[SOLVED] Upgrading from I7-3770 to Ryzen 5 3600

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I've recently been considering upgrading my system, especially since I'll have more time at home considering the current state of the world. My current system is below, and I'm mainly using it for gaming, with some work on the side (programming): View: https://imgur.com/a/ofq8YIk


At first, I was thinking that changing my CPU, RAM and motherboard combo would be the biggest improvement since the I7 3770(non-k) is around 7 years old. One thing to mention here is that the CPU is slightly overclocked to 4.2 GHz, using an automatic motherboard option. With this in mind, I was looking for a Ryzen 5 3600. However, after checking out some comparisons on YouTube, the gaming improvements don't seem that impressive. Worth noting is that I didn't find direct comparisons with the non-k version, only OC k versions. My plan was to have the platform upgrade now and in some months a new GPU as well (maybe Ampere or next-gen AMD).

I'd like to ask if the jump from I7 3770 to R5 3600 would be worth it for gaming and overall performance, or if I should look into a new currently available GPU instead (5700, 5700xt or 2060 Super) and look into a CPU upgrade later. I will be playing at 1080p ultrawide (2560x1080). As for games, a combination of strategy, FPS and action: Warhammer II, Stellaris, R6 Siege, Doom Eternal, Witcher 3, Control, Fallen Order...

Here is the upgrade list I was looking at:
[PCPartPicker Part List](https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/nrV2V7)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
CPU | [AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor](https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/9nm323/amd-ryzen-5-3600-36-thz-6-core-processor-100-100000031box) | £151.50 @ Amazon UK
Motherboard | [MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard](https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/jcYQzy/msi-b450-tomahawk-max-atx-am4-motherboard-b450-tomahawk-max) | £103.99 @ AWD-IT
Memory | [Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory](https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/p6RFf7/corsair-memory-cmk16gx4m2b3200c16) | £75.45 @ Amazon UK
Case | [Corsair Carbide Series 275R ATX Mid Tower Case](https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/KFXnTW/corsair-carbide-series-275r-atx-mid-tower-case-cc-9011132-ww) | £65.98 @ Amazon UK
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | £396.92
| Generated by [PCPartPicker](https://pcpartpicker.com) 2020-03-19 09:39 GMT+0000 |
 

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I would suggest a new gpu, but you'll likely need a new psu as well. While your system is showing it's age the cpu is still hanging in there. But your current gpu is your main bottleneck right now.

You would see an improvement overall;

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v17p2lKzInc
Yes, this is one of the videos I looked over, which made me consider changing the GPU first. I find it a bit strange that such an old CPU still performs well enough for 2020. Although it may be worth considering that they used an OC K processor, unlike mine.

My PSU is a Corsair CX 550M, which seems to be enough for something like an RTX 2060 Super, or possibly an AMD 5700. My biggest concern about upgrading the GPU now is that Nvidia was supposed to announce the new-gen in a month or so, and I'm assuming that AMD would be similar. And since the CPU will last longer than the GPU, it may be better to upgrade the GPU later when the new stuff is out.
 
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Yup, agreed.
Ok, I looked a bit into rumors about Ampere and Big Navi, and the most recent articles are saying it may be until Q4 2020 until the equivalent to 2060 is released, in which case I'd rather not wait for that much. I think I'll go with the MSI 2060 Super for now and get the R5 3600 as soon as possible afterward. I found some deals ranging between 320-330 EUR, and for that card, I think it's not bad. Thanks for the help.
 

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