Gaming Rig Upgrade Planning – I’m an Intel Guy, Should I Be?

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Greetings ladies and gentlemen,

I’m planning an upgrade of my gaming rig and I’m trying to decide which direction to go with the CPU. 

It is primarily for gaming, so I’m leaning heavier toward single-core performance than multicore. However, I would like to be able to use it for Dev (and maybe even drop Linux on it, though I’ve struggled the last few years dual booting on the bare metal and have leaned toward VMs/containers. 

Anyway, all the benchmarks I read suggest Intel still wins the race in single core, but AMD toss more horses on the track for multicore performance. 

I dont want to spend unreasonably, but cost isn’t a primary factor either…if there is a good trade off to justify added cost (for instance, I do have some brand leanings and will spend a bit more for quality / support).

Below are the two baseline builds I’m looking at. If I went with the AMD build I’d want a motherboard that supports a future upgrade to a 3000 series chip. (Assuming they are more expensive than I want to front for the baseline build.)

I have plans to add to the system in a few additional phases, but most of that doesn’t matter (for instance, the Intel build would quickly get a dedicated graphics card, but I can run it off my old 1070 for now; the AMD build would get a better cooler for additional overclocking, etc.) But these additions don’t really impact my main question here. 

I’ve always loved Intel, but is the better multicore performance of Ryzen chips worth it? (I’d like a friendly, but lively discussion from those who own similar chips to what I’m looking at.)

Intel – i5 (Phase 1, Baseline Build)

PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/3MKVJ8

CPU: Intel – Core i5-9600K 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor  ($249.95 @ Amazon) 

CPU Cooler: Corsair – H80i v2 70.69 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler  ($94.99 @ Newegg) 

Motherboard: Asus – ROG STRIX Z390-E GAMING ATX LGA1151 Motherboard  ($231.99 @ Amazon) 

Memory: Corsair – Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($97.99 @ Newegg) 

Storage: Samsung – 970 Evo Plus 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive  ($109.99 @ Amazon) 

Case: Corsair – 100R ATX Mid Tower Case  (Purchased For $49.99) 

Power Supply: Corsair – RMx 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  (Purchased For $79.99) 

Case Fan: Corsair – CO-9050015-BLED 52.19 CFM 120 mm Fan  (Purchased For $11.25) 

Total: $926.14

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-05 05:13 EDT-0400

AMD Ryzen 7 (Phase 1, Baseline Build)

PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/fVRXxG

CPU: AMD – Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor  ($269.99 @ Amazon) 

Motherboard: Asus – ROG Crosshair VII Hero (Wi-Fi) ATX AM4 Motherboard  ($274.30 @ Amazon) 

Memory: Corsair – Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  ($97.99 @ Newegg) 

Storage: Samsung – 970 Evo Plus 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive  ($109.99 @ Amazon) 

Video Card: Asus – GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB STRIX GAMING OC Video Card  ($389.99 @ B&H) 

Case: Corsair – 100R ATX Mid Tower Case  (Purchased For $49.99) 

Power Supply: Corsair – RMx 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  (Purchased For $79.99) 

Case Fan: Corsair – CO-9050015-BLED 52.19 CFM 120 mm Fan  (Purchased For $11.25) 

Total: $1283.49

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-05 05:14 EDT-0400

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