Question Best CPU/Mobo Upgrade From i5-6400?

MasterYuyda

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Hey all, wanted to ask a question about upgrading some of my PC components. Here are the specs for my PC:
CPU: Intel i5-6400
Mobo: Asus Z170-A
RAM: 8gb DDR4 @2400Mhz (single)
GPU: RX 480
Storage: 1tb HDD, 120gb SSD
PSU: 600 Watt Evga 80+ Bronze

I haven't upgraded this PC much since I built it back in 2016. I wanted to upgrade my old CPU and motherboard (and RAM) so I could potentially upgrade to an RTX 2060 without having to worry about bottlenecking. I could go with either Intel or AMD since I have to replace the motherboard for either option. As for price, I'm fine with a CPU around 200$ and a motherboard around 90-100$. My plan was to wait until Ryzen 3000and get one of the Ryzen 5 processors with an accompanying mobo (and improved RAM), but I would love to hear feedback on alternate options going forward. I mainly use my PC for gaming, but I stick to 1080p 60fps at Ultra (usage context).
 

Dark Lord of Tech

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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 7 2700 3.2 GHz 8-Core Processor ($208.57 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI - B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard ($109.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($73.98 @ Newegg Business)
Total: $392.44
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-26 19:57 EDT-0400

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PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($145.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI - B450M GAMING PLUS Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($73.98 @ Newegg Business)
Total: $299.96
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-26 20:02 EDT-0400
 

WildCard999

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Your memory is a bit slow for Ryzen and a single stick is going to hurt performance. For your budget I'd get the 9400F & B365 motherboard (supports 8/9th gen out of the box).

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel - Core i5-9400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($149.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock - B365M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($83.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $233.87
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-26 19:57 EDT-0400


Or get Ryzen first gen now, overclocking the 1600 will give you good performance and per some rumors there's going to be a fourth and final release for the AM4 socket before AMD goes to a different socket. If you live near a Microcenter you can get the 1600 for $80.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor ($118.39 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock - B450M Pro4-F Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($68.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Team - T-Force Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($80.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $268.36
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-05-26 19:59 EDT-0400


Or wait and continue to save for 3rd gen.
 

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