hobowriter wrote in post #18565011
Not sure how you interpret a post that asks if I really need the latest and greatest to mean that I want the latest and greatest.
I'm just suggesting that you consider 8th generation. At least in laptops it seems to do well and even in some instances handles single threaded task well. Quoting from the link...
Cinebench R15 also allows us to test performance of the application in single-threaded tasks, so we threw the switch and ran all five laptops through the same task. The real surprise is the winner. You'd think it would be the Core i7-7700HQ in the newest XPS 15, but no, it's the new Core i7-8550U in the XPS 13.
As far as multi threaded tasks, the article states
...the Core i7-8550U simply destroys the 7th-gen Core i7 dual-core CPU.
The article does point out that a concern is cooling and that definitely applies to laptops but you are doing a built out of a desktop where cooling can readily be handled. I think you also have a motherboard consideration as the 8th generation requires the Intel's Z370 chipset based motherboard.