I recently upgraded my i5 firstname.lastname@example.orgGHz to a Ryzen 5 - 1600 cpu. I don't regret it !
I use this PC mainly for two things: - Gaming - Recording/Streaming
I am playing a lot of CPU intensive games like Battlefield 1, and eventho my i5 was a good overclocker (4.6GHz @ 1.23v) the lack of cpu threads started to bother me.
Modern games are starting to use and need more than 4 cores / 4 threads and thats why I choose Ryzen.
Sure I could go for an intel i7, but why ?? The Ryzen 1600 is surprisingly good ! it is has powerfull as a intel 5820k at 1/3 of the cost ! (x99 board are crazy expensive)
What is it like to own a Ryzen cpu? It feels weird at first... I was once rendering a video using sony vegas and waited in front of my computer (like I used to)... after few minutes, I realised that I was not using an i5 anymore therefore I was able to render the video and play too! So, I opened Battlefield 1 and start playing during the rendering. The gameplay was buttery smooth and I could even start streaming (the dream you know)...
All of that for 300$ CAD, crazy huh!
My future projects for this build are:
- Upgrade my monitor for 1440p / 144hz freesync/gsync (not sure yet)
- Upgrade my GPU (waiting for vega here lol)
- Add 16GB of ram. and maybe upgrade my SSD to a M.2 Slot ssd. I'll see.