Question Upgrade CPU from 1700 to 3700x or upgrade motherboard+CPU?

dslatsh

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My build currently has a asrock taichi x370 motherboard and the first gen Ryzen 1700. This board with bios updates is capable of running the 3700x and seems like it has a decent upgrade performance (from videos been watching of test on youtube). So my question is would I be better of you think upgrading bios and purchasing a 3700x for around 300-400ish, may be little more now, or should I upgrade my motherboard as well to get a newer chipset such as the x570 and go with a 5th series cpu? I mainly use it for gaming and college work. I have a two monitor setup both 1440p 144hz, and graphics I use is a EVGA geforce RTX 2070 super ftw3 ultra+ and have 32 gbs of 3200 gskill flare x. I used to have just 16gbs (two 8 gbs) but bought another 16gb kit.
 

BogdanH

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Your motherboard is a good one in my opinion, so just get 3700X and you're done. You can still buy new mobo if you later decide to go for 5000 series CPU (or whatever comes after that).
 

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getting memory running will be more difficult with 3000series on x370 then if u choose 400/500 board.
so if it runs, theres not much difference, pcie3 with 300/400 series, and zero support for 5000cpu
Can you explain a little more what you mean by this? My ram right now is running as advertised the 3200. I knew it was an issue before but maybe there's something I dont know
 

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Your motherboard is a good one in my opinion, so just get 3700X and you're done. You can still buy new mobo if you later decide to go for 5000 series CPU (or whatever comes after that).
Thanks for the reply that was sort of my thought process. I've seen peole testing it with the same cpu/motherboard combo and they seem to like jt...
 

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About what kerberos_20 was saying (I think)... on latest mobos, you can run RAM faster than 3200, but in my opinion it's not really worth (you can hardly notice difference except in benchmarks).
Same for PCIe 3.0 vs PCIe 4.0. Yes, PCIe 4.0 is double faster, but there's no hardware where you would benefit that. Ok, biggest difference would be with M.2 NVMe SSD, but NVMe on PCIe 3.0 is already more than fast enough.
 

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About what kerberos_20 was saying (I think)... on latest mobos, you can run RAM faster than 3200, but in my opinion it's not really worth (you can hardly notice difference except in benchmarks).
Same for PCIe 3.0 vs PCIe 4.0. Yes, PCIe 4.0 is double faster, but there's no hardware where you would benefit that. Ok, biggest difference would be with M.2 NVMe SSD, but NVMe on PCIe 3.0 is already more than fast enough.
Okay I was wondering if that was what he was referring to. I do have two m.2 NVMe ssds, the one is in the ultra slot and it's a 1tb WD black sn750 (think that's the name) but seems fast enough as is now....
 

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