Question What "cheap" current processor/MB should I be looking at for "gaming light"?

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Thunder 57

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Ok is not double as I was remembering, from newegg Ryzen 5600 is $66 or ~60% more expensive and 12400F is just $53 or ~50% more expensive vs Core i3 12100F

And performance with GTX 3090Ti in Spiderman

Maybe a good compromise would be to go with the 12100 and use the money saved and put it towards an RX 6600. The 12100 is certainly strong for being a quad core. He could always upgrade either the CPU or GPU. I guess it comes down to what to put more priority on? Also, I would hardly consider Spiderman: Remastered "light gaming".

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I didn't even mean to post that yet. I wanted to add that the OP said:

My case, processor, and drive(s) are all in good shape so I will reuse them.
I don't get what we are even talking about anymore if he intends to keep his CPU, unless by processor he means GPU.
 
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Lil'John

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Wait, so you plan to reuse your CPU? I don't get the question then at all. I think you would be just fine with a 5600G and a B450/B550 motherboard with it. Spend the rest on RAM as it sounds like you will need a lot.
Brain fart and an edit didn't take :rolleyes: I meant power supply. I've edited the post you quoted to fix that.

I think the current CPU bit the dust. The system is acting like the 6700k that died much earlier this year.
 

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Maybe a good compromise would be to go with the 12100 and use the money saved and put it towards an RX 6600. The 12100 is certainly strong for being a quad core. He could always upgrade either the CPU or GPU. I guess it comes down to what to put more priority on? Also, I would hardly consider Spiderman: Remastered "light gaming".


I don't get what we are even talking about anymore if he intends to keep his CPU, unless by processor he means GPU.
Posted above... I brain farted processor and meant power supply. I fixed that post.

I am certainly willing to consider a discrete GPU but again, I'm way out of current info. Back when I cared about NVidia stack, it was <>60 = mid, <>70 = up- mid, <>80 = high end, <>90 = double high end, titan = nothing left in walleto_O $250 for a video card isn't in the budget for this upgrade. I might consider it come x-mas
 

OlyAR15

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Then you have a big decision to make. SLI-capable motherboards are expensive, and you will largely be limited to AMD, so something like a 5600x or so. You will need to check the cost of keeping your current obsolete video cards and buy a more expensive motherboard, or buy something more reasonable and get a newer single video card (even a used one like a 1050ti will likely be faster than your SLI setup, to say nothing of more recent cards).
 
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Lil'John

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Then you have a big decision to make. SLI-capable motherboards are expensive, and you will largely be limited to AMD, so something like a 5600x or so. You will need to check the cost of keeping your current obsolete video cards and buy a more expensive motherboard, or buy something more reasonable and get a newer single video card (even a used one like a 1050ti will likely be faster than your SLI setup, to say nothing of more recent cards).
I'll take a look at the 1050ti. If I can find a cheap/used graphics card that is at least as good as the SLI 560s, I may jump on it. My quick search so far is showing 1050ti being in the ~$100 range which is cheaper than the one or two SLI capable AMD boards.
 

Lil'John

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I got a used 1050ti on the way. I'm hoping before end of month to get rest of system.

Would going with:
Gigabyte Z690I AORUS ULTRA LITE
Corsair Vengeance 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR5-4800 CL40 Memory

be a good setup for a 12100F?

The MB and memory wouldn't add to much in cost over a B660 MB and ddr4 setup. I'm still trying to check video on ddr4 vs ddr5 with 12100 but it is a thought.
 

igor_kavinski

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I'm still trying to check video on ddr4 vs ddr5 with 12100 but it is a thought.
Not bad for future proofing your build (you can upgrade to an i7 or i9 13th gen after a few years and use very high speed DDR5 with those). Based on your use case, I don't see any reason why the slight performance decrease in single threaded tasks with DDR5-4800 CL40 would make you regret it. Go for it.

I can't vouch for Corsair RAM though. It's not as good as Kingston in my experience.

How about this: https://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Technology-5600MT-Computer-KF556C40BB-32/dp/B09T8WL54M

It should allow you to reduce the CAS latency a bit more if you intend to run at 4800 MT/s or just run it at 5600 MT/s with CL40 for more multithreaded performance.

Corsair is cheaper with CL36 if you wanna risk it: https://www.amazon.com/CORSAIR-Vengeance-2x16GB-PC5-44800-1-25V/dp/B09NCNF2ZQ
 
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