System Upgrade Ryzen or Coffee Lake

kewlrunnings

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Heyho,

I want to upgrade my system (in this case: MoBo, CPU, RAM) in anticipation for the upcoming Volta release in 6-12 months but I am not sure what the best path is and I want to stay on a "budget".


My current system consists of:

Motherboard: Asrock P67 Pro3
CPU: i5 2500k (OC'ed @ 4,3)
RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) Team Elite DDR3-1333
GPU: Saphire Nitro R9 390

Right now I see 3 possible routes for me to take (conisdering my budget <500€):

1. Buy a used 2600k or 3770k and DDR3-2133 RAM and wait for a big upgrade in 1 year.

2. Buy:
MoBo: Asrock AB350 Pro4 (81€)
CPU: Ryzen 5 1600 (OC'ing with stock cooler at first then buy a better cooler lateron (1 month) and OC a bit more) (172€)
RAM: 16GB (2x8GB)G-Skill Ripjaws V DDR4-3200 (178€)

= 431€

3. Buy:
Mobo: Asrock Z370 Pro (101€)
CPU: i5 8600k (gonna OC) (235€)
RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) G-Skill Ripjaws V DDr4-3200 (would buy more RAM when I got the money)
Cooler: Scythe Mugen 5 Rev. B (44€) (I heard its good enough for an OC'ed 8600k)

= 478€

Every cost gets offset by the amount of money I can make by selling my old system.


I dont like Option #1 since I want to upgrade to a current system and not stay on a 4-5 year old build tbh...thats actually the only reason. Overall costs would approximately be around 150€ +/-.

The reason I like Option #2 is because I probably can switch to Ryzen 2 in 2019 and get a better CPU which might actually give better Singlecore- and Multi-Core Power than i5 8600k (nothing I can be 100% sure about though).

The i5 8600k offers more gaming power which is a big plus. I know that I could go with the i5 8400 but then I dont see the point in buying a Z370 board and only Intel knows when they will release the cheaper boards for coffee lake.

I am currently playing at 1080p (main games being Fallout4 (I know that F4 loves high single core power), Skyrim SE , Xcom2, ...) and if I can be around 60 fps with my r9 390 for the time being I am satisfied.

I would appreciate some input from you guys since I really cant decide right now. What do you guys think?


greetings KewlRunnings

 

Dark Lord of Tech

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Mobo: Asrock Z370 Pro (101€)
CPU: i5 8600k (gonna OC) (235€)
RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) G-Skill Ripjaws V DDr4-3200 (would buy more RAM when I got the money)
Cooler: Scythe Mugen 5 Rev. B (44€) (I heard its good enough for an OC'ed 8600k)
 

Dark Lord of Tech

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Mobo: Asrock Z370 Pro (101€)
CPU: i5 8600k (gonna OC) (235€)
RAM: 8GB (2x4GB) G-Skill Ripjaws V DDr4-3200 (would buy more RAM when I got the money)
Cooler: Scythe Mugen 5 Rev. B (44€) (I heard its good enough for an OC'ed 8600k)
 

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I would go with option #1.

RAM and GPU prices have just inflated, the cpu market is going to change after the Ryzen 5 2400G becomes available. You will get more for your money in a year. As long as your cpu does not bottleneck the graphics performance, no large scale upgrade is justifiable.

If you decide to change platform, go with AMD AM4, intel brings a new socket too often.
 

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