I want to upgrade my PC mainly focusing on heavily modded Minecraft. My current specs are:

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
  • Ram: 32.0GB Dual-Channel DDR4
  • POWER SUPPLY: Kolink Core RGB 500W

I was first thinking of getting a new GPU (probably the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6 Gaming OC (rev. 2.0)) since the current one I have is very old, but, after some research I found out that Minecraft relies mainly on the CPU and not the GPU, unless I am running shaders. After scavaging the internet I found out that the AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D 4.2GHz with 8 cores AM5 is a pretty good upgrade (yes I am only thinking of AMD regarding the CPU). I don't have extensive knowledge about this stuff though and now I am worried about the GPU/CPU not being able to keep up with the CPU/GPU, respectively. I am also not sure about any of these two options being overkill since I mainly focus on Minecraft, but, I also want to be able to handle stuff like a giant Mangrove Swamp/Jungle, a big TNT explosion or a lot of entities, which cause me a bunch of lag with my current setup. Therefore, I am asking this question here so that I can get some info on the correct combination for my upgrade. I don't want to go too overkill, but, I also have 800 to 1000 euros to spend (in the Greek market).

Note: I am pretty sure that I will need to upgrade my motherboard and power supply with each one of those upgrades, although, I haven't really thought about this extensively yet.

  • You could probably use a 5800X3D in the motherboard you have already. Take a look at this CPU model and see if it's enough for you. I think it's still a very capable and relevant processor. If you save money by not needing to upgrade mobo & RAM then you'll have more to spend on a GPU too.
    – Romen
    Commented May 10 at 17:20
  • I'll also second a 5800X3D. Do you play with shaders normally? A GTX 950 is pretty underpowered (arguably even for vanilla, depending on your render settings); while a 3070 might be overkill, I'd probably upgrade regardless, and I would definitely upgrade if you're thinking of using shaders.
    – JMY1000
    Commented May 11 at 10:05
  • @JMY1000 I checked the 5800X3D out and I will probably go with this one plus the 3070 as I do have the money and want some decent render distance. I will probably need a new power supply though right?
    – Mitsos YT
    Commented May 12 at 11:04
  • Yeah I would probably get a new PSU too.
    – JMY1000
    Commented May 12 at 14:24

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Upgrading PCs is always fun and one of my favorite things to do! So lets check out the options.

  1. CPU Upgrade: AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D

    • The AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D boasts 8 cores and 16 threads, providing excellent performance for gaming and multitasking.
    • While Intel processors historically excel in single-core performance, the 7800X3D strikes a good balance between multi-core capabilities and single-core speed.
    • Ensure your motherboard supports the AM5 socket for this CPU.
  2. GPU Upgrade: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6 Gaming OC (rev. 2.0)

    • The RTX 3070 is a powerful GPU that handles Minecraft effortlessly, even with shaders.
    • It's also great for other games and tasks.
    • Confirm that your power supply (PSU) can handle the RTX 3070 (usually requires at least a 650W PSU).
  3. Other Considerations:

    • RAM: Your current 32GB RAM should suffice for Minecraft. If you encounter issues, consider upgrading to faster RAM.
    • Storage: An SSD will improve overall system responsiveness and game loading times.
    • Motherboard and PSU: As you mentioned, upgrading these components is essential to support the new CPU and GPU.
  4. Budget and Overkill:

    • With 800 to 1000 euros, you have a decent budget.
    • The combination of Ryzen 7 7800X3D and RTX 3070 strikes a balance between performance and cost.
    • Allocate some budget for a quality PSU and motherboard.

Edit: Forgot to mention the 5800xd isn't a slouch either, it's a very solid choice if you were to be on a tight budget a 3070 would definitely be the best route for upgrading.

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