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CPU Intel i3 7350K or AMD Ryzen 1600?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Lankius Maximus, 21 May 2017.

  1. Lankius Maximus

    Lankius Maximus Minimodder

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    I am looking to build a PC for my daughter as she starts secondary school in September. I will be buying the components in overall several months to spread the cost a bit however I have reached a bit of a sticking point over the CPU.

    I do not want to spend more than £600-£700 and the machine is meant to act as a 'Jack of all trades (Homework, light gaming and a bit of Netflix etc)'. With this in mind I had set my sights on an Intel i3 7350K as the backbone of the build.

    However the release of the recent AMD processors has made me have bit of a rethink especially as I can get a Ryzen 5 1600 for £30 more.

    With the higher core count and improved multi tasking would I be better going for the Ryzen or stick with a dual core and go for better single threaded performance with the Intel?

    My other issue is that I was really looking at a Mini ITX build which currently isnt possible with the Ryzen however I am prepared to wait if its woth it?

    Any thought would be much appreciated!
     
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  2. rollo

    rollo Modder

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    If your waiting for mini ITX on AMD you maybe waiting a long time, I would build a normal rig using the Ryzen chip. As its very good value for money.

    Mini ITX on a budget is hard work at the best of times. I expect AMD Mini ITX to be expensive same as Intel tends to be.

    Going AMD means you need a GPU, Which may put you above budget might be the only concern.
     
  3. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

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    Tbh you're going down the intel route, you're probably better off buying the G4560 Pentium than the 7350K, 'good enough' performance for 1/3 of the price.

    The only reason to opt for an i3 atm would if you were attempting to hit the daft hardware requirements for 4k netflix/UHD BluRay playback.
     
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  4. Lankius Maximus

    Lankius Maximus Minimodder

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    Thanks. Red I hadn't even considered the G4560. It looks perfect especially if paired with a 1050ti!
     

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