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Most efficient CPU to pair with an RTX 4060?

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Good evening, I am planning to upgrade my beige computer and was wondering what you guys think is the most power efficient CPU that also pairs well with a RTX 4060, the case has less than ideal airflow and I would prefer not to modify the chassis just yet so whichever chip could generate the least amount of heat would be ideal, the 4060 chosen because its afaik the best low profile graphics card available.

Here are some pictures of the beige pc, its a T-Systems Slimline 25 and there is nothing I can find about it online.
 

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What type of motherboard fits in that system?

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7800X3D gives you the most bang for your watts but if budget is a concern 7600 or 13400F is fine at least if going with something modern. I would be looking at CPUs that use 75w or less regardless though might be able to push it to 95w though.
 
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Assuming your use case isn't heavily multi-threaded workloads, something like a Ryzen 7600 / 13400F would both pair well with that GPU. At the same price I'd lean towards the 7600 as it is faster and it's platform is set to support multiple generations of future AM5 CPUs.
 
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Assuming your use case isn't heavily multi-threaded workloads, something like a Ryzen 7600 / 13400F would both pair well with that GPU. At the same price I'd lean towards the 7600 as it is faster and it's platform is set to support multiple generations of future AM5 CPUs.

I should probably look this up but the 7600 is faster for gaming but the 13400 is faster in MT?

edit. looks like they are kinda close would also go with the 7600.
 
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Fits a standard mATX motherboard, power supply is good, Silverstone TX500 500w TFX and has all the connectors.

Was looking at the 7800X3D and possibly run it in eco mode if it supports it? pair it with a Dynatron A24 and blow the hot air out the vented side and should be good

But wouldn't a 7800X3D be rather much for something like a 4060?
 
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AM5 platfrom will live basically for ages and unlike previous Core CPUs, LGA1700 ones don't have on-die North Bridge which causes major stuttering in VERY specific use cases. LGA1700 is also a geometric crime so I'd take Ryzen 7900 (if the main concern is not gaming) or Ryzen 7800X3D (if you're not gonna do anything heavy other than gaming on this machine). Any AM5 CPU is a great undervolter and with minor (below 3%) speed losses, you're usually able to shrink their wattage by about 30 to 40 percent.

Regardless of your choice any next-gen CPU will be bottlenecked by your 4060, especially if you run higher than 1080p.
 
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AM5 platfrom will live basically for ages and unlike previous Core CPUs, LGA1700 ones don't have on-die North Bridge which causes major stuttering in VERY specific use cases. LGA1700 is also a geometric crime so I'd take Ryzen 7900 (if the main concern is not gaming) or Ryzen 7800X3D (if you're not gonna do anything heavy other than gaming on this machine). Any AM5 CPU is a great undervolter and with minor (below 3%) speed losses, you're usually able to shrink their wattage by about 30 to 40 percent.

Regardless of your choice any next-gen CPU will be bottlenecked by your 4060, especially if you run higher than 1080p.
I know the 4060 sucks but its now debating whether to just get a R5 7500F and tune it or splash out on a 7800X3D if it makes any significant difference with the 4060, it is for gaming primarily but nothing fancy given what this beige PC is, don't really want to go Intel at this point as its so late in LGA 1700's lifecycle
 
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I know the 4060 sucks but its now debating whether to just get a R5 7500F and tune it or splash out on a 7800X3D if it makes any significant difference with the 4060, it is for gaming primarily but nothing fancy given what this beige PC is, don't really want to go Intel at this point as its so late in LGA 1700's lifecycle
If you don't play competitive million FPS games online or some multi thread heavy simulators like M$ Flight Simulator (or how is it called?) you will notice zero difference between 7500F and 7800X3D using this GPU.
 
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I should probably look this up but the 7600 is faster for gaming but the 13400 is faster in MT?

edit. looks like they are kinda close would also go with the 7600.

The 7600 is approx 14% faster in gaming and 6.5% faster in applications (mixed). In Multi-thread the 13400F is pretty much dead on with the 7600. It's either a bit faster or a bit slower depending on the tests used. I was bit surprised by the MT result TBH, given the higher end Intel SKUs tend to win in that regard due to their higher core counts.

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I know the 4060 sucks but its now debating whether to just get a R5 7500F and tune it or splash out on a 7800X3D if it makes any significant difference with the 4060, it is for gaming primarily but nothing fancy given what this beige PC is, don't really want to go Intel at this point as its so late in LGA 1700's lifecycle

Your GPU would hold a 7800X3D back in all but eSports games, VR, and simulation games. If you don't play of any those you won't notice a difference.
 
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I would argue anything that gets you 60fps at 1440p, or in a decent VRR range in 1080p. There's an argument that you really don't NEED something faster than a AMD 3600 series or better, especially if you overclock (which is truly does make sense even in your case if you want to save every dollar), as truly you pretty much are in PS5-parity territory GPU-wise.

IMHO, nothing wrong with the trusty ol' 5600. Core system parts should be cheap and it would actually mesh pretty well for the perf of a stock 4060ti.

It's always within your prerogative to go faster/more-expensive, but that would be my suggestion.

Actually, my suggestion would be to buy a different case because they are extremely cheap and shouldn't limit a build (especially if spending $400-500 on a GPU)...but that's beside the point.


edit: realized you said 4060 non-ti, above was thinking it was a TI. In the case of a regular 4060, I would buy at least a 5600(x) and overclock it. 12400F stock minimum, 12600k if you want intel and plan to OC.

7500F isn't a bad suggestion either, might be the best option, really.

7500F is quite the cute little sleeper if you want an inexpensive entry point to a new long-lasting platform, but even that is going to be overkill for the 4060.

IOW, I wouldn't worry too much about what you pick, anything AM5 would be good-enough, and you could save some money by buying new or used good-value parts for the older platforms.
 
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Fits a standard mATX motherboard, power supply is good, Silverstone TX500 500w TFX and has all the connectors.

Was looking at the 7800X3D and possibly run it in eco mode if it supports it? pair it with a Dynatron A24 and blow the hot air out the vented side and should be good

But wouldn't a 7800X3D be rather much for something like a 4060?

It's more of just buying the best lowish wattage cpu period and not having to worry about it for years. You'd likely not need to run it in exo mode the cpu will take care of itself and just clock based on your cooling solution.
 
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I would argue anything that gets you 60fps at 1440p, or in a decent VRR range in 1080p. There's an argument that you really don't NEED something faster than a AMD 3600 series or better, especially if you overclock (which is truly does make sense even in your case if you want to save every dollar), as truly you pretty much are in PS5-parity territory GPU-wise.

IMHO, nothing wrong with the trusty ol' 5600. Core system parts should be cheap and it would actually mesh pretty well for the perf of a stock 4060ti.

It's always within your prerogative to go faster/more-expensive, but that would be my suggestion.

Actually, my suggestion would be to buy a different case because they are extremely cheap and shouldn't limit a build (especially if spending $400-500 on a GPU)...but that's beside the point.
I totally agree with you on most fronts, of course this isn't my daily driver PC as thats in my signature, this one is just for fun, I did look at older Ryzens but for me at least the cost of a chip, board and DDR4 ram is rather close to what I can get a cheap B650 + R5 7500F as I already have some DDR5 on hand that can do buildzoids hynix tune
 
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Good evening, I am planning to upgrade my beige computer and was wondering what you guys think is the most power efficient CPU that also pairs well with a RTX 4060, the case has less than ideal airflow and I would prefer not to modify the chassis just yet so whichever chip could generate the least amount of heat would be ideal, the 4060 chosen because its afaik the best low profile graphics card available.

Here are some pictures of the beige pc, its a T-Systems Slimline 25 and there is nothing I can find about it online.
13400F is probably the best choice for you. Much faster than 5600X and one of the most efficient CPU on market.

And it's more than perfect for RTX4060. There's no better choice. You can easily undervolt it to use 40-45W and keep enough performance to deliver all the juice RTX4060 ask on AAA games.

11400F would be my second choice, but maybe it's not enough to deliver all the frames that RTX4060 is capable (AAA games of course). But 60FPS would be easy.
 
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Hmm even though I'm an intel guy, AMD is probably better if you're just looking at just efficiency. Something like 7600 maybe? Then again if you went with the 13400f you could get ddr4 and make it a bit cheaper and still be cool enough.

Fits a standard mATX motherboard, power supply is good, Silverstone TX500 500w TFX and has all the connectors.

Was looking at the 7800X3D and possibly run it in eco mode if it supports it? pair it with a Dynatron A24 and blow the hot air out the vented side and should be good

But wouldn't a 7800X3D be rather much for something like a 4060?
I would say so, yeah. 7800x3d seems like overkill.
 
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The Dynatron A24 is intended primarily for server appliations and if it's anything like the fans in my HP servers, it will be incredibly loud.

If you want something less noisy (but with lower cooling capacity) consider the Noctua NH-L12S with a 120mm fan.

It's only 70mm high but is rated at NSPR (max TDP) 88W, significantly lower than the A24's 120/155W rating, but adequate in many circumstances.

 
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