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New "Gaming" Rig To Replace Ivy Bridge

geokilla

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220T RGB you say???? ;)

That's a really nice build! I didn't realize there's no HDD cage though. I got a 3TB I gotta put in.
 

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Got a few questtion about this build that I'm thinking about:
  1. I'll probably get 32GB RAM so I don't have to pay a premium for it 3 years later when production is reduced and prices go up. Any reason I shouldn't?
  2. My Corsair AX750 has served me very well for at least 5 years. Used to fold, mine crypto, etc but haven't done any of that in a few years now. Computer isn't even put under load that much anymore. I should be able to re-use the PSU right?
  3. The big question: Since I'm planning to have this build last 5 years minimum, regardless of whether I build Intel now or wait for AMD stock to come back, is going 8 cores and 16 threads wasted money? Of course no one knows what the future will bring and how my computer use may change but I'm thinking maybe 6 cores might be enough even in 2026? I definitely won't be doing much productivity work. Probably 2 or 3 hours a week at most of I do.
 

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With my use, is a Core i7-10700F + B460 for about $550 or Core i5-10600K @ $600 better? Also realistically, do I need 32GB RAM if I'm gonna stream SC2 or CS:GO? I'll probably stream other games in the future but this is what I'll be doing short term.


With all these deals, I'm really unsure which CPU to buy. Core i7-10700F ($369), Core i5-10600K ($330), or Core i5-10400F ($239)?
 

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If you're streaming, then i7 may be justifiable. Budget gaming only, i5-10400F is okay, may as well some the cash for a better GPU (if you can find one). Hardware Unbox did a video on 10400F recently comparing 3600X and 5600X.
 

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Picking between only those, I would say the 10600k for gaming only, but the 10700 if you know you will be doing simultaneous streaming.
 

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If you're streaming, then i7 may be justifiable. Budget gaming only, i5-10400F is okay, may as well some the cash for a better GPU (if you can find one). Hardware Unbox did a video on 10400F recently comparing 3600X and 5600X.


Thank you very much for directing me to this video. Even though the 10400F is slower than the Ryzen 5 5600X, it can still hold it's own very well in the games tested. Especially when I move to 1440P gaming in the future. I think I'll get the non K models and find a good B460 or Z490 motherboard and then call it a day. I don't mind sacrificing up to 10% in performance to save like $100 or more. Plus if I really want, I can upgrade to Rocket Lake.
 

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I recently got an i5-10400 on sales from Canada Computer, used it for a new Hackintosh (damn ASSRock Z490 ITX was expensive). So check the pricing chart to see where it bottomed out so you know if it's a good deal. The only complain I have is that the heatsink is thin and cheap but you can't OC it anyway so I guess it's okay.
 

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Just got a price match approved for the ASUS Prime Z490-A approved at Staples. After a $25 coupon, it comes out to $260. Not too bad since I missed the Christmas sale of $200. Now my question is, should I still get the 10400F? I was originally gonna get motherboards B460 but the good B460 motherboards are all out of stock. A MSI B460 Tomahawk is $200 unless I do a backorder at Vuugo.

This shortage sucks. I'm going to give up soon. Spending way too much time on this.
 

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