Which system would you buy - 5600X/3060 or 5800X/6700XT ?
I'm going to gift my current PC to them and buy one of the following builds. My current desktop was built it in late 2015 and is used for legacy FPS gaming, a lot of image editing (with dual monitors) but only a small amount of video editing, and it is a backup to a work laptop (which also has to be replaced). I normally build a new PC about every 5 years but with COVID and the GPU shortage I've been deferring doing this.
Currently using and to be gifted:
MSI Z170A Gaming M7 motherboard
MSI Radeon R9 390 Gaming 8G Graphics Card
G.Skill PC4-19200 DDR4-2400 (4x 8GB)
Corsair H110GT cooler
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SATA SSD
WD 2TB 7200rpm (+ additional drives to be removed)
Fractal Design Define S case
Windows 10 Home
I am considering the following pre-builds which cannot be reconfigured, only added to or changed after purchase. I do plan to add an additional 16GB of RAM. I have one of these systems on hold.
I don't plan to run radical manual over-clocks but I would let the motherboard apply automatic over-clocks if it is capable of doing so. I figure I'd run these stock until after the COVID supply chain is normalized and then possibly update the CPU/ GPU if I could gain double the performance for minimal $$ invested.
System A: $1800 before taxes
AMD® Ryzen™ 5 5600X, 3.7GHz w/ 6 Cores / 12 Threads
MSI MPG X570 GAMING PLUS
MSI GeForce RTX 3060 VENTUS 2X 12GB Graphics Card
Spectrix 16GB DDR4-3600 RAM (2x 8GB)
Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler
1TB M.2 NVMe SSD (WD I think)
650W PS (Corsair)
Cooler Master MasterBox TD500 Mesh ARGB ATX Case w/ Tempered Glass - Black
Windows 10 Home
System B: $2500 before taxes
AMD® Ryzen™ 7 5800X 3.8GHz Octo Core Processor
Gigabyte X570 AORUS ELITE WIFI Motherboard w/ Wifi and Bluetooth
Gigabyte GAMING OC Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB Graphics Card
Spectrix D60 16GB DDR4-3600 RAM (2x 8GB)
Noctua NH-U12S cooler
WD_BLACK SN750 NVMe 500GB M.2 SSD
750W PS (Corsair?)
Corsair iCUE 220T RGB Airflow Tempered Glass, Black ATX Mid Tower Case
Windows 10 Home
I have spent a bit of time checking out the MB analysis from Gamers Nexus YouTube (he seems to approve of both boards) and like all MB's you can find issues with them if you search. If anything, ease of applying BIOS updates would probably be a key feature for me.
Optionally I could try to isolate the issue with the Dell XPS but it is probably best to retire the beast. I've been through a drive crash (2016) and replaced the GPU once already with this unit so I'm pretty much at the point that it's time has come to be replaced. It is now unable to run older FPS games like COD/Black Ops and it's been displaying unusual graphics anomalies on screen and freezes when multiple tabs are open in browsers. There have not been many error messages - some re buffer overflows. Unfortunately the user does not capture an image of these when they happen. I have checked for drive errors, re-seated all slots & power connectors, and re-applied thermal paste to the CPU. It's possible it may be the old original PSU but it runs quiet, I hear no noises from it, nothing seems to be overheating, and its fan continues to turn.
I'd appreciate any insight from the RFD community in regards to System A vs B.