Question Trouble deciding. Upgrading GPU and CPU.

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Greetings,

I am having trouble deciding what to buy with a budget around $650, i am looking to upgrade my gpu and cpu.
The options i have right now are:

1. Ryzen 5 3600 + Rx 5600 XT, Gtx 1660 Super or Ti ( also i need to buy a MB for that CPU)

2. I5 9600+RTX 2060 Super ( Having Msi B360m mortar, not looking to overclock)

What would be the best for future proof.

Thank you :)
 

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The go to combination at my shop for modern gaming on a budget, my customers love this setup.
Cpu: Ryzen 3600 = $175 @ newegg
Motherboard = MSI b450 Tomahawk max = $115 @ newegg
Memory = 16 gigs of DDR4 3600 = Around $75 @ newegg
GPU = 1660 gtx ti = $279 @ newegg

Total = $642
 
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I have a corsair vengeance rgb 2x8 at 2666 mhz and the PSU is an Evga 500w (have to upgrade my Psu too)
Current cpu?

Going to ryzen will need new ram as well, ryzen loves fast ram. 2666 is slow in ryzen land.

Kwikgta list above is solid, but add another 100ish for a good quality 550-650w psu.

The 9600 is ok if it's a k sku. But you will be stuck with a 6c/6t vs the 6c/12t of the ryzen. A 3600 will outperform a non k 9600.

Edit: nevermind, no 9600 non k. So you're looking at the 9600k vs 3600? Here's a quick article from Tom's. The 3600 is definitely the better buy, but you'll sacrifice the gpu side of things.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.tomshardware.com/amp/features/amd-ryzen-5-3600x-vs-intel-core-i5-9600k
Depending on current cpu you could always sell old components. Cpu/ram/board could nearly pay for the upgrade, leaving the 2060 a possibility.
 
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The go to combination at my shop for modern gaming on a budget, my customers love this setup.
Cpu: Ryzen 3600 = $175 @ newegg
Motherboard = MSI b450 Tomahawk max = $115 @ newegg
Memory = 16 gigs of DDR4 3600 = Around $75 @ newegg
GPU = 1660 gtx ti = $279 @ newegg

Total = $642
Thank you gonna check it
 
Nov 11, 2019
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Current cpu?

Going to ryzen will need new ram as well, ryzen loves fast ram. 2666 is slow in ryzen land.

Kwikgta list above is solid, but add another 100ish for a good quality 550-650w psu.

The 9600 is ok if it's a k sku. But you will be stuck with a 6c/6t vs the 6c/12t of the ryzen. A 3600 will outperform a non k 9600.

Edit: nevermind, no 9600 non k. So you're looking at the 9600k vs 3600? Here's a quick article from Tom's. The 3600 is definitely the better buy, but you'll sacrifice the gpu side of things.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.tomshardware.com/amp/features/amd-ryzen-5-3600x-vs-intel-core-i5-9600k
Depending on current cpu you could always sell old components. Cpu/ram/board could nearly pay for the upgrade, leaving the 2060 a possibility.
Thats true but also a little out of my budget sadly, i just have my I3 8100 and Gtx 1060 3gb combo for the past 2 years, what would you suggest to buy first?
 
Quick search shows your board selling for 100 new, ram for 80 new. Figure a sale price of 120 used, add your cpu, let's say 50. So that's 170 you could technically add to your budget. Letting go of the 1060 for up to another 100. So your initial budget of 650 just turned into $920! But let's be a little more conservative and say $850.

That's the list above with a 2060 instead of the 1660, psu included. Thatd be my option 1.

Option 2 would be the ryzen setup, but I'd keep the 1060 and save up a few more bucks.

I have a hard time recommending intel for anything less than the 9700k. And I'm still a fan of intel!
 
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Quick search shows your board selling for 100 new, ram for 80 new. Figure a sale price of 120 used, add your cpu, let's say 50. So that's 170 you could technically add to your budget. Letting go of the 1060 for up to another 100. So your initial budget of 650 just turned into $920! But let's be a little more conservative and say $850.

That's the list above with a 2060 instead of the 1660, psu included. Thatd be my option 1.

Option 2 would be the ryzen setup, but I'd keep the 1060 and save up a few more bucks.

I have a hard time recommending intel for anything less than the 9700k. And I'm still a fan of intel!
Thank you so much!!
 

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