Question Advice on upgrading my 2018 PC Build?

TheCowman

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Hi all,

I'm planning on upgrading some components from my 2018 PC Build. I'm a bit out of the loop on PC hardware so I was hoping to get some recommendations about my choices. Below I am listing my original 2018 build and highlighting the upgrades I am considering in green.

CPU:
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X ----> AMD Ryzen 5 5800X
CPU Cooler: Stock AMD cooler ----> ID Cooling SE-224-XT
Motherboard:
Gigabyte B450 I Aorus Pro WiFi Mini ITX
Memory: G. Skill Trident Z 16 GB (2x8) DDR4-3600 CL18 ----> G. SkillTrident Z Neo 32 GB (2x16) DDR-3600
Storage:
Samsung 970 Evo 1 TB M.2 NVME
GPU: GTX 1070 Ti ----> GTX 3070
PSU: EVGA G3 Supernova 550 W 80+ ATX Power Supply
Monitor: Dell 1440p 165 Hz
Case: NZXT H210
  • Max CPU Cooler Clearance:165mm
  • Max GPU Clearance:265 - 325mm (current GPU is about 312 mm and just barely fits)
  • Max GPU Thickness:44mm
  • Front Fan & Radiator Clearance:85mm
Questions:
  1. Assuming I won't be overclocking any components, will 550 W still be enough to run this system comfortably?
  2. Is now a "good" time to upgrade to the 5800X, or is AMD planning on releasing a new CPU series soon?
  3. Is the air cooler I've chosen sufficient for the 5800X?
Purpose of build:
Casual gaming on a 1440p 144 Hz monitor. (I'd like to run most games on low settings at above 100 FPS.)
Running scripts in parallel (things like numerically solving PDEs or doing Monte Carlo simulations -- current build is adequate but I think it would be convenient to have more cores and more memory to run more things in parallel.)

Any input will be greatly appreciated!
 
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logainofhades

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I would get the 5700x to save some cash. The difference between the two is only noticeable in a benchmark result. You definitely are going to need a bigger and better power supply. New AMD CPU's are expected this fall, but it will require a new motherboard, and DDR5 ram. If that ram is CL18, you may as well just go with a 3200 CL16 kit, for less. The performance is roughly the same.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5700X 3.4 GHz 8-Core Processor ($284.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Vetroo V5 52 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB RT 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($146.99 @ Corsair)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G6 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $556.96
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-06-10 10:23 EDT-0400
 
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TheCowman

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I would get the 5700x to save some cash. The difference between the two is only noticeable in a benchmark result. You definitely are going to need a bigger and better power supply. New AMD CPU's are expected this fall, but it will require a new motherboard, and DDR5 ram. If that ram is CL18, you may as well just go with a 3200 CL16 kit, for less. The performance is roughly the same.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5700X 3.4 GHz 8-Core Processor ($284.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Vetroo V5 52 CFM CPU Cooler ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB RT 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($146.99 @ Corsair)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G6 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $556.96
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-06-10 10:23 EDT-0400
Thanks! That makes me feel better about buying a new CPU now. One of the reasons I bought the 2600X was so that I could upgrade my CPU without swapping out the motherboard. I'm glad I can still do that.

In your comment you recommended a 3200 CL16 kit but below you linked a 3600 CL16 kit; I'm not so familiar with what is optimal for the 5700X but I found this kit. I searched for 3200 CL16 and found the Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (2X16GB) DDR4 3200 C16 ($116.99 @ Amazon). It doesn't have RGB but I'm happy to make that sacrifice if it's cheaper and the performance is about the same. Is this what you had in mind?
 

TheCowman

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Are you using a mini-ITX case? If so which one? This could greatly impact parts compatibility.
Good point. My case is the NZXT H210. I had initially considered upgrading to an AIO but my GPU wouldn't fit if I put a 240mm rad in the front. I updated my original post with the case compatibilities copied and pasted from the manufacturer's website.
 
Good point. My case is the NZXT H210. I had initially considered upgrading to an AIO but my GPU wouldn't fit if I put a 240mm rad in the front. I updated my original post with the case compatibilities copied and pasted from the manufacturer's website.
This will all fit together with a 240mm AIO and a 3070 in that h210 case.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5700X 3.4 GHz 8-Core Processor ($284.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: EK EK-AIO Basic 240 77 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($96.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450 I AORUS PRO WIFI Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard (Purchased For $0.00)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory ($144.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (Purchased For $0.00)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce RTX 3070 LHR 8 GB GAMING Twin Edge OC Video Card ($689.95 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT H210 Mini ITX Tower Case (Purchased For $0.00)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G6 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $1306.91
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2022-06-10 11:51 EDT-0400
 

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