Did these upgrades make sense

  1. MisterEd's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v21H2
       #1

    Did these upgrades make sense


    Since I might not be building a new PC for a year or two I decided to upgrade my existing computer. I plan to wait for AMD's Zen 4.

    The following shows the main components for my computer with the upgrades. I would appreciate any comments and suggestions for any other upgrades. For example, more and faster RAM.

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    I had a hard time with the new graphics card. The card has red lights next to the PCIe power connectors. In the beginning they were flashing indicating power problems. Sometimes I either couldn't get the graphics card to power on or output video. I finally got the cards power stable by plugging/unplugging the PCIe power cables several times over two days. I'm guessing there may have been some oxidation on the power cable pins.

    Before and after the second upgrades I ran several benchmarks. The following is a summary of the results.

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  2. Ghot's Avatar
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    Win 10 Home 10.0.19044.1387 (x64) [21H2]
       #2

    Looks good to me. I hope that XPG SSD holds up.
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  3. Dude's Avatar
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    Windows 11 Pro X64
       #3

    Looking good MisterEd
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  4. MisterEd's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v21H2
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    Dude said:
    Looking good MisterEd
    Thanks for the feedback.
    Ghot said:
    Looks good to me. I hope that XPG SSD holds up.
    Thanks for the feedback. Why do you say that about the XPG SSD? The reviews I read about it were all good before I bought it.

    My biggest concern now is the ASUS Prime X370-Pro motherboard. Like the Ryzen 7 1700X I preordered it before the Ryzen launch. Next spring I may replace it with a motherboard with an AMD B550 chipset.

    At least the computer is Windows 11 ready now. I will probably upgrade it to Windows 11 at some point. I am holding out until Microsoft fixes the performance hit for Ryzen processors that has been reported.
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  5. Ghot's Avatar
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    @MisterEd

    Nothing scary... XPG is just a newcomer comparatively.
    I'd imagine the motherboard will hold up.
    I've been using ASUS boards for 20 years, and I've never had one die, that wasn't my fault.
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  6. Steve C's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #6

    The CPU benchmark increase isn't great - can you afford a better CPU?
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  7. Pejole2165's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #7

    AMD CPUs benefit more from memory speed than Intel, 3600 RAM seems to be the sweet spot as it allows the infinity fabric to run at 1:1 (fabric runs at 1800, memory runs at 1800 x dual channel = 3600, at least with the more modern CPUs and motherboards).
    You would need to check that all components support the memory speed, so motherboard (BIOS support for RAM overclock), CPU, RAM and a decent power supply delivering as clean a supply as possible.
    I'm not that up to speed on AMD so you would need to check which Ryzen version offers the best options for your proposed upgrades.
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  8. MisterEd's Avatar
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    Steve C said:
    The CPU benchmark increase isn't great - can you afford a better CPU?
    The CPU I got was a compromise. The following were the choices for my motherboard

    Ryzen 7: 8 cores, 16 threads
    3700X (3.6GHz, 65W) $330
    3800X (3.9GHz, 105W) $340
    3800XT (3.9GHz, 105W) $400

    Ryzen 9: 12 cores, 24 threads
    3900X (3.8GHz, 105W) $400
    3900XT (3.8GHz, 105W) $563
    3950X (3.5GHz, 105W) $750

    In any event, this is only to hold me over until I build a totally new computer with an AMD Zen 4 which may be released a year from now.
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