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#1 ET3D

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 12:10 AM

The Christmas contest asked about my upgrade plans, and I finally know what they are, more or less. (And posting in this subforum because it felt like the best fit.)

 

My current desktop has a Phenom II X6 1090T CPU, 16GB of RAM and a Radeon 5750. That's perfectly fine by me, especially since it's hardly being used. I mostly use the family laptop for web browsing and if I play games it's mostly to help my 7 year old in some game, and that's on the HTPC (Pentium G4560 + Radeon RX 460).

 

Purpose of the upgrade:

- Scratch the upgrade itch.

- Get some new tech which ticks some boxes my old hardware didn't.

- Throw a little bit of money at AMD.

- Get something which uses less power.

- Get something that's better in most ways, and not a significant downgrade on any particular aspect.

- Don't waste too much money on something I don't need.

 

So here's the plan:

 

Get the Ryzen 3 2200G when it's released.

 

Wait to see what kind of updates the new AMD chipsets bring, and whether motherboards with HDMI 2 come out (not that it really matters right now; HDMI 1.4 is enough for 1080P that the PC will use; but I want something 'future proof'). Decide what to buy then.

 

Wait and hope that RAM prices start going down.

 

 

That's a rather vague plan, but hopefully it will boil down to buying:

- Ryzen 3 2200G

- A B450 motherboard (probably microATX), or whatever low cost reasonable chipset appears.

- 16GB DDR4 3000 or faster