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Ryzen 3100 vs 3500X for budget gaming

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Posted · Original PosterOP

My friend is looking to get a new gaming PC in a tight budget.  For CPU my initial recommendation was Ryzen 3300X but that is nowhere to be found in stock, so now he's looking at either Ryzen 3100 (4C8T,  3.6G Base, 3.9G boost) vs 3500X(6C6T,  3.6G Base, 4.1G Boost). The only use case is gaming, mostly FPS games like CSGO, R6, Valorant, PUBG etc.

With the price difference between the two he can upgrade his GPU, so he can either get Ryzen 3100 + Nvidia 1660 Super or 3500X + 1650 Super. My question is will the 3100 bottleneck the 1660S? Which combo will be best for the given use case?

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For gaming only, the 3100 +1660s would be better since that GPU will give far better fps. 




CPU             Ryzen 5 3600 (Formerly Ryzen 3 1200)

GPU             : ASUS RX 580 Dual OC (Formerly ASUS GTX 1060 but it got corroded for some odd reasons)

GPU COOOER      : ID Cooling Frostflow 120 VGA (Stock cooler overheats even when undervolted :()

MOBO            : MSI B350m Bazooka

MEMORY          Team Group Elite TUF DDR4 3200 Mhz CL 16
STORAGE         : Seagate Baracudda 1TB and Kingston SSD
PSU             : Thermaltake Lite power 550W (Gonna change soon as i dont trust this)
CASE            : Rakk Anyag Frost
CPU COOLER      : ID-Cooling SE 207
CASE FANS       : Mix of ID cooling fans, Corsair fans and Rakk Ounos (planned change to ID Cooling)
DISPLAY         : SpectrePro XTNS24 144hz Curved VA panel
MOUSE           : Logitech G502 Hero
KEYBOARD        : Rakk Lam Ang

HEADSET         : Plantronics RIG 500HD


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It will not bottleneck the 1660 Super. Neither of them would have that much of a difference considering the GPU. 


What I would do however, is to wait for Ryzen 4000 announcement before buying anything, which is happening on the 8th of November.

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Ryzen 7 2700X | Powercolor Red Devil RX 580 8 GB | Gigabyte AB350M Gaming 3 | 16 GB TeamGroup Elite 2400MHz | Samsung 750 EVO 240 GB | HGST 7200 RPM 1 TB | Seasonic M12II EVO | CoolerMaster Q300L | Dell U2518D | Dell P2217H | 


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3100+1660 Super, no question. 


i7-7700HQ | GTX 1060 | 16GB DDR4 | 512GB NVMe SSD | 1440p OLED display | Logitech MX Master KZ ZSA



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The 1660 Super option should be good. If budget allows, you can have that with the 3500X.

Personal PC:

AMD Ryzen 5 3500X | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super (Palit StormX 6GB) | HyperX 16GB DDR4-2666 | Gigabyte B450M-DS3H | Samsung 970 EVO Plus 250GB SSD (OS Drive) | TeamGroup L3 EVO 120GB SSD | Western Digital Blue (2019) 1TB HDD 7200RPM  | Corsair CX550M (2015) 550W 80+ Bronze | ASUS VL249HE 24" | SilverTec PowerPlus 650VA w/LED 


Secondary (not mine - sibling build):

Intel Core i5-6400 | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Asus Dual OC 4GB)HyperX 8GB DDR4-2400 | ASUS H110M-K | Western Digital Blue 3D NAND 250GB SSD (OS Drive) | Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD 5900 RPM | Silverstone Strider Essential Bronze 500W 80+ White | AOC 24B1XH 24"



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