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Which processor is better to buy?

Okay, so, I am planning on getting a new processor. I have my eyes on the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X and AMD Ryzen 5 3600. My PC currently has an RTX 2060, a 550 watt PSU and a Gigabyte ga-ab350-gaming 3 mobo. Which CPU will run on this setup? I have the funds for both, but I want to know which one will work.

 

I'm mainly planning on playing CoD MW, Insurgency: Sandstorm, GTA V, etc.

My current (and first) build:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2400G

Mobo: Gigabyte ga-ab350-gaming 3

GPU: Gigabyte geforce RTX 2060 (Rev 2.0)

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x8GB) 3000MHz

Storage: 1TB HDD, 500GB SSD

Cooler: Stock

PSU: Some off-brand 550W (yes, I know, fight me)

Case: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA

 

 

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Those are both decent CPU's. If it is in the budget, the additional cores on the 3700x will be nice if you have background tasks running while you're playing games. However, you will see a boost in game performance if you take the 3600 and then use the saved cash to get a beefier cooler or an AIO liquid cooler. Better temps means better overclocking and stability. If you are just going to be gaming and not much else, I would say that the 3600 will suit your needs. 

 

Happy upgrading!

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They are within the same ball park of each other for game performance but if you will be using it for productivity like video or photo editing the more cores and threads on the Ryzen 7 will help a bit, I have a Ryzen 5 2600 and I can edit 4K videos on premiere pro, and use photoshop without a problem, so the 3600 would work great for gaming and productivity. Save the rest of the money for future upgrades.

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5 minutes ago, afrodude985 said:

Those are both decent CPU's. If it is in the budget, the additional cores on the 3700x will be nice if you have background tasks running while you're playing games. However, you will see a boost in game performance if you take the 3600 and then use the saved cash to get a beefier cooler or an AIO liquid cooler. Better temps means better overclocking and stability. If you are just going to be gaming and not much else, I would say that the 3600 will suit your needs. 

 

Happy upgrading!

I plan on playing a pretty heavily modded GTA V. Would the 3600 handle a lot of mods, or should I go with the 3700X if I'm modding? I wont be doing much more than that.

My current (and first) build:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2400G

Mobo: Gigabyte ga-ab350-gaming 3

GPU: Gigabyte geforce RTX 2060 (Rev 2.0)

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x8GB) 3000MHz

Storage: 1TB HDD, 500GB SSD

Cooler: Stock

PSU: Some off-brand 550W (yes, I know, fight me)

Case: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA

 

 

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for gaming purposes, i would be very surprised if the 3600 or any modern 6 core lagged behind in any game, even with mods. been a while since i played gtav, but i was under the impression that theyre more ram-intensive than cpu? cooling either chip shouldnt be an issue, theyre both well within the limits of the stock coolers and theres not much overclocking headroom or anything. if the mods you play have dedicated forums/threads, maybe ask there and see what others who use those mods think will be required hardware-wise?

topics i need help on:

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my "oops i bought intel right before zen 3 releases" build

CPU: Ryzen 5 3600 (placeholder)

GPU: Gigabyte 980ti Xtreme (also placeholder), deshroud w/ generic 1200rpm 120mm fans x2, stock bios 130% power, no voltage offset: +70 core +400 mem 

Memory: 2x16gb GSkill Trident Z RGB 3600C16, 14-15-30-288@1.45v

Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming

Cooler: Noctua NH-D15S w/ white chromax bling
OS Drive: Samsung PM981 1tb (OEM 970 Evo)

Storage Drive: XPG SX8200 Pro 2tb

Backup Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 4TB

PSU: Seasonic Prime Ultra Titanium 750W w/ black/white Cablemod extensions
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Dark (to be replaced with a good case shortly)

basically everything was bought used off of reddit or here, only new component was the case. absolutely nutty deals for some of these parts, ill have to tally it all up once it's "done" :D 

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1 hour ago, VeganJoy said:

for gaming purposes, i would be very surprised if the 3600 or any modern 6 core lagged behind in any game, even with mods. been a while since i played gtav, but i was under the impression that theyre more ram-intensive than cpu? cooling either chip shouldnt be an issue, theyre both well within the limits of the stock coolers and theres not much overclocking headroom or anything. if the mods you play have dedicated forums/threads, maybe ask there and see what others who use those mods think will be required hardware-wise?

Good point, I agree. I would go with the 3600 and then if cooling is a problem you at least have the money saved to go bigger on the cooler. It all depends on how your case dissipates the heat. Both are great choices for a build, the 3600 makes a happier wallet!

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What's the prices like where you are?

 

In the USA, prices on 3600 have been ridiculous.

 

It's better to buy the 3700x/3800x over a $300 3600 right now.

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32 minutes ago, afrodude985 said:

Good point, I agree. I would go with the 3600 and then if cooling is a problem you at least have the money saved to go bigger on the cooler. It all depends on how your case dissipates the heat. Both are great choices for a build, the 3600 makes a happier wallet!

if your case is incapable of dissipating 65w of heat, you need a better case lol. the wraith spire is perfectly capable of handling the 3600, it just runs a little loud sometimes and a 20 dollar single tower would fix that if that were an issue. 3600s were 175 a day or two ago, so there's hope yet for those who buy new

topics i need help on:

Spoiler

 

 

my "oops i bought intel right before zen 3 releases" build

CPU: Ryzen 5 3600 (placeholder)

GPU: Gigabyte 980ti Xtreme (also placeholder), deshroud w/ generic 1200rpm 120mm fans x2, stock bios 130% power, no voltage offset: +70 core +400 mem 

Memory: 2x16gb GSkill Trident Z RGB 3600C16, 14-15-30-288@1.45v

Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix X570-E Gaming

Cooler: Noctua NH-D15S w/ white chromax bling
OS Drive: Samsung PM981 1tb (OEM 970 Evo)

Storage Drive: XPG SX8200 Pro 2tb

Backup Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 4TB

PSU: Seasonic Prime Ultra Titanium 750W w/ black/white Cablemod extensions
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Dark (to be replaced with a good case shortly)

basically everything was bought used off of reddit or here, only new component was the case. absolutely nutty deals for some of these parts, ill have to tally it all up once it's "done" :D 

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8 hours ago, Mister Woof said:

What's the prices like where you are?

 

In the USA, prices on 3600 have been ridiculous.

 

It's better to buy the 3700x/3800x over a $300 3600 right now.

I live in Ireland, so I'd be going off of UK prices if I were buying a new one. A 3600 is £185 (around $250) and a 3700X is £298 (around $400), and I'm sure if I looked for a used one, I'd be able to find it cheaper.

My current (and first) build:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2400G

Mobo: Gigabyte ga-ab350-gaming 3

GPU: Gigabyte geforce RTX 2060 (Rev 2.0)

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x8GB) 3000MHz

Storage: 1TB HDD, 500GB SSD

Cooler: Stock

PSU: Some off-brand 550W (yes, I know, fight me)

Case: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-OMEGA

 

 

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they're both good cpus, which one you buy depends on whether you need the extra 2 cores.

I don't have money (I am not asking for money please don't make me change my signature)

 

Dream PC:

CPU: Ryzen 9 5900X

Motherboard: Asus Prime X570-Pro AM4

GPU: RTX 3090 Founders Edition

RAM: Corsair Vengance RGB Pro 32gb 3200MHz C14

SSD: Sabrent Rocket PCIe 4.0 2tb

HDD: Seagate Barracuda Pro 14tb

Cooler: ASUS ROG Strix LC 360 RGB AIO

PSU: ASUS Rog Thor 1200 RGB

Case: Corsair iCUE 220T RGB Airflow

Case Fans: Corsair LL120 RGB x6

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