Alright guys, I think its time to upgrade. I’m still running an AMD FX8320, and its been slowing down as of late. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas as to what AM4 CPU I can upgrade to for a significant performance boost without going above $150.
I’ve been looking at the 1600AF, but im not sure if that would be a good investment given that 3k series is the newest generation for a couple bucks more. Lemme know!
Even a 3200g would be a significant boost in performance. I would personally get the 3600 though. The 1600af is not bad at all but the 3600 has the threads and the single core speeds that make it the ideal budget machine.
What motherboard did you get? The 1600AF is basically a 2600 for $85. The resale value should stay close to the original price for quite some time, at least long enough to hold you over until 4000 series CPU’s come out.
Anything Ryzen will be an upgrade, but without details of how you use/expect to use your computer it is merely guesses as to what is ‘best’.
I’d normally suggest that, but i think right now, 3000 series is probably end of the line for AM4. It’s unclear whether “until 2020” means 2020 will get an AM4 CPU update or that’s when they don’t get the next generation.
Given Zen3 is a new design (rather than a Zen2 refresh) and coming in 2020, i wouldn’t be planning on board compatibility beyond Ryzen 3000 personally. Also, AM4 was pushed in terms of memory bandwidth already with Ryzen 3000 so i really think we’ll see a new socket with Ryzen 4000.
I’ll be glad to be proven wrong (as i plan to upgrade from my 2700x at that point), but i’m not planning that way myself.
I’d go for a decent B450 board (unless you need some X470/570 feature), spend a little more on CPU and hold out until 2021-2022 or later depending on what comes out.
You’ll need money for DDR5 RAM at that point most likely as well. So don’t overspend now, is my vote.
Oh, I agree with that. I meant not going cheapest B450 with trash VRMs. Because even if Zen 3 does come this year on consumer platforms, (personally I thak that’s a big if) there is still a lot of options for upgrades coming from a 1600AF on AM4.