So I managed to chop an change my system a bit recently. Currently stands at:
AMD Ryzen 7 2700 (8 Core, 16 Thread)
Corsiar Vengence 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200Mhz
ASUS PRIME B450-PLUS AM4 Motherboard
Comes in at £440. Processor arrives tomorrow - Only £215.00 from Scan, by far the cheapest I’ve seen. Was going to get a the 1700 that was on their deal (only £144, also a bargain) - but decided to go to the Ryzen 2nd Gen.
If you were like me and had an old DDR3 based system, like an old 2600K Intel system - then it wouldn’t cost a fortune to upgrade to something decent… as long as your Monitor, SSD, PSU and GPU are ok.
The 2700 is a funny chip. There is some debate as to how good it is… I mean, make no doubt, it’s a top-end chip. The 2600x out performs it on clock speed, but has 2 less cores. So for gaming, it’ll hold its own but won’t set the world alight. Once OC’d - that’ll I’ll do over time - and with some extra software like RenderGarden - I’ll be able to make the most from its potential.