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Will 2nd gen Ryzen still hold up in 2020

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Need to build a new PC, my laptop died and nothing to use for work.

Most of the things I do are motion graphics and video editing, I'd also like to game decently on it.

I'm on a tight budget and was thinking if 2nd gen Ryzen 5 and an RX580 are still good for 2020.

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The ryzen 5 2600 ist THE budged CPU to buy if you really want to spend as little as possible: I don't know if your system uses the GPU for video editing, but for occaisional gaming, the RX 580 will be enough

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2 minutes ago, Poraf said:

Need to build a new PC, my laptop died and nothing to use for work.

Most of the things I do are motion graphics and video editing, I'd also like to game decently on it.

I'm on a tight budget and was thinking if 2nd gen Ryzen 5 and an RX580 are still good for 2020.

Yep, people recommend those all the time still.  Look thru this subforum.

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My Ryzen 2nd gen and RX 590 combo runs anything at 60 FPS, though don't expect to go the higher settings.

Might want to get something newer than the RX 5xx series though. CPU should do fine for the next while

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1 minute ago, DansihBudgetGamer said:

CPU should do fine for the next while

even when the CPU will not be enough anymore, you could just get a third/fourth gen Ryzen processor. They will be a lot cheaper in a few years

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Yes, it's gonna last. You'd be more worried if you had an 8th/9th gen locked i5, but with an R5 1600AF/R5 2600 there's nothing to worry about. There's pretty much no better choice for video editing and gaming on a tight budget, like in your case.

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13 minutes ago, Poraf said:

I'm on a tight budget and was thinking if 2nd gen Ryzen 5 and an RX580 are still good for 2020.

I mean... look at benchmarks, make up your own mind. If it's fast enough for you then what does the age matter? In games it will make exactly 0 difference since you'd be gpu limited either way, in video editing it performs great for the money.

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Price/Performance is insane on the 2nd gen Ryzen chips.


Im really happy with my 2700 in my 2nd PC.

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I build a gaming system for a friend about a year ago with a r5 2600 and he is really happy with it. It uses a 1060 which is a liitle more powerful i think, but it doesn't make a great difference. 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Alright thanks everyone for confirming, I can now build comfortably with these.

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