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I'm looking to finally upgrade from my signature rig (Phenom II 1045T w/ Geforce GTX 960 4GB) to something more modern. I got this back in 2012 and wonder if I need to upgrade to play the latest titles such as Mass Effect Andromeda and Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood,

My graphics card seems decent for mid to even high level settings on my monitor that runs at 1680x1050 resolution. I currently play Skyrim, Civ 6, and CS Go just fine.

Budget: $200 total for CPU/Motherboard/RAM combo

Option 1: Pentium G4560/MSI B250M Pro-VD LGA 1151/Crucial 8GB Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400 = $185 total
Option 2: i3 6100/MSI H110M Pro-VD LGA 1151/G.SKILL Aegis 8GB 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2133 = $190 total


Which is the better build and is it even worth the upgrade? I don't do any video editing or multi-task except the for casual browser use and netflix streaming.

If these chips aren't future proof is it better to upgrade to the boilerplate Ryzen 5 1600 build or wait for Intel to respond with the Cannonlake chips?
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I know that Mas Effect required more muscle at the minimum requirement segment let alone for recommended settings.

I'd go Ryzen 1600/mobo combo.
 
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ditto on Ryzen

if you have a tight budget then AMD is the only game in town

don't buy less than 4 real cores any more
at least on an AM4 board you could always plug in a newer/better CPU later

if you're that squeezed for money buying a Ryzen with 4 cores and 4 threads would also suffice for the moment
but the Ryzen 1600 should be the sweet spot for gaming (modern games, as they tend to scale better with more cores)

the card you're having would be bottlenecking any powerful CPU anyway

and let me tell you andromeda sure needs performance in the graphics department
but resolution seems to be quite a factor in that game
all unrelated to CPU performance

Ryzen is a good basis
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Gotcha, thanks. Would it be worthwhile to wait for the i5 8xxx series at all? Or does the community agree that the Ryzen series is best value-for-your-dollar choice
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Gotcha, thanks. Would it be worthwhile to wait for the i5 8xxx series at all? Or does the community agree that the Ryzen series is best value-for-your-dollar choice

ohh
if you can wait then do

coffee lake is supposed to bring 6 core down to the mainstream market

also give Ryzen a bit more time to mature
or more boards to be out / wider selection

however going Ryzen will undoubtedly not be a bad move
if you don't want to wait
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