Question Ryzen 5 2600 or 3600

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Hi, I'm currently looking at maybe an ASRock B450M Steel Legend paired with either a Ryzen 5 2600 or a 3600 and 16GB(2x8) of 3200/3000mhz ram with an Asus RX 470 Strix OC that is in my current build.

My usage are probably moderate to heavy gaming in games like Apex Legends, Rainbow Six, Minecraft w/ shaders, GTA 5(Haven't bought it yet) and so on. I may be looking into 3D modeling next year but using the GPU to render should be sufficient right?

Should I get the 2600 or 3600 for my future build? Is it worth it to get the 3600 for almost 50% more of a 2600 for a performance increase of about 15-25%?

If I get the 2600 I might do a slight overclock to 3.5-3.6GHz. Also I have a Cooler Master Hyper H411R should I use it instead of the included wraith stealth or would the stock cooler be good enough? (The CM cooler came with a AM4 mounting kit)
 

Rodrigodrt

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well, what can i say, usually its not worth it anymore to upgrade to the next gen, the performance increases are so small, often negligible.... the 3600 is the nowadays mainstream, but overall just 15% better than the 2600, its still newer and faster though... i guess this frankly depends on your budget, personally i'd go for 3600, actually, tbh, 3700x if i were building a new system, but between these 2, i'd still pick the 3600.... its not exactly like the difference from a 3900 to a 3950 where the price is otherwordly higher and the effective speed increase is 0%
 
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Yeah.. 3700x is definitely out of my league. Was thinking of getting a 2600 over a 3600 and save some money to get a new monitor for the build, but honestly I don't really mind my current monitor. Looks like I'll be going for a 3600. Will leave this open for a day or two if anyone have anything else to say.
 

bioax

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I would go with the 3600 over the 2600 easily, since the 3600 is on sale rn and the 2600 isn't really worth it anymore.
However, if you want to save money, I would get the 1600 af, which is literally a 2600 for $85 (only available in the US I believe).
 
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Ok thanks guys, looks like I'm going with the 3600 since the 1600af is basically non-existent here. What about the cooler? Should I use the CM cooler or the stock cooler would be enough? I won't do any overclocking with the 3600.
 

Phaaze88

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Ok thanks guys, looks like I'm going with the 3600 since the 1600af is basically non-existent here. What about the cooler? Should I use the CM cooler or the stock cooler would be enough? I won't do any overclocking with the 3600.
The thing about the stock cooler is that it's... 'adequate', and nothing more.
Give the cooler a chance, and if you're not satisfied with it, then replace it.
 

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