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Question Choosing what components to upgrade?

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Hi all,

I'm slightly torn at the moment and wanted to get some advice on what would give me the biggest performance boost in terms of increased FPS in games. I am currently running an Asus P9X79, i7-3820, 32gb DDR3 ram and a SuperJetStream GTX 980. My question is should I be looking to upgrade mobo+cpu+ram ( Ryzen 3800x, 16gb ddr4, MSI b450M mortar) or think about upgrading my gpu ( maybe a 1080 or I had been suggested a 2060?) What would give me the highest fps boost in games like GTA, Dirt Rally 2, Battlefield V, CSGO, Minecraft + Shaders, NFS Heat etc. I aim to upgrade all components mentioned (gpu, cpu, ram, mobo) over time so it's just a case of which first.

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So for the short term upgrading the CPU/mobo/RAM will provide a higher performance increase than upgrading my gpu? I am not too worried about m.2 or psu at the moment as i know it's sufficient for the time being, I am going to be leaving for uni in September so will use my PC less and less and less. Just trying to focus on upgrading gpu and cpu/mobo/ram for the time being
 

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All of the above really. I have a GTX 980 as well and it's still surprisingly capable, but there's not much point in going all out for a 3800x. You'd see much better performance boosts by going for a 3600 and getting a 2060 or 5600XT. Although I don't know if you have a budget? Of course a motherboard with DDR4 RAM of at least 3200mhz would be desirable with that CPU, too (3600mhz preferably).
 
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I was looking at the 3800x, an msi b450m and 16gb of ddr4 3200mhz ram. I am on a budget to a certain extent.Im 18 and paying huge insurance bills, phone bills etc so money isn't the easiest to come by. I'm looking to sell my existing cpu/ram/mobo to put money towards these new parts. I'm going to have to buy these parts in stages, cpu then mobo then ram and was looking at a gpu later down the line. At the moment the 3800x is £100 more than a 3600, so i thought it was a bit of a no brainer? What i'm trying to ask with this thread was the order of buying these new parts. What will give me the biggest boost, existing setup + new gpu or existing gpu + new cpu mobo ram? That way I can prioritise my spending
 

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I see, well if you're on a budget and it's for gaming, there's really no need to spend that much on a 3800X. £100 is quite a lot I think, but of course it's better so it's up to you :)

And I think CPU, RAM and M/B would see the biggest immediate improvement. Assuming you game at 1080p that is.
 
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I'm unsure at the minute regarding cpu. I had been leaning towards the 3700x, however at the moment the 3700x is only £24 cheaper than a 3800x so therefore I am back to the 3800x vs the 3600x, where there is a £100 difference. According to userbench, the 3800x is 21 positions higher than the 3600x on speed ranks, however this seems like it is primarily for workstation builds? There is a 10% difference in the workstation category opposed to only a 2% difference in gaming and desktop categories. Disregarding the fact that new gpus may launch at the end of the year, what would be my best bet for a gpu at the moment? I would not want to push over £350 ideally as it is going to take me about 2/3 months of work to be able to afford even that, after waiting probably 2 months to afford the m/b upgrades. I have been out of the pc world for a couple of years and have no idea where I should be looking. I had traditionally bought older generation high tier cards (my 980 is a good example as I bought it in 2016 or maybe early 2017) but people seem to suggest avoiding that nowadays?
 
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I'm unsure at the minute regarding cpu. I had been leaning towards the 3700x, however at the moment the 3700x is only £24 cheaper than a 3800x so therefore I am back to the 3800x vs the 3600x, where there is a £100 difference. According to userbench, the 3800x is 21 positions higher than the 3600x on speed ranks, however this seems like it is primarily for workstation builds? There is a 10% difference in the workstation category opposed to only a 2% difference in gaming and desktop categories. Disregarding the fact that new gpus may launch at the end of the year, what would be my best bet for a gpu at the moment? I would not want to push over £350 ideally as it is going to take me about 2/3 months of work to be able to afford even that, after waiting probably 2 months to afford the m/b upgrades. I have been out of the pc world for a couple of years and have no idea where I should be looking. I had traditionally bought older generation high tier cards (my 980 is a good example as I bought it in 2016 or maybe early 2017) but people seem to suggest avoiding that nowadays?
it doesnt mather what order you want to choose.Thoose 3 cannot work without 1 thing missing(im talking about cpu,ram and mobo).Since you are moving to the amd you cant put the cpu in you intel mobo,so you will need a mobo for ryzen too.Also the mobo doesnt support ddr3 so you are gonna have to buy ddr4.As for the 3600x vs 3800x,the 3800x is not worth it when it comes to gaming,school work and maybe some video editing.I would go for the 3600x and save a 100$ for other upgrades.
 
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Okay thank you i'll stick with the 3600x, idk if you read the rest of the thread but i'm also buying a B450M Mortar and 16g of ddr4 ram :)
 
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yeah the one i was looking at was 3200mhz but i may look into 3600mhz. The only other question i had was that i do not upgrade my components every 2-3 years like some people (my setup now has lasted me 5 years) and so will the 3600x last as long as a 3800x would?
 

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yeah the one i was looking at was 3200mhz but i may look into 2600mhz. The only other question i had was that i do not upgrade my components every 2-3 years like some people (my setup now has lasted me 5 years) and so will the 3600x last as long as a 3800x would?
"yeah the one i was looking at was 3200mhz but i may look into 2600mhz. "

I quess you wanted to say 3600,but ok.The 3600x will last as long as 3800x
 

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