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Upgrade - 2400G or 2600 + RX570?

reyna785
  • 15 months ago

Current build listed below. I left room for upgrade particularly the CPU, but was hoping performance would be solid enough that I wouldn't notice any big issues with Plex + office work, and hoped to hold off upgrading for at least several months, if not a year. However, there is definitely a hit in Photoshop performance, Excel spreadsheets (with multilevel index(match(match())) calls), etc. with a browser open and while playing music and, probably most importantly, streaming Plex media to the TVs. I imagine this is likely CPU-limited, but cannot rule out a memory limitation (less likely given low RAM requirements for Plex and limited RAM need for Excel since the spreadsheets, while heavy in calculations, are not particularly large). I also do some limited gaming/3D stuff with my son (Lego Digital Designer, Google Earth, Cities:Skylines) and I play Civ6 and some light FPS and some eSports games just for kicks.

If it's memory, it's easy enough to get 2x8GB DDR-2933/3000 and sell the 2x4GB DDR4-3200 sticks.

Long story short, since I'm not planning on any heavy gaming, the big question is do I upgrade to a 2400G and hope the multithreading helps, do I go ahead and snag a 2600 + GPU + new PSU (GPU being possible overkill for what I do), or do I wait and see what happens with Ryzen 5 3000 series with respect to the Navi APUs in July?

Current build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor $89.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Gigabyte - B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $76.98 @ Newegg
Memory Team - T-Force Vulcan 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $69.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung - 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $77.99 @ Newegg Business
Case Thermaltake - Versa H18 Tempered Glass MicroATX Mini Tower Case $49.96 @ Newegg Business
Power Supply EVGA - BR 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $19.99 @ B&H
Operating System Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $98.89 @ OutletPC
Wireless Network Adapter Asus - PCE-AC55BT B1 PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter $33.78 @ Amazon
Monitor Acer - KG221Q 21.5" 1920x1080 75 Hz Monitor $109.99 @ B&H
Keyboard Microsoft - Desktop 900 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $33.76 @ B&H
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $691.32
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $661.32
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-02-25 12:34 EST-0500

Comments

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Wait for Ryzen 3000. More cores and single core performance are promised with these new cpus

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

As of right now, I would definitely get the 2600 since it isn't much more than the 2400G and has two extra cores and four more threads. However, I do agree with SychicMind, I would personally wait for the 3rd generation and then pick up the R5 2600 equivalent CPU. Of course, those more than likely will not come with integrated graphics so you'll be used to pick up a GPU. Which, I would personally consider a pre-owned RX 570, 1050, 1050ti or even a 1660ti but that might be overkill.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Just perusing the "leaked" lineup, it appears there will be an APU, though not sure how much stock to put into the specifications below:

  • Ryzen 5 3600: 8C/16T, 3.6GHz/4.4GHz, 65W, $178
  • Ryzen 5 3600G: 8C/16T, 3.2GHz/4.0GHz, 95W, 20 Navi CUs, $199

This is versus the current:

  • Ryzen 5 2600: 6C/12T, 3.4GHz/3.9GHz, 65W
  • Ryzen 5 2400G: 4C/8T, 3.6GHz/3.9GHz, 11 Vega CUs, 65W

I think there are some questions raised about whether the rumors are true, since I don't think people using the APU for CPU intensive tasks will appreciate a substantial core clock reduction compared to the 2400G in exchange for more cores, which have diminishing returns - this exchange is particularly silly in a consumer chip. IMO I think a 3600G is more likely to be a 6C/12T 3.6GHz/4.2GHz, 65W part than what was leaked above. A higher boost, more cores, and better graphics on the same TDP as a 2400G would certainly be a nice upgrade.

But if they roll out a Ryzen 3 3200G with 4C/8T and 12 Navi CUs at $99 as leaked, that might be just as tempting (compare to the current 2400G).

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