[SOLVED] Is it worth upgrading?

Feb 9, 2022
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Hi, I currently have:
CPU: Intel Core i5 4590 3.3GHz
GPU: Radeon RX 580 Series 4GB
RAM: 16 GB DDR3 (2x4 and 1x8)
Motherboard: Gigabyte H87-HD3
Storage : 1 x 120GB SSD ; 1 x 500GB SSD ; 1 x 500GB HDD
Power Supply: 650W
And after my brother upgraded his PC I have an used Ryzen 5 1600 that may be broken, or the used motherboard could be broken. The problem is that I don't have a motherboard to check it. I thought about buying a motherboard that could eventually sit with a Ryzen 5 3600 if the 1600 wouldn't work. The problem is, I'm not sure if it is worth it, and what motherboard to choose. And if I would be upgrading the CPU and Motherboard, I think it would be a good choice to upgrade RAM from DDR3 to DDR4. What should I do?

Games that I mostly play:
Battlefield 1
Hearts of Iron IV
CS:GO
Euro Truck Simulator 2
DIRT 4
Football Manager 2021
 

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Plain quad core is a little dated for games like Battlefield 1. Ryzen 1600 is roughly like a 4th gen i7, but not a huge jump in performance over your i5, the increased thread count will help in games like BF. 3600 would be closer to an Intel 7th gen level of performance, with the bigger chips rivaling 8th gen i7 (6 cores), i9 (8 cores), while AMD had 6, 8, 12 and 16 core chips available. Ryzen 5000 slots nicely between the 11th and 12th gen levels of performance, but the 10th gen i9 also squeak by with 10 cores, so compared to a 5600x, they have more throughput, but less single thread performance.

B450 motherboard should support a 1600, B550 likely won't. But the B450 should support up to the Ryzen 5000 series chips.

Certainly can pick yourself up a nice set of DDR4 while the pricing is good. 3600 CL16 isn't too bad right now.
 

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Plain quad core is a little dated for games like Battlefield 1. Ryzen 1600 is roughly like a 4th gen i7, but not a huge jump in performance over your i5, the increased thread count will help in games like BF. 3600 would be closer to an Intel 7th gen level of performance, with the bigger chips rivaling 8th gen i7 (6 cores), i9 (8 cores), while AMD had 6, 8, 12 and 16 core chips available. Ryzen 5000 slots nicely between the 11th and 12th gen levels of performance, but the 10th gen i9 also squeak by with 10 cores, so compared to a 5600x, they have more throughput, but less single thread performance.

B450 motherboard should support a 1600, B550 likely won't. But the B450 should support up to the Ryzen 5000 series chips.

Certainly can pick yourself up a nice set of DDR4 while the pricing is good. 3600 CL16 isn't too bad right now.
 

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