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To build or not to build?/?/? That is the question.

adam6683
  • 2 months ago

I currently have a ryzen 5 2600x and wanting to know if I should bother to upgrade this old HP envy i7 3820 or not. Both listed below. PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor $129.99 @ B&H
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X62 Rev 2 98.17 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $136.44 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI X470 GAMING PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard $178.05 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $59.99 @ Best Buy
Video Card MSI Radeon RX 580 8 GB Video Card $254.98 @ Amazon
Case NZXT H500i ATX Mid Tower Case $114.98 @ NZXT
Power Supply Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB Sync Edition 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply -
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $874.43
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-12-19 13:52 EST-0500

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-3820 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor -
CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X62 Rev 2 98.17 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $136.44 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock X79 Extreme6 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard -
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $64.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 256 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive -
Storage Seagate FireCuda 2 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive $96.99 @ Amazon
Video Card MSI Radeon RX 580 8 GB ARMOR MK2 OC Video Card $227.99 @ Best Buy
Case Fractal Design Focus G ATX Mid Tower Case $55.88 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $582.29
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-12-19 13:52 EST-0500

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

if I should bother to upgrade this old HP envy i7 3820 or not

If this is just a second computer, keep it as is, house in a new case if you want. Save your money and upgrade your graphics card instead for your primary machine.

Do not think the i7 3820 must necessarily perform bad. It will show it's limitations in high refresh rate gaming but if you are just going to browse the web, stream video, or do things like Word/Excel and so on you will be absolutely fine as is. Heck if you just want a second gaming rig 1080p/60Hz it will be fine for that as well as long as you stick a GPU in there.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately that's how this all started. I bought the rx580 to put in there before I found out the motherboard is discontinued and no way to update bios and upgrade GPU :( ... But I thank you for your comment.

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. Just wondering if its still viable or if I should just wait to upgrade and make my current ryzen build my 2nd.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The 3820 is already 7 years old.

And gets beat by a 90 buck i3.

https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i7-3820-vs-Intel-Core-i3-9100F/m739vs4054

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

wow thanks for the info. Ya I'm not going to keep the i7 lol. Appreciate ya.

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