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I am helping my brother build a budget computer for his studies as animator.

Right now the budget is very low, so I opted to buy a good CPU to futureproof any of his needs and buy a better graphics card in future upgrade.

I did some research and I came up with the following processors:
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
AMD Ryzen 5 3600

Which do you think is the most suitable for this build.

  • Try looking at benchmarks over at Puget Systems - they do a lot of those for graphics and related stuff, both rendering engines and apps like Adobe Premiere or AE – Jan Dorniak Dec 4 '19 at 9:54
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AMD Ryzen™ 5 3600

AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700X

both CPU's are on the same socket, the ryzen 7 2700X is the better based on more cores and higher frequencies, and higher L1 and L2 cache. Any software that is cpu based will run faster on the r7-2700x compared to the r5-3600. There is basically no price difference. Total Dissipated Power of 65 watt versus 105 watt is not a deciding factor... if anything the higher wattage of the r7 further proves it can do more work that the r5.

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    I decided to go with this approach because of the limited budget. In Greece where I live both CPUs are still very price. The ryzen 7 2700X costs 221$ and the ryzen 5 3600X costs 290$. Although the later is a clear choice the extra 70$ is a restrictive factor. – Giwrgos Gkogkas Dec 8 '19 at 10:30
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I would suggest you to go for AMD Ryzen 5 3600

=> Ryzen 5 3600 is 3rd generation of AMD's processors and Ryzen 7 2700X is second generation.

=> Ryzen 5 3600 is based on latest 7nm processor and Ryzen 7 2700X is based on 12nm

=> Ryzen 5 3600 is much more recent than Ryzen 7 2700X

=> Ryzen 5 3600 requires 65W and Ryzen 7 2700X requires 105W to operate

You can visit the link below to check the best review and comparison of both processors

Ryzen 5 3600 vs Ryzen 7 2700X

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I would recommend the Ryzen 5 3600 for these reasons:

  • The 3600 has faster single core performance, and almost matches the multi core performance of the Ryzen 7 2700X because of that. The Ryzen 7 2700X does a little better in CPU rendering benchmarks but you should be using a GPU for rendering anyways. That would make this small advantage irrelevant.

  • The CPU needs only 65W, which is a ~40% power reduction over the 2700X.
    That means the included CPU cooler will be adequate, and the system will not be as noisy.

  • The 3600 has an improved architecture that provides several advantages over the 2700X:

    • PCIe 4.0 Support

    • Infinity Fabric 2 - The DDR frequency no longer determines the CPU's internal fabric speed. Pairing a 2700X with cheap DDR4 RAM will have a greater consequence on overall performance than a 3600 with the same RAM would.

    • Significantly improved AVX2 capabilties.
      This instruction set is used in a lot of number-crunching applications, including video encoding. (Which an animator will be doing every time they export a video!)

My recommendation is based on both of these CPUs being the same price though. They are close enough in performance that whichever is less expensive is probably the better value.

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