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Help With an Overdue Upgrade

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Oct 8, 2008
Looking to upgrade my current rig. The chip is no longer supported by windows 11 and it is overdue for a refresh.
Struggling with using the i9-10900k vs the i9-11900K. 8 cores vs 10, faster base clock speed, but 11900k better SSD and gaming support. Oh and the 10900K is about $65 cheaper.
Here is what I am thinking:

Current Build (Jan 2017)
  1. Intel Core i7 6850K
  2. Corsair H115i 104.7 CFM Liquid
  3. Asus STRIX X99
  4. G.Skill Trident 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3200
  5. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
  6. Samsung SSD 960 PRO 512GB
  7. EVGA SuperNOVA P2 850W Platinum
  8. Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV ATX ATX Mid Tower Case
  1. Intel i9 11900K
  2. Keep
  4. G.Skill Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-4000 CL18
  5. Keep
  6. Samsung 980 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280
  7. Keep
  8. Keep

Also do I wait for the Alder Lake build? What is right? Cooling? Memory?
thanks for your input
It depends on what you're doing with the rig., might not need to change A thing.
It depends on what you're doing with the rig., might not need to change A thing.

Sorry should have been more explicit. Gaming and some overclocking. Also general use which it is fine for now but like to keep things updated.
OK, then it's "because I want too", and that's as fine A reason as any other.
your ram, you can keep, quad channel ram will run just fine in dual channel, but, again, your reason to change is just fine, that can save A few bucks.
Don't expect great leaps in fps with keeping the same gpu, if you game at 1080p or lower you might see some gain, nothing big.
keep in mind with the same cooling less cores are easier to cool when overclocking.
The new Alder Lake should be available in a month or so which does bring some new tech with it. Not a long time to wait
I'd wait in that case.
A 6850K with A 1080 is still A powerhouse rig and it will give winders 11 A little time to cut some teeth.
I have A 6800K rig with A titan x-p that I abuse rendering and have no reason at all to update that rig and don't see A reason coming other than A hardware failure.
I also thought about upgrading my rig. It does everything I need it to but I decided to wait also. The new tech that AL will bring will be fun and exciting. I'll be giving it some time to work out Its teething problems and of course Win11.
I've looked at updating some of mine.
My game rig I updated from an 8086K to A 9900K, gains? zippo
My 9600K/ RTX2060 box running linux is just outstanding, not even thinking about touching it.
My 4 monster all AMD rendering boxes, nope, they are staying as they are.
My fully water cooled amd FX9590/ GTX Titan box, never gonna give it up, I have to have the most power hungry piggy on earth.
My two daily drivers, 4570S box and 4460/GTX 1060/GTX 980/gtx970 boxes, what would I gain????????
My 6800K/gtx titanX-P box, the only thing I would think of changing in it would be if I could find A 6850K for fair money, other wise not on your life.
My game rig, 9900K, 2x GTX1080's, sheeeeeees, I game at 1440P, 60FPS, MY 980 will actually do the job, multi gpu setups just look so sexy!!!!!