Question Need help picking new cpu and motherboard

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I tried to find some compatible parts but I was having trouble with my RAM. Looking to spend around $400 for the cpu and motherboard. I game a lot so that would be my main focus for the cpu and motherboard. Was also potentially going to buy a 1 tb SSD if anyone has any recommendations.

Current specs:

CORSAIR Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model CMY16GX3M2A2400C11R

Open Box: ASUS Radeon R9 Fury X DirectX 12 R9FURYX-4G 4GB 4096-Bit HBM PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ...

Rosewill ARC Series 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Single +12V Rail Intel 4th Gen CPU SLI and CrossFire Ready Gaming ...

Coolermaster HAF 932 case
https://www.coolermaster.com/catalog/cases/full-tower/haf-932/
 

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you're going to have to buy new ram as well. anything new is using ddr4 so your ddr3 sticks won't work on it.

does that change your budget or would the ram have to be included in that $400?

roughly $60-75 for 16 gb ddr4 or about $120ish for 32 gb (though most people have no use for 32gb!!)
 

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you're going to have to buy new ram as well. anything new is using ddr4 so your ddr3 sticks won't work on it.

does that change your budget or would the ram have to be included in that $400?

roughly $60-75 for 16 gb ddr4 or about $120ish for 32 gb (though most people have no use for 32gb!!)
I wouldn’t include the ram in that $400. So $400 for new motherboard and new cpu plus whatever for 16 gb of new ram. I was looking at the Ryzen 5 3600x and it seems pretty good and in my price range. From what I’ve read it’s way better than my old cpu (i7 4790k ) and a lot cheaper than what I paid for it , which seems crazy cause I was already able to play most games decently.
 

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i just bought this. in fact was delivered today along with other parts

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($289.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450 AORUS PRO WIFI (rev. 1.0) ATX AM4 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $419.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-22 18:14 EDT-0400


i had a hard time finding a mobo that i liked that was in stock and not priced through the roof!! same mobo with a 3600 or 3600x and you're well below $400. in fact you could get the ram and be close.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 3.8 GHz 6-Core Processor ($209.00 @ B&H)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450 AORUS PRO WIFI (rev. 1.0) ATX AM4 Motherboard ($129.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $403.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-05-22 18:17 EDT-0400


this is the same ram i got except i got 32 gb so 2x 26 gb sticks. you can jst as easily go for the 3600 which is little performance drop over 3600x and save another $25 or so. the board has all the bells and whistles and is aimed at rgb everything so it has plenty of fan plugins, led strip plug ins, and other such colorful things. it also has usb-c which is nice to have.

there are cheaper boards but this one i know can handle the 3600x out of the box and has some extra features you won't get got $75 if you can even find those in stock.
 

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The sugestions are good, just at those prices I would hold off buying it for now, for example, paying 130$ for a B450 is way to much when you had couple of X570 like the Pro4 at just 145$.
Not to mention the B550 are coming next month.
 

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i ended up with $129 for the mobo simply because that's all i could find. stock is VERY much out all over the place for most everything. i don't expect next month's b550 launch to be much more than a paper launch. considering we can't get stock n for what is already out there, how are they going to manage a new release and supply it?? at projected prices no less? they won't be anywhere close to the $100 being thrown around if they do get released and stocked somewhere.

nothig is reg price right now. psu's are out as well and prices are crazy.
so if you want to build right now, then you'll have to settle for what you can find and at what prices they can be had for. :(

here is newegg's x570 options. cheapest is $170 and they go to $200 from there and higher REALLY fast. that's just the reality of the market right now with this pendemic strangling the whole world.

https://www.newegg.com/p/pl?N=100007625 601334781&Order=PRICE
 

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i ended up with $129 for the mobo simply because that's all i could find. stock is VERY much out all over the place for most everything. i don't expect next month's b550 launch to be much more than a paper launch. considering we can't get stock n for what is already out there, how are they going to manage a new release and supply it?? at projected prices no less? they won't be anywhere close to the $100 being thrown around if they do get released and stocked somewhere.

nothig is reg price right now. psu's are out as well and prices are crazy.
so if you want to build right now, then you'll have to settle for what you can find and at what prices they can be had for. :(

here is newegg's x570 options. cheapest is $170 and they go to $200 from there and higher REALLY fast. that's just the reality of the market right now with this pendemic strangling the whole world.

https://www.newegg.com/p/pl?N=100007625 601334781&Order=PRICE
https://www.newegg.com/msi-b450-a-pro-max/p/N82E16813144268?Item=N82E16813144268

what about this motherboard? I was reading the b450 auros motherboard is hit or miss because you might get the old bios which would require a 1st or 2nd gen ryzen cpu to update, which I don't have.
 

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i've liked the msi boards i have had before. they've been good to me.

having an old bios is pretty much a concern no matter what b450 board it is. you'll find as many "it worked for me" as you will "had to update BIOS"

the way to avoid the issue is to be able to update the BIOS with no cpu installed. the board you linked to has this feature as does the one i linked to and bought for myself. and i quote:

"Flash BIOS Button: Simply use a USB key to flash any BIOS within seconds, without installing a CPU, memory or graphics card "
 

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