Question Best combo with gtx 960 2GB AND ABOVE

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Hello tom'd hardware community, i am currwntly bottlenecking really hard, i have a gtx 960 2GB witb AMD A-10k-5800 or something like that and a old msi motherboard that supports ddr3 ram, i am looking to upgrade my cpu and motherboard with ram if needed, i would like a cpu that easily runs games, can stream and record 1080p 60fps max quality and renders videos up to 4k, most important games i play are Apex legends, battlefield v and other shooter games i would like a cpu and
if needed that could do everything i listed. Overkill would be around 500$ but im looking for a great deal around 350
 
PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor | $194.00 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler | Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 74.34 CFM CPU Cooler | $19.79 @ Amazon
Motherboard | MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard | $99.99 @ Amazon
Memory | \*Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory | $49.99 @ Newegg
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $363.77
| \*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria |
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-11 16:00 EST-0500 |
Stock cooler can be used to save $20.

Only suggestion if you have more to spend is to buy the R7 3700x with more cores, but you would be better off to buy a more powerfull GPU with any remaining budget.

A ryzen 5 1600 would be blown out of the water by a 3600, but both are a HUGE improvement over your current CPU.
 
Here you go.

PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/BMH9QZ

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 3.7 GHz 8-Core Processor ($189.59 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Flare X 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($63.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $343.57
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-11 16:01 EST-0500
 
PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor | $194.00 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler | Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 74.34 CFM CPU Cooler | $19.79 @ Amazon
Motherboard | MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard | $99.99 @ Amazon
Memory | \*Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory | $49.99 @ Newegg
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $363.77
| \*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria |
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-11 16:00 EST-0500 |
Stock cooler can be used to save $20.

Only suggestion if you have more to spend is to buy the R7 3700x with more cores, but you would be better off to buy a more powerfull GPU with any remaining budget.

A ryzen 5 1600 would be blown out of the water by a 3600, but both are a HUGE improvement over your current CPU.
This is a good suggestion. I’d drop the cpu cooler since the 3600 comes with one and I’d go with DDR 3600.
 
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PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor | $194.00 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler | Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 74.34 CFM CPU Cooler | $19.79 @ Amazon
Motherboard | MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard | $99.99 @ Amazon
Memory | \*Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory | $49.99 @ Newegg
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $363.77
| \*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria |
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-11 16:00 EST-0500 |
Stock cooler can be used to save $20.

Only suggestion if you have more to spend is to buy the R7 3700x with more cores, but you would be better off to buy a more powerfull GPU with any remaining budget.

A ryzen 5 1600 would be blown out of the water by a 3600, but both are a HUGE improvement over your current CPU.
Hey love this combo 1 thing why does it say this
Potential Issues / Incompatibilities
  • Warning!Some AMD B450 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Matisse CPUs. Upgrading the BIOS may require a different CPU that is supported by older BIOS revisions.

I hope its not for this chipset right? because it says "some"
 
Best set for now i found online is AMD Ryzen 5 1600 + MSI B350 Gaming Plus.
That's actually a quite competent little combo. more than capable of saturating your current GPU (which is strained at 1080P in a lot of today's newest games, so would often require reduced/tailored settings)

As the R5-1600 is often on closeout at $79, it is an insanely good value, and a good B450 would allow an R5-3700 drop in later....
 
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That's actually a quite competent little combo. more than capable of saturating your current GPU (which is strained at 1080P in a lot of today's newest games, so would often require reduced/tailored settings)

As the R5-1600 is often on closeout at $79, it is an insanely good value, and a good B450 would allow an R5-3700 drop in later....
Ye i was thinking at the beginning r5 1600, but i mean im kinda lookin for performance more than money, if i wont be able to get r5-3600/3700 then i might aswell take 1600, it honestly just depends if i can get it or not
 

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