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Buying PC what's more important? CPU vs GPU?

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Buying PC what's more important? CPU vs GPU?

i'm debating between 2 PCs that are similarly priced - but on has better CPU, the other has better GPU. Which should i get? its for casual gaming and productivity on a 4k monitor

The first:
  • i7-8700 CPU
  • GTX 1060 6GB

The other:
  • i7-7700 CPU
  • GTX 1070 8 GB

Which one should i get?
Thanks
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What's the price difference?

What games?
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mr_raider wrote: What's the price difference?

What games?
$1600 for i7-8700, 1060

$1650 for i7-7700, 1070

Games:
- VR
- Battlefield 1
- PubG
- GTA
etc.
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Get the 1070 PC. It is very unlikely that you will be CPU bound in the games you are playing, but you will be GPU bound especially in higher resolutions. Both the i7-7700 and i7-8700 are excellent processors. I've got the i7-7700k and all the games I've played so far have been GPU bound, I've never had a CPU bottleneck.
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gtx 1070. Almost twice the GPU.
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OP if you really want the best gaming bang for your buck, you could get one of the Coffee Lake quad core i3 CPUs and then go for a GTX 1080 or a GTX 1080 Ti with the money you'll save. You don't need hyperthreading or six cores for gaming. A modern quad core at 3.7ghz+ is all you need. Anything else is currently overkill.

Your other option would be a Kaby Lake i5. It will perform about the same as the Coffee Lake i3.
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Didn't you already buy the $799 Asus deal from Bestbuy in the Hot Deals thread yesterday?
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SickBeast wrote: OP if you really want the best gaming bang for your buck, you could get one of the Coffee Lake quad core i3 CPUs and then go for a GTX 1080 or a GTX 1080 Ti with the money you'll save. You don't need hyperthreading or six cores for gaming. A modern quad core at 3.7ghz+ is all you need. Anything else is currently overkill.

Your other option would be a Kaby Lake i5. It will perform about the same as the Coffee Lake i3.
I agree Coffe Lake i3 got a massive upgrade from previous gen with 4 cores and intergtated GPU without much of a spike in price. It went from avoid at all costs to possibly the best value chip (at least for Intel). Now if they just release those B360 boards.
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1070 and i7-7700, but if I were you I'd go for a Ryzen instead.
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used with a 4k monitor? the one with gtx 1070 for sure
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Go for the gtx 1070, i7 7700 cpu still good but I think you’ll get more value from the 1070
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NuLL0012 wrote: i'm debating between 2 PCs that are similarly priced - but on has better CPU, the other has better GPU. Which should i get? its for casual gaming and productivity on a 4k monitor

The first:
  • i7-8700 CPU
  • GTX 1060 6GB

The other:
  • i7-7700 CPU
  • GTX 1070 8 GB

Which one should i get?
Thanks
Id go with 8700 / 1060

But i prefer better cpu.

I would probably sell the 1060 6gb at inflated cost, buy a cheap 1050 for 80-100$. and sit until volta.

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