Question First system build in a while. Thoughts on components.

brad1138

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I am upgrading both my wife's and my computers from Phenom II 965 and FX 8350 to Ryzen 5500. I think that is the best $/performance currently that more than fits our needs. I built my daughter a Ryzen 3600X system a few years back, and it is all the speed we'll need for a long time.

I am looking at a MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX II and 32GB of ram(2x16), not sure what brand/speed yet though. The MB doesn't need to be a "gaming" motherboard, but that one isn't too expensive and looks fairly well reviewed.

Any thoughts? anything stand out as a poor choice there?

Every other component I can use from the old computers, including case. I have an extra, new Corsair CX550M PS for one of them, I might order another, or use one from the old computers. I will keep the same Video cards for now, which are Radeon 7850 and 7870. My wife will never need better, I may upgrade to something better down the road.

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egda23

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Have you looked i to the present Intel 12th Gen CPU and mobos ?
At this moment, they have a good price / performance ratio, and do not have the potential BIOS / chipset / CPU compatibility problems you have with some AMD chipsets ( if you are not familiar with the problem).
Something like the Intel I5-12100 CPU
EDIT: I mean the i3-12100
 
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After a bit more googling, this looks like a good option for ram.

CORSAIR Vengeance LPX 32GB (2 x 16GB) 3200
Seems like a plan.
Caution. MB will most probably need a BIOS upgrade.
R5 5500 is not a true Zen3 (5000 series), 5600(X) is better option.
Ryzen uses less power than FX 8350 but if PSU is from Phenom era, you would be better to get new one.
 

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Have you looked i to the present Intel 12th Gen CPU and mobos ?
At this moment, they have a good price / performance ratio, and do not have the potential BIOS / chipset / CPU compatibility problems you have with some AMD chipsets ( if you are not familiar with the problem).
Something like the Intel I5-12100 CPU
EDIT: I mean the i3-12100
Thank you, but I have been an AMD fanboy for a while. I'd prefer to stick with it, even if it is a bit more $.
 

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Any reason to look at a 5600G? From what I could find, its GPU performance isn't any better than the 7850 I already have in my wife's computer.
 

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Nevermind on 5600G, the 5600 is on sale for $139 w/promo code, and the 5600X is on sale for $189 with promo code ($66 off total between the 2) I bought one of each because they were limit of 1.

So I spent less on the 5600 & 5600X than I was looking at for the 2 5600s, and only $43 more than my original 2x 5500 build. I am feeling very good about the timing and getting that deal.

(The sale ends in 1 hour)
 

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The non x 5600 is a great choice. For motherboard, the Gigabyte B550 DS3H is a decent budget option. I wouldn't do B450, new, today. B550 gives you gen 4 on the cpu lanes, and 3.0 on the chipset lanes. B450 is 3.0 and 2.0 respectively.
 

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Thanks, I looked a little more at B550 MoBos. The GIGABYTE B550 GAMING X V2 is on sale for a few more hours for not much more. And 4.7 review is nice also (FWIW). I may pick that up, and send one of the MSIs back. The MSI is more than good enough for the wife. Or I'll keep the MSI and build my Son a new computer. He is still running a Phenom II as well.
 

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Seems like a plan.
Caution. MB will most probably need a BIOS upgrade.
I see the 5600 is a recent releases. Can I install that, and then upgrade the BIOS, or do I need to install the 5600X I bought to upgrade the BIOS? (the 5600X has been out for a while, I assume it wouldn't need a BIOS update)

Thanks again
 

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