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    Default i5-8600K or a Ryzen 5 CPU for a planned gaming rig

    Which one should I go with?

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    Depends on the price. Here in The Netherlands even a Ryzen 7 2700X is cheaper then a i5 8600K because of Intel's problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -The_Mask- View Post
    ...a Ryzen 7 2700X is cheaper then a i5 8600K because of Intel's problems.
    What problems?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashiekh View Post
    What problems?
    Not enough manufacturing capacity.

    Thus an 8700K cost around 450€ right now here in Germany.
    The 8600 is 300€ here right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nater514520 View Post
    Which one should I go with?
    Depends a lot on your total budget, but on average a good AM4 board is cheaper by $10-20 than it's equivalent Z370 board.
    Right now a Ryzen 5 2600X is ~$210 while the Core i5-8600K is ~$260. If you're wanting to maximize your budget than the Ryzen is a better choice. Intel is a slightly better performer in games, but mostly at 1080p where games will be CPU bound instead of GPU bound. Even then the difference is 6-8% at best.

    Ryzen will also give you better general multitasking and that includes in game. So if you're going to have a web browser, music player, etc open while you game; then Ryzen with it's higher thread count is going to handle that kind of load better than Intel.


    EDIT: It's also worth considering, that the Core i5 9600K is coming out soon as well. It should have similar pricing, as well as the same Thread/Core count as the 8600K while running cooler and slightly faster.
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    The Intel K part does not come with a cooler included either, if you did not plan to buy one it may be worth considering that fact.

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    I was actually considering Ryzen for the reason that AM4 will be supported for much longer than Intel’s LGA1151

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nater514520 View Post
    I was actually considering Ryzen for the reason that AM4 will be supported for much longer than Intel’s LGA1151
    As an actual 2700X owner:

    Gaming in 1080p? Intel

    Gaming in 1440p? Still Intel but AMD is ok

    Gaming in 4k? whatever

    Streaming? Check Gamer Nexus's comparison but prob AMD 2700X rather than 8600/9600

    "AM4 will be supported for much longer" sure, but on Intel you get IPC of an next gen ryzen now. Also I don't believe that ZEN 2 will get into 5GHz territory. Furthermore Intel is more set and forget. AMD is a constant struggle. My crosshair VII hero got a bios update that made me unable to use my PC for like 2 weeks before they've fixed it. High RAM speeds are also more easily obtainable on Intel's platform.

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    I already have my cooler situation figured out, I know this might be overkill and possibly overrated, but I’m going to go with a 280mm AIO liquid cooler

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    Like everyone has said, and I will not so accurately phrase Gamers Nexus' Steve just for good measure:

    If you don't have any problem with money, go for the Intel parts, in the end it is not a bad choice since it is a good gaming CPU, and has some "features" that you could get advantage if you do some video editing, or creative work (And use Adobe software.).

    If your main constraint is money (You're on a budget), a AMD Ryzen CPU is a very good option, with a balanced price/quality ratio and, if you're a streamer, you can use your cores to work well with the streaming software and get a better performance while gaming. Oh, and if you get the overclocking itch, all Ryzen CPUs are unlocked for it (No need to buy "unlocked edition" for the CPU.).

    In the end, all is up to what you want to do and your constraints.

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