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Which Ryzen 3rd gen to get?

Waiting for the release to build a new platform. Strictly a gaming rig. Going to be a cost effective mid range build. About $1,500 tops for the tower. Should I get the 6-core? Or just stick to the quad core?
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6-core is the minimum, and you shouldn't get anything less than the 8-core 3700X/3800X for a 1500$ build like that.


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3600 non-X for a compact SFF build.
3600X for the cost effective solution.
while 3800X if you can spend a bit more, with an expected price of $400.

its more advisable to put priority on the CPU and GPU if you don't plan on upgrading anytime soon (more than 3years).
even if you have to put large capacity SSDs on hold.

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6-core is the minimum, and you shouldn't get anything less than the 8-core 3700X/3800X for a 1500$ build like that.
Shouldn’t I just get the 6 core and use the extra money on a GPU or something?
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What’s the “X” nomenclature about?

Quote: Originally Posted by epic1337 View Post
3600 non-X for a compact SFF build.
3600X for the cost effective solution.
while 3800X if you can spend a bit more, with an expected price of $400.

its more advisable to put priority on the CPU and GPU if you don't plan on upgrading anytime soon (more than 3years).
even if you have to put large capacity SSDs on hold.
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extended boost limits, and it has it's XFR feature aggressively operating.
another key point of those with and without X is their stock TDP settings.

3600 non-X = 65W TDP
3600X = 95W TDP
3800X = 105W TDP

this indicates that the non-X were binned with low-leakage parts and they also have strict boost limits that limits it to within their designed TDP spec.
3700X does however has a 65W TDP settings too, which allows for higher boost, probably their most power-efficient lot within the binnings.

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Go for the overkill Ryzen 3950X. If you think about it, its actually an insane deal. I wouldn't buy any of the GPU on the market, get cheap as possible that serves your needs for 1 year. The time to get new GPU is late 2020 and early 2021. I see cheaper top end GPU's for 2020/2021 if AMD next architecture can challenge Nvidia 7nm head to head.

Even I'm thinking about donating/selling my RTX2080TI sometime next year when the next group of 7nm GPU are out. Probably will benefit playing Cyberpunk 2077.

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Go for the overkill Ryzen 3950X. If you think about it, its actually an insane deal. I wouldn't buy any of the GPU on the market, get cheap as possible that serve your needs for 1 year. The time to get new GPU is late 2020 and early 2021. I see cheaper top end GPU's for 2020/2021 if AMD next architecture can challenge Nvidia 7nm head to head.
Yeah GPU market is ridiculous right now. Bought a new top end 1080 Ti for about 600 euros in 2017. What can I get for that money 2 years later? A freaking RTX 2070, which is clearly less powerful than this one. For 100 euros more I could barely get a RTX 2080, which too is less powerful than a 1080 Ti.

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Shouldn’t I just get the 6 core and use the extra money on a GPU or something?
Nope, games currently are threaded for 8-cores, and with upcoming consoles the amount of threads will increase to 16 minimum. 8-core is what you should aim to at minimum, 6-core if you really can't make it. But your budget is within 8-core reach easily.

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