Should I upgrade to a i9 9900K from 4th gen intel cpu?

I have a 4690k OC to 4.5Ghz and a GTX1070 OCed to a decent clock.

Few days ago, I did the stupidity of getting a used 1080ti for $550 while prices are low and stocks are limited. After countless research about bottleneck with my i5, Ive also bought a 4790k for $200 used. I was thinking of compensating for the purchase by selling my replaced parts and realized how hard past few years were trying to cable manage my CM Elite 341 case. I ended up ordering a NZXT h500 with it as the ball rolled a noctua d15 cooler. Now before building/transferring my PC to its new shell, I've realized an i9 9900K, motherboard and Ram are the only components I am missing from a new updated build. Besides rebuilding an old build is a hassle.

Therefore right now I am extremely confused what to do, should I sell the $200 4790k with my whole PC to cover the cost of the upgrade, or should i just settle down with the 4790k and the 1080ti(which i've decided i am keeping) until the release of another CPU and DDR5 ram. I have no clue when is the next Ryzen or Pascal equivalent is coming. I dnt know why am i so confused about this, but i know the benchmark video of assassins creed Odyssey was the reason that provoked me with a bench of 44fps (I was too late to realize it was badly optimized).

Please HELPPPP!!!

Any suggestions are welcomed.

PS:All i do is game at 1440p 60fps and everything maxxed out.
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  1. I can only suggest you upgrade to the i7 9700k
    Sell what you can for what you can. If you overclock like crazy on your 4790k you may find an upgrade might not be needed.

    I like your style though, the title of this post should have been please help I can't stop upgrading. :)
  2. spentshells said:
    I can only suggest you upgrade to the i7 9700k
    Sell what you can for what you can. If you overclock like crazy on your 4790k you may find an upgrade might not be needed.

    I like your style though, the title of this post should have been please help I can't stop upgrading. :)


    Please don't make me laugh, I am crying inside. This addiction is more complicated than women's shopping spree. :(

    Buy why would you suggest a 9700k? It does have more cores than a 8700k but no HT. Also about 5 years ago when i got the 4690k most games were 4 cores based, that is why I skipped on the 4790k. Now after 5y here I am playing $200 extra on a 4790k just to run the 1080ti. I dnt upgrade that often, may be that is why I am so overwhelmed.
  3. FWIW,

    I just upgraded to an i7-4790k. Since I have little to no experience in OC, I decided (and against all the comments about EasyTune here on Tom's) to go ahead and try the EasyTune software included in the Gigabyte App Center. Much to my surprise it tuned up to 4.8GHz with a vcore of 1.25 v. Perfectly stable and runs benchmarks like a scalded ape!

    I don't know where your system falls short for you, but I would sure go ahead and try that 4790k! If your results mirror mine, you might well be able to put off an upgrade for quite a while!

    Larry
  4. The 9700k seems sensible and the 9900k is a bit overkill. 8 cores should be more than plenty for gaming. I'd actually opt for 6 cores if it were me.

    Overclock the 4790k and compare benchmarks.

    Hell what's the point keep going till you are satisfied. This isn't a tech issue but rather a matter of personal satisfaction. If you are on a 5 year upgrade cycle just do it. Sell all the old stuff while it's still worth something. The 4790k is going for more than 200 on eBay closer to 300 4690k at least 160. 6gb of ram will get ya 50 USD a quality motherboard can be sold nearly what you paid for it if not more. Sell sell sell.
  5. spentshells said:
    The 9700k seems sensible and the 9900k is a bit overkill. 8 cores should be more than plenty for gaming. I'd actually opt for 6 cores if it were me.

    Overclock the 4790k and compare benchmarks.

    Hell what's the point keep going till you are satisfied. This isn't a tech issue but rather a matter of personal satisfaction. If you are on a 5 year upgrade cycle just do it. Sell all the old stuff while it's still worth something. The 4790k is going for more than 200 on eBay closer to 300 4690k at least 160. 6gb of ram will get ya 50 USD a quality motherboard can be sold nearly what you paid for it if not more. Sell sell sell.


    I like what you said. I have seen cinebench results for the i9 and it scores 2.5x times of a 4790k. I may be lucky to win a bid for $220 on a 4790k. I will play around with it. I think it comes stock at 4.0GHz and turbos to 4.4GHz. Im new to OC myself like Imacflier and with my 4690k which stocks 3.5Ghz(3.9Ghz turbo) I was able to push 4.5Ghz with 1.15V at 65'C on demanding games. Prime95(non AVX) ran solid for 24h with temp hovering over 77'C. Already posted my build on Craigslist, lets see if i get a buyer, i will move on with the upgrade.


    But now that you said "5years upgrade cycle" I may consider making it a thing:bounce:
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