On the shopping list for the gaming box is a new CPU to replace the R5 2400G and a larger faster M.2 SSD.

  • Ryzen 4000 8/16
  • Intel 665p 2TB

Both the Ryzen 4000 and Intel 665p support PCIe 4.0 speeds. The combination should empower the MSI X570-A PRO with a dramatic increase in performance.

The Ryzen 4000 processors should be widely available by summer and the Intel 666p probably will be widely available in the spring. The smaller 665p 1TB is available now in the US but the larger 2TB model is more desirable given games are becoming larger over time.

Moving to an 8/16 CPU would probably have enough performance to play Halo: Combat Evolved on the CPU alone. The goal with the CPU is to better leverage the X570 so if enough PCIe lanes are provided then the machine should better off.

With a pure Ryzen 4000 series CPU the RX 480 gets x16 lanes but this is unlikely to make much difference in games.

Currently there is 24GB of memory installed which seems to be adequate. When DDR5 platforms emerge then the move to 32GB may be done with entry level 8GB sticks.


The Sapphire RX 480 OC 8GB is very powerful. It was designed for PCIe 3.0 performance and it currently is provisioned with x8 lanes. The card does not lag or saturate with any game at present.

Video cards are expensive mostly thanks to digital coins. Some barlains are possible but care is needed to get a good price. The RX 480 was $99 Canadian for an ex-mining card. The GTX 1070 has come down a lot so this may be the next video card to be used long term.

The machine at present is still very potent for gaming. The new hardware is more focused for modern titles which are becoming rather demanding.