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Best budget build for GTX 1060 6GB

Hi,

I recently bought a 6GB GTX 1060, because my old GPU died and I'm looking for a general gaming rig upgrade.

My current build consists on:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1055t
Mobo: Asus M5A88-M
RAM: 8 GB (2x4GB) DDR3 RAM Kingston (Don't have full number right now)
GPU: GeForce GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 6G
PSU: Seasonic S12II-520

I know my current rig bottlenecks the GPU, right now I'm looking to upgrade everything else so it works as it should (Only things I'll leave untouched are the GPU and the PSU)

Today I found this CPU/Mobo bundle for $320 on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074QQ8187/ref=twister_B072FBN83F?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

It includes:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-AB350-Gaming 3

-Will de PSU be enough?
-Will it make a big difference if I upgrade from my current build?
-What make and model of RAM would you recommend? I think I'll be fine with 16GB.

Thank you!
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    -Will the PSU be enough?
    Yes. Though a better PSU would mean better cooling. I wouldn't worry about it since you're on a tight budget.
    -Will it make a big difference if I upgrade from my current build?
    Yes a lot. And I mean A LOT.
    -What make and model of RAM would you recommend? I think I'll be fine with 16GB.
    G.Skill - Trident Z 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory should be perfect and it is pretty cheap right now.

    Here's a list of all RAMs compatible. I would still double check the RAMs are compatible with the CPU and mobo.

    Cheers
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  2. mbilal2 said:
    -Will the PSU be enough?
    Yes. Though a better PSU would mean better cooling. I wouldn't worry about it since you're on a tight budget.
    -Will it make a big difference if I upgrade from my current build?
    Yes a lot. And I mean A LOT.
    -What make and model of RAM would you recommend? I think I'll be fine with 16GB.
    G.Skill - Trident Z 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory should be perfect and it is pretty cheap right now.

    Here's a list of all RAMs compatible. I would still double check the RAMs are compatible with the CPU and mobo.

    Cheers


    Thank you! Do you know if there is a better/more efficient option on the Intel side? I've read that Nvidia cards are optimized for Intel. Since I've always been an AMD/ATI guy I'm not sure. Maybe an i5 or i7 for future-proofing?
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  3. Quote:
    Thank you! Do you know if there is a better/more efficient option on the Intel side? I've read that Nvidia cards are optimized for Intel. Since I've always been an AMD/ATI guy I'm not sure. Maybe an i5 or i7 for future-proofing?


    AMD Ryzen 5 1600 is recommended due to the fact it performs better than the i7 7700k at multi-core processing and at the same time costs about 100$ less and still competitive with the 7700k at single core performance. Also AMD said that it will support the same platform (AM4) until 2020 meaning you can upgrade with a better processor until 2020 without having to change your motherboard unlike intel who announced 2 different chipsets within the past few months. It can be argued that the 7700k has better single-core processing and that is pretty much all you need for gaming but again, keeping in mind you are paying 100$ less for the Ryzen 1600 and getting faster multi-core processing speed which comes in handy during editing, streaming, recording, etc. You never know when you'll need those cores in the future.
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  4. Ryzen 1600 will be great dude. I upgraded from an FX 6300 overclocked to about 4.2ghz. Even the r3 1200 would be a good bump. The 1600 will be great.
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  5. mbilal2 said:
    Quote:
    Thank you! Do you know if there is a better/more efficient option on the Intel side? I've read that Nvidia cards are optimized for Intel. Since I've always been an AMD/ATI guy I'm not sure. Maybe an i5 or i7 for future-proofing?


    AMD Ryzen 5 1600 is recommended due to the fact it performs better than the i7 7700k at multi-core processing and at the same time costs about 100$ less and still competitive with the 7700k at single core performance. Also AMD said that it will support the same platform (AM4) until 2020 meaning you can upgrade with a better processor until 2020 without having to change your motherboard unlike intel who announced 2 different chipsets within the past few months. It can be argued that the 7700k has better single-core processing and that is pretty much all you need for gaming but again, keeping in mind you are paying 100$ less for the Ryzen 1600 and getting faster multi-core processing speed which comes in handy during editing, streaming, recording, etc. You never know when you'll need those cores in the future.



    The 1600 is a great chip but I wouldn't call it "close" to the 7700k on single core performance.
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  6. I'd call 10% according to benchmarks I've seen close. At least in the same ballpark. Multithreaded, 7700 is going to get owned by 1600 or r7.
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  7. ohiou_grad_2006 said:
    I'd call 10% according to benchmarks I've seen close. At least in the same ballpark. Multithreaded, 7700 is going to get owned by 1600 or r7.


    In the benchmarks I saw it was more like 30% with both at stock and 35% with both overclocked.

    Obviously the extra cores on the r5 1600 are going to give it a 20% victoryish in the multi-core department but for gaming the i7 will crush the 1600 if you're using a high refresh rate monitor and not playing BF1.

    With OP using a 60hz monitor the 1600 is still the better option here.
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  8. Ah you are right. It was closer to the 7600k I think. Either way here's a review that should give the op an idea what each will perform like.

    Edit... Helps I remember to put the link in lol.

    https://www.google.com/amp/www.eurogamer.net/amp/digitalfoundry-2017-ryzen-5-1600-1600x-vs-core-i5-7500k-review
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  9. Thank you! I made up my mind. Now I hope I can get it sent to my country soon or if there's still a similar price by January, when I'll be visiting the US.
    Reply to Gudo22
  10. In January it may get lower priced too since December is the holiday season and perhaps they will be clearing leftover stock.
    Reply to ohiou_grad_2006
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