Question Is the 3600X better than a 2700 for gaming? Discuss...

greigm78

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As title, is the Ryzen 5 3600X a better gaming chip than the Ryzen 7 2700 (PCIe gen 4 aside)?

My friend wants a system built and I am advising he spend a little more on the newer CPU but he sees that my 2700 works perfectly well.
 

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I would say that the 3600x is better. However, depending on his budget, he might be advised to go to a ryzen 5 2600 for around 120 dollars and use the money saved towards a better video card which will be more of a factor.

In fact, truth be told, a real value play if on a budget, might be to pick up a ryzen 5 1600 as those can be had for about 80 dollars. Particularly look for the 1600af as those are supposed to be essentially the same as a 2600 with a little lower clock speed and 1st generation memory controller. But pick one of those up and overclock a little perhaps and pair it up with a good video card and you've got a decent box.

However if you friend has a lower budget, then as I said, I'd go maybe with a 1600 or 2600 and use money saved towards a stronger video card as that will more immediately help games and fps.
 
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greigm78

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Budget no issue, he just thinks because I have one its the best option.
GPU he has settled on a 2070S anyway.

Due to 3rd gen Ryzen overclocking not really being a thing, surely the 3600X is a better option than the non X?
 
What FPS is your friend aiming for or what Hz is his monitor? The 3600 can deliver more FPS but is your friend aiming for high FPS to work with a high Hz monitor? Will he be using a gpu that can take advantage of that extra cpu performance?
 

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I have convinced him that for his needs, this will be a good build and save him some cash on the 2070S that he doesn't really need for 1080p.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8 GHz 6-Core Processor (£191.19 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 50.5 CFM CPU Cooler (£67.90 @ More Computers)
Motherboard: MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS ATX AM4 Motherboard (£144.99 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory (£86.59 @ Ebuyer)
Storage: Intel 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£99.98 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB NITRO+ Video Card (£398.99 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case (£81.47 @ More Computers)
Power Supply: Corsair RM (2019) 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply (£88.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £1160.10
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-01-29 15:37 GMT+0000

He's not interested in RGB or any fancy gubbins and I have 6 Coolermaster MF12 fans he can have from my old build.
 

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