A few months ago I bought a new GPU (1060 GB) and my performance got higher from that. But now I see my CPU is not enough for what I am doing on my PC.
So what I do on my PC? Play games. This part is quite good. I can run most of games in almost full settings (GTA 5 etc) but my CPU is on 70-90% of usage. In PUBG it's around 80-95% (Low setting except render distance).
I like streaming Recently I started streaming again. And since I have second monitor I can see that most times my CPU is 80-100% depending on which game I am playing. Right now I encode the video with the GPU (nvidia nvec), so GPU is taking the hard part but still OBS need something to do, so mostly it takes 10% of usage. I stream in 720p60fps (Internet doesn't allow me to do 1080p30fps or higher). During the streaming I also host MP games (strategy games) and run some background programs like Chrome, Discord, Bots for Chat, etc.
Time to time some fans they can see that streaming is laggy and I see in OBS that is buffering and losing frames. I don't want to go lower on quality settings. I just want to have nice picture for the viewers.
Photoshop, video editing, rendering. For pictures and graphics I am using Photoshop. It currently seems like I have enough power. For editing and video rendering, I don't think there's enough power. It takes a long time to make a 20 minute video, like 40-50 minutes to render in fullHD. Just for fun I am rendering Also fractals, but it's not important.
So I believe that it's not good to have CPU at 80-100% usage all the time.
My current build
- CPU: Intel Core i5-3550p
- GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060(GB)
- RAM: 16 gigabytes 1600MHz (two slots)
- MB: Asrock Z77 pro3
- Drives: 1 TB Western Digital(Other data) and 120GM SSD kingstone (OS programs some games) PSU: Corsair 600 Watts
Budget: Well this is the hard part. I can use around 500-700 dollars depending on the CPU (that's why the range explaining below).
My opinion. Since I have an old CPU (maybe causing the issue) I also need a new MB and RAMs, so the budget includes those things. Now I am considering Intel Core I5-8400 or Intel Core I7-8700. Between those there is a difference of around 200 dollars (which is the reason for a 500-700 budget). I am not sure if the power of I7 is worthy to spend money on it for what I am doing on pc most of the time.
Last words: I want to buy a new HW for the next 4-5 years. Also, I don't like CPU with K version, because I never do overclokings and I like coolers that comes with CPU (good experience Intel-3550p). At the same time, I am not fan of AMD because I had a bad experience with them.