Question Keep i5 6400 and oc it or upgrade to Ryzen 5 2600

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Hi everyone, so I’m wordering if its worth to keep i5 6400 buy z170 mobo ( flash the modded bios) and overclock it, or just buy R5 2600, B450m mobo. But from test I have seen on YT oc’ed to 4.1 6400 beats ryzen, even with it oc’ed too in some games. And one problem, I have 2x8gb ram, 2133, and 2666 so it runs on 2133mhz, ryzen performs better with faster ram.
Price of both options for me almost the same, 5,10$ more if I choose ryzen.
 
Depends on the game but 4 core/thread can be quite limiting. I tried Gears 5 on a 4670k @ 4.3GHz and it was unplayable with the cpu stuck at 100% on all cores and struggling to do 30fps. You also cannot just look at average FPS, you need to look at minimums and that usually where quad thread struggle in newer AAA games. If me I’d pick the 2600 as it can give consistent FPS in all games unlike the i5.
 
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Hi,

I agree with sizzling, in old games maybe the i5 with 4 cores may beat the Ryzen but on recent games the Ryzen cpu should provide a more smooth gameplay with no stuttering.

Also if you buy a decent B450 mobo it will allow you to upgrade to a newer Ryzen (3rd gen) cpu later on.
 
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You also have to remember that ram you have will only always runs at 2133mhz as that is the lowest one you have it wont exceed that. With that said you could also jump up to a 3600 as that mobo supports it. 3600 would give you that much needed upgrade compared to what you have currently to a 2600.
 
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What country are you buying in?
I’d be buying Ryzen from aliexpress ~91€, mobo from Lithuania ~55€, I think I could get 90€ for my combo. If I get 80-90 for my combo, total for upgrade would be 56-66€.

Second option Z170m mobo used 77€ (expensive, but there is none available in my country) My old mobo -20€, total 57€
 

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I’d be buying Ryzen from aliexpress ~91€, mobo from Lithuania ~55€, I think I could get 90€ for my combo. If I get 80-90 for my combo, total for upgrade would be 56-66€.

Second option Z170m mobo used 77€ (expensive, but there is none available in my country) My old mobo -20€, total 57€
Z170 is not available because thats a dead 3 generation old platform :) . While in the meantime motherboard partners are still doing brand new B450 boards as the cheap alternative to X570 ones. Atleast until the new B550 comes out later this year.
 

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I’d be buying Ryzen from aliexpress ~91€, mobo from Lithuania ~55€, I think I could get 90€ for my combo. If I get 80-90 for my combo, total for upgrade would be 56-66€.

Second option Z170m mobo used 77€ (expensive, but there is none available in my country) My old mobo -20€, total 57€
Ok, I was curious, because in the US, there's still available the 12nm revision of the R5 1600 - basically making it about the same as an R5 2600 with slightly slower clocks, for USD$85 - notably less than the prices the R5 1600 or R5 2600 are available for.
 

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