Question New build - 3700x vs 5600x/5800x

Goonerbyron

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Hi,

New to PC builds and putting together my first one. I am going to be running an RTX 3070 with a G Sync Ultrawide 1440 screen at max 144hz.

My initial plan was to get a 5600x or 5800x but then started to read that there is little difference to some of the 3000 series at resolutions higher than 1080.

I can currently get a 3700x for £190 new, whereas a 5600x would cost me £330 and a 5800x would cost me £420.

Price isn’t my main motivator, but for the huge difference would I be better just getting the 3700x for now and saving the difference for an upgrade later down the line?

Thanks in advance!
 
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I am running a 3700X and 3080 for 1440p gaming and it’s a great combination. There may be scenarios where a 5600X or 5800X might push a few more FPS but I don’t find the system lacking at all. With a 3070 and slightly higher resolution you are less likely to see a benefit from a faster cpu.

AMD’s next range of CPU’s will use a new cpu socket and DDR5 so when you say future upgrade you either need new cpu/RAM/motherboard combination or going for a 5000 series cpu.

I don’t think there is a single answer. On the one hand a 3700X is good enough today and probably for some time. However a 5600x or 5800x with their 19% uplift in IPC should last a fair bit longer. Would you plan to upgrade cpu in 2-3 years or 4+ years. If 2-3 I’d take the 3700x, if 4+ I’d be very tempted by the 5800x.
 

Goonerbyron

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Thanks for the response, definitely leaning towards the 3700x. Yes I’d certainly consider upgrading in 2-3 years if required , but by then the 5000 would likely be a lot cheaper also.

If I stick with the 8 core options, just doesn’t seem the 5800x is worth 2.2x what I’d pay for the 3700x for now?
 
Thanks for the response, definitely leaning towards the 3700x. ...
It's really not an easy question to answer and depends a lot on how you use your system, price differences aside. But this should help answer your question:

I think a 5800X becomes a candidate when know you need a lot of cores for heavily threaded applications but a 5900X is simply nowhere to be found at a price you're willing to pay.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7ukz8WUdW4
 
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I admit I'm not much of a gamer, as I only play some now and then -just so you know my viewpoint.
Now, without nitpicking about +/-10fps in average (which also depends on graphic card in use), I would choose 3700X -simply because it has better price/performance ratio. If prices of both CPU's would be very close, then 5600X would be better choice.
Or let me put that way: if you're not a gamer that counts fps all the time, then you probably won't notice much difference between these two -and by deciding for 3700X, you just saved money for some quiet CPU cooler :) .
 

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