[SOLVED] Is pairing a 3rd gen i5 with an rtx3060 a bad idea?

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So I have had the idea to pair a 3rd gen i5(i5-3340) with a rtx 3060. ignoring the pirce of a rtx 3060, will this be a huge waste of performace? Or would an gtx 1660 be better? Also would be grate if the graphics card would remain good for the next 5 years, so thats why Im leaning toward the rtx card.

Also have a 600w Xilence power supply, wpuld that be enough for the system?
 

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Seems like you're operating on a budget?

It's certainly a balancing act. Assuming you can even buy a RTX3060 for anywhere near MSRP....(?) you have to ask what that extra cost for untapped performance is...costing you in other areas. Lower quality PSU. Prolonging the much-needed CPU upgrade. Etc.
 

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What monitor are you using?

Is the i5-3340 expected to last another 5 years also?

I'm also concerned about your Xilence "600W" PSU. Which is of poor quality and is actually only a 480W unit. (12V * 40A)
 
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What monitor are you using?

Is the i5-3340 expected to last another 5 years also?

I'm also concerned about your Xilence "600W" PSU. Which is of poor quality and is actually only a 480W unit. (12V * 40A)
1080p LED monitor.
I mean im thinking of upgrading to Ryzen at some point in the next 1-2 years. Yeah the xcilence also is the thing thats bugging my mind, maybe an seasonic s12III 550w 80+ bronze, would be enough?
 

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Seems like you're operating on a budget?

It's certainly a balancing act. Assuming you can even buy a RTX3060 for anywhere near MSRP....(?) you have to ask what that extra cost for untapped performance is...costing you in other areas. Lower quality PSU. Prolonging the much-needed CPU upgrade. Etc.
 
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Seems like you're operating on a budget?

It's certainly a balancing act. Assuming you can even buy a RTX3060 for anywhere near MSRP....(?) you have to ask what that extra cost for untapped performance is...costing you in other areas. Lower quality PSU. Prolonging the much-needed CPU upgrade. Etc.
Agreed. Cpu upgrade is definetely needed, maybe would even be better to buy a new cpu and motherboard, and ram then a graphics card.
 

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At a better price deffinetely, just my 1050 is holding back game looks. It's fans are also starting to sound off.
Yeah a GTX1050 is a good matchup with your current CPU.

I just have to keep coming back to market availability. Buying a RTX3060 right now is a pipe dream...so...
How many months before you'll be able to buy a RTX3060 for anywhere near MSRP? Who knows. By then, maybe you've saved enough to just overhaul the whole system at once. Maybe we'll be at the end of 2021 with new DDR5 systems being released....who knows.
 
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Yeah a GTX1050 is a good matchup with your current CPU.

I just have to keep coming back to market availability. Buying a RTX3060 right now is a pipe dream...so...
How many months before you'll be able to buy a RTX3060 for anywhere near MSRP? Who knows. By then, maybe you've saved enough to just overhaul the whole system at once. Maybe we'll be at the end of 2021 with new DDR5 systems being released....who knows.
Yeah, just the sound of 1050 is annoying me thats why I was just even wanting a new GPU, ordered a 1650 Super, but they cancelled it on me so was looking at more options. I would be over paying for the 3060, but who knows if it will get any cheaper in the next months, or year. Also is 400 euro a lot overpriced for a 1660?
 
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You have to look at your net gain for cost(return on investment)
What will gain you the most for the money you have to spend.
I was in a similar predicament not long ago as I have been on an old 1155 platform i5 3570 for years and my GTX 760 cards were not doing as well as they were 5 years ago.
My options were a GPU upgrade and I had one CPU upgrade option left on that platform.
A 5700 xt that ran me $380. A i7 3770k was $99
My other option was $450 for a 10600k and socket 1200 MB since anything less would be throwing money away, and would still be hobbled with a GPU that wasn't going to go faster no matter what CPU was pushing it. New DDR4, and probably a power supply.

It was an easy choice as the 3770k runs just fine on the couple AAA titles I play and feeds the 5700 xt well, everything is happier in my system compared to the i5.

There might be a z590 socket 1200 in my distant future, but way down the road. I obviously am not a bleeding edge hardware guy though, and can't justify spending the money on it.
 
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So I have had the idea to pair a 3rd gen i5(i5-3340) with a rtx 3060. ignoring the pirce of a rtx 3060, will this be a huge waste of performace? Or would an gtx 1660 be better? Also would be grate if the graphics card would remain good for the next 5 years, so thats why Im leaning toward the rtx card.

Also have a 600w Xilence power supply, wpuld that be enough for the system?
Yes as the card handles it's own video which frees up the cpu somewhat
 
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You have to look at your net gain for cost(return on investment)
What will gain you the most for the money you have to spend.
I was in a similar predicament not long ago as I have been on an old 1155 platform i5 3570 for years and my GTX 760 cards were not doing as well as they were 5 years ago.
My options were a GPU upgrade and I had one CPU upgrade option left on that platform.
A 5700 xt that ran me $380. A i7 3770k was $99
My other option was $450 for a 10600k and socket 1200 MB since anything less would be throwing money away, and would still be hobbled with a GPU that wasn't going to go faster no matter what CPU was pushing it. New DDR4, and probably a power supply.

It was an easy choice as the 3770k runs just fine on the couple AAA titles I play and feeds the 5700 xt well, everything is happier in my system compared to the i5.

There might be a z590 socket 1200 in my distant future, but way down the road. I obviously am not a bleeding edge hardware guy though, and can't justify spending the money on it.
Yeah, i just recently upgraded from a pentium g860 to an i5, made a huge differnece. Last gen Ryzens have gotten cheap so maybe buying that now is smarter, and leave the graphics card for next year.
 
Ryzen 5 3600s are pretty cheap now, I could pair that with a B550 motherboard and some G.skill ddr4 ram right? and that would cost me almost the same price
https://www.newegg.com/intel-core-i5-10400f-core-i5-10th-gen/p/N82E16819118132
Intel Core i5-10400F $149.95

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813119384?Item=N82E16813119384
ASUS PRIME B560-PLUS $119.99

https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16813157976
ASRock B560 Steel Legend $129.99

https://www.techpowerup.com/review/intel-core-i5-10400f/
Intel Core i5-10400F Review - Six Cores with HT for Under $200

https://4youdaily.com/technology-and-it-market-news/core-i5-10400-and-core-i5-10400f-processor-review-do-you-still-like-ryzen-5-3600/
Core i5-10400 and Core i5-10400F Processor Review: Do You Still Like Ryzen 5 3600?

 

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Yea, now that B560 boards are available, the 10400/f is a solid option. The B460 chipset limiting ram speed made it a tough recommendation, prior.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-10400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($148.90 @ Walmart)
Motherboard: ASRock B560 Pro4 ATX LGA1200 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($81.33 @ Amazon)
Total: $340.22
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-03-16 16:06 EDT-0400
 
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Yea, now that B560 boards are available, the 10400/f is a solid option. The B460 chipset limiting ram speed made it a tough recommendation, prior.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i5-10400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($148.90 @ Walmart)
Motherboard: ASRock B560 Pro4 ATX LGA1200 Motherboard ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($81.33 @ Amazon)
Total: $340.22
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2021-03-16 16:06 EDT-0400
hmm, yeah, It's just I see a clear upgrade path for AMD, I can just upgrade to a 5000 series processor, Intel we still don't know what the new CPU's will be like
 

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Intel we still don't know what the new CPU's will be like
Mmmm. Specs are leaked out all over in the past couple days. Even here on TH. IIRC the official launch day is 3/25, so not much longer to wait for official benchmarks either.

I believe 5000 series is the last generation of AM4 and DDR4. As far as I know, AMD is set to launch AM5 and DDR5 this fall. Intel to follow in spring of 2022. So your upgrade path is pretty fully defined on anything you buy right now.
 
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