So now that my PC is upgraded I intend to use my old parts to help my brother upgrade his rig. Not as fancy as mine but a good bang for the buck gaming PC. He'll have my old case, psu, gpu, and ram. I think he mostly needs a new mobo, cpu, and cooler. What would you guys say is the best value right now for a new mobo+cpu? Preferably something with longevity that he can upgrade in the future if he wants but is still compatible with my ddr4 ram right now. Bonus if it doesn't need a big cooler as my old case is a bit compact for an ATX.
Hmm hard to say seeing as most DDR4 based systems are EOL in terms for forward compatibility with DDR5 and PCI-e 5 being the new standard going forward. I would look into a AM5 build if forward compatibility is a concern. With Zen 4 CPU's receiving a big price drop, B650's out and cheaper DDR5 kits available. A 7600X might be worth considering. Maybe something along the lines of this https://pcpartpicker.com/list/hJBcv3
Otherwise you can't go wrong with a 13600K combi.. which will last years for gaming and productivity https://pcpartpicker.com/list/BFF7d9 Only issue being that platform is EOL. Otherwise both are great CPU's for gaming and this one has the edge in productivity.
Another option would be to look at a cheap build with a; 5600+X570/B550 or a 12400F+B660. Which value wise is probably the best you can get, at around in and around the $300 mark but again no future expansions for future CPU's.Last edited by hinch - on 24 November 2022