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So I was a bit late to the gaming PC game... Pardon my redundancy...

First of all, I appreciate you taking the time to read this and I appreciate your input!

Most of these parts were donated from my cousin and friend as they upgraded their rigs.

I purchased the case and CPU brand new with the intentions of running with the integrated graphics until I pulled the trigger on a GPU. A week later my friend gave me his old Radeon 8750 series and I used that for a few weeks before getting frustrated and started to check my local used GPU market.

I ended up finding this beautiful water-cooled 1080 for $250, which dramatically improved my gaming experience!

I don't multitask much on this PC, so the 2200G seems to hold its own. It was the best value CPU for my situation but I intend to upgrade down the road. Any suggestions?

I live in a cold climate and rarely game for more than a couple hours at a time so I haven't seen my CPU go over 40 degrees and GPU over 44 degrees.

All my case fans are white and I like the look of it, but I would like to add some more custom RGB effects. I have my RAM flashing green like a beating heart and my motherboard flashes slowly and mimics a person's breath. I like keeping the effects along the line of it being a living thing. Any creative ways to improve this?

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  • 1 month ago
  • 5 points

get a better cpu

  • 1 month ago
  • 4 points

You have a lot of bottlenecking going on. You should upgrade your CPU to maximize your gtx 1080.

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

How would you know without knowing what games are being played? 2200g has pretty decent single threaded performance; except at 1080p, I doubt you could find a game that is CPU-bound. Assuming no streaming or multitasking.

  • 1 month ago
  • 4 points

When you upgrade, I'd get the Ryzen 5 3600x.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I'm thinking 2600x or 3600x, just depends on when I pull the trigger. If I wait until the 4000's drop then I'll go with the 3600x, but if I get antsy (very likely) I'll scoop up a 2600x

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

I don't know.. I got the 2600x for my girlfriend's build and my cousin has the 3600x. The 3600x has enough of a performance increase to wait for the 4000. His 3600x is pretty much on par with my Ryzen 7 2700x.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

That's a good point... And the 3600x will be a bit more future proof if I want to make other upgrades down the road. I guess it just depends on the timing and price of it all!

  • 1 month ago
  • 4 points

Get the 3600, not the 3600x. The 3600z has ~5% performance over the 3600, but costs about $40 more.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

My other dilemma is that I'm not sure whether to upgrade to a 1tb m.2 SSD or to upgrade my CPU first. I suppose the CPU would be overall more impactful, but those m.2 drives are impressive

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

In gaming, its unlikely that you would notice the difference between the Zen+ CPUs. The 2200g and 2600x have nearly the same single threaded performance, which is generally the most important factor in gaming. 2200g is a quad core without hyperthreading, whereas the 2600x has 6 cores/12 threads. Undoubtedly better for multitasking, streaming, and future-proofing for next generation games, but not the kind of single-threaded performance bump that would come from a Zen 2 (Ryzen 3000 desktop) upgrade or potentially Zen 2+ (Ryzen 4000 desktop) when it arrives.

The Passmark singlethread benchmark is a decent proxy for most gaming workloads. Notice that the 2200g to 2600x is a 16% improvement, while the 3600x is 59% improvement?

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

Nice build I used the integrated graphics for a bit they were ok playing some at 60fps but some not so much.