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Question SOLVED 300-500 BUDGET Best Upgrade Route

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I have an old pre-built
CPU: FX8350
GPU: AMD RX 480 4gb ram

My budget is 300-500 dollars. I want to be able to stream, and handle games like Path of Exile to Fortnite at 144fps preferably, and be able to stream. I also like to do music and video editing on the side. I'm assuming a motherboard, and CPU upgrade and maybe cooling upgrades the way to go? Any ideas?
 
I have an old pre-built
CPU: FX8350
GPU: AMD RX 480 4gb ram

My budget is 300-500 dollars. I want to be able to stream, and handle games like Path of Exile to Fortnite at 144fps preferably, and be able to stream. I also like to do music and video editing on the side. I'm assuming a motherboard, and CPU upgrade and maybe cooling upgrades the way to go? Any ideas?
This would reuse your current GPU and case but provide a solid upgrade to the rest of the system.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (12nm) 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($72.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($128.85 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Corsair)
Total: $469.81
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-14 10:45 EDT-0400
 

NathanGwyn

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This would reuse your current GPU and case but provide a solid upgrade to the rest of the system.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 (12nm) 3.2 GHz 6-Core Processor ($104.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($72.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Blue SN550 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($128.85 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Corsair)
Total: $469.81
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-14 10:45 EDT-0400
I don't need a solid state drive, and wouldn't a ryzen 5 3600 be better? If we scratch the ssd
 
I don't need a solid state drive, and wouldn't a ryzen 5 3600 be better? If we scratch the ssd
I take it that means you would reuse one? While the 3600 is faster, it would also require a different motherboard that works with the 3000 series out of the box. That would change it to something like this.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($166.89 @ Walmart)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Corsair)
Total: $444.86
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-14 11:21 EDT-0400
 

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That build has a haswell cpu, 4 generations old i believe ~

Here is what I've come up with
PCPartPicker Part List

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor | $167.00 @ Newegg
Motherboard | MSI B450 GAMING PRO CARBON MAX WIFI ATX AM4 Motherboard | $159.99 @ B&H
Memory | G.Skill Ripjaws V 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3600 CL19 Memory | $129.99 @ Newegg
Storage | Intel 660p Series 1.02 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive | $119.99 @ B&H
Video Card | Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB OC Rev 2.0 Video Card | $319.99 @ Best Buy
Power Supply | Corsair RM (2019) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply | $199.99 @ Amazon
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | $1096.95
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-04 13:42 EDT-0400 |

Getting something along these lines, you start off with overclocked 3600Ghz 16GB memory with room for 2 more if you use heavy editing software, a 12t/6c ryzen, intel NVME, room for a m.2 wifi chip without using a PCIe slot, and also room for ANOTHER gpu later on as well as the included 2060.

All coming in at just under 1100, add 100 for a bigger RAM kit if you are set on 32gb, and another 100 for a storage hdd if needed.
Has a 850w PSU that should be able to handle 2 GPU like the 2060 too

Case/CPU cooler is all down to your taste, as long as its ATX size compatible

Edit: I just remembered, you cannot SLI with a 2060, but if you could upgrade to a 2070 or higher you would gain that option
I don't need a solid state drive, and wouldn't a ryzen 5 3600 be better? If we scratch the ssd
That is not the ryzen 5 1600 it is on the 12 nanometer process so it is basically a 2600 and if you don't get an ssd the system will run very sluggishly.
 

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So should I do the 1600? Will it still handle 1080p streaming without in game performance lost while running like 5 chrome tabs? && Just save some money? Or maybe get a little better ram than what he suggested. Everyone suggests the 2600, I didn't even know about the 1600. The 1600 is an older generation?
 
So should I do the 1600? Will it still handle 1080p streaming without in game performance lost while running like 5 chrome tabs? && Just save some money? Or maybe get a little better ram than what he suggested. Everyone suggests the 2600, I didn't even know about the 1600. The 1600 is an older generation?
The 1600 that was in my first suggestion is the 1600AF which is a slightly lower clocked 2600. Clock for clock it is slower than the 3600 by about 15%, but still is 6c/12t and can handle gaming and streaming at the same time. You can use the money that you save on it vs the 3600 for getting a new GPU in the future.
 

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It may be a while before I get a new GPU. I forgot to mention, I want the motherboard to be able to handle the next few am4 CPU releases and handle them. Now if the motherboard with the 1600 can handle upgrades, and I just pair it with a gpu better than my current rx480 for maybe slightly higher price than the 2600x I'm fine with that
 
AMD has said that B450, X470, B550, & X570 motherboards will all support Ryzen 4000 series. Odds are that the 4000 series will be the final AM4 CPUs and after that they will go to AM5 for DDR5 RAM.

The MSI motherboard in the 2nd build is better than the cheaper Gigabyte board. Mixing that with the either the 1600AF or 3600 will be a good mix for a long while.
 

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PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/M7jt27

CPU: Intel Core i5-10400 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($182.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B460M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($144.99 @ Corsair)
Total: $479.97
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-15 11:20 EDT-0400

I cudnt find the corsair rmx 650 watt PSu version, if u get the corsair rmx 650 or 750 watt version, go for the cheaper one...
 

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I take it that means you would reuse one? While the 3600 is faster, it would also require a different motherboard that works with the 3000 series out of the box. That would change it to something like this.
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($166.89 @ Walmart)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard ($114.99 @ Best Buy)
Memory: G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($99.99 @ Corsair)
Total: $444.86
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-14 11:21 EDT-0400
Can I use that ram im my
PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/M7jt27

CPU: Intel Core i5-10400 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor ($182.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B460M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory ($62.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair RMx (2018) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ($144.99 @ Corsair)
Total: $479.97
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-15 11:20 EDT-0400

I cudnt find the corsair rmx 650 watt PSu version, if u get the corsair rmx 650 or 750 watt version, go for the cheaper one...

Ohhh that comet lake? I may stick with ryzen tho I'm not sure I'm getting the ram today for the 2nd option tho
 

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CORSAIR
CORSAIR - Vengeance RGB PRO 16GB (2PK 8GB) 3.2GHz PC4-25600 DDR4 DIMM Unbuffered Non-ECC Desktop Memory Kit with RGB Lighting - Black


I could pick this up today???? Is it fine?
 

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CORSAIR
CORSAIR - Vengeance RGB PRO 16GB (2PK 8GB) 3.2GHz PC4-25600 DDR4 DIMM Unbuffered Non-ECC Desktop Memory Kit with RGB Lighting - Black



My current motherboard is the m5A97 R2.0 can I use this with it and is it the same speed as the one yall suggested?
 
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get ryzen 3000 series. first and second gen ryzen have cpu deficiency/weak single core perf, and in third gen seems solved and could compete with intel in gaming
 

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That's not my cureeeeent question my current question is can I use the Corsair ram in my current setup the M5A97 R2.0 motherboard while waiting on the rest of the stuff to ship????? I'd like to know before Best buy closes. And is the ram I just posted worse than the G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory or is it roughly the same
 
That's not my cureeeeent question my current question is can I use the Corsair ram in my current setup the M5A97 R2.0 motherboard while waiting on the rest of the stuff to ship????? I'd like to know before Best buy closes. And is the ram I just posted worse than the G.Skill Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory or is it roughly the same
You cannot use the new RAM in the old setup just like you cannot use the old RAM in the new setup. DDR4 is not compatible with DDR3. It isn't even possible to install the DDR4 into a DDR3 slot.

The 2 different RAMs are basically equal so going with whichever is cheaper is what I would do.
 

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