Question Upgrade to Ryzen 5 5600?


Nov 17, 2018
Starting to consider an upgrade from my Intel Gen 6 system. I don't require much, mostly browse the net, some large spreadsheet work, play a few fps single-player games, nothing very demanding.
The reasons for the possible upgrade are:
  • purchase a new M.2 PCIe gen 4 1 TB SSD to improve startup time
  • update my hardware to be able to migrate from Windows 10 to Windows 11
  • add some storage

So, I am considering:
AMD Ryzen 5 5600 - Ryzen 5 5000 Series Vermeer (Zen 3) 6-Core 3.5 GHz Socket AM4 65W None Desktop Processor ($150)
GIGABYTE X570S AORUS ELITE (rev. 1.0) AMD Ryzen 3000 PCIe 4.0 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.2 AMD X570S ATX Motherboard ($155)
Crucial P5 Plus M.2 2280 1TB PCI-Express 4.0 x4 NVMe 3D NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) CT1000P5PSSD8 ($85)
total = $390

I am unclear on some possible issues:
  1. Is this a good combination for the RTX 2060?
  2. I plan to reuse my DDR4-2400 RAM, but will that be a real hindrance to good performance?
  3. My current C: drive is the M.2 PCIe gen 3 500 GB drive, which is 94% full and reads about 2800 MB/s. I would like to replace the current C: drive with the new M.2 PCIe gen 4 1 TB drive, to hopefully get to about 5000-6000 MB/s.
  4. I have a concern about adding the new drive, I think what I need to do is:
    1. create a Windows 10 recovery USB​
    2. remove the current C: drive​
    3. install the new parts​
    4. start up using the recovery USB which should cause Windows 10 to use the new gen 4 SSD as the C: drive​
    5. shut off power and install the old gen3 SSD in a second M.2 slot​
    6. perhaps copy some of the applications from the gen 3 SSD to the gen 4 SSD.....not sure about this​
    7. finally, format the old gen 3 SSD to use for extra storage as the new gen 4 1 TB drive becomes full​
I will appreciate all opinions, comments and suggestions. Thank you.
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Oct 18, 2022
1. Yes, 5600 is sufficient for an RTX 2060
2. First, ensure that your RAM kit is compatible with Zen3. You can look for compatible ram on the motherboard's page at It will perform worse because the ideal scenario is "Infinity Fabric: Memory Controller: Ram speed" to be set to 1:1:1.
(for stock clocks, 1800:1800:1800 (3600 DDR4)).
3. Sounds good.
4. For the new system, I recommend that you install everything from scratch because you're switching platforms and Intel/AMD Windows' setups differ significantly.