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Is a Dell Inspiron i7-9700 for $900 a good deal if already have a GTX1080?

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Is a Dell Inspiron i7-9700 for $900 a good deal if already have a GTX1080?

Our current "gaming" computer has a GTX1080, 800W power supply, and TB HDD's that we intend to transplant into a new computer. Is $900 for this Dell boxing day special a good deal, or should we hold out for a better one?

https://deals.dell.com/en-ca/productdetail/3uow

i7 9700
Windows 10 Home
Intel UHD Graphics 630 with shared graphics memory
256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
12GB, DDR4, 2666MHz
802.11bgn + Bluetooth 4.0
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since you already have a custom computer it would make more sense to upgrade the motherboard/memory and cpu
with sales right now you would probably be at around or less than 1k for the upgrade to an i7 (500)+ mobo (200) + m2 ssd (150) + 16 gig memory (150)

there would be a high probability that the 1080 doesn't fit in the inspiron case and you would also need to transplant the 800w psu if you wanted it to start up
FFWD wrote: Our current "gaming" computer has a GTX1080, 800W power supply, and TB HDD's that we intend to transplant into a new computer. Is $900 for this Dell boxing day special a good deal, or should we hold out for a better one?

https://deals.dell.com/en-ca/productdetail/3uow

i7 9700
Windows 10 Home
Intel UHD Graphics 630 with shared graphics memory
256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
12GB, DDR4, 2666MHz
802.11bgn + Bluetooth 4.0
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FFWD wrote: Our current "gaming" computer has a GTX1080, 800W power supply, and TB HDD's that we intend to transplant into a new computer. Is $900 for this Dell boxing day special a good deal, or should we hold out for a better one?

https://deals.dell.com/en-ca/productdetail/3uow

i7 9700
Windows 10 Home
Intel UHD Graphics 630 with shared graphics memory
256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
12GB, DDR4, 2666MHz
802.11bgn + Bluetooth 4.0
What was the " Old " computer's specs? Looks like intel is coming up with a ryzen reply with their whole lineup getting hyperthreading and starting with i3s at 4core/8 threads, i5 6c/12t , i7 8c/16t and i9 10c/20thread? Suppose to be announced in January and released in the spring? I'd wait the few weeks and see what the pricing is. Might be able to get a 8core/16thread for same price as the i7 9700 which is a 8core/8thread cpu.
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coilz wrote: What was the " Old " computer's specs? Looks like intel is coming up with a ryzen reply with their whole lineup getting hyperthreading and starting with i3s at 4core/8 threads, i5 6c/12t , i7 8c/16t and i9 10c/20thread? Suppose to be announced in January and released in the spring? I'd wait the few weeks and see what the pricing is. Might be able to get a 8core/16thread for same price as the i7 9700 which is a 8core/8thread cpu.
Yeah, but unless the hyperthreading security holes are fixed in the new silicon, who cares? Also, Zen 3 is reportedly showing a 17% or greater IPC increase, and Intel is struggling with 10nm yields.
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lostintransit wrote: since you already have a custom computer it would make more sense to upgrade the motherboard/memory and cpu
with sales right now you would probably be at around or less than 1k for the upgrade to an i7 (500)+ mobo (200) + m2 ssd (150) + 16 gig memory (150)

there would be a high probability that the 1080 doesn't fit in the inspiron case and you would also need to transplant the 800w psu if you wanted it to start up
Based on the price difference, seems better to just buy the new computer and swap parts so I have 2 working computers. The current computer is an i5 8-something So it would be a waste to have the internals collecting dust on a shelf. Also it’s an Acer so it may have special connectors for power, etc. I had to hack some of the connectors to make space for the 1080 to fit, but it did. If it doesn’t fit the new case, then I’d return it.
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FFWD wrote: Based on the price difference, seems better to just buy the new computer and swap parts so I have 2 working computers. The current computer is an i5 8-something So it would be a waste to have the internals collecting dust on a shelf. Also it’s an Acer so it may have special connectors for power, etc. I had to hack some of the connectors to make space for the 1080 to fit, but it did. If it doesn’t fit the new case, then I’d return it.
You current gaming computer is a i5 8XXX? upgrading to a i7 9700 wouldnt give you that much of a gaming improvement, use the money and get a RTX 2080 or better and upgrade your monitor to something better. If insist on CPU upgrade, again... wait till spring time.
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coilz wrote: You current gaming computer is a i5 8XXX? upgrading to a i7 9700 wouldnt give you that much of a gaming improvement, use the money and get a RTX 2080 or better and upgrade your monitor to something better. If insist on CPU upgrade, again... wait till spring time.
Oops, I just checked and it's an i5-6400. We just bought the 1080 on Black Friday and a 165Hz monitor for Christmas. I could have bought a 2080 but went with the GTX1080 on the recommendation of almost every review I read because of the reported issues. Also, there was no mention of openbroadcasting offloading, which (had I known at the time) would have been another reason to go RTX. Was this something recently added via firmware, and have they fixed all the problems with the RTX series?
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FFWD wrote: Oops, I just checked and it's an i5-6400. We just bought the 1080 on Black Friday and a 165Hz monitor for Christmas. I could have bought a 2080 but went with the GTX1080 on the recommendation of almost every review I read because of the reported issues. Also, there was no mention of openbroadcasting offloading, which (had I known at the time) would have been another reason to go RTX. Was this something recently added via firmware, and have they fixed all the problems with the RTX series?
RTX had issues when it first dropped, but those problems ended up being resolved quickly, within a few months time. There is nothing wrong with RTX GPU's now except the horrible pricing and the timing and lackluster RTX support on games. RTX 2xxx + Super cards are still really expensive GPUs to purchase, and with confirmation on Nvidia moving on from Turing to Ampere 7nm Architecture by 2Q, (this year) , unless you really need a GPU it would make sense to wait. RTX 3080Ti, and 3080 (if they continue with their current numbering scheme) should be available for purchase hopefully by the end of Summer 2020. Also AMD is launching Big Navi as well.
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