So, I after waiting with my 6500 and 1070, decided to get the 7700k after the launch week Ryzen benches and reviews came out.
I however, am indecisive as hell and still am trying to decide whether it was the right choice over the 1700.
To make it worse, or better I guess, as Im in the returns period on Amazon, I could totally return the 7700k for the 1700 with no problems.
Here is what makes this choice harder than it might appear at first.
I plan to eventually build a free nas with the old i5 6500, or give it to someone else, so another motherboard would eventually be purchased anyways (taking away the price advantage of just using the 7700k in my current motherboard as I am doing now)
I already have a big fat noctua nh 15s (which I can also return, but I hate stock fans anyways)
Why am I agonizing?
I eventually plan to get a better monitor with freesync or at the very least 1440 with a nice refresh rat better than my current typical, bog standard, run of the mill, prototypical 1080p monitor.
I currently use 2 monitors (1 1080p and 1 900p) and play all my games with borderless windowed mode to accommodate quick switching
I often do light multi tasking (just youtube or forums in the background (~30-50 tabs))
Switching to the 7700k, was easy as pie given that its just a bios update and processor swap away. Switching to the 1700 might have me reinstalling windows (which anyone who has over 100 programs knows is absolute hell and takes for ever (literally hours in my case)). This makes the 7700k also far more convenient.
The biggest point of contention though is my current use case. Im not sure, whether or not having so much of chrome open, takes away the ~5-25% gaming advantage (looking at 1%s/frame times mainly because average means nothing if its jerky) the overclocked 7700k generally seems to have over the 1700 overclocked.
No one seems to test things like this. Usually, for reference, my background stuff usage stays when idle between 5-10% at the most, which I dont think is all that far off from a pretty stock windows config. It does jump when Im actually browsing and clicking, but I dont consider that a problem since Im not paying attention to the game while clicking on the other screen.
Now, something else I considered is future proofing, but given that even in the most multi threaded games out today, the 7700k wins for the most part, I think in 2 or so years, when I think il probably upgrade to 6 core intel mainstream if it happens (or Ryzen 2 if they get their clocks up), I dont think games will change quickly enough in that direction to invalidate my purchase.
All that being said, id love some opinions. Given this channel seems to like evidence based approaches, Ive come
hear in the hopes that the forum will be similar in atmosphere.