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Upgrade Advice

bigman2

Standard Member
Hi - my son got his first gaming PC a year ago and I thought I spent a fair amount at the time to make it a little future proof. But now he's moaning that it lags when he's streaming (and gaming at the same time).
Any advice on what would be the best thing to improve?
He currently has:
Ryzen 5 3600
16GB RAM
GeForce RTX 2060 8GB Graphics
Gigabyte B450M DS3H motherboard

Which I don't think is too bad??

Would a Ryzen 7 3700X be worth the upgrade (on that motherboard)? or more RAM?

Any suggestions gratefully received! Thanks!
 

duncfunk

Well-known Member
There's no way that system should be lagging when streaming. Have you witnessed it for yourself with an FPS counter running or is just he just angling for an upgrade? 🧐
 

realfrankturner

Distinguished Member
Maybe something running in background? That PC should be more then fine, see what background processes are running first.
 

bigman2

Standard Member
Cheers. I did wonder - he said he's getting a 27% frame drop though on new games (eg Avengers)

I'm wondering if it's more down to slow wifi in his room?
 

MGRayd

Distinguished Member
Sounds like he's got a case of Ampere.
 

CARLOS

Distinguished Member
More ram would be good, 32Gb is the sweet spot when streaming.
 

bigman2

Standard Member
Thanks - more RAM and improving the wifi in his room were top of my list.
There's two unused slots so I could just get 2 more 8GB if that will help
 

CARLOS

Distinguished Member
Thanks - more RAM and improving the wifi in his room were top of my list.
There's two unused slots so I could just get 2 more 8GB if that will help

Yeah make sure its exactly the same as already installed.
 

sykotik

Distinguished Member
Hes not trying to stream at a very rez is he ( 4k 1440p ) ?
im not stream at all , but my guess is the 3600 will struggle at those higher rez
1080p or 720p and the 3600 should sing along just nicely
 

alphaomega16

Distinguished Member
Can you not run a lan cable into their room?

Wifi I would not suggest for gaming let alone streaming as well

No way that system needs upgrading at all imo unless he is trying to stream in anything other than 1080.

I don't have too many problems with my setup below.
 

sergiup

Distinguished Member
You definitely want to get them on a wired connection, that's the first port of call.
Other things to try, as already mostly mentioned:
- Playing above 1080p is not a great idea in this case.
- Ensure the fastest working XMP profile is loaded in the BIOS; that will depend on the specific RAM model they have.
- What storage does that PC have? SSD would be ideal.
- 32GB of RAM could help (depending on how much is being used now), but try to make sure it's the same model; on the other hand, if that's difficult you can get 2x16GB 3600MHz CL16 nowadays for £130, which is darn cheap compared to a few months ago.

Hes not trying to stream at a very rez is he ( 4k 1440p ) ?
im not stream at all , but my guess is the 3600 will struggle at those higher rez
1080p or 720p and the 3600 should sing along just nicely
I'm playing Overwatch on mine absolutely fine in 4k - but then again the monitor is limited to 60Hz anyway, Overwatch isn't that demanding, and I'm not streaming nor am I really that competitive.
 

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