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PhazonTitan 5 days ago

This is my first build I made with a friend from a few years ago that I've been slowly upgrading along the way. I've been able to change the power supply, GPU, and storage units without any problems, but I'm inexperienced and not sure what processors are compatible with my motherboard or what a good upgrade would be for me with my current setup. I'm willing to spend anywhere from 100-200$ for the upgrade.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - FX-8350 4 GHz 8-Core Processor $59.89 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Cooler Master - Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $26.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus - M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard $89.89 @ OutletPC
Memory Corsair - Vengeance Pro 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-2800 Memory -
Memory Corsair - Vengeance Pro 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-2800 Memory -
Storage Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 250 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $107.89 @ OutletPC
Storage Seagate - BarraCuda 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black Edition Video Card -
Case Thermaltake - Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case -
Power Supply EVGA - SuperNOVA G3 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $82.90 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit $124.79 @ OutletPC
Monitor LG - 24EN33TW-B 23.6" 1920x1080 60 Hz Monitor $299.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Corsair - K70 Wired Gaming Keyboard -
Mouse Corsair - SCIMITAR PRO RGB Wired Optical Mouse $62.89 @ OutletPC
Headphones Astro - A40 7.1 Channel Headset -
Other Acer H213H bmid 21-Inch Widescreen LCD Display (Black) -
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $940.02
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $900.02
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-13 22:00 EST-0500

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mark5916 1 point 5 days ago

Hmm, for that amount of money a CPU upgrade would be a problem.

And that's because except the CPU, you need a compatible board and compatible ram modules as well.

So you need the following parts...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $149.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock - Fatal1ty B450 GAMING K4 ATX AM4 Motherboard $94.99 @ Amazon
Memory Team - Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $99.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $344.97
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-13 22:55 EST-0500

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $91.99 @ Walmart
Motherboard ASRock - Fatal1ty B450 GAMING K4 ATX AM4 Motherboard $94.99 @ Amazon
Memory Team - Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $99.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $286.97
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-13 22:57 EST-0500

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $91.99 @ Walmart
Motherboard ASRock - B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $59.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team - Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $99.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $261.97
Mail-in rebates -$10.00
Total $251.97
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-13 22:57 EST-0500
PhazonTitan submitter 1 point 5 days ago

Thanks for replying and helping me out. My big question is would it be easier to replace the motherboard and memory as you suggested as opposed to trying to get a compatible processor for the current setup? The initial cost estimate was for processor alone, if i'm replacing the motherboard as well I'm willing to spend more on it.

mark5916 1 point 5 days ago

...as opposed to trying to get a compatible processor for the current setup?

There is no better processor that would make sense on a AM3+ socket board.

So if yo don't wanna change the board, you must keep that processor for as long a possible.

And if you decide to get a new processor you are forced to change the board and the Ram modules as well.

Unfortunately, there is no other way around. :)

PhazonTitan submitter 1 point 5 days ago

Bummer. Thanks for the advice, you've been a big help!

mark5916 1 point 5 days ago

As far as I'm concern, the FX-8350 CPU doesn't use cores that are equivalent to what Intel calls cores on their processors.

That's a misrepresentation of the architecture of an Bulldozer processor.

Because the FX-8350 uses modules instead of cores.

And if you wanna compare an equivalent Intel processor with an Bulldozer one, i would say the FX-8350 is a heavily tweaked 4 core processor or just a 4 core processor on steroids.

But nothing close form being a real 8 core processor.

So, don't fool yourself because the Ryzen 2200G is a cheap processor and has only 4 cores.

It's the better processor than the FX-8350 hands down.

And it's the cheapest decent solution, if you wanna make the big jump for getting a modern 4 core processor with real cores this time around.

And with way lower load/store cache operations cache, grouped L2 and L3 caches and twice the capacity of L3 cache compared to the older FX series CPUs.

Also you get a B450 chip-set board that can accommodate all recent Ryzen CPUs on the market, from the lowest Ryzen 200GE (2 core/4 thread processor) up to the fastest Ryzen 2700X (8 core/16 thread) processor and will be even compatible with the newer Zen 2 processor that should hit the market near the summer time.

And you shouldn't be bothering for the DDR4 Ram modules as well. They will stay on the market for a long long time. :)

Sorry for being lengthy. :-P