Originally Posted by 99belle99
Any of you guys on x58 make the upgrade to a Ryzen system. I am seriously on the fence about switching. Is there much of an improvement over my current X5660 @ 4.2 GHz. All I use the PC for is browse the internet and benchmark the odd time and play games. I know the multi core is increased and single core is increased by a small bit.
Two times in the past few days I have had an entire Ryzen build sitting in the shopping cart of a parts website and twice I just said to myself it ain't worth it.
I was looking at a Asus crosshair VI(€255), Ryzen 5 1600 and 16GB's of Flare X RAM 3200 CL14(€200). The reason for that motherboard is it is supposedly the best overclocking board and RAM as it is best for Ryzen. I was thinking of that CPU in that I can update to a better CPU when revision 2 or 3 of Ryzen is released and I would have a good motherboard that will work well with them(I hope so anyway).
It is roughly €1,000 to spec that build without a graphics card. I am just on the fence as if there is negligible difference between my system and the Ryzen one there is not much point in upgrading considering my uses.
I will not switch to Zen or any Intel for the time being. I am very happy with my x5650 at 4500 MHz and do not have the peripherals for 9000Hz gaming or streaming. For the things I do with my computer, game at 1080, and light productivity this is more than enough. I am planning a huge upgrade in the fall when the new INTEL platform is out.
Ask yourself the following question : what can't you do with your current Xeon? Would you like to code hardcore, stream your gaming adventures and play at minimum 144Hz? If those are things you want to do, then by all means, change the platform. Bear in mind, ZEN is not yet where it should be in terms of motherboards. Have a look at the dozens of issues with RAM stability. You will not be happy coming from one of the most stable platforms out there to one where you need to nurse the RAM for 3200 MHz usage. None of the ZEN motherboards are future proof given the issues. Sure, some may be fixed with BIOS updates but others will probably get several revisions before they are on par with what customers expect.
When I bought my x58, i bought the most recommended mobo on OCN and Toms. The UD3 for the price. I had Rev 1.1 and it was crap! Could not overclock at all without forcing draconian voltages. I then had a ram slot die due to the VX and Gigabyte sent me the next revision which worked much better. Then this revision had a thing where after not using the computer for a few weeks, due to my studies in the UK, i would come home and turn the machine on, it would loop reset. I would have to load BIOS defaults and then load the oc again. Then I said F-it and bought the FIII mobo and it was perfect. One revision, top of the line in the ATX format. The only one better was the R2E but it was EATX. So I ended up paying money for 2 mobos!
At the end of the day, you are the only one who knows if ZEN is better or not. What we tell you here on the forums should be a guideline and not a 'yes you must do it because we say so'.Edited by Wishmaker - 4/15/17 at 2:23am