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FierceDeity021 1 month ago

These are the two CPUs I have been keeping an eye on. There are some major differences though.

the ryzen 5 2600 has 6 cores and a speed of 3.6 GHz, plus it can overclock.

the i3-8100 has 4 cores and a speed of 3.4 GHz, but it CAN'T overclock.

The main factor for me is the price, since the i3-8100 is $45 cheaper.

I would like to hear any opinions on this topic

Here is my build if it helps:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor $118.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI - B360-A PRO ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $76.00 @ B&H
Memory G.Skill - Aegis 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $79.99 @ Newegg
Storage Kingston - A400 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.99 @ B&H
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Sapphire - Radeon RX 580 8 GB NITRO+ Video Card $199.00 @ Newegg
Case Cougar - MX330 ATX Mid Tower Case $44.99 @ B&H
Power Supply EVGA - 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.89 @ OutletPC
Monitor Acer - SB220Q bi 21.5" 1920x1080 75 Hz Monitor $89.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $813.73
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $793.73
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-06 22:22 EST-0500

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MexAlessandro7 1 point 1 month ago

I'd go for the R5 2600 because it has 6 cores and a higher operating frequency, I assume you'll be gaming since you have an RX 580 if you went for the i3 8100 you potentially would need to upgrade depending on what games you are playing. If you are really on a budget I would just go for the i3 8100, both are good options. Even an R3 2200G is a good shout as it operates at 3.5 GHz and 3.7 turbo boost, but you can overclock to around 3.9 depending on RAM. Sorry for getting a little off track, but the choice is all yours, you can't really go wrong on either one.

FierceDeity021 submitter 2 points 1 month ago

Thanks for telling me about this, I'll look into the ryzen 5 more then

MexAlessandro7 1 point 1 month ago

Good choice

mark5916 1 point 1 month ago

Then tweak the build list a bit, for getting the Ryzen 2600 that has more cores and threads, runs at a higher speed and can be overclocked. :)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD - Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor $164.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock - B450 Pro4 ATX AM4 Motherboard $89.99 @ Walmart
Memory Team - Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $86.99 @ Newegg
Storage Team - L5 LITE 3D 480 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $49.99 @ Newegg Business
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card XFX - Radeon RX 580 8 GB GTS Black Core Edition Video Card $189.99 @ Newegg
Case Cougar - MX330 ATX Mid Tower Case $44.99 @ B&H
Power Supply Corsair - CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $59.99 @ Amazon
Monitor Acer - SB220Q bi 21.5" 1920x1080 75 Hz Monitor $89.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $821.71
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-03-06 22:56 EST-0500
Gilroar 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

If all you are looking for is a get the job done gaming CPU the 8100 is still a fantastic little CPU the titles where it falters and you see stuttering or poor low frame rates the 2600 is no better off.

If the extra performance offered by the 2600 is worth the money is up to you though.

https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-cheap-cpus,5668.html

Both are products of 2015 which are at the end of their respective lines lifespans and soon to be replaced.

mark5916 1 point 1 month ago

Both are products of 2015

The Ryzen 5 2600 launched on April 19, 2018

Allan_M_Systems 1 point 1 month ago

The i3-8100 is just a recycled i5-6000 series chip from 2015.

The Ryzen 5 2600, performs like an i7-5820K from 2014/2015 era..... Maybe that's what Gilroar is figuring on... idunno.

mark5916 1 point 1 month ago

The i3-8100 is just a recycled i5-6000 series chip from 2015

Yeah well as the 14nm architecture concerns. With that in mind a fair point.

The Ryzen 5 2600, performs like an i7-5820K from 2014/2015 era

Well processors should be compared base on the architecture and not between different generations. :-P

With that in mind you could make a lot of comparisons with older Intel gen processors.

And on that matter, the i7-4960X Ivy Bridge processor from 2013 equals an Ryzen 2600.

So, the Ryzen 2600 is a recycled 2013 chip. O.o

Gilroar 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

2600 is still Zen architecture which was finished early in 2015 as confirmed by the architect when He left AMD.

I3-8100 is another refresh of Skylake which was finished even earlier then Zen.

And both are the respective ends of their architectures being replaced with newer architectures later this year.

iPhoneExtraviganza 1 point 1 month ago

1080p 144hz (get hdd later) https://pcpartpicker.com/list/mNcrjy

DrLitch 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Nothing wrong with the i3, a fantastic and well priced chip, but Ryzen 5 is an easy win for the relatively modest extra cost. If you need to offset cost, you can save $15 on the Mobo moving to different brand. PSU can also be trimmed off $15 or so moving to something else. While an 80+ gold 650W is something of a sweet spot, a Bronze will run that entire build without breaking sweat.