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Building gaming PC for 1080, to last few good years

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As the subject says, I'm building a PC for gaming at 1080, on high, preferably ultra settings. I'm aiming at sweet LED AMVA 1080, (60mhz) monitor, and have no plans to go further.
Budget is somewhat flexible, since I want this build to last for about 5 years, but try and stay at reasonable cost.

So, for CPU - Ryzen 5 1400 sounds like a sweet spot, but I'm abit scared of general "freshness" of it (meaning - support for it probably isn't as polished as i5's, correct me if I'm wrong), and that most of re is say that it's full value comes when you pair it with B350, overclock it, and have very fast RAM. I would prefer my new PC to perform great just outside of the box, if it's possible.

i3 7100 looks very attractive from price point, however I suspect it will hold for maybe year or two tops, before I will have to compromise on details, resolution, etc. And since I don't plan to upgrade for another 5-6 years, it doesn't looks like the smartest buy.

Maybe it is best to go for i5 7600(k), but won't it be held back by 1060 I intend to use anyway? I guess the question is - does the extra $$ ensure future-proof, or will it get old anyway because of "only" 4 cores?

More or less same goes for Ryzen 5 1600 - it's looks great, but does it worth spending on it, without 1070/1080 to back it up?


For ram I'm going 16gm off at least 2400, will check prices if I could up it to 2600 without breaking a bank.

And of course - what PSU I will need for it - will 550 be enough? Going for Corsair or Antec.
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  1. I would go toward ryzen 1600. I just got mine Friday, so built yesterday and finally got up and running. Maybe upgrade gpu later. I think games will go now multithreaded at some point, both the PS4 and Xbox one have amd 8 core processors so I think at some point developers will program for that.

    The good news is that with Ryzen I think they supporting it until 2020 so if you decide that there cpu isn't enough, you should be able to upgrade it.

    That said, you should be able to grab the 1400 which is a quad with smt, so 8 thread, overclock, pair it up with a 1060 6gb or 1070 and that should hold a little while.
  2. Yeah, that's my direction, currently. How complicated is the overclocking process? Or is it just built in utility program, like in some GPUs?
  3. It's best done through bios. All types of videos on YouTube showing how. I have the R5 1600 myself. I like it, but haven't overclocked yet. Just got it Friday lol. I did actually have the r3 1200, but I had an a320 series board (you can't overclock on those), but I got a little more cash, so I returned the 1200 and board and got the 1600. Glad to live near microcenter:).

    I will say though, one of the guys there was saying for gaming, he recommends the r3 1200 and a good board and overclocking. He said the r3 chips are a little beast when overclocked.

    That said, get the 1200 not the 1300x. The 1300x is faster at stock, but is 20 or 30 more. If you were going to spend 130 on the 1300x, I'd try to get the R5 1400 instead. It's a quad with smt(basically same thing as Intel's hyperthreading). But it's more competitive to an i5 and can do well if overclocked as well.
  4. http://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-to-overclock-a-ryzen-processor

    I may only be to overclock cpu because my ram is only ddr4 2400. What I could afford at the time. But that guide should be a start.
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    Oops sorry, may have gotten this thread partly mixed up with another. I do prefer ryzen but that's just me. Apologies, I was talking to another guy who was asking about an i3. So if my talking about the r3 seems weird that may be part of it.

    That said, in your shoes, maybe start at the R5 1400, and you can overclock. But you can go up based on what you can afford.
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