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Not to thread crap, but you can get AMD 3600 + mobo + 512GB SSD for cheaper than this. Gaming and computing performance is better to much better than this setup.
You're partially right, you'll get more performance in absolute top end terms, but only when you are completely CPU bottlenecked, which on video games is not usually the case. Generally you'll see a 10-15fps spread between the 9600k and the Ryzen 3600 when this condition is met, but in real life you aren't going to see this unless you are playing some E-sports game at 300+ uncapped FPS with low GPU requirements (at which point, does 10-15fps really matter? If it does then you might like this product but you are at the niche of a niche in terms of specific use cases). The top end matters, but the bottom end frame time drops are what really makes gaming feel stuttery.

For the vast majority of people today, they are going to be playing something that is graphically demanding on a mid-range GPU and that will be your bottleneck; for those people you would be MUCH better off with SMT (Intel calls it hyperthreading, the 9600k doesn't have it) on the 3600, which is like getting a 15-30% boost to your 6 existing cores. The way that helps most is by smoothing out the .1% and 1% frame-time drops which will make the game smoother overall by improving consistency.

I am using a 8600k overclocked to 5Ghz in my PC I built before the 3600 came out, and there's not a chance I would choose Intel if I were building today. I love my PC, and it was a solid choice when I built it, but today AMD is simply embarrassing Intel on the value and compatibility proposition. You can get a 3600 with a 'good enough' pack in cooler for $165 today, and it has board compatibility with the X570 platform which will also support the newest Ryzen 4000 parts when they are released. Contrast that with Intel, who thinks $240 is a reasonable price for the 9600k, and has dead ended their Z390 platform in favor of the upcoming Z490 platform which will leave you orphaned and unable to use their upcoming desktop chips (even though Intel is about to release updated 10600k parts which are still on the same 14nm node, they decided it would be smart to make it incompatible with the coffee lake platform parts).

None of this even begins to consider that most PC owners eventually do some multithreaded work loads that aren't games, and the 3600 has SMT which makes it blow past the 9600k in performance.

Don't buy this. It's not a bad product in isolation, like I said I love my 8600k, but when compared to the competition it's just not a wise choice for the vast majority of users.
nope. 9600k with 6 threads have microstutters in some games. Look it up. And the 9600k only beats the 3600 if you heavily OC. 9700k is the bare minimum for modern games without microstutters, but then you are talking $200 more which means you should be comparing it to the 3900x. Look I dont want this to be an intel vs AMD thread. My point is like others have said. Price to performance ratio is bad so this is not a great deal at all.

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This is a pretty damn good deal. The Prime board is solid - reasonably good VRM and fast memory support. The included SSD should be a great boot drive with the built in Optane. The 9600K is still a quite competitive processor. Pair this with the 16gb 4000Mhz Patriot B-die on sale today and you have yourself one heck of a start to a system.

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Looks like you can get the i7 in the bundle for $629 instead of the i5 if you need more HP.

Intel Core i7-9700K Coffee Lake 8-Core 3.6 GHz (4.9 GHz Turbo) LGA 1151 (300 Series)
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Not to thread crap, but you can get AMD 3600 + mobo + 512GB SSD for cheaper than this. Gaming and computing performance is better to much better than this setup.
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Not to thread crap, but you can get AMD 3600 + mobo + 512GB SSD for cheaper than this. Gaming and computing performance is better to much better than this setup.
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Not to thread crap, but you can get AMD 3600 + mobo + 512GB SSD for cheaper than this. Gaming and computing performance is better to much better than this setup.
lol, money to power ratio sure. But to say "gaming and computing performance is better"? No. 9600k is better in every benchmark and realtime gaming.
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lol, money to power ratio sure. But to say "gaming and computing performance is better"? No. 9600k is better in every benchmark and realtime gaming.
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/comp...3481vs3337

In gaming sure the 9600K maybe better, but when you need threaded performance then 3600 just crushes the the 9600K. I have both. I know. 4000mhz memory is not as important to Intel CPU at this point. One is my work station and one is for gaming.
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lol, money to power ratio sure. But to say "gaming and computing performance is better"? No. 9600k is better in every benchmark and realtime gaming.
nope. 9600k with 6 threads have microstutters in some games. Look it up. And the 9600k only beats the 3600 if you heavily OC. 9700k is the bare minimum for modern games without microstutters, but then you are talking $200 more which means you should be comparing it to the 3900x. Look I dont want this to be an intel vs AMD thread. My point is like others have said. Price to performance ratio is bad so this is not a great deal at all.
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microcenter is your best bet since they have $20 off mobo if you buy with cpu. Otherwise there have been 3600 deals for about $165. B450m mobo is all you need and there were some decent ones for $100. If you want the x570 mobo, the asus TUF is the way to go and those were around $160ish without wifi and 175ish with. 512GB m.2 nvme ssd can be had for $70 or less. Overall you are still lower than this for better performance and probably lower power also considering how intel rates their TDP. Also note with AMD you dont have to buy a CPU cooler unlike intel which can save you $20 or more. Unless you go for the top 3950x cpu. Best of luck on the build.
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I've been a long time intel user, but I finally made a move to ryzen 3900x and couldn't be happier with my decision. I am never going back to Intel for sure. Intel 9900k would only give you what, like 6 fps more? But 3900x would crush 9900k in multi core performance and it uses less power than the 9900k and it's cheaper.

Don't waste your money on Intel, they don't deserve it.
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