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Upgrading from FX-8350 to Ryzen 7 3700x worth it?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi all!

I'm having trouble deciding and need your help on the motherboard choice to my old trusty editing/gaming machine.

Current setup:

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5
  • CPU: AMD FX.8350 4Ghz
  • GPU: ASUS GTX660-DC2T-2GD5
  • RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance DDR3 1866Mhz 24GB in a 2x4Gb and a 2x8Gb kit
  • Power: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850W v2

From that basis I want to upgrade as much as I can on the most cost effective way.

I use the PC for heavy editing in Davinci in 4K RAW (mostly C200 footage, but in the next coming year anything can happen) and 1080p gaming.

I chose the Ryzen 7 3700x due to its performance to price ratio and probably will buy an Asus RTX 2070 Super.

As the motherboard I was thinking that the Asus STRIX-E is nice, but really expensive, however good Wifi is a most for now. (the TUF-PLUS Wifi lacks some features, dont now if those are really necessary if not planning heavy OC)

I need a possibly long lasting setup which is as future proof as it can be. Right now I can not buy the GPU for some reasons, so the CPU, motherboard is in first place.

What is you opinion? Roughly in the same price category (the STRIX-E and the 3700x would be around $730 for me, because in Hungary we have 27% VAT) is there a better option, maybe that includes new RAM or M.2, external WIFI card with same performance as the built in etc.

Also the upgrade from FX-8350 to Ryzen worth that kind of money or better off with just a GPU.

Thanks for the help guys!

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My build in my specs is very similar to your current build. Almost identical really. Once my 2080S (on Monday) gets in I’ll be building it and I can let you know the performance. But I can say ahead of time getting a 3700x and 2070S will be leaps and bounds ahead of your current build. If you just upgrade cpu or gpu you’ll be seriously bottlenecked too

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It definitely is worth the upgrade. It's a MASSIVE upgrade, actually.

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I have a FX 8350 gaming rig in my sig, I also have 2 R7 1700's in my sig - a FX 8350 is absolute garbage in comparison to my Zen rigs.  


As for the FX 8350 - it barely doesn't bottleneck an HD 7850 GPU.  Bottlenecks the F out of my R9 Fury.  

Workstation Laptop: Dell Precision 7540, Xeon E-2276M, 32gb DDR4, Quadro T2000 GPU, 4k display

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you could upgrade to a 4690k and it would be a decent upgrade, getting a 3700x would be a huge upgrade.


I say go for it, the FX line was a big disappointment, especially since it's a fake 8 core.

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Heck yes, get the 3700x and 2070s, it'll be loads better

Current PC (Second Build) : CPU: Ryzen 5 1600 RAM: 16gb Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4-2666   GPU: PowerColor Radeon RX570 8gb MOBO: ASRock B450m Pro4 SSD: Inland 120gb HDD: 1tb Seagate Barracuda PSU: Cooler Master Masterwatt 500w Lite Case: NZXT H500

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The upgrade to Ryzen is in your best interest, trust me. I had an FX 8350 years ago. Any intel i5 or even first gen Ryzen 3 would perform better than any FX series chip.

Ryzen 7 2700x / Stock Wraith Prism cooler / Radeon RX VEGA 56 8G / 16 GB G.SKILL RAM @ 3200MHz / GA-B450M-DS3H / NZXT 750w PSU

HP Pavilion / Ryzen 7 3750H / nVidia GTX 1650 / 8 GB DDR4 / 256 GB SSD


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