Originally Posted by mythic540
i just received my 1600 AF yesterday but i'm stuck deciding on a mobo. i dont really see myself doing any heavy editing type stuff in the near future or even upgrading my rx580 anytime soon unless i find a too good to pass up deal. I'm trying to pick between the b450 tomahawk max or Asus prime x570-p.
Here's my goal; to upgrade my i5 4570 to the ryzen platform (which i already have my 1600AF) but keep my rx580 and 550w psu and drives of course, and try to squeeze in a new case to replace my old antec 300 with a dent lol. I would like to invest in future upgrades although i dont ever see myself going as high as a 3900 because then i'd have to upgrade everything else to make use of it so I'm thinking a 3700x would be the highest i would want to go which means i would eventually also upgrade my gpu to whatever i can find for a good price later. So essentially i really only plan to use my pc for gaming and daily use obviously but i WOULD like having the option to overclock a bit or upgrade later on as long as im not spending too much on the mobo (no more than $150 in order to invest in better ram or case). Which is the better investment? Go for a great b450 board or a stripped down x570 with good vrm thermals for the sake of using the new features later down the road? I know everyone will say buy what you "need" but I dont think it's a horrible idea to invest with the future in mind either.
I think you answered your own question, and the conclusion you came to is that either B450 or X470 is the way to go in your situation. And if it helps alleviate your worry, I am here to tell you that I agree.
I am in this situation where I need 3 descent computers running, mine (4K gaming/benchmarks), one for 4K home theater and gaming, and one for kids's 1080p gaming. I already had a good old Skylake rig, and an X370 rig I bought second hand for dirt cheap last year, but my kids' Haswell motherboard finally died, so I needed 1 more. I gave the kids my X370 board and 14nm Ryzen 1600, and got myself the Ryzen AF $85 and decided on an X470 board. Trust me I looked at the x570s, but I could not justify the price premium when I don't plan on buying any PCIE 4.0 devices any time soon. So I no sooner got my rig up and running, then my trusty old Z170 board dies the other night after nearly 5 years of enduring my grueling overclocks, lol. So I ordered another Ryzen AF $85, and a B450 board, again because no PCIE 4.0 devices. My NVMe drives and graphics cards are all PCIE 3.0.
The way I look at it, I'm definitely not upgrading to Ryzen 3000 series, because I'm not even maxing out my Ryzen 1600 and I'm still very GPU bound at 4K. Now if Ryzen 4000 is awesomely faster and the 600 boards are interesting, maybe I'll build one next year but I doubt I can justify it.