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price v. performance help me decide between i5 9600k v. 3600x v. 3600

dk10438

2 months ago

I'm building a gaming computer for my son for Christmas and I'm trying to decide on the build. I was planning on getting a Ryzen 5 3600x but I'm starting to second guess myself. I don't plan on overclocking so please don't factor that into the decision . I'll probably match this with a nivdia 2070 Su or 2070.

The 9600k can be had for about $230, the 3600x for $235 and the 3600 for $195. The Z390 mobos are about $30-40 more than the equivalent X570. So factoring the mobo into the cost, the 9600k is about the same as the 3600 and 40-45 bucks cheaper than the 3600x.

Which setup would be best for gaming and which is most cost efficient?

Thanks.

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

With no OC you may as well dump the 9600K. Nice CPU that plays nice with overclocking and potentially gives you a route to a cheaper motherboard but is not really a great purchase all said and done. Does not come with a cooler either. Also regarding motherboards I use word potential. They are slowly getting phased out and stocks are low and prices higher than normal.

The Ryzen 5 3600 on paper has best value proposition. Accounting for Cooler though I think the Ryzen 5 3600X is the better purchase.
Performance wise there is not a huge difference between two both chips and both certainly outperform a stock clock i5 9600K.

If you do not care too much about the cooling aspect, the Ryzen 5 3600 wins the value and performance proposition here.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks, my son wants liquid cooling for aesthetic purposes so I'm more inclined to go 3600

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

i'm big on intel for pushing high refresh, but at the level of a 9600K with no overclocking, the 3600 is a far, far superior choice. get the 3600.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

You could make a setup like this...

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-9600KF 3.7 GHz 6-Core Processor $199.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 74.34 CFM CPU Cooler $19.79 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock Z390 Extreme4 ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $149.99 @ Amazon
Memory Patriot Viper 4 Blackout 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $62.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $432.76
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-03 08:09 EST-0500

And you could make an equivalent Ryzen build as well

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $194.89 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Deepcool GAMMAXX 400 74.34 CFM CPU Cooler $19.79 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus PRIME X570-P ATX AM4 Motherboard $159.99 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Flare X 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory $63.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $438.66
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-11-03 08:11 EST-0500

I guess the 3600 may be the better choice in the long run, because the hyper threading.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

And save even more and get a B450 "MAX" board, and no worry about BIOS updates.

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