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What to upgrade to?

I'll try to make this short & sweet...

Current set up:
-EVGA GTX 1060 6GB
-AMD FX8350
-990FX Killer
-16GB "mixed" RAM (4 sticks, 2 different sets, same speeds & whatnot)
-Corsair 750W Modular
-250GB SSD
-1TB HDD
-1080p 60hz (future hopes of 1080p 144hz)

Most recent upgrade was GPU & PSU (GTX 760 to 1060 6gb) (650w to 750w modular).

Now I'm continuing down the list. CPU (yes, MOBO as well) & RAM.

I don't want a Chevy vs Ford debate on Intel vs AMD (i7 vs Ryzen 7).

But, I have gotten over my head & just need a little guidance.

I am on a tight budget, can't really say a limit but best bang for the buck that will last a couple years.

My PC use consists of gaming (duh), mostly Escape from Tarkov, PUBG, WoWS, Miscreated, a bunch of others. Some streaming / video uploading.

Whatever advice is given please include a description of why you are choosing said options!

Thank you all in advance!!
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  1. Ryzen 1600/B350 MB/8-16 gb ddr4 dual channel 3200 ram will be a good upgrade and good bang for the money. I will get something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($194.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-AB350-Gaming ATX AM4 Motherboard ($79.01 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill - Trident Z 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($182.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $456.89
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-02-07 13:25 EST-0500

    You can drop to 1400 to save money and maybe 8gb ram.

    If you have enough budget, I7-8700k will perform better but much more expensive.
  2. And from the Intel side we have:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor ($255.88 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock - Z370 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($121.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $582.84
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-02-07 13:31 EST-0500

    If you will stay with a 1080 rez for your upgraded 144Hz display AND want the highest possible frame rates AND will upgrade the GPU in the future I'd go with an Intel build, but an I7 is probably overkill for most of us mortals so I've opted for the i5 8600K.

    What can I say about the little H7? It's a fine little tower cooler that'll handle a stock i5 8600 easily, but it won't handle much overclocking, it can be switched out easily enough when/if you decide to overclock, though.

    The Asrock is an inexpensive motherboard and it's short on the RGB bling ( or much in the way of good looks either ;) ), that said it's solid and well featured for its price, it even comes with decent power delivery for when/if you decide to overclock.

    Obviously 16Gb of quick RAM rounds things off, but the MB has 4 slots so you could go for 2x4Gb now and add another pair later on to spread the cost.
  3. vapour said:
    Ryzen 1600/B350 MB/8-16 gb ddr4 dual channel 3200 ram will be a good upgrade and good bang for the money. I will get something like this:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($194.89 @ OutletPC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-AB350-Gaming ATX AM4 Motherboard ($79.01 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill - Trident Z 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($182.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $456.89
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-02-07 13:25 EST-0500

    You can drop to 1400 to save money and maybe 8gb ram.

    If you have enough budget, I7-8700k will perform better but much more expensive.



    Thanks! I'm in a huge debate on this, lol. Stuck between the i5 8400/8600K & Ryzen 5 1600/1600x
    A selling point for me is that the K & X series don't come with stock coolers. Getting one that does will save more money. Also looking at a set of Gskill 16GB (2x8) DDR4 3200. Ive read that with Ryzen you want the higher numbers (2666 vs 3200). So still lots of comparing and costs to look at.
  4. coozie7 said:
    And from the Intel side we have:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor ($255.88 @ OutletPC)
    CPU Cooler: CRYORIG - H7 49.0 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock - Z370 Pro4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($121.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($169.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $582.84
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-02-07 13:31 EST-0500

    If you will stay with a 1080 rez for your upgraded 144Hz display AND want the highest possible frame rates AND will upgrade the GPU in the future I'd go with an Intel build, but an I7 is probably overkill for most of us mortals so I've opted for the i5 8600K.

    What can I say about the little H7? It's a fine little tower cooler that'll handle a stock i5 8600 easily, but it won't handle much overclocking, it can be switched out easily enough when/if you decide to overclock, though.

    The Asrock is an inexpensive motherboard and it's short on the RGB bling ( or much in the way of good looks either ;) ), that said it's solid and well featured for its price, it even comes with decent power delivery for when/if you decide to overclock.

    Obviously 16Gb of quick RAM rounds things off, but the MB has 4 slots so you could go for 2x4Gb now and add another pair later on to spread the cost.



    Thanks! I'm in a huge debate on this, lol. Stuck between the i5 8400/8600K & Ryzen 5 1600/1600x
    A selling point for me is that the K & X series don't come with stock coolers. Getting one that does will save more money. Also looking at a set of Gskill 16GB (2x8) DDR4 3200. Ive read that with Ryzen you want the higher numbers (2666 vs 3200). So still lots of comparing and costs to look at.
  5. Well it depends on Budget, bang for buck it should be i5 8400 > r5 1600 > r5 1600X > i5 8600K thats taking only CPU cost, but since 8th gen has only z370 Mobos it makes the 8400 a bit pricey, ryzem seems to take more advantage on fast ram (or maybe just takes a penalty on using slower ram) so that makes an impact on price/performance equation as well.

    if you can wait for H370, B350, mobos the i5 8400 should be the best bang for buck cause you can go for slightly cheaper ram and the reduced mobo price will make it very affordable, if you dont mind the small performance impact on using cheaper (slower) ram for a ryzen that could be a very nice "budget" build.

    If you want to be able to OC and go for top performance go for a i5 8600k with a nice cooler. You can Oc with ryzen but not as much as you can OC an i5 and if you want to reach the 4+ Ghz mark you probably will need a x370 mobo wich is not so bufget friendly and will still be a bit behind the 8600k in performance.

    Also if you are only playing at 1080p @60 fps (what i think cause of your 1060 6gb) you would see little to none benefit on going with something better than a i5 8400 or the r5 1600 as they can keep that GPU fed for its max potential.

    Hope this helps and sorry if im a bit confusing, english is my second language and im at work lol.
  6. Best answer
    @ thelordderpus: Yep, Ryzen does really benefit from faster RAM, but DDR4 3000/3200 is enough, you CAN go faster but the cost is really out of proportion to any gains and most of us would be aiming at DDR4 3000/3200 an Intel build anyway. Although you can drop to DDR4 2666 with little performance loss the lower memory speeds may hamper any high end overclocking you may choose to attempt with an i5 8XXX CPU. And no, we're not trying to push you into overclocking, just mentioning it. ;)

    As I have already mentioned Intel is a better option if you intend to move up to a high refresh panel and add a faster GPU to drive it later, things get much closer at 1440 rez, though with Intel still 'winning' but by a much reduced margin, so maybe your future plans and intentions should be taken into consideration when making the final CPU decision.

    Are you interested in overclocking? I know we've mentioned this quite a bit but a definitive reply from you would help us to guide you more accurately.
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