- 17 months ago
I plan on building a 2nd system (already got a R7 2700 - purchased on sale - saved over $100 on the 2700X - reason why I went with it).
I plan on getting a 'cheap' Intel system - probably itx but looking at the processors - I have my eye on a used 8700K ($370 CAD) but noticed the 9th gen i5-9600K is around $350 retail right now. Does it make sense to stick with the i7?
I think single thread performance is very similar/comparable which makes the 9th gen i5 cpu a compelling buy in comparison but the multi-threaded performance is much lower (no hyperthreading is the reason?). There is solder with the 9th gen i5 whereas the 8700k would probably have to be delidded to have the option of really overclocking, right?
Which is the better choice? Just curious. The i5 is just under $400, the used i7 is $370 and for reference, I can even get an 8086k for $450 but I think that's over doing it - more $$ for not much more performance than the i7-8700K and it still doesn't have solder (although, it's better binned but extra $50 is not worth it - it's 'used' but meaning someone won it but is selling it).
Please advise (note: it will be used as a hackitosh but also because I use Linux/Windows and would rather have the 2nd computer and not have to reboot all the time when switching).