Building a Gaming PC in Leeds? Two Processors You Can’t Ignore

Gaming PC enthusiasts and gamers around the world had a lot to celebrate in 2017. AMD released the Ryzen line of processors, giving real competition to Intel for the first time in more than a decade. Intel responded, improving the processors in their i3, i5, and i7 segments.

Ultimately, the increased competition has resulted in better prices and choices for consumers, which benefits anyone who is building a Gaming PC in Leeds.

Intel vs. AMD – The Biggest Decision You’ll Need to Make

If you’re a gamer who is going for raw FPS performance in games with no concern for any other computing tasks, then Intel is still the way to go. However, if you have varied uses for a Leeds gaming PC, then you might want to consider an AMD build this year. There are advantages and disadvantages to both platforms, and we will use two relatively affordable products at the top end of the mid-range to show just what these are.

Intel Core i5-8400 – Better Gaming Performance with Less Multitasking Potential 

The i5-8400 is a recent release that takes the i5 series into hexa-core territory. This processor is highly efficient and has had impressive benchmark results in both gaming and basic productivity. In most gaming titles, the i5 can result in higher frames per second than the Ryzen 5 CPU. The CPU has a relatively low base frequency of 2.8GHz but can reach a max turbo frequency of 4.0GHz in the right thermal conditions. There are six cores for computational performance, but no hyperthreading (you’ll need to move up to an i7 for that).

This is the CPU for you if you want to aim for the highest possible frame rates and use your computer primarily for gaming.

RRP: £159.00 (Prices fluctuate depending on supply and other factors.)

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 – Similar Gaming Performance with More Cores

The Ryzen 5 2600 costs a little more than the i5-8400, but there are several advantages that it can offer if you want a Leeds gaming PC that can also perform productivity work, video rendering, streaming, and other intensive computing tasks.

It has a higher base clock of 3.4GHz and a boost clock of 3.9GHz. This CPU is unlocked, so if you have a compatible AMD motherboard you will be able to get clocks above 4.0GHz. The processor has six cores and twelve threads, thanks to SMT, AMD’s version of hyperthreading. The additional thread count makes this CPU a multitasking powerhouse that will outperform the i5 in any scenario where high thread counts are called for.

RRP: £163.97 (Prices fluctuate depending on supply and other factors.)

Which is Right for You

With simultaneous multitasking (SMT), the Ryzen 5 2600 has six more threads than the Intel i5. Although the i5 can outperform the Ryzen in current gaming titles, it will be less productive for workloads that require multiple threads. The Ryzen is a better solution if you plan to stream to twitch or another platform while gaming. The additional processing threads allow for speedy software video encoding with little to no impact on gaming performance.

In most cases where a mid-range graphics card is being used, the gaming performance difference between these two processors would be minimal. Even when the i5 outperforms the Ryzen 7, you’ll still be looking at a minimum of 60FPS on both CPUs when paired with a GTX1060 or better graphics card. There’s no doubt that games of today are better optimized for Intel architecture, but this is likely to change in the future.

If you want the lowest possible price and don’t expect to perform heavily threaded workloads, then the i5-8400 is an excellent buy and it is good to see that Intel is bringing some serious six-core processors into their mid-range ecosystem. If you want gaming performance that is almost as good, with better multitasking and better scalability for future games that are heavily threaded, then the Ryzen 5 2600 represents better flexibility and value for your Leeds gaming PC.

Get Your Leeds Gaming PC Parts and Expert Advice at MH Computers

Whether you need parts or a complete build service, MH Computers is the place to go when you want a gaming PC Leeds. We offer complete systems (both new and refurbished), individual components, desktop and laptop repairs, and a range of PC support services. We can also provide networking support for both home and business and can offer managed IT solutions in Leeds today.

Talk to us today about your gaming needs and we’ll help you to design the best Leeds gaming PC for your budget.