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new build help

appinboy

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i like to upgrade my present pc with a new build ; its is almost 10 years old ; i am looking at a crosshair VIII hero or dark hero couples with a ryzen processor and a x570 chipset but do not know what the difference is between a ryzen 9; 5950 or a ryzen 9; 3900XT both have 12 cores ' also what would be a good not over expensive graphics card ; I do some photo applications and some gaming but am not a die hard gamer ; the other thing is now my old system is in a Thermaltake VL9000 series case is the A90 what would be a good comparable case ; my old system i am going to either sell or give to a friend who does not have a PC; I g=have a crosshair formula IV with a amd phenom IIX4 965 and a radeon 5750 graphics card and i am running windows10 pro ; so right now most new games will not run on my old system saying graphic card is not compatible;
 

moocow

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Unless you got at least $1K set aside just for GPU, you aren't going to play any new games anyway. The key difference between 5950 and 3900 is the chip design different, it's a jump from Zen 2 to Zen 3. See this review here:


What are you doing that requires 12 cores? If you're strictly gaming the 5600X is more than enough. Unless you are doing stuff like 3D rendering, R9 is a total waste of money. You can try reusing the case but if you decide to go watercooling (custom or AIO) you probably need a new case that support radiator mounting.
 

sswilson

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The 5950X is 16 core while the 3900X is 12. The 5900X is the 12 core equivalent Zen 3 processor.

As far as the difference between the two.... it's enough of a bump that I'd personally try to get a 5XXX version for a few bucks more (assuming I could find one), but probably wouldn't upgrade from a 3XXX chip if I already had one.

As far as Graphics cards go.... this is an absolutely terrible time to be trying to build a gaming PC. Even getting a decent 1080p card is difficult, and something that'll do 1440p is almost impossible unless you buy a pre-built PC from one of the large manufacturers.
 

Sagath

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5000 series chips are an almost daily drop now, even for 5900s. As an end of socket item, if you're not a frequent updates I would definitely get the most current chip unless there is a very significant savings
 

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