[SOLVED] Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 5 3600, or Ryzen 5 3600X?

Jeffsta

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I'm building a new gaming/video editing computer. I want to do hardcore gaming at 1080p, and eventually at 4k. Games like Call of Duty Black Ops 4, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege and Battlefield 5. I live in the U.S. and prefer to buy on newegg.

I've been doing a lot of reading on the different processors. I'm wondering if I should go with a 2nd Gen AMD like the Ryzen 7 2700X. I notice it has more cores and threads, and almost the same base/boost as the 3rd Gen Ryzen 5 3600, and the Ryzen 5 3600X. However, it doesn't support as high of memory or have as much cache, and it doesn't have PCIe 4.0 capability. I can pick up the Ryzen 7 2700X for $160.00 at my local micro center. It also uses a cheaper motherboard than the Ryzen 5 3600/3600X.

If my budget is under $250.00 for a CPU which would be best for my build? The Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 5 3600, or the Ryzen 5 3600X. I'm looking at the Tom's Hardware CPU Hierarchy 2020 and the the Ryzen 7 2700X is rated pretty good. But, will it be good for 1080p/4k gaming with the right GPU?
 

Phaaze88

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I want to do hardcore gaming at 1080p, and eventually at 4k. Games like Call of Duty Black Ops 4, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege and Battlefield 5.
What's your idea of 'hardcore gaming'?
The hardcore gaming I'm familiar with doesn't accommodate 4K or even 1440p. It's folks running 1080p or lower resolutions trying to milk as much fps as possible so as to dominate the competition in those kinds of games you listed.

The Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 5 3600, or the Ryzen 5 3600X.
3600 hands down - 3600X if it's on sale; it's only a few percent faster than non-X, but normally runs like $50USD more - a 25% markup. Bad value.
The 3600/X can game and video edit just fine. I don't know why some people so quick to knock it down the moment someone mentions wanting to video edit or stream?
It's got 12 threads - games haven't widely adopted 8 yet, that still leaves 4 for the stream - video editing happens during the game(?)

The 2700X is kind of an oddball. Jeffsta, unless you'll find yourself regularly using 10 or more threads, the 2700X will largely be a waste; the 3600/X will have done the same tasks better.
 

Swarzenegger

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Depends on your focus. If it's more for video editing, the 2700X has an advantage. The 3600 is a very good chip for a long time for gaming and because of the bit higher boost and better single core performance gaming will be better on this one..
You might look at a 3700X maybe, because it's pretty much the 2 combined. At a higher price ofcourse.
 

Phaaze88

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I want to do hardcore gaming at 1080p, and eventually at 4k. Games like Call of Duty Black Ops 4, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege and Battlefield 5.
What's your idea of 'hardcore gaming'?
The hardcore gaming I'm familiar with doesn't accommodate 4K or even 1440p. It's folks running 1080p or lower resolutions trying to milk as much fps as possible so as to dominate the competition in those kinds of games you listed.

The Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 5 3600, or the Ryzen 5 3600X.
3600 hands down - 3600X if it's on sale; it's only a few percent faster than non-X, but normally runs like $50USD more - a 25% markup. Bad value.
The 3600/X can game and video edit just fine. I don't know why some people so quick to knock it down the moment someone mentions wanting to video edit or stream?
It's got 12 threads - games haven't widely adopted 8 yet, that still leaves 4 for the stream - video editing happens during the game(?)

The 2700X is kind of an oddball. Jeffsta, unless you'll find yourself regularly using 10 or more threads, the 2700X will largely be a waste; the 3600/X will have done the same tasks better.
 

NightHawkRMX

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I would go for the 3600.

Even though the 2700x has similar clocks and more cores, it is of an older design making single-core performance worse than the 3600 by a decent margin.

The 2700x lower single-core performance makes gaming performance worse than the 3600. Also, even though gimped on cores, the 3600s extra single-core speed actually makes its multi-core performance close to the 2700x.

The 3600x is just a 3600 with better cooler and higher cost. Performance is very simmilar.
 

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