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  1. AM3/AM3+ is a pretty low bar. I just upgraded from an AM3 earlier this year to an AM4 precisely because it was just too old to really be reliable in terms of performance. About my only thought on the matter would be to buy an older Intel motherboard and CPU. I love AMD's products and I support them precisely because they're the competition... but if you're buying used components from that era Intel is by far and large the better choice if you have a choice. However, looking at the first board you've listed, I can say that Phenom II chips overclock nicely and mine served me well for years. (1045T if you're wondering). It played most games reasonably well, but at the end of the day, emulation is the reason I upgraded--the 1045 just couldn't reliably handle more than n64/PS1 emulation--it stuttered too much with gamecube games for my liking. that said, I still got good framerates in Skyrim with a 1045t/1050ti combo, in the 70s and 80s, IIRC. Hope this helps you.
  2. Debeant

    Motherboard question

    Not trying to replicate that at all. As far as graphics, the Ryzen 3 2200G is an APU and the onboard graphics should be able to handle 4k video playback comfortably. Just to clarify, I'm only looking for 4k video--not looking to play games in 4k. Even with current gen graphics cards it's difficult to hit super-high frame rates at 4k. I'm not looking to completely cheap out, but this is one situation in which I REALLY don't want to spend a penny more than needed because of the use-case. If I want high end gaming, I've got my main PC after all. Sorry if I wasn't clear enough.
  3. Debeant

    Motherboard question

    That's not an option. I'd like something that can handle 4k playback and emulation of at least a GameCube.
  4. So, I learned a lot of painful lessons recently about low-quality motherboards. However, I'm looking to make a low-cost PC for my TV, because I don't like watching TV shows on my desktop. I figured I'd use one of my mistakes to salvage some of the parts I bought. I've got an R3 2200G that I'm going to use to make a small HTPC. I don't care about OCing the device, so I'm comfortable with using an A320 chipset. Basically, I'm wondering if the Asus A320M-A is going to be reliable enough, or should I consider other options? ASRock as a manufacture is out, sadly (I bought an AB350 Pro4 and it nearly fried my 1600X--not overclocked, it provided like 1.52v on auto). Thanks in advance for any recommendations.
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    Thinking about upgrading

    So, I've been thinking about upgrading my graphics card from a 1050 ti to something that's at least a bit more meaty, such as an RX 580. the problem is, with the current market I don't know if it'd be a smart use of money, what with the price fixing scandal going on and rumors of a new Nvidia series rumbling. Would it be worth the upgrade now, or should I just save my money? I want to run my games at high and ultra quality at 1080p, but at the same time, I don't want to waste money.
  6. ... Yeah, What they said. If I'd saw this earlier, I'd have warned you off of anything that even has a rumbling of bad VRM. Besides shortening the life of both the CPU and the board itself, they can lead to terrible instability. I couldn't keep my Ryzen 5 1600x running for more than about 5 hours because of VRM headaches--basically, the VRM would spike voltages high enough to cause a BSOD and the computer would reset only to do it again in a few more hours. Good choice, going with Asus. I've had good luck with them over the years.
  7. Okay, you're confusing me. Either a buyer is budget-minded, and gets a system he can spend $100 on in a couple of years to keep current (with the option of spending about $300-400 to make it to mid-range) or waiting for dGPUs to come down. Either of those options are valid and both are options I've floated in one way or another. You asked why a budget-minded gamer might go this route, and I gave you a case, and then you say that doesn't make sense while pointing out another valid reason for choosing the 2200G anyway (and the reason I originally bought one--complicated story). What I'm asking is exactly what are you trying to say? In either case, the best option is still probably the 2200G (which can potentially outperform a 1030 when the Vega side is OC'd), and that processor still gives the most future-compatible path, ultimately saving money both immediately and in the long run while only sacrificing a tiny amount of performance up front by the way I reckon.
  8. That too. Honestly, I personally wouldn't touch anything Intel makes for the next year or so. Ryzen shook them up pretty bad, so a lot of their chips have the stink of being rushed out. Give them a little more lead time to make good chips--right now they're still trying to shake off the rust from their development team. 6 or 7 years without real competition will do that. They may not. but at the same time, there are going to be Ryzen 3x and 4x series APUs in the same price point, supposedly. Those will be available and will provide a nice increase in power for not a lot of money.
  9. I recommended the 2200G because it's going to allow for future compatibility, vs the Intel chipsets and sockets which tend to be shorter-lived, but provide more capability in the here and now.
  10. Honestly, for the value a 2200G is well worth the money, and if you're willing to forgo a discrete GPU, you can run more RAM at a faster speed with the money you save. Sure, it's a stopgap, but as stopgaps go, there are worse options. Then there is the forward compatibility, because Zen 2 (not the current Gen Zen+) will be released on the AM4 socket and current rumors are placing that chip running at a 5 ghz stock speed.
  11. Debeant

    CPU Temperature.

    Are the screws tight? if they are, then maybe you should consider unmounting the cooler, cleaning off the stock thermal paste, and replacing it with an aftermarket paste. If that doesn't fix the issue, then it's probably time to consider a new cooler. As a side note, check your fan curve in your BIOS. it might be beneficial to increase the speed of the fan in order to keep the CPU cool. It might sound like a turboprop, but it'll last until you can get a better, more reliable cooler.
  12. He said he's doing a course in game development. Compiling code can be parallelized for faster processing. Game development also means making 3D models, and probably other things that I probably don't fully understand because that process never really interested me. I do know that all of those benefit from multi-core CPUs far more than just gaming. I also am a proponent of a minimum of six cores for serious gaming machines because it frees up overhead for games to monopolize whatever cores are needed without having to shut down other programs.
  13. Debeant

    CPU Temperature.

    Shouldn't make a damn bit of difference. Your cooler isn't hitting that heat sink or the VRM on the left over there is it? if it is, that might be lifting the cooler off enough to prevent contact with the heat spreader of the CPU.
  14. If Seefights is doing coding, the Ryzen will be a better choice, I think. The 1600's multicore performance is half again as fast, and if his budget includes a 1700, then it goes to about twice as fast.
  15. Debeant

    CPU Temperature.

    https://www.amd.com/en/products/cpu/amd-ryzen-7-2700?page=1 95, sorry.