Question Is a new CPU worth it?

Aug 1, 2021
5
0
10
0
Hi All,

I currently have an AMD FX-9590 in a ~5 year old computer and it still feels pretty quick.

I'm planning on building a new PC soon and since my last build AMD CPUs have got a lot more expensive, so I'm looking at something (I think is) mid-range like the Ryzen 5 5600X.

Is this worth my time or would I not notice much of an improvement over my current PC?

Thanks,

Sam

Current setup:
ASRock Fatal1ty 970 Performance
AMD FX-9590
16gb DDR3 2400mhz
Asus Strix GeForce GTX750 TI OC 4gb
Sandisk Z400S M.2 256gb
 

Lutfij

Titan
Moderator
Not just a new CPU, a new platform. Would help alleviate the heat dump into your room. Honestly! Yes you're going to witness a lot of improvement coming out of that FX into the Ryzen platform. Just to be clear, you will need a new motherboard, ram and PSU to pair with your new processor, the only things you can recycle from the prior build is the storage options and perhaps your chassis, if it's got good airflow.
 
Aug 1, 2021
5
0
10
0
Not just a new CPU, a new platform. Would help alleviate the heat dump into your room. Honestly! Yes you're going to witness a lot of improvement coming out of that FX into the Ryzen platform. Just to be clear, you will need a new motherboard, ram and PSU to pair with your new processor, the only things you can recycle from the prior build is the storage options and perhaps your chassis, if it's got good airflow.
Thanks for the reply! Yes I know about the motherboard etc.

Is the Ryzen 5 5600X a good CPU? I don't play any modern games apart from Civilization 6 occasionally, but the new computer will mainly be for photo and video editing (1080p at the moment but probably some 4K in the nearish future).
 

NightHawkRMX

Polypheme
Ambassador
The Ryzen 5 5600x is a very good CPU in my opinion, although due to price increases, an i5 10400f and i5 11400f are often better value. Worse performance and worse platform, but a fair bit cheaper.

A 5600x would offer several times the performance of an FX9590 in just about any task, and would be good for photo/video editing.
 
Reactions: sjwomersley
If your current pc still feels pretty quick, why are you contemplating a new build?
Worth is something only YOU can determine.

Regardless, you can do considerably better for not all that much.
You will need a new motherboard for about $100, and ddr4 ram which might be $85
Your current FX-9590 has 8 threads and a passmark rating of 6752. That is when all threads are 100% busy. The single thread rating is 1842.
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+FX-9590+Eight-Core&id=2014

What is your budget for an upgrade?

For example a i3-10100 sells for around $100 and has 8 threads and a rating of 8840/2637.
More likely, you would want something like a I5-11400 which sells for $200 or more:
https://www.adorama.com/inbx87811400.html?gclid=CjwKCAjwjJmIBhA4EiwAQdCbxhES9arwEGWDvn2_4LX4sevc0JpXwvfApKdgiCZ8_Q3faVqyJjAi4hoCsTAQAvD_BwE&gclid=CjwKCAjwjJmIBhA4EiwAQdCbxhES9arwEGWDvn2_4LX4sevc0JpXwvfApKdgiCZ8_Q3faVqyJjAi4hoCsTAQAvD_BwE&utm_source=adl-gbase-p
It has 12 threads and a rating of 17873/3059
Here is a review:
 
Reactions: sjwomersley
Aug 1, 2021
5
0
10
0
If your current pc still feels pretty quick, why are you contemplating a new build?
Worth is something only YOU can determine.

Regardless, you can do considerably better for not all that much.
You will need a new motherboard for about $100, and ddr4 ram which might be $85
Your current FX-9590 has 8 threads and a passmark rating of 6752. That is when all threads are 100% busy. The single thread rating is 1842.
https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+FX-9590+Eight-Core&id=2014

What is your budget for an upgrade?

For example a i3-10100 sells for around $100 and has 8 threads and a rating of 8840/2637.
More likely, you would want something like a I5-11400 which sells for $200 or more:
https://www.adorama.com/inbx87811400.html?gclid=CjwKCAjwjJmIBhA4EiwAQdCbxhES9arwEGWDvn2_4LX4sevc0JpXwvfApKdgiCZ8_Q3faVqyJjAi4hoCsTAQAvD_BwE&gclid=CjwKCAjwjJmIBhA4EiwAQdCbxhES9arwEGWDvn2_4LX4sevc0JpXwvfApKdgiCZ8_Q3faVqyJjAi4hoCsTAQAvD_BwE&utm_source=adl-gbase-p
It has 12 threads and a rating of 17873/3059
Here is a review:
It's a 5 year old machine and I like to pre-empt any impending failures so building a new one before anything goes wrong! I'll be keeping my old one and demoting it to the backup PC.

I live in the UK so prices are probably a bit different to what you would expect. I'm planning to spend up to £500, so about $650-700 I think.
 

teknobug

Distinguished
Feb 10, 2011
407
1
18,815
24
Yes absolutely, Ryzen 5 5600X is worth it and the price has been dropping steadily. Ryzen 5 3600 is also good for a little less.

But depending on what you do with your PC, maybe a lower end CPU would be cheaper if you don't play a lot of games which Intel has a handful of, i3 10100 or i5 10400/11400.
 
Reactions: alexbirdie

ASK THE COMMUNITY

TRENDING THREADS