I am fortunate enough to live within reasonable driving distance of a Microcenter(45 minutes). I dragged my feet a couple of weeks ago when the 2700x first went on sale and I missed out. Now it is back to $130 and I am very tempted to build something new. My 3770k and z77 are long in the tooth but still running a respectable 4.5 ghz on a 1080p display at 144hz. Performance is still plenty given the lack of gaming time I get in these days but the mb is developing a few quirks and I'd like to build something before it decides to die on me. It seems to me the 2700x is an outstanding value for $130, and with the $30 off motherboard discount I think I can put that towards a newer x570 chipset and build myself a decent replacement without dropping alot of cash. The X570 will give me more upgradability options down the road. My brother went the 9400f route recently and he's been satisfied with his build. At $125 or so I see that as a viable option also but I'm currently leaning more towards Team AMD this time around. Thoughts on either of those two cpu's or any other suggestions besides those two that offer good bang-for-the-buck for a gaming computer at 1080p or 1440p at 144hz?