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Question Wanting to upgrade my cpu/improve performance

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In my current build I have an AMD Athlon x4 880k paired with 16gb ddr3 ram and a gtx 1050ti 4gb wanting to just generally improve performance for cheap Anyone suggest a decent upgrade path?
 

Darkbreeze

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What is YOUR idea of "cheap"? How much are you willing to invest?

There's no where to go on your current platform. Any realistic gains are going to have to come from a platform upgrade.

Something along these lines is probably your best budget option.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3300X 3.8 GHz Quad-Core Processor (£119.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI B450M PRO-M2 MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£61.96 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory (£79.48 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £261.43
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-19 08:51 BST+0100


But this, is a much better upgrade.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£147.90 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI B450 Gaming Plus MAX ATX AM4 Motherboard (£99.99 @ Box Limited)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory (£79.48 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £327.37
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-19 08:53 BST+0100
 
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What is YOUR idea of "cheap"? How much are you willing to invest?

There's no where to go on your current platform. Any realistic gains are going to have to come from a platform upgrade.
I know fm2+ Died years ago had the pc for just a year now got it for a steal what would you recommend? And I guess I’m willing to invest £250/$310
 
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What is the EXACT model of the power supply and what is the model of the graphics card you have, or that you WILL have if you plan to upgrade?
Active 85 model no ATV550w and Palit 1050ti 4gb don’t have any plans to upgrade it yet because it’s still a very Capeable card
 

Darkbreeze

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Yeah, that's a CiT power supply. CiT is only known for low quality. I'd absolutely replace it, even if you were NOT going to upgrade. See here:

 
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Yeah, that's a CiT power supply. CiT is only known for low quality. I'd absolutely replace it, even if you were NOT going to upgrade. See here:

what would you recommend because down the line I will want to upgrade the gpu but for now I don’t like what wattage brand etc
 
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PCPartPicker Part List

Power Supply: Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply (£64.99 @ Currys PC World)
Total: £64.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-20 01:19 BST+0100
sorry to keep going on mate would this be enough to power everything and if I wanted to later down the line upgrade my gpu to say a 1080 would this still be enough power or would I need a more powerful psu?
 

Darkbreeze

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A GTX 1080? That will run on a good 520w unit, if it's a "good" 520w unit, not just any old unit. So yeah, that PSU will easily run a GTX 1080. Now if you decide to run something from the AMD 5700/XT lineup, or a 2080 ti, you'd want a 650w unit. Or if you plan to overclock something like a GTX 1070/1080 or RTX 2070, you might want a 650w unit. But for a stock configuration GTX 1080, it's plenty.

Any kind of overclocking, CPU, GPU, memory (XMP is not "overclocking"), changes things and you want to add about an extra 100-200w depending on what you are overclocking and how much.
 
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A GTX 1080? That will run on a good 520w unit, if it's a "good" 520w unit, not just any old unit. So yeah, that PSU will easily run a GTX 1080. Now if you decide to run something from the AMD 5700/XT lineup, or a 2080 ti, you'd want a 650w unit. Or if you plan to overclock something like a GTX 1070/1080 or RTX 2070, you might want a 650w unit. But for a stock configuration GTX 1080, it's plenty.

Any kind of overclocking, CPU, GPU, memory (XMP is not "overclocking"), changes things and you want to add about an extra 100-200w depending on what you are overclocking and how much.
thanks for all the help mate I’m definitely getting that Ryzen 5 3600 to go with the “much better upgrade” you suggested
 

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