Question In need of help building a gaming computer.

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Hello! I was planning on upgrading my rig for better gaming performance and fps. But I am wondering about either or not the Ryzen 5 3600X and GTX 2070 Super is gonna be compatible with my current specs. If not, can you guys help me suggest some better options? I am sort of in a budget.
I am being told to change my motherboard as some are claiming that it won't be compatible but I also find forums that say it will be fine which is making it very confusing for me. That's why I hope you will be able to help me with the build. Here are my current specs :
Casing: Cooler Master Masterbox Lite 3.1 ( Supports only mATX and mITX)
Motherboard: Asus Prime B350M-E (mATX)
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Six Core 2.5 GHz
Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws V Series (8x2)GB 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400
GPU: Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti
Hard drive: WD Blue 1TB (2012)
SSD: PNY CS900 120GB
Monitor: (1)Acer KG251Q 240Hz HDMI DP FreeSync and (2) LG 24MK400H-B 75Hz HDMI VGA FreeSync.
PSU: MasterWatt Lite 500W
 
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You will need a bios update to make your motherboard compatible with new new cpu and the R5 3600X - RTX 2070 Super pair is great i have almost the same just the non x version of the cpu and the performance is great.
 
I think I would upgrade the graphics card first and see how that works out.
If you mostly play fast action games that may be all you need.

What kinds of games do you play?

Try this test:
Run YOUR games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
If your FPS increases, it indicates that your cpu is strong enough to drive a better graphics configuration.
If your FPS stays the same, you are likely more cpu limited.
 
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You will need a bios update to make your motherboard compatible with new new cpu and the R5 3600X - RTX 2070 Super pair is great i have almost the same just the non x version of the cpu and the performance is great.
I was wondering if I would get the same performance this way? or would it be better for me to just buy a compatible motherboard, per se, B450?
And the PSU is MasterWatt Lite 500W
 
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I think I would upgrade the graphics card first and see how that works out.
If you mostly play fast action games that may be all you need.

What kinds of games do you play?

Try this test:
Run YOUR games, but lower your resolution and eye candy.
If your FPS increases, it indicates that your cpu is strong enough to drive a better graphics configuration.
If your FPS stays the same, you are likely more cpu limited.
It does increase the FPS but its not enough to get 240 Fps, as I have a 240Hz monitor, to get the best experience without screen stutters, I was wishing to get a minimum of 240 Fps if possible. And yes I play fast-paced games where the Hz gives an extra advantage.
 

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Your original question all depends on what you want to spend. For instance, this is about as good as you can get as far as getting 240 fps is concerned while staying with a 3600x:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8 GHz 6-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock X570M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($177.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($172.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID GAMING Video Card ($623.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($104.99 @ B&H)
Total: $1279.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-14 20:42 EDT-0400


You can also save some by doing something like this:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8 GHz 6-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($141.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC 3X Video Card ($496.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($104.99 @ B&H)
Total: $943.95
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-14 20:46 EDT-0400


Here is the problems with your build for upgrading. Your PSU is not the best quality and wont support a 3600x and 2070s at only 500w. Another problem is that for high FPS at 1080p amd is about 5-10% behind. No matter what you do if you keep the motherboard you currently have you need to update the BIOS to get a 3000 series processor from AMD. It would help me a lot If i had a budget to work with.
 
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Your original question all depends on what you want to spend. For instance, this is about as good as you can get as far as getting 240 fps is concerned while staying with a 3600x:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8 GHz 6-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock X570M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($177.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($172.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB FTW3 ULTRA HYBRID GAMING Video Card ($623.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($104.99 @ B&H)
Total: $1279.94
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-14 20:42 EDT-0400


You can also save some by doing something like this:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8 GHz 6-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($141.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB WINDFORCE OC 3X Video Card ($496.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic FOCUS Gold 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($104.99 @ B&H)
Total: $943.95
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-14 20:46 EDT-0400


Here is the problems with your build for upgrading. Your PSU is not the best quality and won't support a 3600x and 2070s at only 500w. Another problem is that for high FPS at 1080p amd is about 5-10% behind. No matter what you do if you keep the motherboard you currently have you need to update the BIOS to get a 3000 series processor from AMD. It would help me a lot If I had a budget to work with.
Thanks a lot for taking such time to make these builds and I did upgrade my bios to the latest version and it says that it will support ryzen's 3rd gen processors. And if I change the PSU to the one you suggested, which is 750W and play games such as COD: MW or R6 on low to medium graphics settings, do you suppose I can achieve that high of an fps?
 

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Thanks a lot for taking such time to make these builds and I did upgrade my bios to the latest version and it says that it will support ryzen's 3rd gen processors. And if I change the PSU to the one you suggested, which is 750W and play games such as COD: MW or R6 on low to medium graphics settings, do you suppose I can achieve that high of an fps?
The PSU isn't there to achieve higher FPS, it's there to be a significant upgrade to your current PSU, which is a pretty lousy one. It's safety equipment. It's OK (ish) with a low power GPU, but once you're talking the higher-end, it's not something you should be trusting.
 

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