Question What should I save from my current build?

Louis Brown

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After about 5 years of owning a very mediocre gaming PC that has given me no end of trouble, I want to get rid of it and get another one. Quite a few of the components are worth saving, I think, but if anyone could offer some advice on which ones to keep would be much appreciated. It was definitely my fault for going prebuilt.

AMD FX8320 Black Edition
Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Cooler
Gigabyte 970A-DS3P
Radeon RX580 8GB (bought Jan 2020)
8GB Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz
Corsair TXM650 (bought Jan 2020)
120GB Kingston SSD
2TB Hard Drive

I just want it to be able to run recent games on decent graphics and not crash every couple of weeks for no apparent reason.
 
Sounds like solid advice. For a £500 budget for replacing the rest - could you recommend a build?
Use your hard drive for bulk storage. Something like this:

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£179.00 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI B550-A PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard (£129.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory (£102.98 @ Newegg UK)
Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£91.29 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £503.26
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-06 19:49 BST+0100
 
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logainofhades

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Sounds like solid advice. For a £500 budget for replacing the rest - could you recommend a build?

My take

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£179.00 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B550 AORUS ELITE ATX AM4 Motherboard (£139.97 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL16 Memory (£68.39 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Crucial P1 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£91.29 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £478.65
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-06 19:55 BST+0100
 
I like @logainofhades 's build. If you wanted to save a bit of money, you could go with the Ryzen 3 3300X.
https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/NvCFf7/amd-ryzen-3-3300x-38-ghz-quad-core-processor-100-100000159box

Looks like Amazon UK has it for £119.99.

It only has 4 cores/8 threads, versus the 3600 having 6 cores/12 threads, but it does boast slightly higher clock speeds.

If you're focused on just gaming, it might be a better choice, and saves you £60 on top of that.

Here's the gaming results (the various CPUs with a 2080 Ti GPU, but that's so the CPU is the limiting factor, for a better cpu-to-cpu comparison).

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-ryzen-3-3300x-3100-cpu-review/3

The 3600 is still better, but the 3300X comes remarkably close to it in performance.
 
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tennis2

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I really like the MSI B550 Mortar WiFi.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor (£179.00 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: MSI MAG B550M MORTAR WIFI Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard (£129.97 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory (£66.72 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 1 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive (£110.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £486.68
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-07 05:44 BST+0100
 
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