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What CPU, motherboard and RAM should I buy?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi, I've recently started to notice my PC is starting to show its age, it's very slow and the performance just isn't good enough anymore.

I've decided that I want to upgrade to something newer. My budget is 400 GBP for CPU, motherboard and RAM (I've already decided on the rest of the parts). 

I use my PC for gaming (1080p, Ultra settings), 3D modeling, virtual machines and web browsing.

I'm fine with buying used and I don't have any brand preference.

Thanks in advance :) 


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My PC:

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CPU: i5 4460

Motherboard: Gigabyte B85M-HD3

RAM: 8GB AMD DDR3 1600MHz

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 2GB

Case: In Win Mana 136

Storage: Crucial MX500 250GB + WD Blue 1TB

PSU: Corsair CX450M

Monitor: Blaupunkt 32" TV + Samsung S24D590L 

Cooling: Knockoff of an Intel stock cooler

Keyboard: Steelseries Apex M500 (Cherry MX Red, UK layout)

Mouse: Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB

My phone:

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Samsung Galaxy S7 (G930F)

CPU: Exynos 8890

RAM: 4GB

GPU: Mali-T880 MP12

Storage: 32GB (internal storage) + 128GB (Samsung microSD card)

Mobile provider: Vodafone + Cell C

My laptop:

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Acer Nitro 5

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2500U

RAM: 8GB DDR4

GPU: AMD Radeon RX 560X

Storage: 1TB HDD

 

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Easy peasy:

PCPartPicker Part List
Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $199.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - B450M GAMING PLUS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $84.99 @ Amazon
Memory Crucial - Ballistix Sport LT 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $124.99 @ Newegg
  Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts  
  Total $408.98
  Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-19 15:52 EDT-0400  

I chose the MSI board there for the flashback feature (flash your BIOS without a CPU), but if you already have a last gen Ryzen, I'd go with the Asrock Pro4 instead for cheaper.

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Oops, I just noticed you posted in pounds, not dollars. Here's an update for UK pricing:

 

PCPartPicker Part List
Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor £190.00 @ AWD-IT
Motherboard MSI - B450M GAMING PLUS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard £71.99 @ CCL Computers
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory £119.12 @ Amazon UK
  Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts  
  Total £381.11
  Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-19 20:56 BST+0100  

 

Unfortunately the RAM is a little pricier over there.

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15 minutes ago, XR6 said:

Hi, I've recently started to notice my PC is starting to show its age, it's very slow and the performance just isn't good enough anymore.

I've decided that I want to upgrade to something newer. My budget is 400 GBP for CPU, motherboard and RAM (I've already decided on the rest of the parts). 

I use my PC for gaming (1080p, Ultra settings), 3D modeling, virtual machines and web browsing.

I'm fine with buying used and I don't have any brand preference.

Thanks in advance :) 

It would be helpful if you listed the parts that you have already decided on. As it stands we have no idea if you need an ATX, mATX, or mini-ITX motherboard. Nor do we know the model gpu that has to be matched with an appropriate cpu. Etc.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
6 hours ago, brob said:

It would be helpful if you listed the parts that you have already decided on. As it stands we have no idea if you need an ATX, mATX, or mini-ITX motherboard. Nor do we know the model gpu that has to be matched with an appropriate cpu. Etc.

Here are the other parts I'll be using:

GPU: Sapphire RX Vega 64 Nitro+
Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II
Storage: Crucial MX500 1TB
PSU: TBD


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My PC:

Spoiler

CPU: i5 4460

Motherboard: Gigabyte B85M-HD3

RAM: 8GB AMD DDR3 1600MHz

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 2GB

Case: In Win Mana 136

Storage: Crucial MX500 250GB + WD Blue 1TB

PSU: Corsair CX450M

Monitor: Blaupunkt 32" TV + Samsung S24D590L 

Cooling: Knockoff of an Intel stock cooler

Keyboard: Steelseries Apex M500 (Cherry MX Red, UK layout)

Mouse: Corsair Scimitar Pro RGB

My phone:

Spoiler

Samsung Galaxy S7 (G930F)

CPU: Exynos 8890

RAM: 4GB

GPU: Mali-T880 MP12

Storage: 32GB (internal storage) + 128GB (Samsung microSD card)

Mobile provider: Vodafone + Cell C

My laptop:

Spoiler

Acer Nitro 5

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2500U

RAM: 8GB DDR4

GPU: AMD Radeon RX 560X

Storage: 1TB HDD

 

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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor  (£193.49 @ CCL Computers) 
Motherboard: MSI - B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC ATX AM4 Motherboard  (£128.46 @ Ebuyer) 
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory  (£78.02 @ Amazon UK) 
Total: £399.97
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-20 06:05 BST+0100


80+ ratings certify electrical efficiency. Not quality.

 

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3 hours ago, XR6 said:

Here are the other parts I'll be using:

GPU: Sapphire RX Vega 64 Nitro+
Case: Cooler Master Cosmos II
Storage: Crucial MX500 1TB
PSU: TBD

£400 with a PSU included ...

 

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor  (£193.49 @ CCL Computers) 
Motherboard: MSI - B450 Gaming Plus ATX AM4 Motherboard  (£78.84 @ Box Limited) 
Memory: Crucial - Ballistix Sport AT 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory  (£35.99 @ Amazon UK) 
Memory: Crucial - Ballistix Sport AT 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory  (£35.99 @ Amazon UK) 
Power Supply: Corsair - TXM Gold 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply  (£53.42 @ Amazon UK) 
Total: £397.73
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-20 06:31 BST+0100


PRIMARY PC

Ryzen 5 2600 - ASRock B450 Pro4 - G.Skill Trident Z (8x2 3000MHz) - Intel 660p Series 512GB - Seagate Barracuda 2TB - MSI GeForce GTX980Ti LIGHTNING - NZXT H500i - Super Flower Leadex ll Gold 650 Watt

 

SECONDARY PC

Xeon X5680 - Asus SABERTOOTH X58 - Crucial (4x2 1333MHz) - Crucial BX500 480GB - MSI RX 570 GAMING X - Cougar MX330 - EVGA SuperNOVA G2 650 Watt

 

LAPTOP

Acer Nitro 5 - 7300HQ - 8GB DDR4 2133MHz - GTX 1050Ti - Intel 600p Series 256GB - Seagate Barracuda TB

 

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