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What cpu is best bang for buck to get currently

So just as the title suggests what is a good cpu to put into a mid gaming rig today. I have an old fx6300 running stock 3.5 and the basically useless turbo shit. I plan to put a n hyper 212 onto it and overclock it to a nice and toasty 4.2-4.5Gh. But during benchmarks i notice my gigabyte g1 1060 3gb is running at 60-70% max while my cpu is over 90% i do not think a simple overclock can allow my gpu to work to its full potential and i'm looking for an upgrade. I wanted to be a big boy and get the i7 6700k but the price did not drop as much as i was hoping and i'm looking for alternatives.

Current system specs
Gigabyte g1 1060 3gb (best buy i ever had)
4gbx2 crucial balistics ram
cheap asus motherboard that came with the system as well as some 500w "good" psu...

I'm also considering an ssd because i need extra storage for my system and being able to use the 170gb i partitioned for windows 10 on top of having extra speed for main apps would be nice. Any good cheap ssd on the market ?

ps .... never buy pre build systems ... or you will overpay like me and have to replace every part of a pc...
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  1. I'd highly recommend going for the Ryzen 5 1600. It's a 6-core/12-thread CPU, 3.2GHz - 3.6GHz, overclockable/unlocked, with an included decent CPU cooler, and a low TDP (65W).

    It'll pair nicely with your currenty GTX 1060-3GB, and still gives you the opportunity to upgrade to much more powerful GPUs in the future.

    However, as your intention of going for an i7-6700K, you need a new motherboard and new sets of DDR4 RAM sticks for the Ryzen platform.

    SSDs greatly help in boot up times and loading times. But during gaming, it won't have any noticeable performance difference compared to an HDD. I'd recommend the Crucial MX300 SSD.

    You might want to consider also upgrading your "500W" PSU (no-name?) to a better quality one that would serve you for a long time considering the future upgrades you will do. Seasonic M12II-520 EVO (520W), Seasonic G-550 (550W), Corsair CX550M (550W) are affordable PSUs that are good quality. Much better units (and costlier) are EVGA SuperNova G2 550 (550W), EVGA SuperNova G3 550 (550W), and Corsair RM550x (550W).
  2. Budget @OP?
    I'd suggest a 1600 with 16GB of high frequency RAM and a solid board personally.
  3. Is ram speed important with the ryzen cpu's ????? Also i thought maybe that a i7 4970 might be a good buy since i do not have to upgrade the ram just motherboard and cpu.
  4. Yes for ryzen ram speed is very important and also be sure to run in dual channel.
  5. Yeah, you need at least 3000MHz, preferably 3200MHz, and dual channel is important as mentioned.
  6. RAM speed isn't all that important. Get a 2400MHz kit.

    Also, for gaming, I'd recommend a locked i5.
  7. Ignore that, for Ryzen it's crucial.
    A Ryzen 5 CPU is also a better choice over an i5, 4 threads are on the way out.
  8. agreed on the Ryzen suggestions. As far as what's new/current out there, they are the best price vs performance option.

    4790K's are great if gaming is your thing and they've still got a lot of life in them, but they're still quite a bit more price wise than the R5 1600
  9. Best answer
    NotIrishMichael said:
    Is ram speed important with the ryzen cpu's ????? Also i thought maybe that a i7 4970 might be a good buy since i do not have to upgrade the ram just motherboard and cpu.


    The i7-4790 would only be a logical upgrade IF you currently have a 4th-gen B/H-chipset motherboard running a 4th-gen Pentium or 4th-gen i3 (or, to an extent, have the slowest 4th-gen i5). This i7-4790 would be the "pinnacle" (best) of such non-OC'able older 4th-gen Intel platform that can still run any powerful GPU to this date.

    However, since you are coming from an old/end-of-life FX CPU platform and you will be upgrading/migrating to a different one, you should look into a new platform that offers better upgradability.

    Suppose you get the old i7-4790 and an old H97-chipset motherboard, with the main intent of using your current DDR3 RAM (to "save"), you'll be forcing yourself to stick with that build for a long time, restricting yourself the opportunity to upgrade to a wider variety of components as better parts come along, and will sooner-or-later end up to where you are now today.

    For longevity and better price/performance, I'd highly and seriously consider the Ryzen 5 1600 over the Intel i7-4790 (or even over the Intel i7-6700K).

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1600 3.2GHz 6-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($77.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: ADATA - XPG Z1 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $387.96
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-06-29 08:56 EDT-0400

    If your budget is tight the above ~$388 upgrade, you can also get the more affordable 4-core/8-thread unlocked/OC'able Ryzen 5 1400 with the same motherboard and 16GB (2 x 8GB) RAM suggested above, for ~$50 less:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 1400 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock - AB350M Pro4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($77.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: ADATA - XPG Z1 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $337.96
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-06-29 08:55 EDT-0400

    As for the RAM speed on Ryzen AM4 platform, the 3200MHz speed is the "sweet-spot" (i.e., making the most out of your Ryzen CPU on the fastest RAM speed possible without spending "too" much). But, getting a slower RAM speed is not the end of the world if you are using a Ryzen CPU, more so if you are on a very tight budget. As the savings in skimping for a faster RAM can be put to much better use on spending for a better more powerful GPU, which is more noticeable, especially on gaming:
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