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Budget core upgrade build for father

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Voodoo Rufus

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So my father is still on a hand me down FX-8300 CPU, and its stability is questionable. He's finally on an NVMe drive thankfully, and 32GB of DDR3. Even my old Sandy Bridge is more rig than his, by a little bit.

I want to get him a new mainboard, CPU and DDR4 memory for a core upgrade. He doesn't need a ton of horsepower, but being an engineer he runs many professional programs and web tabs simultaneously. I'm thinking something like an AMD 3600 or 5600 based system. Or an Intel 6-8 core based CPU. He has a tendency to pick budget motherboards while expecting workstation reliability, so I'd like a midrange board. He also thinks $750 is too much. If I can get it closer to $500 he might be more easily persuaded.
 

dejo

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Nov 11, 2001
I would choose the 5xxx over the 3xxx series, they seem to be quite a bit faster in blender type apps. They do need some cooling upgrade over the 3xxx series it seems to me. I have the R7 5700g APU and am pretty impressed by it
 

EarthDog

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I'd hunt for better ram probably,
Why? Is Dad going to be able to notice the difference between a lower CL or faster RAM? Save your money and get sweetspot RAM for systems like this. :)
 
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Voodoo Rufus

Voodoo Rufus

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Not really, but it doesn't hurt to shop around for the best speed/timings for the buck. I'd probably lower it to 3200MHz and snug up the timings as well since that's that the AMD chips are spec'ed for.
 

EarthDog

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You could definitely go slower and save some cash too. I wouldn't go below 3200 CL16. :)