R5 2600x or r7 1700x for gaming, streaming, VR, and screen recording?

Oct 5, 2018
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Hey everyone!

I’m currently looking at building my first PC. It’s going to be an air cooled budget build, totalling around $630 excluding peripherals. I’ve decided to switch to the red team, considering Intel has the price range from “I make $5 a month” to “senior airline pilot”. I’m trying to decide between the Ryzen 5 2600x, and the Ryzen 7 1700x.

I currently have a very small YouTube channel which I’m looking to expand with this computer, I’ll mainly be recording gameplay and probably streaming further down the line. I usually play light games, such as Overwatch and some Fortnite, however (being a student pilot) I also am looking for something beefy to do flight simulation on (specifically FSX).

Later down the line I’ll probably buy a used PS4VR headset and do some Virtual Reality then. Which processor is better for that?

Here’s my parts list currently:

R5 2600x/r7 1700x
MSI B350 PC MATE ATX
G-skill Aegis 8GB DDR4 3000 RAM
72000 RPM HDD (no SSD’s for me)
GTX 1060 6 GB


The 1700x has more cores and threads, but according to UserBenchmark.com, the 2600x is slightly better. What should I go with?

(If you have any other recommendations, my CPU price range is under/around $230)

Thanks!
 
Generally speaking the 2600X will give you better performance in most games due to the stronger single thread performance over 1st gen Ryzens. You could also save alot and get a normal 2600 since out of the box the 2600X will give you maybe 3-5 more FPS per game, and you can overclock the standard 2600 to 2600X performance.

Now as far as the 1700X, unless the programs you are going to use to stream/video production specifically can take advantage of the higher core/thread cI dont see much of a reason to get it over the 2600.

As far as your RAM be sure you are running it in dual channel, for 8GB that would me 2 4GB sticks.

One last thing, you may want to get a B450 motehrbaord if you do go with the 2600 or 2600X, there's apparently conflicting reports of "out of box" compatibility with 2nd Gen Ryzens.
 

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