Beko95
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Intel
Core i7-10700K - Good 14 months ago.
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— Decent if you can pick it up for around $350 at micro center, but the normal $400 asking price is a bit steep. While the 10600k is a higher value right now, the 10700k could be seen as the minimum from Intel for "future proofing" against the next generation of games that will be made for PS5/Xbox which are powered by an 8-core zen 2 chip. I don't doubt 6-core desktop chips will still play the games well, but there should be even more scaling to be had from having a few extra cores in many titles. Some will cite that last gen consoles were also 8 cores and quad cores were fine then on the desktop, but Jaguar cores had IPC comparable to Athlon 64 Windsor cores which was awful even at the time, and did not have SMT meaning a quad core i7 offered as many logical cores as the ps4/xbone did while having massively higher IPC in spite of their physical core deficit; the next gen Zen 2 cpu's will leverage competitive IPC along with SMT (8c + 16t) to the fullest extent, and it only seems logical to match that as a minimum for a gaming rig you don't plan to upgrade for at least 5 years.

Intel
Core i9-10900K - Good 15 months ago.
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— When it comes to Intel, speed is the name of the game. It's not as powerful as the 3900x, but it is much faster than it, or any other Ryzen cpu. It's like comparing a 16 wheeler to a rally car. Many people focused on productivity and cpu compute will benefit more from AMD's equivalent, but gamers should be looking at this for the fastest possible performance.

Intel
Core i3-10100 - Liked 16 months ago.
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Intel
Core i9-10900 - Average 16 months ago.
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Intel Core i5-11600K $260Nvidia RTX 3060-Ti $400Crucial MX500 250GB $45
Intel Core i5-11400F $260Nvidia RTX 3070 $500Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
Intel Core i7-11700K $350Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $240Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $183
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Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $43Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $68SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $38Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $75SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $80G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $649SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
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