Contemplating upgrade from 4790K to 1800X RYZEN CPU

Here are my SPECS:
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VII Formula
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K OC to 4.6 GHz
RAM: 16GB RAM - 4 x 4 Corsair Vengeance
Storage: 500 GB Samsung EVO Pro SSD 2TB Hitachi
GPUs: GE Force TITAN X Pascal 12 GB EVGA
GeForce GTX 780 ACX FTW 3 GB (Physics)
PSU: 1000 w EVGA SuperNova P2
Monitors: 1 PG279Q 165 hz ROG Swift

I built this rig a few years ago and given the recent Ryzen developments- I thought an upgrade was necessary.

My reasons:

I recently started exploring streaming on Youtube and Twitch. Although my rig is a capable gaming system, I did notice some shortfalls with streaming. Mainly, my CPU, even overclocked with Gigabit internet, can hit some stutters here and there. Basically, I need a little more horsepower in the CPU dynamic to stream most titles at a reasonable 720p 60 fps.


I like Intel products, but the CPU prices in the last couple of years are ludicrous. $1600 for a 6950X is insanity- but I actually contemplated possibly investing in this CPU for streaming and Content creation. Gaming is also important to me.

I am not a fan of dual PC stream set-ups merely for the logistics of setup, doubling possible issues/problems, and cost. A single PC solution is more plausible for myself, which would still be costly, but a little more manageable if contained within a high-end single PC.

Possible solutions:

Since a single PC streaming/encoding solution seems most plausible to me, I was considering investing the money into building a more capable rig. Upgrading my MOBO, RAM, and CPU into my current rig is my plan. My choices are X99-V3 or AMD's AM4 Ryzen socket.

The 5960X, 6900K, and even the 6950X seemed like my next logical choices in the x99 category, until Ryzen emerged........ I am thinking an 1800X CPU, AM4 MOBO, and 32 GB RAM would all cost less then a single 8 core Intel CPU, and half of the cost of just the 6950X CPU alone!

Budget will obviously be important in terms of savings with the AMD combo, but is the Intel Combo substantially better for live streaming and mega-tasking?

My question to our community is this:

Should I buy the much more affordable 1800X/RAM/MOBO combo and save a lot of money or purchase the 6950X/RAM/MOBO combo for better performance?
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  1. I think your dilemma is 5960x vs ryzen 1800x gaming. cause apparently 1800x beats 5960x with workstation loads.

    therefore I guess you should invest in ryzen. because 1800x also beats 5960x in gaming.
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    Your primary use seems to be gaming and a variation focused mainly on gaming. I think the Ryzen with it's game performance issues is not the right thing for your goals. So the question then is which Intel CPU best meets your needs.

    When you hit your micro-stuttering are your cores saturated? I was just wondering if you have looked at the root of what is causing it. I'd be surprised if it were the core count being the issue.

    Here are some of the things others have done to help with micro-stuttering:
    Worth a shot to try this:
    Right click on the CMD icon. Select run as administrator
    In the dos window try:
    bcdedit /set disabledynamictick yes
    This helps microstuttering for many.

    This might also help:

    It is possible that an upgrade to a 2011-v3 socket would help because of the 40 PCI Express (PCIe) lanes. But for gaming or a mix heavily focused on gaming, I'm not sure a huge jump in cores does much good. The 5930k is a 6 core and overclocks well. The 6850k compared to a stock 5930k is faster but seems to not be such a good overclocker. The 6950x on the other hand is an entirely different animal. It is 10 cores. But it is only 3ghz, compared to the 3.6ghz 6850k.
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