[SOLVED] Is it worth upgrading CPU from a 6600 to a 5 3600 ?

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I'm playing on a 1080p 60hrz screen, I'm wondering if it should upgrade my CPU to 5 3600?
my ram 16GB 3200, GPU RX 480 8GB. gaming pc**
 
I'm playing on a 1080p 60hrz screen, I'm wondering if it should upgrade my CPU to 5 3600?
my ram 16GB 3200, GPU RX 480 8GB. gaming pc**
You would gain an increase in fps when gaming at 1080p, but it will typically be around 15-35% higher depending on the game. However, when you consider the cost of the CPU, you may be better off skipping the R5 3600 and going for an i5-11400/F as they are typically about the same price, but the 11400/F out performs the R5 3600 by 20-25% in the same games. The only thing you give up with the 11400F over the R5 3600 is CPU overclocking, but you otherwise still have memory overclocking for your DDR4 3200 ram with a B560 motherboard.

This all assumes you have access to an 11400F and is in stock. In the US an 11400F is typically prices at $185 and a good or better motherboard is around $150-175 or $200 currently for something like a B560 Tomahawk which is near top of the line for B560 motherboards. I would recommend trying not to go too cheap on the motherboard as they typically have worse heatsinks or no heatsinks for cooling the CPU VRM (around the CPU socket) and would require better case airflow than a more expensive board. For most end users building a mid to high end 11400F system, a $130-160 motherboard will likely be sufficient.
 
I'm playing on a 1080p 60hrz screen, I'm wondering if it should upgrade my CPU to 5 3600?
my ram 16GB 3200, GPU RX 480 8GB. gaming pc**
You would gain an increase in fps when gaming at 1080p, but it will typically be around 15-35% higher depending on the game. However, when you consider the cost of the CPU, you may be better off skipping the R5 3600 and going for an i5-11400/F as they are typically about the same price, but the 11400/F out performs the R5 3600 by 20-25% in the same games. The only thing you give up with the 11400F over the R5 3600 is CPU overclocking, but you otherwise still have memory overclocking for your DDR4 3200 ram with a B560 motherboard.

This all assumes you have access to an 11400F and is in stock. In the US an 11400F is typically prices at $185 and a good or better motherboard is around $150-175 or $200 currently for something like a B560 Tomahawk which is near top of the line for B560 motherboards. I would recommend trying not to go too cheap on the motherboard as they typically have worse heatsinks or no heatsinks for cooling the CPU VRM (around the CPU socket) and would require better case airflow than a more expensive board. For most end users building a mid to high end 11400F system, a $130-160 motherboard will likely be sufficient.
 
Yes, it is alot more worth it. If you prefer intel side, go for i5 10400F + Asrock B560M pro4 or hdv.
In case you are not aware, the Intel 10th gen CPUs, do not have memory overclocking unless you use a compatible Z series motherboard. Only 11th gen i5/i7/i9 have memory overclocking when using a B560 motherboards. So if the OP selected a 10400F, they would have a 3200 memory kit running at a maximum of 2666 with a B560 motherboard.


@Allame Be sure to select at least an i5-11400 or i5-11400F if you want memory overclocking on a B560 motherboard.

I am apparently wrong on this and have been for quite some time.
 
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logainofhades

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In case you are not aware, the Intel 10th gen CPUs, do not have memory overclocking unless you use a compatible Z series motherboard. Only 11th gen i5/i7/i9 have memory overclocking when using a B560 motherboards. So if the OP selected a 10400F, they would have a 3200 memory kit running at a maximum of 2666 with a B560 motherboard.

@Allame Be sure to select at least an i5-11400 or i5-11400F if you want memory overclocking on a B560 motherboard.
Asrock B560 pro4 does allow for ram overclocking with 10th gen chips. The hdv is a terrible board though.

https://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/B560 Pro4/index.asp#Specification
Memory
  • Dual Channel DDR4 Memory Technology
  • 4 x DDR4 DIMM Slots
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors support DDR4 non-ECC, un-buffered memory up to 4800+(OC)*
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors support DDR4 non-ECC, un-buffered memory up to 4600+(OC)*
 
Asrock B560 pro4 does allow for ram overclocking with 10th gen chips. The hdv is a terrible board though.

https://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/B560 Pro4/index.asp#Specification
Memory
  • Dual Channel DDR4 Memory Technology
  • 4 x DDR4 DIMM Slots
  • 11th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors support DDR4 non-ECC, un-buffered memory up to 4800+(OC)*
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors support DDR4 non-ECC, un-buffered memory up to 4600+(OC)*
Hmmmmm... Everything I had been reading on the memory overclocking had inferred that memory overclocking was only possible with 11th gen CPUs with B560. Now I'll have to do more research and see what boards support memory overclocking and if it's only possible on some B560s boards or all boards. If it's possible on every B560 board with 10th gen, it will change my recommendations to include 10th gen or at least on the boards it's possible.

Thanks for bringing this to my attention.
 

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