Budget 21-30k Upgrade Advice for CPU AMD FX 6300. Should I even bother?

Discussion in 'PC Buying Advice' started by nikrusty, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. nikrusty

    nikrusty Happy TE User

    Hello guys,

    Need your help. I'm considering upgrading my PC, just CPU, mobo, RAM as I see my CPU is weak in gaming specifically.

    What I've noticed - AAA games run around 40-45 fps, however, there is stuttering in some games like Assassin's Creed Origins. Tom Clancy Division doesn't have the same issue (better optimized perhaps). When testing with an in-game bench of AC: Origins, it shows CPU at 100%. This doesn't give the poor CPU any room. Also, I run voice chat, steam or discord when co-oping with a friend (Division) and at that time I feel there are voice drops because my CPU is already overloaded. Older games, no issue.

    My current setup -
    AMD FX 6300 (stock)
    NVIDIA 1060 3GB
    16GB DDR3 RAM
    2TB HDD

    How I game
    I only play 1080p at High settings, I don't go for Ultra settings, neither can I with 1060 3GB @1080p.
    I'm happy with the performance in games but yes there are noticeable frame drops in Origins, for example, several times which is disconcerting. Shifting to low setting doesn't help as I believe it is the CPU that is coughing.

    However, this thankfully doesn't happen in every game, only in this game it was apparent.

    So the real question
    Should I even bother spending what 30k more just for CPU upgrade really?
    I know that my CPU is bottlenecking my GPU, but is it worth the 30k or so more spend to remove that gaming bottleneck?

    Possible configs
    Intel i3 - 8100 or AMD Ryzen 1500. Budget under Rs.13k. (I'm edging towards intel)
    Decently capable mobo, I don't overclock. Budget under Rs.8k
    16GB DDR4 RAM. Budget around Rs.10k. 8GB RAM used to be the sweet spot or do I need only 8GB still?

    Any other CPU, like the i5 8400 or Ryzen 2600 would definitely give better performance overall but in reality, would I really benefit for the extra Rs.5-6000 spent on a faster CPU in my usecase scenario? Perhaps, I can spend that on an SSD instead for better overall system performance and better load times in games?

    Why these configs and not higher? The Logic?
    - I'm sticking with 1080p and don't intend on a higher resolution for the next 3-5 years at least.
    - My choices are all 4 cores CPU's and not 6 or 8 cores as I know that games don't really need a high-end processor, so these should suffice. Also, games don't really utilize multi-cores simultaneously as productivity apps do. I've run 3 core Fx 6300 for 3 years now and it still has life left in it but yes it is ageing I feel.
    - I don't stream games.
    - I don't have demanding productivity apps/programs to use. I do occasionally video editing and audio editing and it is super smooth with my current setup.

    Thanks again guys for your advice and time :)

    Update -
    - After a little more research I found out, Assassins Creed Origins isn't very well optimized.
    #1 nikrusty, Jan 12, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2019
  2. vyral_143

    vyral_143 Jarvis
    Section Mod

    From long term perspective, likes of Ryzen 5 2600 should be good. Cause 3GB on GTX 1060 is going to be a limiting factor next.
  3. OP

    nikrusty Happy TE User

    Hmmm, Thanks for the advice. I was wondering if 1600 ought to be enough really for the next 3 years.

    Though on the GPU, 3GB @1080p shouldn't be a problem for several years I bet but yeah eventually will require change.
    #3 nikrusty, Jan 15, 2019
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2019
  4. vyral_143

    vyral_143 Jarvis
    Section Mod

    I think it should fit in. Performance diff of about 10-12 FPS as per Tomshardware review of 2600. But pricing diff is nearly 4.5K here. So 1600 looks kinda VFM.
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  5. AMG

    AMG Just another poor guy

    DDR3 RAM???
  6. OP

    nikrusty Happy TE User

    Yeah was thinking the same. However entire platform change, CPU + mobo + RAM = quite a bit. Thus hesitant.

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