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Both AMD Ryzen processors and Intel Core processors are available in either 6 or 8 cores, depending on what price level and generation you are looking at. Another thing to consider is whether the processor has SMT/Hyperthreading, which can allow it to better handle an additional thread per core for heavily multithreaded tasks.

The Ryzen 3600 offers 6-cores and 12-threads with performance that tends to be quite close to an i7-8700 with a similar 6-core/12-thread core configuration, only with a price that's over $100 less, which is a good part of why it is often recommended. Intel's i5s offer 6-cores for a similar price, though they lack SMT, being only 6-core, 6-thread processors.

8-core processors are available from both AMD and Intel as well, though they are priced in the $330+ range for current-generation models. Again, AMD's 3700X offers SMT for 8-cores with 16-threads, while Intel's 9000-series i7s do not, offering 8-cores, but with only 8-threads. Those i7s are slightly faster per core though, and have enough cores where the lack of SMT isn't currently a significant issue for gaming. So, both the i7-9700K or the Ryzen 3700X could be considered reasonable options, though the i7 is less efficient and will require better cooling, again making it cost a fair amount more. And to get 8-cores with 16-threads on an Intel processor right now, you would need to move up to an even more expensive and power-hungry i9, which are not attractively priced in my opinion.

So, the reason you see Ryzen processors getting recommended a lot is that they currently tend to offer better value, and their inclusion of SMT may make them the better performers down the line as games become more heavily multithreaded. As far as performance in current games goes, they should all perform fairly similar in most recent games when paired with a card like a 2060.
 

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Look . If you dont want a six core proseccor which isnt bad . Go with the 8 core ryzen 3700X . It is the best cpu for value today .
 
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After reading everything. I think I am going to get the X570-A pro with the Ryzen 7 3700X with another 160.00 for memory brings it up to $637.00. That doesn't seem to bad. What do you guys think of that? Do you have a memory recommendation? I was looking at
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM

mostly because Amazon recommended it with the MB. I would get 4 sticks and max out hence the 160.00 for memory posted above.
 

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Your Choice is Very good . as you know you cant get your current ram stick and put it in your new setup you would have to get a new memory( like the one you mentioned for example). Since 16Gb Of ram are more than enough for gaming today . I would recommend getting the Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM . go for 3000MHz speed or 2933 or something similar
 
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I got 4 sticks of the memory. 2x8GB 3200MHz. Now I am just waiting to get off work so I can go assembly everything.
 

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