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Affordable casual 1080p gaming / light 4k edit pc

Hi guys!

 

I'm considering to upgrade my PC in my living room and wanted your help.

 

How I aim to use this PC

- 65%: HTPC / media center (Youtube / Netflix) 

- 25%: Casual couch gaming (60fps 1080p AAA titles & 4K indie games) 

- 10%: Light 4k editing

- Durability of system: 3-5 years (until game streaming is perfected)

 

Components that I'd like to re-use

Power: Corsair RM650x

Case: Fractal Design Define R5

CPU cooler: Cooler Master Nepton 280L

 

GPU options I consider

- Gigabyte GTX 1660 Super Gaming OC 6GB

- XFX Radeon RX 5700 DD Ultra 8GB GDDR6

 

Intel CPU options (compatibel with my Nepton 280L)

- Intel Core i7-7740X (~€125, used)

- Intel Core i5-8400 (~€125, used)

- Intel Core i5-9400F (~€100, used)

 

AMD CPU options (not compatible with my CPU cooler)

- AMD Ryzen 5 1600 AF [12nm] (~€110, new)

- AMD Ryzen 5 3600 (~€175, new) 

 

So my dilemma / question is

1a) Do I go for the AMD 1600AF on the AM4 platform (CPU + Mobo = ~€200), and not make use of my water cooling solution? 

1b) Do I go for the AMD 3600 on the AM4 platform (CPU + Mobo = ~€250), and not make use of my water cooling solution?

2a) Do I go with the i7-7740X on the more expensive x299 platform (CPU + Mobo = ~€280) and overclock the chip to ~5GHz?

2b) Do I go with a 8400 / 9400F on a cheaper motherboard (CPU + Mobo = <€200) 

 

3) Skip this entire upgrade, sell my current system, and get a NAS + external GPU for my Dell XPS 15 (9550)

 

Any responses, ideas and insights are appreciated! :) 

 

EDIT: the 3300x was just announced, making this post irrelevant. It seems the perfect solution for my needs :)

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3 minutes ago, boggy77 said:

the 3600 will outperform all the other solutions by a large margin. if you can afford it, go for 3600 and 5700.

is the cooler not compatible with am4? can you get a mounting kit for am4 for it?

Thanks for your quick reply! Technically there are AM4 brackets available for my CPU cooler, but they are impossible to find/buy..

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11 minutes ago, discovisi said:

Thanks for your quick reply! Technically there are AM4 brackets available for my CPU cooler, but they are impossible to find/buy..

contact cooler master. they might send you one for free.

 

and yes ryzen 5 3600 will beat all of those. 

QUOTE ME  FOR ANSWER.

 

Main PC:

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|Ryzen 7 3700x, OC to 4.2ghz @1.3V, 67C, or 4.4ghz @1.456V, 87C || Asus strix 5700 XT, +50 core, +50 memory, +50 power (not a great overclocker) || Asus Strix b550-A || G.skill trident Z Neo rgb 32gb 3600mhz cl16-19-19-19-39, oc to 3733mhz with the same timings || Cooler Master ml360 RGB AIO || Phanteks P500A Digital || Thermaltake ToughPower grand RGB750w 80+gold || Samsung 850 250gb and Adata SX 6000 Lite 500gb || Toshiba 5400rpm 1tb || Asus Rog Theta 7.1 || Asus Rog claymore || Asus Gladius 2 origin gaming mouse || Monitor 1 Asus 1080p 144hz || Monitor 2 AOC 1080p 75hz || 

Test Rig.

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Ryzen 5 3400G || Gigabyte b450 S2H || Hyper X fury 2x4gb 2666mhz cl 16 ||Stock cooler || Antec NX100 || Silverstone essential 400w || Transgend SSD 220s 480gb ||

Just Sold

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| i3 9100F || Msi Gaming X gtx 1050 TI || MSI Z390 A-Pro || Kingston 1x16gb 2400mhz cl17 || Stock cooler || Kolink Horizon RGB || Corsair CV 550w || Pny CS900 120gb ||

 

Tier lists for building a PC.

 

Motherboard tier list. Tier A for overclocking 5950x. Tier B for overclocking 5900x, Tier C for overclocking 5800X. Tier D for overclocking 5600X. Tier F for 4/6 core Cpus at stock. Tier E avoid.

(Also case airflow matter or if you are using Downcraft air cooler)

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Gpu tier list. Rtx 3000 and RX 6000 not included since not so many reviews. Tier S for Water cooling. Tier A and B for overcloking. Tier C stock and Tier D avoid.

( You can overclock Tier C just fine, but it can get very loud, that is why it is not recommended for overclocking, same with tier D)

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Psu tier List. Tier A for Rtx 3000, Vega and RX 6000. Tier B For anything else. Tier C cheap/IGPU. Tier D and E avoid.

(RTX 3000/ RX 6000 Might run just fine with higher wattage tier B unit, Rtx 3070 runs fine with tier B units)

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Cpu cooler tier list. Tier 1&2 for power hungry Cpus with Overclock. Tier 3&4 for overclocking Ryzen 3,5,7 or lower power Intel Cpus. Tier 5 for overclocking low end Cpus or 4/6 core Ryzen. Tier 6&7 for stock. Tier 8&9 Ryzen stock cooler performance. Do not waste your money!

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Storage tier List. Tier A for Moving files/  OS. Tier B for OS/Games. Tier C for games. Tier D budget Pcs. Tier E if on sale not the worst but not good.

(With a grain of salt, I use tier C for OS myself)

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Case Tier List. Work In Progress. Most Phanteks airflow series cases already done!

Ask me anything :)

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22 minutes ago, discovisi said:

 i7-7740X

that CPU shouldn't even exist lol

 

the R5 1600 AF is a really good value

 

The Ultra DD isn't a great cooler but the performance will be just fine, are they the same price? as it's much faster than the 1660

I edit my posts a lot, Twitter is @LordStreetguru just don't ask PC questions there mostly...
 

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What is your budget/country for your new PC?

 

what monitor resolution/refresh rate?

 

What games or other software do you need to run?

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Streetguru said:

Ultra DD

Thanks for your reply! This is the specific variant Linus recommended in some GPU round-up video. 

The 5700 is ~€90 more than the 1660 super at the moment. It has seen a 20%+ price increase in the last few months due to COVID19 though..

 

I understand that the Ryzen 5 3600 / RX 5700 combo is the best, but also the most expensive. I think it is a bit overkill for my use cases, tbh.

 

I feel the 1600 AF / 1660 Super combo is the best bang for buck and plenty adequate for my needs. I could even upgrade the RAM to 32GB for the light 4K editing then.. 

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2 minutes ago, discovisi said:

Thanks for your reply! This is the specific variant Linus recommended in some GPU round-up video. 

 

Better to have an overkill GPU if anything

 

Probably don't need 32GBs of RAM

 

90 more is eh, the 5700 should be at least 25% faster

 

I edit my posts a lot, Twitter is @LordStreetguru just don't ask PC questions there mostly...
 

Spoiler

 

What is your budget/country for your new PC?

 

what monitor resolution/refresh rate?

 

What games or other software do you need to run?

 

 

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8 minutes ago, Streetguru said:

Better to have an overkill GPU if anything

Yeah, I agree on this. 

 

1600AF + 5700 is my preferred combo with a ASRock B450M Pro4 motherboard.

 

Let's see what the prices do, as I'm probably going to purchase this in 2-3 months orso. 

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