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2700x vs 3600 or 2600x@100USD

Multicore they are roughly the same, but single core the 3600 is way ahead. I went with the 3600 for that reason because many programs are single threaded

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hey Guys, I'm currently looking at upgrading my rig, as of the moment, both the 2700x and 3600 are on sale for the same price at $194 on Amazon.

At the same time, a 2600x is on sale for $100 in my area via facebook market. I'm unsure on which processor would best suit my needs I and could use some advice.

I don't necessarily stream, but I do like to record my gameplay. Currently I use another GPU to record using Nvidia's NVENC (not sure if this info is important but I felt like I should share).

Primarily I will be using it for gaming. I plan on playing Cyberpunk 2077, and I mainly play LoL, OW, R6, Anno, and Civ.  Also Motherboard recommendations would help a bunch.


Current Rig:

i5 6600K

1080 SC2

1440P 144hz


Thanks for the read!


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personally i'll go for the 2700x with a msi b450 gaming pro carbon

  • CPU
    AMD Ryzen™ 7 3700X 4.3Ghz (-0.1V)
  • Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 ACE
  • RAM
    G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) F4-3200C16D-32GTRS (3600Mhz CL18)
  • GPU
    GIGABYTE AORUS GeForce® GTX 1060 6G (rev. 2.0)
  • Case
    Cooler Master MASTERBOX MB520 ARGB + Changed Exhaust Fans(Cooler Master MasterFan MF120R ARGB)
  • Storage
    ADATA XPG SX8100 2TB PCIe Gen3x4 M.2 2280 SSD, ADATA Ultimate SU800 2TB 2.5" SSD, Toshiba X300 4TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache 
  • PSU
    Cooler Master MWE GOLD 750 FULL MODULAR
  • Display(s)
    Acer KG271B Gaming Monitor (HDR Ready 27" 1920X1080 240Hz)
  • Cooling
    Cooler Master MASTERLIQUID ML240R RGB
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
    Razer Naga Hex Wraith Red Edition Wired Laser Mouse
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Home
  • Router
    Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX 11000
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Ryzen 3600 + MSI B450 Tomahawk MAX


The 3600 is faster than the 2700X anyway, so for the same price it kind of depends do you want more but slightly slower cores or less but faster cores.

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600  Heatsink: ID-Cooling Frostflow X GPU: Zotac GTX 1060 Mini 6GB RAM: G.Skill Flare X 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Mobo: ASRock B450M-Pro4  Case: Phanteks P300 PSU: Superflower Silver ECO 600W

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Multicore they are roughly the same, but single core the 3600 is way ahead. I went with the 3600 for that reason because many programs are single threaded



- Ryzen Build -

R5 3600 | MSI X470 Gaming Plus MAX | 16GB CL16 3200MHz Corsair LPX | Dark Rock 4

MSI 2060 Super Gaming X

1TB Intel 660p | 250GB Kingston A2000 | 1TB Seagate Barracuda | 2TB WD Blue

be quiet! Silent Base 601 | be quiet! Straight Power 550W CM

2x Dell UP2516D


- First System (Retired) -

Intel Xeon 1231v3 | 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport Dual Channel | Gigabyte H97 D3H | Gigabyte GTX 970 Gaming G1 | 525 GB Crucial MX 300 | 1 TB + 2 TB Seagate HDD
be quiet! 500W Straight Power E10 CM | be quiet! Silent Base 800 with stock fans | be quiet! Dark Rock Advanced C1 | 2x Dell UP2516D

Reviews: be quiet! Silent Base 800 | MSI GTX 950 OC


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I'd lean towards the 3600 myself. While fewer cores than the 2700X, the cores it does have are much faster. I'm also not seeing a need for 8 cores over 6 in this use case.


As a value option, I'd pair it with some B450 chipset mobo. Can't give a specific recommendation. I have an Asrock B450 Gaming-ITX/ac, but it might come at a premium for the ITX form factor and not be necessary for OP's build.


I would also budget for a better air cooler than the one it comes bundled with if you want to get the most out of the CPU, even without overclocking.

Main system: Asus Maximus VIII Hero, i7-6700k stock, Noctua D14, G.Skill Ripjaws V 3200 2x8GB, Gigabyte GTX 1650, Corsair HX750i, In Win 303 NVIDIA, Samsung SM951 512GB, WD Blue 1TB, HP LP2475W 1200p wide gamut

Gaming system: Asrock Z370 Pro4, i7-8086k stock, Noctua D15, Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB 3200 4x16GB, Asus Strix 1080Ti, Fractal Edison 550W PSU, GameMax Silent, Optane 900p 280GB, Crucial MX200 1TB, Sandisk 960GB, Acer Predator XB241YU 1440p 144Hz G-sync

Gaming system 2: Asus X299 TUF mark 2, 7920X, Noctua D15, Corsair Vengeance RGB 8x8GB, Gigabyte RTX 2070, Corsair HX1000i, Gamemax Abyss, Samsung 960 Evo 512GB, LG OLED55B9PLA

VR system: Asus Z170I Pro Gaming, i7-6700T stock, Scythe Kozuti, Kingston Hyper-X 2666 2x8GB, Zotac 1070 FE, Corsair CX450M, Silverstone SG13, Samsung PM951 256GB, Crucial BX500 1TB, HTC Vive

Gaming laptop: Asus FX503VD, i5-7300HQ, 2x8GB DDR4, GTX 1050, Sandisk 256GB + 480GB SSD

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