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Is it time to upgrade R5 1600 ---> 3600?

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  • 7 months ago

My current gaming rigg:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor Purchased For $193.44
CPU Cooler Cooler Master - Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler Purchased For $24.89
Motherboard Gigabyte - GA-AX370-Gaming K7 ATX AM4 Motherboard Purchased For $169.99
Memory G.Skill - Flare X Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory Purchased For $219.00
Storage ADATA - Ultimate SU800 128 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $54.99
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $77.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $43.78
Video Card Asus - GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB ROG STRIX Video Card Purchased For $539.99
Case NZXT - S340 ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $69.99
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G2 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply Purchased For $88.98
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit Purchased For $88.89
Case Fan be quiet! - Pure Wings 2 140 61.2 CFM 140 mm Fan Purchased For $11.69
Case Fan be quiet! - Pure Wings 2 140 61.2 CFM 140 mm Fan Purchased For $11.69
Monitor Dell - S2716DG 27.0" 2560x1440 144 Hz Monitor Purchased For $399.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1995.30
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-07-09 10:18 EDT-0400

My CPU is OCd to 3.8Ghz. I play games like ESO, WoW, Witcher 3, BF5, Kingdom Come, Heavily modded Skyrim, GTA5.

I'm wondering if I should keep saving and wait for a new GPU or is it time to fork up the $200 and upgrade to a 3600/x?

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I wouldn't plan on upgrading until the BIOS issues are resolved they axed a ton out of the BIOS to fit the new CPU.

And so long as the CPU still fits Your needs there really isn't a point to spending $200 only to have the newer still fit Your needs.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

One thing you can do while waiting for the BIOS situation to be more clear is to check the framerates you are currently getting on your listed games. Then cut the OC down to 3.7GHz or something and see if there is any change. If there isn't, then increasing your CPU performance (by even over 30%) won't help at all in GPU-limited situations.

If you later have a CPU-limited condition, you might well take the full leap to a 8 core chip (I'm not sure about a 370 motherboard and a 12-16 core chip). You might even see the price drop a bit (don't expect such things until well after September and the 3950X and the 550 motherboards).

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

the Gigabyte Gaming K7 X370 board is probably capable of running a 12 core chip. it has a true 6 phase VRM solution with 40 amp power stages. its by no means the best board out there, but it should still be fine for a 12 core, at least at stock speeds. the cooling solutions for the VRMs looks reasonable too, so there's that. I'm not sure If he needs to make the jump to a 12 core just for gaming though... that seems overkill, even with how multi-threaded modern games are becoming. at most, I would say a Ryzen 7 3700X (or 3800X) would be better choices for a purely gaming use case. either way though, the board should probably be able to handle a 3900X with relative ease.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Considering you can probably get a good $80-100 USD off the 1600, the switch to the 3600 would be quite beneficial, and the faster speeds might be able to squeeze out a couple more frames through your GTX 1080

  • 7 months ago
  • 0 points

wait for Ryzen 4000! dont do the switch... your cpu is good enough for now! doesnt worth...

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

But Ryzen 4000 won't work in his motherboard. And might not work with DDR4 at that. We don't even know if zen3 will be any better for desktops. While zen2 seems more balanced between single and multi-threading, AMD cares more about the server side and could well only improve the multi-threading (not improving any listed game at all). So maybe wait until 3950X drops and the price of 3900X falls a bit, that way you can at least keep using the rest of the box with all the gains of a 3900X (or other higher end Ryzen 3000).

But I certainly would check to see if I could expect any improvement (I wouldn't count on it) and also if somebody might buy the old CPU (don't expect even $80 USD if you live anywhere near a Microcenter).

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