Wait for <$100 5600 or jump on 3600 and B450 mobo for $130?

digitalwanderer

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I've been waiting for the Ryzen 5 5600 to drop to less than $100us and I'll grab one, but this deal for the 3600 with a mobo for $130 is pretty insane and for another $40 I'd pick up 2x8GB DDR4 and have a nice upgrade for the daugher or wife. Just how much better is a 5600 over a 3600? My brain is really stuck on the 5600 for some reason and I want it online so I can avoid a day of driving to MicroCenter.

Thoughts? I've currently got a 1600@3.9GHz on a B450 with my trusty 8GB RX 580 which is also due for an upgrade, I'm just waiting about a month or so more on that for some optimal bargains.
 
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Damn, that seems so cheap that I might impulse buy it. However nearest MC is an hour away and that's in-store only, so that kills that.
 
I've been waiting for the Ryzen 5 5600 to drop to less than $100us and I'll grab one, but this deal for the 3600 with a mobo for $130 is pretty insane and for another $40 I'd pick up 2x8GB DDR4 and have a nice upgrade for the daugher or wife. Just how much better is a 5600 over a 3600? My brain is really stuck on the 5600 for some reason and I want it online so I can avoid a day of driving to MicroCenter.

Thoughts? I've currently got a 1600@3.9GHz on a B450 with my trusty 8GB RX 580 which is also due for an upgrade, I'm just waiting about a month or so more on that for some optimal bargains.

Question is, do you need the MB? And yes the 5600 is a fair step up from the 3600. It's close to being the same magnitude of upgrade as going from the 1600 to the 3600 (the 2600 was sort of a half generation bump).

Although now that I think about it, the 1600 is being hobbled by the additional software security levels imposed on it to protect against some of the hardware exploits that came out a few years back which the 3600 and 5600 don't need. So it's going to be a larger than normal bump just moving away from the 1600.

So currently on Amazon a Ryzen 3600 is 120 USD while a 5600 is 128 USD. Unless you really need that bundled MB, I'd definitely get the 5600.

Regards,
SB
 

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I've been waiting for the Ryzen 5 5600 to drop to less than $100us and I'll grab one, but this deal for the 3600 with a mobo for $130 is pretty insane and for another $40 I'd pick up 2x8GB DDR4 and have a nice upgrade for the daugher or wife. Just how much better is a 5600 over a 3600? My brain is really stuck on the 5600 for some reason and I want it online so I can avoid a day of driving to MicroCenter.

Thoughts? I've currently got a 1600@3.9GHz on a B450 with my trusty 8GB RX 580 which is also due for an upgrade, I'm just waiting about a month or so more on that for some optimal bargains.

Why not the 3700 + mobo for $220

or the 5600 + mobo for $270


 

digitalwanderer

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I would really, really like to not go to MicroCenter to get my stuff. This time of year it'll be a nightmare and I always end up spending a lot more than I planned when I go up and see all the open box deals. (It's how I got my 8GB 580 for $140 so many years ago)
 

digitalwanderer

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btw does digi even cpu bottlenecked?
I was thinking about this and wondered, "What if I had an identical system to test this on? Same CPU/motherboard/memory and OC setting, but a better GPU? Say a 2060 super or something?", then remembered my son has that exact computer upstairs.
Talked to him about it, he's severely CPU limited in just about everything, so I think I'm sitting right on the edge of my performance.
 
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