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Do I upgrade the GPU and CPU at the same time?

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If you can, you can upgrade both at the same time but you don't have to. I generally would upgrade the GPU first and the CPU at the next paycheck to have some more money for both components but if that doesn't make a difference then you can buy them together and enjoy your new performance straight away.

Hey, I am rather new to pc building. This christmas I am upgrading my gpu from a rx 570 to a rx 5600 xt and my cpu to from a ryzen 3 2300x to a ryzen 5 2600. I am wondering if I should replace them at the same time or one at a time? Sorry if this sounds like a stupid question.

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Same time, similar to how you put both in when you build a PC.

 

Makes no difference either way, none.

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If you can, you can upgrade both at the same time but you don't have to. I generally would upgrade the GPU first and the CPU at the next paycheck to have some more money for both components but if that doesn't make a difference then you can buy them together and enjoy your new performance straight away.

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You might not gain a whole bunch from the cpu upgrade if all you're doing is gaming (depending on the game and if it uses more than 4 threads) i'd go for the GPU first and see how it holds up. If you wait a little until the 5000 series Ryzens come back in stock you might be able to pick up a 3600 really cheap.

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1 hour ago, Gazereths said:

You might not gain a whole bunch from the cpu upgrade if all you're doing is gaming (depending on the game and if it uses more than 4 threads) i'd go for the GPU first and see how it holds up. If you wait a little until the 5000 series Ryzens come back in stock you might be able to pick up a 3600 really cheap.

Ok, I might wait and get a 3600. It seems like they are on best buy for the same price as the 2600 but they are out of stock.

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10 minutes ago, Wowzeree said:

Ok, I might wait and get a 3600. It seems like they are on best buy for the same price as the 2600 but they are out of stock.

That seems to be the case with everything at the moment. With covid and the shortage in production that causes, as well as Christmas coming up, everything is out of stock or overpriced. I think it will settle in the next month or so, the vaccine is comming and the Xmas rush will be over.

 

It's a bad time to build or upgrade a PC right now, and all the new tech makes it more desirable than ever........Hey just remember, you have a pretty good gaming PC anway, that's more than most :D

 

[EDIT] Rmember you might need a bios update for 3000 series ryzen depending on your motherboards version, don't sell your CPU before you have the new  one in hand......I've seen soooooo many people sell their CPU/GPU to buy a new one, then can't get a new one or be stuck without.

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9 minutes ago, Gazereths said:

That seems to be the case with everything at the moment. With covid and the shortage in production that causes, as well as Christmas coming up, everything is out of stock or overpriced. I think it will settle in the next month or so, the vaccine is comming and the Xmas rush will be over.

 

It's a bad time to build or upgrade a PC right now, and all the new tech makes it more desirable than ever........Hey just remember, you have a pretty good gaming PC anway, that's more than most :D

Thank you, one more question. Would 8gb of ram be enough for a 3600? Or would I have to upgrade to 16gb?

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10 minutes ago, Wowzeree said:

Thank you, one more question. Would 8gb of ram be enough for a 3600? Or would I have to upgrade to 16gb?

I would say 8GB is the absolute minimum for a gaming PC now days, some games lowest requirements are  over that now. Again it's gonna depend on the game, 16GB of ddr4 at 3200MHz in dual channel would be my 'sweet spot'  recommendation, though this is always something you can add/change if you run into a problem, especially if you have 2 spare ram slots on your motherboard.

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10 hours ago, aDoomGuy said:

If you can, you can upgrade both at the same time but you don't have to. I generally would upgrade the GPU first and the CPU at the next paycheck to have some more money for both components but if that doesn't make a difference then you can buy them together and enjoy your new performance straight away.

Lol, this is what he was asking?  If you can buy them at the same time?  I thought he meant installing them, possible conflicts, etc.

 

 

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38 minutes ago, Dedayog said:

Lol, this is what he was asking?  If you can buy them at the same time?  I thought he meant installing them, possible conflicts, etc.

 

 

The title of the thread is  Do I upgrade the GPU and CPU at the same time?

So I guess so...?

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57 minutes ago, aDoomGuy said:

The title of the thread is  Do I upgrade the GPU and CPU at the same time?

So I guess so...?

Well since the annoyingly large text you linked to make your point is pretty much a really odd and unneeded question... My thought process was just fine.

 

It makes no sense to question buying both, IMO.  

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19 minutes ago, Dedayog said:

Well since the annoyingly large text you linked to make your point is pretty much a really odd and unneeded question... My thought process was just fine.

 

It makes no sense to question buying both, IMO.  

Ah yes, I just copied and pasted the title xD 

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"If the genius of invention were to reveal tomorrow the secret of immortality, of eternal beauty and youth, for which all humanity is aching, the same inexorable agents which prevent a mass from changing suddenly its velocity would likewise resist the force of the new knowledge until time gradually modifies human thought."

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