Question: What is the best CPU for a GTX 1080, that will not kill my pockets.
My thoughts: 1600, maybe 1700 (but might be overkill)
I got a like new EVGA GTX 1080 FTW for $200 ( a solid upgrade from a r9 270x), and my current system has an AMD 8320 @4.2 ghz. I never overclocked the cpu until recently because I noticed the 1080 was held back by the cpu thus I am sitting at 4.2 ghz.
While the overclock has significantly raised FPS and utilization from the card, needless to say, the 1080 is still held back.
So I am working on getting a new cpu and motherboard and my heart is going towards a ryzen 1600. I am wondering if even then that will create a bottleneck?
I am well aware that a movement from 8320 to 1600 is a significant upgrade, but I have looked at benchmarks that showed other cpu’s getting more FPS even a difference of 25+ fps.
It’s been about 5-6 years since i have had my cpu so i wouldn’t mind forking out a few extra bucks so that it can serve a long time like the AMD 8320 (it will forever be in my heart).
I really appreciate the guidance. I was thinking of getting the 1600 and OC’ing it but I have to learn how to do it and considering that my wife uses this computer I cannot have an unexpected crash when I am not at the house to fix it.
I used the pre built OC feature on the AsRock motherboard which works fine but I am sure it has a generic voltage that is causing unnecessary heat.
I noticed that the price difference between the 7700k and the 1700 is only a few bucks off, is there any reason to consider the 1700 over the 7700k?
The 7700K is faster in single threaded applications but the 1700 has twice the cores. Games currently profit more from single thread performance than cores, making the 7700 the best CPU for gaming. Applications which can make use of all 8 cores will in turn run significantly faster on the 1700.
So it depends on your use case which one is the better one. I personally wouldn’t buy a quad core in 2017 anymore. With the core count being on the rise now future games be optimized to utilize the additional cores better.