Question Best CPU for around $300

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I got a 3770x for a good price(less than $300). Is this the beet cpu for me for this price. Should I have bought something different? What is the best I can get for around $300. My usage will be for programming, productivity, a little gaming. I want to keep the machine for more than 5 years. It will be my everything machine. Thanks.
 
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I was seriously looking at the 5600x, but they are in short supply. I don't have a lot of hope of getting one unless I wait several months, which I don't want to do. Also i was advised by someone on this board that stability with current mobos and this cpu might take some time to achieve.
 

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if you dont have alot of budget rn, you could just grab ryzen 5 3600/x/xt (if you found cheap x/xt why not) and a B550 motherboard like Asrock B550M Pro4, Gigabyte B550M DS3H, or if you want a little out, B550 Tomahawk.
 
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if you dont have alot of budget rn, you could just grab ryzen 5 3600/x/xt (if you found cheap x/xt why not) and a B550 motherboard like Asrock B550M Pro4, Gigabyte B550M DS3H, or if you want a little out, B550 Tomahawk.
I was seriously looking at the 5600x, but they are in short supply. I don't have a lot of hope of getting one unless I wait several months, which I don't want to do. Also i was advised by someone on this board that stability with current mobos and this cpu might take some time to achieve.
I would suggest the 5600X of course if it's available. Otherwise 3700X, or 3600. The 3600X and XT are irrelevant at this point. You can just buy a 3600, turn on PBO or spend 15 mins in the BIOS OCing it, or don't, and you'll still have performance within 5% of the X and XT, you'll save cash which you can use to buy a Cooler, even a $35 Hyper 212 RGB is great, because Wraith Stealth is trash
 
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Well right now I have a 3700x and a msi x570 tomahawk . My idea is I get a nice system for a few years and when I want to upgrade I would be able to get a ryzen 5 cpu for a good price and upgrade to pcie 4 devices too.

what do you think of the i9-9900k intel chip? Is it noticeably better that can be felt in real life? Is it worth going for if it is roughly $50 more than the 3700x?
 
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Well right now I have a 3700x and a msi x570 tomahawk . My idea is I get a nice system for a few years and when I want to upgrade I would be able to get a ryzen 5 cpu for a good price and upgrade to pcie 4 devices too.

what do you think of the i9-9900k intel chip? Is it noticeably better that can be felt in real life? Is it worth going for if it is roughly $50 more than the 3700x?
Nah. No point imo, I'd buy 3700X over 9900K unless they're the exact same price (or if 9900K is lower)
 

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no, i once advised my friend to go with 3700X + 2x8gb Klevv Bolt XR 3600mhz C18 + 2060 KO + B450M Pro VDH Max, it is better than 9900k on r20 on multi core
 

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3700X is good (slightly beating or equaling an 8700K in most games), no doubt; but, the 9900K is faster at gaming. (always) And the 10700K is a bit faster yet.

But, with the arrival of the 5600X, it is at least as fast (faster often!) or faster, and runs cooler. If supplies were better, it'd be selling like Bitcoin on sale for $300.
 
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Ok, so my choice of the 3700x seems good for the money and the 9900k is not noticeable faster in workstation, productivity, code compiling tasks?
 
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Ok, thanks guys. Looks Iike I made a decent choice with the 3700x, given current stock shortages.

i have a tamahawk x570 board, so no pcie 4 issues there.
 

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I was seriously looking at the 5600x, but they are in short supply. I don't have a lot of hope of getting one unless I wait several months, which I don't want to do. Also i was advised by someone on this board that stability with current mobos and this cpu might take some time to achieve.


i have a modest asus prime b450, and the 5600x runs like a dream , ( coming from a 3600) last bios enables PBO2, curve optimizer, etc its almost goes to full 5ghz all cores with great temps, this are just 100+ pbo numbers ( super mild oc)





200+ pbo curve optimizer - 15
 

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