Hello fellow pc enthusiasts I'm looking to upgrade from my current i7 920 build and need help deciding what to go with.
I have a budget of around 400-500$ but I ONLY Need a Processor, Mobo, and Ram.
I've had trouble with deciding between AMD or Intel. I originally thought I would just go with a Ryzen 5 2600x but was told that it wouldn't totally be worth it without quad channel fast Ram. I had trouble getting that much ram and fitting into my budget. Is this true?
Get some MX-4 Thermal paste to go along with the cooler.
The Ryzen 3000 7 nm CPU and X570/550 boards are coming in a few weeks.
EDIT: Dual channel is fine BUT make sure you use either 2 sticks of RAM or 4 sticks. One stick will be a bottleneck.
By Built-in Benchmark Queen:
My 2.5 years old delidded 7980xe @ 4600mhz all core with 49ns memorylatency (4000c16 twekaed) is faster than 3950x max overclocked on water in every scenario. Pretty good for a ancient cpu
In gaming it has no chance vs my new 10900k @ 5400mhz and 4600c16 tweaked memory. ~35ns memorylatency.
Mainstream platforms are dual channel. Only HEDT go to quad and beyond. Doesn't matter if it's AMD or Intel. RAM should be down in price now unlike year or two ago when they milked it by limiting supply.
You should wait for Zen2 unless you really need the hardware now, then Zen1.5 is fine.
What brand and model is your old PSU? if its from 2009 you should not be re-using it with a brand new motherboard CPU and RAM
Quad channel RAM by the way is only found on X79/X99/X299/X399 so it does not matter if you pick Z390 X470 both use dual channel
Don't bother with Intel, they are still stuck with Skylake architecture, it will take them time before they make something substantially better and fixed of their endless issues. 6000-9000 Intel is all the same on Dekstop for the most part. Who knows when they will move away from the "Lakes" finally.
The price/performance for Intel parts is often abysmal when AMD has a competitive product as they do now. Easily pay +50% or more for +10% performance, so not worth it. At low end products can be more competitive but the high end from Intel is nuts price wise.
Zen2 3000 series is what I would get. If you can't wait till then, well 2700X is a beast.