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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi all,


Thank you in advance for taking the time to review my questions and respond with your ideas!  I'm looking for advice on a Christmas Gift for my son.  Looking to update CPU/MB/PSU using some of the newer-ish equipment already in his current build.


Currently my son has the following build:

We downloaded the free W10 update, if that matters.  Primarily, he uses this for FPS or BR games (CS:GO, Apex, Fortnite, and others of that ilk) on a 27" 1080p 60hz monitor.  But as of last year, he started seeing heavy stutters and even crashing in some of the BR style games.  He's had this build, minus the 1070 and H500i case for 8(??) years.  I feel it's time for an upgrade vs. more investigations into why he's not seeing decent performance.  So as I look to move him into this decade, I've been researching CPU/MB combinations and frankly I feel as if I've dumbed myself down in the last few years.  So I'm reaching out to you folks here for advice.


AMD or Intel, what MB, new PSU, etc based on the following factors:


Location: US

Intended use: Semi-competitive CS:GO, Fortnite, Apex, and new FPS or BR games as they come out.  He usually has discord, forums, streaming video running in the background that he alt-tab's to between rounds, etc.  

Peripherals needed: None at this time

Budget: $500-800 (CPU/MB/PSU), (anything left over will be applied to GPU for birthday a couple months later)

Keeping/existing equipment:  Case, Memory (I have 16G spare DDR4), Storage will carry-over but eventually will add NVME, GPU will be upgraded next year.


Thank you once again for your time and thoughts!




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  • AMD 3600
  • Cooler
  • 16GB 3200mhz+ RAM
  • X570 motherboard
  • 1TB NVME drive
  • PSU

That should come in well under budget, even with the NVME drive. I didn't bother including which parts exactly, because you might as well wait for Black Friday, and pick from the ones that have the steepest discounts. Realistically you'll be able to snag a pretty nice amount from your old hardware on eBay, and it'll offset most of the cost. You might even want to consider buying a cheap used GPU, a dirt cheap case, and just turning the parts you've swapped out into a full PC; easier to resell.


Welcome to the forum.

Current PC:




Mothballed PC:



CPU: Intel i5 4690k Cooler: Corsair H100i V2 Motherboard: MSI Z97i AC ITX

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 16GB DDR3 Storage: Kingston Fury 240GB GPU: Asus Strix GTX 970

PSU: Thermaltake TR2 Case: Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX

Monitor: Dell P2214H x2 Mouse: Logitech MX Master Keyboard: G.Skill KM780 Cherry MX Red



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PCPartPicker Part List
Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $194.79 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard $114.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory $84.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply $90.88 @ OutletPC
  Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts  
  Total (before mail-in rebates) $505.65
  Mail-in rebates -$20.00
  Total $485.65
  Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-10-20 15:15 EDT-0400  


Keep the GPU for now. A GTX 1070 is well more than enough for 60Hz gaming. You may want to look into a high refresh monitor especially if FPS is his main genre of game.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Thanks for the responses.  I never even looked at the 3600, but now watching gaming comparison videos and looking at price it seems somewhat of a no-brainer.  Also, thank you for the welcome to the forum!



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