Question CPU Upgrade path: Worth going for 4790k or go Ryzen 2600?

Simba

Distinguished Member
Having got myself a new strix gtx1080-ag for a silly price iv gotten back into PC gaming.

My current intel machine revolves around the Z97 chipset which i built back in 2014 with a view to upgrading in that socket era going to the 4690k etc but that never happened and i never ended up gaming on the PC.
But now, with the 1080 im playing games such as AC Odyssey which my i3 is just managing to hang on in the low 30 fps (2560x1080) at very high settings. Iv been toying with going straight up to an i7 4790k but those are selling for ~£200 which seems alot to spend to keep the machine nearer current levels with no possibility of future cpu upgrade.

My current machine is doing fine, but id rather not leave it too late whilst i still have some relative value in the parts i have. And im not looking to chase frame rates, just a respectable machine that will game well with some future potential.

I was initially put off by the newer chipset/ CPU route but Im now thinking of going the Ryzen 5 2600 route to make my money more worth while.

My Current system:
  1. Mobo: Asrock Extreme6 z97
  2. cpu: i3 4150 with Zalman CNPS8900 Quiet Heatsink
  3. RAM: 16gb crucial ballistix tactical (8-8-8-24). 8Gb of crucial Ballistix Sport XT recently removed so has resale value.
  4. gpu: asus strix gtx1080-ag
  5. storage: SSD's and HDDS
  6. PSU: Seasonic X750 750W 80+ Gold Certified Full Modular Power Supply
Considering:
  1. Mobo: Asus - ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING
  2. cpu: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor
  3. RAM: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory

Whats your thoughts going this route?

Do you reckon i could sell items 1-3 from my current system for around £250? PCPartPicker tallies the new parts at £378. All in all it seems i could be spending considerably less than hanging on to the LGA1150 with a 4790k.
Bit of a hassle doing a strip down but i do love PC builds...
 

Backspace

Well-known Member
Selling used systems/parts doesn't bring much that they're not worth selling. If you don't mind losing a bit then go for it. I have an i5-3570 system that works well but sells for nothing so I'd just keep it for backup or use it as a Linux box. I also have an i3-2105 CPU I upgraded it from and that's worth nothing.

I'm running a Ryzen 5 2600 with 12 gig mems and it runs good. I just have a strange random freezes I haven't figure out yet. May be the motherboard though.
 

Simba

Distinguished Member
anyone else? is a ryzen 2600 the best way to go in lieu of the 4790k (which i have just seen one pop up in the classifiieds so let me know quick!)?
 

Simba

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Backspace

Well-known Member
I'm not up to date with technology but in my experience Intel CPUs had been rock solid while AMD CPU had some problems like running hot and compatibility issues.

I'm running the Ryzen 5 2600 on Gigabyte with 370x chipset and Ballistix Sports mem. It runs great and doesn't get hot but it has a random freezes I can't figure out. I replaced my Ryzen 3 2200G because it ran too hot while ripping DVDs.

I still have my i5-3570 PC. It took everything above in stride and never broke a sweat. I wanted to try the Ryzen CPUs but I'm going back to Intel for my next build.
 

Simba

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Going to stick with the Z97 chipset for a while. Purchased a 4790k.
 

JRzoid

Novice Member
Hi.

Well yeah it is a good upgrade I have few Systems. The 7700k/EVGA

and just got the 2600x/MSI X470 yeah they run good.


The 4790k is still a good cpu though.
 

Backspace

Well-known Member
Are you getting it used? Amazon wants over $500 for it. Seems that the past CPUs carry a premium.
 

Simba

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Are you getting it used? Amazon wants over $500 for it. Seems that the past CPUs carry a premium.

i bought it off this very forum. £170
 

JRzoid

Novice Member
My 2600x is very powerful at 4.3ghz.

It is a good upgrade...nothing slows that thing down at all. And pretty good Frames.
 

Simba

Distinguished Member
My 2600x is very powerful at 4.3ghz.

It is a good upgrade...nothing slows that thing down at all. And pretty good Frames.

i was considering the 2600 non x version and looking at the reviews it gives the same performance in games. the 4790k is still high in demand so should hopefully carry some resale value further down the line.

what is the upgrade path currently on the AM4 platform from a 2600?
 

JRzoid

Novice Member
i was considering the 2600 non x version and looking at the reviews it gives the same performance in games. the 4790k is still high in demand so should hopefully carry some resale value further down the line.

what is the upgrade path currently on the AM4 platform from a 2600?


They plan on launching New Cpu's...Assuming it as well is Compatible with the X470 chipset and probably is.
 

Delvey

Distinguished Member
I have just gone from a i5 4670k to Ryzen 2600.
I sold my Z97 motherboard, i5 4670K and 16GB DDR3 on here for £165, so you will likely get less due to CPU.
The question is, do you want to spend £170 on a used CPU, or spend £300 on new parts.
The new parts will give you new features, such as USB 3.1 and M2 sata ports. My Ryzen build loads Battlefield V from an SSD much quicker than the i5 setup. Same SSD, just newer technology. Just upgrading the CPU etc has allowed me to run Battlefield V at Ultra instead of Medium at 1080p @ 75Hz.
Not to mention photoshop and 3d CAD are much quicker.
Personally, I went for the new Ryzen build. It will be quicker than the i7 anyhow, will have warranty, and paired with your GTX 1080, should last a long time at 1080p (and possibly 1440p)
IMO, Intel is better than AMD. :lesson:
Load of rubbish
 

JRzoid

Novice Member
I have Both. And My Take no, the 2600x has less Frames than my 7700k...but it's not a huge gap at all...
 

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