What CPU to get in this crazy market

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What processor is worth the time and money

  1. 3700X - 325$ -

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    33.3%
  2. 5600X - 400$

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    33.3%
  3. 5800X - 575$

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    33.3%
  1. dawgXdenta

    dawgXdenta Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys as some of you may know. I had to return my Asrock X570 and ryzen 3800X cpu.
    Before the meltdown, performance was very good. I used it for Virtualization and some gaming too.
    The market right now is terrible with shortfalls in supply and price-hiking by scammers(skulpers).

    What would you suggest I get.
    3700X at US$325 (8 cores)
    5600X at US$399 for 10% increased performance (6 cores)
    5800X for a whopping $575 for 16% increased performance. (8 cores)

    I hope to keep this PC for at least 5 years. What would you guys suggest?
     
  2. IvanV

    IvanV HH Assassin Guild Member

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    I think that everyone looking for a CPU is having the same kind of dilemma, "Do I get a 3000 series Ryzen with more cores, or a 5000 series one with slightly fewer?!" I'm not sure I could make up my own mind either.

    The 5800X makes sense if you're using the machine to earn money (it will pay for itself) or if money isn't tight - if you can afford it, might as well get the best one. However, I would probably consider it too expensive ATM (I don't need a desktop PC for work).

    The other two, like I said, it's complicated. Most of the time, the newer Ryzen is faster around 20% in single core tasks and 10% slower in multicore ones, but there are other cases where the newer one really pulls away. Take look at this comparison if you haven't already: https://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/2665?vs=2676

    Looking at that, for some heavily parallelized workload, I'd probably pick the older Ryzen as it's both cheaper and probably a bit faster, but for games and general usage, the 5600X might be a better choice. It's hard to predict the future, though. Maybe software will get even better at talking advantage of the newer architecture, maybe it won't.

    I might lean towards the 5600X ever so slightly if it's within budget, though. It's never a lot slower and it's sometimes a lot faster and I don't think that it's likely that that will change for the worse in the future.
     
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    QB71 Well-Known Member

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    My philosophy has always been get the best you can afford. The only thing that would make the 5600X attractive is if you ONLY game, and that is a very thin argument.

    QB
     
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    dawgXdenta Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys. It does look like the 3700X is the best value for money right now. The 5600X has a notable performance in gaming over the 3700X. I just can't justify the 5800 for 15% overall performance increase @ almost $200 more. I know the 3700X is on average 10% slower in gaming but it is also 10% faster at desktop applications with extra cores, when compared to the 5600X

    Unfortunately I can't wait around because it is likely that price hikes caused by semiconductor shortages will drive prices even higher. So I guess the 3700X is best for my circumstances.
     
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    i'd say get the 3700x.... utilize it for the time being.... then sell it off when 5000 series cpus normalize so you can pick them up for a reasonable price.

    With the intel cpus launching soon, chances are that amd is likely to reduce prices somewhat IF intel isn't asking stupidly high prices for their counterparts.
     
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    Good choice. For my standpoint, this is also the best for me nowadays.
     
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