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    Which AMD CPU /Motherboard / Ram / Cooler combo?

    I am looking to upgrade my sons PC. I have upgraded it as far as is possible and now I am looking moving to an AMD setup. He will be using it for gaming, YouTube, Photoshop, video editing and streaming / game recording. So it needs to be an all rounder. The ability to overclock in the future would be welcome.

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    Re: Which AMD CPU /Motherboard / Ram / Cooler combo?

    AMD CPU supply is very poor ATM,so prices have shot up and availability is poor. For example a Core i5 10600KF now costs close to what a Ryzen 5 3600/3600X costs and is quicker.

    However,as your son is streaming,I wouldn't get a 6 core CPU now - even the Ryzen 5 5600X which is quicker than the Ryzen 7 3700X,starts to struggle in a number of games when you stream.



    So I would suggest getting a Ryzen 7 3700X/3800X as long as it is under £300. Another alternative is the Core i7 10700F if its a similar price.

    WRT to RAM,3200C16 or 3800C18 would do the job. If you can get the Crucial Ballistix 32GB 3600C16 or 3200C16 kit would be ideal due to the use of Micron E-die but they are hard to get hold off now.

    With AMD,an MSI B550 PRO-A or Mag Tomahawk would be good options if you want to use an ATX motherboard.

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    Re: Which AMD CPU /Motherboard / Ram / Cooler combo?

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    AMD CPU supply is very poor ATM,so prices have shot up and availability is poor. For example a Core i5 10600KF now costs close to what a Ryzen 5 3600/3600X costs and is quicker.

    However,as your son is streaming,I wouldn't get a 6 core CPU now - even the Ryzen 5 5600X which is quicker than the Ryzen 7 3700X,starts to struggle in a number of games when you stream.



    So I would suggest getting a Ryzen 7 3700X/3800X as long as it is under £300. Another alternative is the Core i7 10700F if its a similar price.

    WRT to RAM,3200C16 or 3800C18 would do the job. If you can get the Crucial Ballistix 32GB 3600C16 or 3200C16 kit would be ideal due to the use of Micron E-die but they are hard to get hold off now.

    With AMD,an MSI B550 PRO-A or Mag Tomahawk would be good options if you want to use an ATX motherboard.
    Thanks for a great reply. I was unaware that a 3700X had more cores. For reference, I will probably not be looking to upgrade until around March which will be his birthday. So lack of stock right now is not a major issue.

    I want to future proof but not go crazy money. With those boards you mentioned, are they going to be compatible with the 5700X in the future?

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    Re: Which AMD CPU /Motherboard / Ram / Cooler combo?

    Quote Originally Posted by risco View Post
    Thanks for a great reply. I was unaware that a 3700X had more cores. For reference, I will probably not be looking to upgrade until around March which will be his birthday. So lack of stock right now is not a major issue.

    I want to future proof but not go crazy money. With those boards you mentioned, are they going to be compatible with the 5700X in the future?
    They will be compatible with Zen3.

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    Re: Which AMD CPU /Motherboard / Ram / Cooler combo?

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    They will be compatible with Zen3.
    All 550and 570 boards will be

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    Re: Which AMD CPU /Motherboard / Ram / Cooler combo?

    I concur with CAT, for streaming 3700X is a good choice, you can get them off AliExpress for £210. I've bought from this seller a couple of times without issues, and delivery within 2 weeks:

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005...b33a2067UOuHGg

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    Re: Which AMD CPU /Motherboard / Ram / Cooler combo?

    Thats not a bad price for a second hand 3700X
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    Re: Which AMD CPU /Motherboard / Ram / Cooler combo?

    If the upgrade is not until March, then you might want to consider the 5800x, as these are fairly reliably in stock now, and can have one today for £400. Definitely a good step up from the 3700x but debatable whether its worth the extra ££.

    You may find that by March prices of either 3700x/5800x have fallen further which may sway you one way or another

    You might also want to consider a GPU upgrade, especially if playing 1440p+

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