Build Advice Upgrading a 10 Year Old Gaming PC: <$600 CPU, Mobo

pioto

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Approximate Purchase Date: 3-6 months from now
Budget Range: Ideally < $600, but may be able to sneak up a bit higher if necessary

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Streaming Videos, Coding (IntelliJ or VS Code, mainly)(

Are you buying a monitor: No



Parts to Upgrade: CPU, likely also Mobo, RAM
Current Parts I hope to re-use:
Other current parts:
Do you need to buy OS: Probably (I used an OEM Win 7 license at some point, but at some other point have upgraded it with upgrade licenses; I'd swap the mobo and try my luck...)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com

Location: Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Parts Preferences: AMD is fine

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: have multiple monitors: 2x 1920x1080, 1x 1600x900

Additional Comments: would prefer something relatively quiet; no need for any blinky lights, etc

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Having trouble running AAA games from the last few years (Assassin's Creed, Arkham Knight, etc). Don't have a need to run VR games, but would like these and similar games to run better.

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I got some good advice here almost 10 years ago, but the old build is showing its age.

I've added some more RAM, a freebie SSD, and a newer video card, but my bottleneck now seems to be the CPU.

I think my mobo is old enough that I'd need to replace it, and that means I probably also need to replace the RAM?

I'd appreciate any advice you can offer. Thanks!

(Also, if you think I'd be able to get something overall better for my $$$ with a pre-built system, I'm not opposed to that at all)
 
Buy these parts if you are fixed on what parts have to be changed:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Processor ($309.99 @ Walmart)
Motherboard: MSI B450 TOMAHAWK ATX AM4 Motherboard ($110.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($69.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Cooler Master MWE Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply ($77.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $567.96
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-12-12 22:36 EST-0500


But, additional word of advice: If you play games mainly, you should probably go down to a Ryzen 5 3600, cheaper motherboard. maybe even slightly slower RAM if necessary, and get a good GPU upgrade as well. Gaming performance is usually limited by the GPU, so a 3600 and a 3700X won't be much of a difference in games, especially on a 60 Hz display. So get a GPU upgrade as well, you can fit in a GTX 1660 in here without going over $600, and the 1660 is faster than the R9 380. Here's another build with these changes:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Walmart)
Motherboard: ASRock B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard ($79.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 Memory ($69.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB VENTUS XS OC Video Card ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX (2017) 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.98 @ Amazon)
Total: $594.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-12-12 22:41 EST-0500
 

stonecarver

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Yes it's time for a new system But if your needing 3-6 months no reason to suffer. Just a thought.



While your waiting I would flip your chip from 2.8gh to at least 3.1gh x 4 $18.00 to a 645 Athlon ...............

https://www.ebay.com/itm/AMD-Athlon-II-X4-645-3-1GHz-Quad-Core-CPU-Processor-AXD645WFK42GM-AM3-AM2-/223789931106?_trksid=p2385738.m4383.l4275.c10

Clean out your Radeon R9 380 of any dust.

If you do or don't treat yourself on the higher clocked CPU I would clean the heat sink and put new thermal paste.
 

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