Question Choosing between a Ryzen 5, 7, and 9

Mark0702

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I've built three similar builds around the same budget but each with a different processor. I've basically decided that I won't go the Ryzen 5 route because it isn't much cheaper than the 7 one. I was hoping to get some input on which one I should choose. The 5 and 7 share every component other than the CPU, the 9 makes sacrifices on the power supply (gold vs platinum, 650w vs 1000w), and ram (still 16gb 3200).

Ryzen 5 $1601: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/MarkAlien/saved/KZMy4D
Ryzen 7 $1698: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/MarkAlien/saved/WDLbhM
Ryzen 9 $1612: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/MarkAlien/saved/WcXht6
 

Mark0702

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I will help you with this. First what do you want to do with this system? Are you gonna play games and that's it? Are you gonna do some encoding/editing videos?
My intentions are a little broad but I intend to do light to mid-range gaming, perhaps some video editing from time to time, some programming. I'm also hoping to future proof my build as much as possible, which is why I used 2x8gb ram sticks instead of 4x4gb. My main intention is a computer that can do just about anything I might find myself needing to do, maybe with a few compromises.
 

Nemesia

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My intentions are a little broad but I intend to do light to mid-range gaming, perhaps some video editing from time to time, some programming. I'm also hoping to future proof my build as much as possible, which is why I used 2x8gb ram sticks instead of 4x4gb. My main intention is a computer that can do just about anything I might find myself needing to do, maybe with a few compromises.
What is your monitor refresh rate and resolution?
 

Mark0702

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What do you think about that?

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($296.47 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard ($189.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Compute 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.98 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC 3X Video Card ($499.99 @ B&H)
Case: NZXT H510i ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($140.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit ($139.99 @ Other World Computing)
Total: $1607.37
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-09 01:16 EDT-0400
I don't doubt that would fit my needs, I went with AMD over Nvidia though because I intend to dual-boot Arch with Windows and AMD is generally better supported with Linux. Your ram choice is more reasonable than mine, I honestly was a little vain with mine. I also tend to distrust Seagate a little, although my opinion on that is probably a little dated because of when I started getting into computers. I really appreciate the help. I might go with the 7, cheaper PSU, and cheaper ram and then use the money saved to buy a second ssd for just my Linux installation. I knew the 9 was probably more than I needed, but seeing that I could feasibly have it made me wonder if I would be stupid to pass up the opportunity.
 

xrafael95x

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I will go with the ryzen 9 all the way because it's the best for the years to come and also, the cheapest, you don't need that 1000w power supply, I think if you choose a good rated PSU from the PSU guide, you should be good to go
 

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