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Question Should I return my Ryzen 7 2700x and get a Ryzen 5 3600x instead?

Teloy

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Hi. I just got my Ryzen 7 2700x, which I ordered online for Christmas. After getting the processor, I actually found out the Ryzen 5 3600x is faster when gaming, although by a minimal margin. The Ryzen 5 3600X is also $25 more expensive. Should I got through the hassle of sending my 2700X back) also having to pay shipping) , and get the 3600X, or will I be happy with the 2700X? Thank you in advance.
 

UsandThem

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I personally wouldn't, and I bought my 2700X after the Ryzen 3000 CPUs arrived. But without knowing what you do exactly with your PC, it's hard to say if a 3600X would make you happier with its performance. The 2700X was rated by most tech sites as being the best AMD CPU for gaming/multitasking, so while not the "latest and greatest", it's still a very capable CPU.

But generally, these are the type of questions to ask before buying a CPU. :p
 

Teloy

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I personally wouldn't, and I bought my 2700X after the Ryzen 3000 CPUs arrived. But without knowing what you do exactly with your PC, it's hard to say if a 3600X would make you happier with its performance. The 2700X was rated by most tech sites as being the best AMD CPU for gaming/multitasking, so while not the "latest and greatest", it's still a very capable CPU.

But generally, these are the type of questions to ask before buying a CPU. :p
I know, I should've asked first, but the core count of the 2700X was too much of a temptation. 😅

I mostly play games(GTA, Cod, FIFA 20), I do programming, and I'm getting into video/audio editing. And I would still have to pay for postage ($15), on top of the price difference. So $40, for a few more fps, but less video-editing muscle.
 

UsandThem

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With those uses, I would just stay with the 2700X. It does well in gaming, and is very good in encoding/editing tasks.

That's preciously why I went with it as well. Now if you decided to go up to a CPU like the 3700X or 3800X, I could understand maybe sending it back for one of those. But all of that effort for a 3600X, I think it really would be pretty much a waste of time/money for only getting a few more FPS in games.
 
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Teloy

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With those uses, I would just stay with the 2700X. It does well in gaming, and is very good in encoding/editing tasks.

That's preciously why I went with it as well. Now if you decided to go up to a CPU like the 3700X or 3800X, I could understand maybe sending it back for one of those. But all of that effort for a 3600X, I think it really would be pretty much a waste of time/money for only getting a few more FPS in games.
Thank you very much!

I was really not looking forward to having to send it back. I'll wait until next year, to upgrade to a 3950X, once the price drops.

I got the whole set (2700X, 16Gb DDR4, 1TB M.2 SSD) waiting for me, under the Christmas tree. 😀

Once again, thank you!
 

ondma

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Not sure why anybody would buy a 2xxx series AMD processor now. Zen 2 is better in every way and the price increased little if at all. As to sending it back, I would say it depends on which workload you give highest priority, and how long you intend to keep the computer. If gaming is your highest priority and you plan to keep the computer for several years, I would seriously consider exchanging it for a 3600x or even 3700(x). If encoding is your main priority, or if you intend to upgrade in a couple of years, I would just stick with the 2700.
 

Yeroon

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The avx2 of the 3600x might make it faster for some editing post processes, even though its down cores compared to the 2700x. Its why I'm waiting for the zen2 apus.
 

Elfear

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Not sure why anybody would buy a 2xxx series AMD processor now. Zen 2 is better in every way and the price increased little if at all. As to sending it back, I would say it depends on which workload you give highest priority, and how long you intend to keep the computer. If gaming is your highest priority and you plan to keep the computer for several years, I would seriously consider exchanging it for a 3600x or even 3700(x). If encoding is your main priority, or if you intend to upgrade in a couple of years, I would just stick with the 2700.
I guess it depends on where you live. In. the U.S., the 2700X has been down to $150-160 in recent days which is a substantial savings over a 3700X at $330 or even a 3600X at $210. If the price was a lot closer I'd agree with you but, saving $180 that you could put towards a better GPU or saving $60 and have a better processor for MT workloads, is a compelling argument in my eyes.
 
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chrisjames61

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Hi. I just got my Ryzen 7 2700x, which I ordered online for Christmas. After getting the processor, I actually found out the Ryzen 5 3600x is faster when gaming, although by a minimal margin. The Ryzen 5 3600X is also $25 more expensive. Should I got through the hassle of sending my 2700X back) also having to pay shipping) , and get the 3600X, or will I be happy with the 2700X? Thank you in advance.

I have both and would say it is not worth the hassle. The 2700X is a beast and has the two extra cores.
 
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Markfw

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I say budget. He wants it to last a few years. If he can afford the 3700x, he gets the core, and the avx2 and 3000 series optimizations. If not pick a price, and get the best you can.
 
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