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  1. Cheers guys, really helpful I think I'll wait for Zen 3 and go from there.
  2. I did think about a Ryzen 7 3700x but they're a completely different price bracket for what I was planning on spending and seeing as my i5 Surface Laptop (first gen) just about manages my workload when I'm travelling, I thought the 3600 would manage just fine.
  3. I don't have any interest in RGB lighting in my case so that's really not a factor to me and also I'm looking at the £300-350 for the CPU, motherboard and RAM.
  4. Hi everyone, I'm looking to upgrade my 5 year old PC with components which are going to last me for the next 4-5 years. Currently I'm running a Intel i5 4570 CPU and a AMD RX 5700 GPU (which I bought on sale earlier this year) with the intent of upgrading my CPU later this year. I'm a graphic designer and photographer by trade but I also really enjoy gaming on PC so I'm planning on upgrading to the AMD Ryzen 5 3600, however I'm really struggling to decide whether to go for a B450 or a B550 motherboard. From my understand the main benefits of choosing B550 is PCIe 4 x16 and M.2 slots as well as support for Ryzen 4000 series CPU's which are expected to be released later this year. As I have already chosen my CPU which I'm hoping will last me the next 4-5 years, as well as PCIe gen 4 SSD's not really showing their value unless you deal with large data workloads like video editing, and how GPU's still haven't saturated PCIe 3 yet, is there any other reason for me to favour B550 over B450? I would really like to downsize from an ATX motherboard to a mini-ITX but if it's worth it for me to get a B550 motherboard I will probably have to get a mATX motherboard as B550 ITX's are too expensive for me. This would kind of suck as I haven't really found any affordable, truly mATX optimised cases but I would make that sacrifice if B550 would give me better longevity. I hope that makes sense. I would really appreciate some help. Thanks in advance. Matt
  5. I have a AMD RX 5700. I'm also looking at a mini ITX motherboard because I already have a ITX case I will be using from a previous build. You're saying the R5 3600 will cover me, CPU wise, for the next 4-5 years? Even if games move to using more cores?
  6. Hi everyone I'm looking to upgrade my CPU, motherboard and memory later this year. A couple of months ago I upgraded my GPU and SSD which is why I'm only looking at upgrading CPU, mobo and RAM for now. I've always been a console gamer but this year I have really enjoyed PC gaming and so I'm wanting to upgrade my PC so it's able to play similar Xbox Series X games, Halo Infinite in particular. From doing some research I've had conflicting opinions, almost all 'Xbox Series X PC builds' have used either a AMD Ryzen 5 3600 or even a 1600 AF both 6 core 12 thread CPU's or the AMD Ryzen 7 3700 a 8 core 12 thread CPU but unfortunately for me the R7 3700 is too expensive. Becuase it's too expensive my question is, how important is 8 cores going to be over the next 4-5 years? I would rather go for a cheaper CPU like the R5 1600 AF but if games are going to be more dependant on 8 cores in say a year or two, I don't want to be spending more money to upgrade my CPU again. I've also been looking at the AMD R7 2700x as it falls in my price range with 8 cores however, when comparing it to the R5 3600, the R5 3600 averages higher FPS in todays games which makes it a better choice for now but I don't know whether that will change if games switch to being more reliant on more cores. Additionally I'm planning on buying the Gigabyte Aorus B450 mini ITX motherboard and 16GB of DDR4 3200 MHz ram to accompany which ever AMD CPU I end up purchasing. I look forward to getting your thoughts on these questions and a bit of advise. Thanks in advance. Matt
  7. What kind of performance hit should I expect? I was thinking for a year or two.
  8. Hi all, I'm planning to upgrade my desktop later this year and I'm trying to gauge what would be the best parts for my budget. My current build is a Intel i5 4570, Asus H97-Plus motherboard, 2x4GB DDR3 1600 Mhz RAM, 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD and a AMD RX5700 all powered by a 750W PSU. I purchased the GPU earlier this week which is definitely over powered for my current build but I wanted to make sure that when I upgrade my CPU, motherboard and RAM, I'm not limited to my GPU. The parts I'm thinking of upgrading to are the AMD Ryzen 5 3600, Gigabyte B450 ITX motherboard and 1x16GB DDR4 3600MHz RAM which I've found brings me to the £350 budget I set for myself. My question though is, is this the best bang for my buck? I'm really only looking to upgrade my CPU, motherboard and RAM. My requirements are mini ITX motherboard and support for M.2 NVME storage as I would like to upgrade from a 256GB SSD to a 1TB NVME SSD later in the future. I use my desktop for a lot of graphic design using Affinity Design/Publisher and photo editing with Adobe Lightroom with some casual gaming on the side of course. I'm normally a console gamer but recently I've really enjoyed playing on PC and so I want this build to be an alternative to buying the new Xbox Series X when it releases later this year. I love Halo so I'm wanting to get ready for Halo Infinite when that releases as well. I hope that all makes sense. Let me know if you need any more information. Cheers! Matt
  9. I'm using a i5 4570 which I know is an old CPU. How much more performance am I likely to see if I upgraded to say a Ryzen 5 3600? I plan to upgrade but not this year I don't think.
  10. Hey everyone, Recently I did a bunch of research when buying my new graphics card and I was going to buy a AMD RX 5600 XT but then at checkout I decided to get a AMD RX 5700 as there was a deal going at the time on ebuyer which actually made the 5700 a cheaper GPU. Anyway when I was doing my research I felt like I had covered everything but when I unboxed the GPU yesterday and installed it I realised I hadn't even looked into PCIE compatibility. Thankfully PCIE 4 is backwards compatible and my Asus H97-Plus motherboard supports PCIE 3. My concern now is, will there be a noticeable difference in GPU performance between using a PCIE 4 motherboard or will my PCIE 3 motherboard be enough? I can't really afford to change my motherboard, CPU and memory right now but I'm concerned that I have massively limited the performance of my new GPU. Any wisdom would be much appreciated. Thanks, Matt
  11. Is a bios update easy to do for the 5600?
  12. If the 5700 is better than a 1660 Super, why do you say the 1660 Super is better suited for my PC?
  13. Is the RX 5600XT better than the 1600 Super at stock? I don't want to have to mess around with anything that could potentially brick my GPU.
  14. That's helpful. My 660 Ti has lasted me around 5 years so I'm wanting something similar, something that I can game pretty competently on for the next 5 years. I can get the 1660 Super for £220 and the RX 5700 for £275 so is that performance difference worth £55? Also I don't really over clock so I don't want the potential over clocking performance to effect the value of the card.