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Upgrade AM4 CPU or go for Intel 1700?

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I say do nothing and save your money for now.
 
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I say do nothing and save your money for now.
Both options are good but id lean more towards saving. To me spending almost 600 pounds for a cpu and cooler seems like an oxymoron (the whole advantage of am4 was that you could get cost-effective upgrade path if you're running older motherboards).

That's not really cost-effective, no way I would pour that amount of money on something that's going to lose to mid-range chips in a few months (midrange will also have a future upgrade path and at least PCI 4.0).

Plus you have to factor in now is a good time for resale value on PCI 3.0 era motherboards and DDR4. 2 years down the line those might not have any resale value
 
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Hello,

currently my setup is mentioned on my profile. But to make it easier my key parts.

CPUAMD Ryzen 5 3600
MotherboardASUS Prime B350-Plus
RAMDDR4 2x16GB @ 3600MT CL16
GPURX 6800 XT

Well I am playing on 1440p and when I play I tend to notice that my GPU isn't fully utilized when playing games. Since I have a somewhat of a older mid-range processor I realized that I need a new, faster one.
My rig is only for gaming / light work. Definitely not heavy CPU loads such as rendering etc. No overclocking planned. My budget sits at around 500 Euro.

I have been looking into upgrade options and three (possibly four) upgrades came to my mind:
  • Keep AM4 and upgrade CPU to Zen3 (5800X, 5700X, 5800X3D). Motherboard supports Zen 3(D).
  • Switch to Intel 1700 (possibly 12600K / 12700K) with DDR4
  • Wait for Raptor lake (and hope it supports DDR4)
4th option is to migrate to Zen 4 in the fall. But I don't want to invest so much money into early DDR5 adoption.

What upgrade path would you take if you were me?

Thanks
considering your poor and old mobo, i'd eliminate the 1st option.
so, you better need modern and better mobo too, and of course you have good enough ddr4 kit.

take one:
NOW: Switch to Intel 1700 - 12600K or even 12400F/12500 with DDR4 - you don't need i7 if you PLAY GAMES ONLY.

LATER: wait for Zen 4 AMD

optionally: wait raptor lake Intel - but, there are good enough alder lake chips already so i don't see the point as you never can't keep up with new hardware train

so, up to you, wait or do! ;)

Both options are good but id lean more towards saving. To me spending almost 600 pounds for a cpu and cooler seems like an oxymoron (the whole advantage of am4 was that you could get cost-effective upgrade path if you're running older motherboards).

That's not really cost-effective, no way I would pour that amount of money on something that's going to lose to mid-range chips in a few months (midrange will also have a future upgrade path and at least PCI 4.0).

Plus you have to factor in now is a good time for resale value on PCI 3.0 era motherboards and DDR4. 2 years down the line those might not have any resale value
why you need such an monster-priced cpu for solely gaming purposes only? to tell friends about how cool cpu you have lol?
 

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Because it was made for gaming..



No one would care.. outside of forum buddies :)
well, i've had i7-10700K, now I have i5-11400F and don't feel ANY problems in modern games. You can play even on some Dual-Xeon server but it's same thing as having 3080Ti or 3090Ti can't see a difference for gaming purposes but definitely can see the difference in price lol
 

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well, i've had i7-10700K, now I have i5-11400F and don't feel ANY problems in modern games. You can play even on some Dual-Xeon server but it's same thing as having 3080Ti or 3090Ti can't see a difference for gaming purposes but definitely can see the difference in price lol
I’ve got no problems either.. but he has an older system that he wants to update.
 

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well, i've had i7-10700K, now I have i5-11400F and don't feel ANY problems in modern games. You can play even on some Dual-Xeon server but it's same thing as having 3080Ti or 3090Ti can't see a difference for gaming purposes but definitely can see the difference in price lol

and you damn well shouldn't feel any difference, you downgraded lol

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I just sidegraded from a 3600X to a 5800X. Mainly because the two extra cores will give me some future-proofing since I have no intention of upgrading from X470 anytime soon (nothing I've seen with ADL or Zen 4 particularly excites me) but also because people are dumping cheap used 5800Xs en masse onto Ebay because they're buying 5800X3Ds, which is a massive waste of money unless you play videogames for a living. I would've preferred a 5700X for the lower power consumption, but when that chip is going for more than a new 5800X, yeah no AMD.

OP, I would suggest you go for a DDR4 ADL system if you really feel the pain of the 3600. As I said the 5800X3D is a waste of money, sure you'll need to fork out quite a bit to switch to Intel but you'll also have a bit of future-proofing due to the PCIe 5.0 GPU support, and of course you can flog your current AMD board and CPU on Ebay to offset some of the cost.
 
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I will go from a i7 6700K to a i7 12700K next month.
I hope the i7 12700K is good enough for at least the next 6 years, with at least 1 or 2 GPU upgrades.
 
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I will go from a i7 6700K to a i7 12700K next month.
I hope the i7 12700K is good enough for at least the next 6 years, with at least 1 or 2 GPU upgrades.
of course lol
 
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