Question Need Help Between 2600 or 3600

penikmatro

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Greeting

I Plan to Buy New PC to replace my old i5 3330, my choice will be :

Motherboard : Asrock B450 Steel Legend
VGA : Zotac 1660 6GB DDR 5
RAM : 16 GB 3200 Mhz or 8GB 3000 Mhz (still considering because of limited budget)
Monitor : LG 24 MK430 24" IPS F-SYNC 75Hz
SSD : ApacerPhanter M.2 120 GB
Already Have PSU : Corsair CX550M and seagate 2 TB HDD 7200

Since im thight on budget i need advice to pick what best Price and Perform Processor to buy with my current pick (the choice between Ryzen 2600 and 3600)

I read in review that ryzen 3600 only show superior against 2600 if paired with high end GPU (such 2070, RX5700, 2080, etc) but its very tempting regarding for future update (for investment) but since the different in price mean alot in my country ( Im Living in Indonesia where 1USD = Rp.14.000) <around 66 USD gap> and that mean big to me, should i buy a 2600 instead? will it perform well with 1660?

I mainly use for gaming ( i want smooth gaming on 1080p but 144Hz monitor is out of reach, so i stick with 75Hz to cut budget)

And is 16GB 3200 Mhz mean alot in performa? or i just need 3000Mhz ? or maybe 8GB 3000Mhz is enough for 1080p gaming?

Best Regard
(sorry for my english)
 

WildCard999

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For 1080P/75hz with a 1660 the 2600 will perform well. This should save you enough money to get the 2x8gb kit @3000/3200. Plus the Asrock may not have updated BIOS and may not work out of the box with the 3600 but the 2600 will work.
 
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If you are on a tight budget go with the 2600. You only have a 75hz monitor and both processors will be able to match fps to that refresh rate. You can always upgrade the processor in the future to a higher core count 4th gen. When it comes time to upgrade the processor you'll have the 2600 to use for updating the bios.
 
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The Ryzen 5 2600 absolutely will perform well with a GTX 1660. If you wanted you could even stick with your old system and upgrade the CPU to an i7 3770 and it would work fine. So in reality you don't even need as much CPU as you think you need. In fact you could get away with using the old i5 3330 in most cases. I mean you'd notice a CPU bottleneck in more core/thread heavy games such as Battlefield V but really it wouldn't be unplayable.

So you have options. I'd say your best option is to probably get the Ryzen 5 2600 because it's much newer and will likely last longer than an i7 3770. Now the Ryzen 5 3600 is an excellent CPU as well but if you have to really stretch yourself thin to make it happen don't. The experience while gaming will be exactly the same on the Ryzen 5 3600 as the 2600. And by the time the Ryzen 5 2600 is obsolete so will be the 3600.
 

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I suggest 2600 as you would not only save money on the cpu but on the heatsync as the 3600 doesn't come with one, and put that money into say a better gpu or a 16gb 3200 mhz dual channel kit.
 
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I suggest 2600 as you would not only save money on the cpu but on the heatsync as the 3600 doesn't come with one, and put that money into say a better gpu or a 16gb 3200 mhz dual channel kit.
The 3600 does indeed come with a heat sink. It's a Wraith Stealth, not the greatest but certainly adequate if you're not overclocking.

That said, if you're on a strict budget the 2nd generation Ryzens are a good choice because they're likely to be steeply discounted. And you won't have to deal with the BIOS issues that B450 users are still dealing with. (I went for an X570 board with a 3600 for that reason. That costs more, but it POSTed with no problem the first time I powered up.)
 

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