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Old March 14, 2019, 11:08 PM
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Default Is now a good time for AM4 2700 build?

My current system is a dinosaur at this point. A 6-year-old CPU (i5-4670K), 4-year-old video card (GTX 960), a paltry 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, and one of the first 120 GB Kingston SSD drives ever released. And I'm still running Windows 7 for some reason. Although my machine does everything I ask it to, I'm feeling the effects of the low storage space and RAM. I also have concerns about my SSD's longevity as it's 87% full.

The cheaper option is to upgrade my current rig with some more DDR3 RAM and a bigger system SSD. That would be approximately $200? However I hate the thought of spending money on obsolete components.
The second option is to build a new system. This is where I can use some help as I've been out of the hardware game for a while. Right now the Ryzen 7 2700 can be bought for $309 at Canada Computers and bundled with an X470 mobo for about $440. I know Ryzen gen 3 is around the corner... but I don't really need the extra horsepower right now and don't mind saving money with the heavily discounted gen 2 parts. Essentially I'm looking to piece together a barebones kit so I can reuse some existing parts and have an upgrade path in the future.

1. What YOUR PC will be used for.
Audio production (Ableton) and DJing (Traktor), occasional 1080P gaming (Civ, Cities: Skylines) although I would like the ability to pop in a nice video card a year from now and experience 4k

2. What YOUR budget is
$600 - 700, pre-tax

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from


4. IF YOU have a brand preference
None, am open to using Intel but seems like AMD is the better value right now

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts
GTX 960, 700 W Corsair PSU, all peripherals, Fractal Design R5 case, CM Hyper 212 Evo cooler with a bracket, 1 TB hard drive

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads
Yes, and am curious if I should save even more loonies and go for a Ryzen 5 2600(X)

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
Default. One of my priorities is a quiet PC because of all the audio stuff I do and overclocking is usually counter-productive to that.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
Very soon. I have purchased new plugins for Ableton and want to fire them up, but don't want to go through the hassle of registering and installing them if I'm going to rebuild soon.

10. Are there any specific technologies you want?
An M.2 NVMe drive

My build so far:
AMD Ryzen 7 2700, bundled with
GIGABYTE X470 AORUS -or- ASUS TUF X470-Plus
Any 16 GB DDR4
Any 512 GB M.2 PCIE drive


Thanks!!
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Old March 15, 2019, 02:44 AM
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I say wait for ryzen 3000 series and save a bunch on first and second gen. That is what I am doing
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Old March 15, 2019, 06:15 AM
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Your budget is kind of low for what you are looking to build.
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Old March 15, 2019, 06:36 AM
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I say wait for ryzen 3000 series and save a bunch on first and second gen. That is what I am doing
There's already a $100 discount off MSRP for the 2700 - you suspect it will go even lower?
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Old March 15, 2019, 06:39 AM
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If you have to build now then the 2700 is great. Personally I would wait for the next get and recommend you do the same. That being said, in the mean time you could consider grabbing a reasonable 2.5 inch ssd (say a 500gb or 1tb mx500) and drop that into your current build. You could carry it forward as a games drive when you do your new build.
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Old March 15, 2019, 06:53 AM
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If you have to build now then the 2700 is great. Personally I would wait for the next get and recommend you do the same. That being said, in the mean time you could consider grabbing a reasonable 2.5 inch ssd (say a 500gb or 1tb mx500) and drop that into your current build. You could carry it forward as a games drive when you do your new build.
If waiting, would you then just buy a gen 3 Ryzen CPU? I don't think launch prices would fit within my budget unless I go for a Ryzen 5.
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Old March 15, 2019, 09:08 AM
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For what it's worth I see a lot of us waiting to decide whether gen 3 is worth it or not, and if not obviously buy a 2600, etc.
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Old March 15, 2019, 09:16 AM
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I built my current 2700X setup in December/January, i did go a little overboard with the motherboard so that it could power ryzen 3+ CPUs. The reason I never put anything larger than a FX-8370 into the Crosshair 4 board was because the FX-9XXX series was far more power hungry than what I felt was safe for that board, those chips were absolute pigs. The CH7 Hero not quite as concerned about the power draws of 3700X's and whatever comes next.
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Old March 15, 2019, 12:43 PM
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The RYZEN 1700 is like $200 now so I guess ryzen 2000 series will drop more too when 3000 drops. So much choices now. I will wait.
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If waiting, would you then just buy a gen 3 Ryzen CPU? I don't think launch prices would fit within my budget unless I go for a Ryzen 5.
I may not have recommended waiting but you do still have a decent setup, and the rumours are for a very interesting ryzen 5 that should be well priced (along with most of the rumoured lineup). That and it having both a die shrink and core update mean it could offer very notable gains. The potential is definitely there.

At least you will know what it will offer by waiting...whether you get gen 3 or a discounted gen 2 would be totally up to you. You will be able to make an informed decision with actual performance numbers and costs known.
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