[SOLVED] Long awaited CPU upgrade

tyskeren

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Hello

So I have had my current setup for about 4 years now, and it has served me very well, I currently run a ROG STRIX GTX 1080 and an i5-7600k 3.8 GHZ (stock).

But with the new RTX cards out I've decided to upgrade my GFX card, and I have been very lucky to be able to get my hands on a RTX 3070 at release (30 October), with that though follows the apparent need to upgrade my CPU (I think), and I've kinda decided that I wanna jump ship to a Ryzen processor.
Now my initial plan is to wait for November 5'th and maybe be able to grab one of the new Zen 3 CPU's, but in the event that I don't succeed, I need to figure out an alternative, in this case if I miss out, I would prefer not to wait and simply buy something else instead.

Main use of my PC is gaming and work (leaning more towards gaming than work, because I also have a seperate work PC, but would still like for it to be viable in both situations, I work mainly in Autodesk software, Maya and BIM/CAD tools), reason for upgrading now, is mainly some new game releases that I have been waiting for (Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin's Creed etc.)

I own a 1440P monitor, and my main objective is mostly just to be able to run most things around or above 60FPS with everything/most things maxed out, and preferably not bottlenecking my new GPU (which I suspect would happen with my current CPU)

Main question, which one of the new Zen 3 CPU's would you recommend I aim at, I do very much prefer value for money, so gains of 5-10 fps for a considerable amount of money is not worth it for me personally.
Perhaps the more important question, and more likely scenario to happen, if I am unable to get my hands on Zen 3, what current CPU out there should I then be going for, from what I've seen in most cases Intels CPU's do perform quite a bit better in most games at almost the same pricepoint, I am very curious to hear from people who own any of the current gen CPU's.

Thanks for any answers, sorry for the wall of text.
 

hotaru.hino

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It most def won't fit then :D
So my recommendation is this: Aim for a Ryzen 7, a good cooler, a B550 board. An X570 board often isn't worth it unless you really need the extra USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps), 6 more SATA ports, or SLI. If you have extra money, then go to a Ryzen 9.

The only problem is that Zen 3 processors may not be compatible out of the box with any of the 500 series boards on launch. Unless AMD's processor loan program (described in https://www.amd.com/en/support/kb/faq/pa-100) extends out to 500 series boards for Zen 3 or you can find a board that can update the BIOS without a compatible processor, your only other option would be to get the cheapest compatible CPU you can find, update the BIOS, then return it.
 

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At the very least you should aim for a Ryzen 7. That would give you a massive performance boost in applications that scale with cores. If you can afford it, a Ryzen 9 isn't a bad idea either.

Just note you may have to spend a bit more to get a better cooler. While the stock cooler is fine, it's the not the greatest.
 

tyskeren

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At the very least you should aim for a Ryzen 7. That would give you a massive performance boost in applications that scale with cores. If you can afford it, a Ryzen 9 isn't a bad idea either.

Just note you may have to spend a bit more to get a better cooler. While the stock cooler is fine, it's the not the greatest.
I have a cooler master cooler on my current CPU (which has served me really well), or will that not work with the Ryzen?
 

hotaru.hino

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It most def won't fit then :D
So my recommendation is this: Aim for a Ryzen 7, a good cooler, a B550 board. An X570 board often isn't worth it unless you really need the extra USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps), 6 more SATA ports, or SLI. If you have extra money, then go to a Ryzen 9.

The only problem is that Zen 3 processors may not be compatible out of the box with any of the 500 series boards on launch. Unless AMD's processor loan program (described in https://www.amd.com/en/support/kb/faq/pa-100) extends out to 500 series boards for Zen 3 or you can find a board that can update the BIOS without a compatible processor, your only other option would be to get the cheapest compatible CPU you can find, update the BIOS, then return it.
 

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