Should you buy a $50 CPU??
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At just $50 AMD's new Athlon 3000G looks darn compelling - but can we overclock it enough for it to make sense for gamers?
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  • Linus Tech Tips
    Linus Tech Tips

    Use code LINUS and get 25% off GlassWire at

    • Insert Player Name here
      Insert Player Name here

      Linus Tech Tips bruh my whole gaming pc is the price of that little thing

    • StevieTech

      @Nigel Smith I did it in mine, turns out memory speed does nothing to Cinebench, but overclocking does. Video if you're interested -

    • StevieTech

      @LordIron Couldn't wait for him any more, did it myself.

    • Randy Zeinemann
      Randy Zeinemann

      Linus you screwed the pooch with this one. Let's as you say do it smart.

    • KrKyoutube

      My cheap rig i use every day is 2200g cpu @ 3,8Ghz & gpu @ 1,4ghz & 16gb(2x8) @ 3200 (preset timings) psu is 500w be quiet pure power 11 (when gaming Rust or 7 days to die it's stays under 100w total system power and temp under 65C) and i have the cheapest simplest motherboard there was when i put it together 2 years ago (rev 1 of ASRock AB350M-HDV as it was the cheapest ok one there was) that cost about 48 euros at the time. Waiting for a upbrade for past 8 months now, sadly no good upgrade for desktop integrated graphics.. New expectations are to get a 6 to 8 core 8 to 12 thread cpu with at least 40% more graphical capability than 2400g, the corrent new(desktop cpu) ones sadly hardly do not have any graphical performance boost. Will buy a new, good & cheap motherboard around 100-200eur (tho depends on the budget as the ASRock X470 Taichi Ultimate for 284,10€ seems quite nice) I want a integrated graphics as the my system is built to be dead silent but still powerful enought (it's on 24/7 in my bedroom), been powered up cince when i got it march 2018, everything with all the overclocks work stable and fine. (could get another 200mhz from gpu and 85mhz from cpu but as it's first gen and i do not want to overtax the hardware for better life it's set as it is). NB @ Linus do not put your voltages up that high. My cpu is at 1.325V soc at 1,1v , ram is at 1.3 and gpu is at 1.1v, everything works perfectly stable on max loads.

  • Muhammad Irfan
    Muhammad Irfan

    Linus advertisement in linus video

  • Xian Loong Chan
    Xian Loong Chan

    Should had done it balls to the walls too, everything component better and the only bottleneck is how high you can get the CPU to run at

  • badanimator67

    yea linus but the 3600 is a lot more expensive so it's not a fair comparison for people who have a tight budget.

  • John_Smith Chiropractor
    John_Smith Chiropractor

    a Clone"d" Guy: Get a prebuilt and installl a AIO 60fps@1080p and never break 40c in high settings is all you need.

  • Will Plays
    Will Plays

    The 3600 is £100 ik

  • sunny steve
    sunny steve

    I remember as a broke student I bought a GTX 560SE for 20 bucks that shreds all games at 1080p low graphics 60fps

    • sunny steve
      sunny steve

      But my electricity bill sky rocketed

  • Adam Jensen
    Adam Jensen

    You know what you need? MORE POWER!!!!! Lol

  • Darko Stojkovic
    Darko Stojkovic

    Such a biased review.... Linus you are starting to get on my nerves...

  • Dj Reverse
    Dj Reverse

    Single channel ram aaaaaaaa

  • Rumple Stiltzchen
    Rumple Stiltzchen

    I love the ram

  • Max Held
    Max Held

    No. The answer is no.

  • Martin Hindre
    Martin Hindre

    In US/canada you cant go to cinema for 20 dollars??

  • Michael Hou
    Michael Hou

    $50 CPU still does better than my $2000 "the ultimate laptop" surface book. I'm going to bed.

  • danny lee
    danny lee

    JUST 50???? like a night at movies? You are too rich... please donate some money to me

  • Big Cazza
    Big Cazza

    intel needs a new g3258 that was an awesome cpu, ive intentionally killed 4 bad bins on ebay to get the trash ones off the market

  • Big Cazza
    Big Cazza

    wtf u on about yaris go hard

  • Hayden Ferry
    Hayden Ferry

    I got an i7 4770, 32gb ram, 4K graphics card, and a 256gb ssd for 300 I thought that was a good deal

  • mylar hyrule
    mylar hyrule

    So, I found a deal online with one of these cpus, super cheap motherboard, super cheap nvme, and 8 gigs of undisclosed ram for $99 and $20 shipping... that sounds like a decent place to start... am I wrong there?

  • Mr.Magnificent

    m8t... please use dual channel memory... its most of the times not even more expensive...

  • Gaming HD
    Gaming HD

    Is a 4core 3GHz gpu good?

  • BlueRose DJT
    BlueRose DJT

    I have $350 and am trying to build something that will play anything even if it's low settings

  • Mutz03 Zockt!
    Mutz03 Zockt!

    WHy do you not use the AMD FX 8350 this CPU cost 60.- swiss CHF what is lik the Pentium and This 8core CPU is super good for the budget

  • Rekrut Nr 1
    Rekrut Nr 1

    Linus: 50 Dollar for that little money Me: 50 Dollar means new pc

  • Nikola Georgiev
    Nikola Georgiev

    The title is misleading.

  • TheExtenity

    Just buy amd fx 8350 and youre fine

  • Arturo Torres
    Arturo Torres

    lmao 50$ for movies?! 8$ a ticket if you cop them at costco

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  • sleekEDITINGco

    I wanna see you guys just absolutely send it and see how far you can push it until it pops... please make that a video?

  • Wapn Perfo
    Wapn Perfo

    Best bang for the buck is 100 the R5 1600AF... $85 bucks

  • Mucious

    For all of you haters- I play on a Phenom iix4 970 with a GTX 1050 ti and I can play 1080 60fps on almost any game at 3.5ghz

  • StevieTech

    That single stick of ram was causing me to lose sleep. So i tried it with two sticks - (not monitized, just information)

  • Volrosk U.
    Volrosk U.

    I consider a budget system to be one that can take what will be competitive for a good long while then grab what's considered mid range to maybe high keep everything balenced until the form factor changes (PCIe 5.0 x 16/DDR5/AM5)

  • Misunderstood Wookiee
    Misunderstood Wookiee

    Budget ... Why do I see a gskill royal stick

  • Jonathan Maybury
    Jonathan Maybury

    Overclocking is a mug's game!

  • NexoDog Games
    NexoDog Games

    Just get a 60$ r3 1200g

  • Jaurl Z
    Jaurl Z

    \o/ $20 (au) x6580 or 6590 over these any day -cheaper & higher fps gaming & better workstation performance by far

  • ironlordz 13
    ironlordz 13

    3:17 >Be Linus >Have RGB RAM in Your Budget System

  • Danny Horn
    Danny Horn

    But can it run Crysis

  • Kenneth Mc
    Kenneth Mc

    Super cheap processors have a place. I have one of the new Celerons in my NAS, I think I paid less than $40 for it.

  • BurntFaceMan

    Budget PC: Single stick of TRIDEN Z royal... bahaha Linus, never change

  • Samson Santhosh
    Samson Santhosh

    Where is Anthony when you need him

  • Indigo Cat
    Indigo Cat

    alright, now fix a snapped off pin on an lga motherboard

  • Bryant Allen
    Bryant Allen

    Great test. Didn't even compare the intel rig with the dGPU.

  • majorpayne 019
    majorpayne 019

    Single channel on an APU? Wow you reached 10m subs and we all know that AMD processors even Intel runs better with dual channel memory. If your reasoning is because of budget, why not use 2x4GB of memory instead. LowSpecGamer is laughing at you guys.

  • Psybandit -
    Psybandit -

    I have an AMD Athlon 200ge and it works... okay.

  • Ryan Taylor
    Ryan Taylor

    Build for balance and for what you are doing, if you are just web browsing and playing Facebook games ect... then no issue with a 3 Series chip but if you want to actually game with the thing then the extra few cores are going to make a world of difference.

  • CozmicPlayz Minecraft
    CozmicPlayz Minecraft

    -should- can you buy a 50 dollar cpu?

  • Yeet

    ball deoderant doe

  • zinou . Dz Bouka
    zinou . Dz Bouka

    Can you give me some possessors that you get .please

  • Ahmed Sarkar
    Ahmed Sarkar

    Dropping knowledge since 2008

  • Mr Galaxy
    Mr Galaxy

    Bay tuns of broken parts and fiks dem and make a pc of dem pleas

  • drerod89

    “Ball deodorant and moisturizer”

  • Bodyguard Tech
    Bodyguard Tech

    On My Pc Task Manager takes 20% and with 5 Crome tabs and Team speak easely take 100 % (CPU AMD Athlon 2x 2 215 oc at 2.8 GHz)

  • ArtbyJoshuaNathan

    ryzen 5 1600af is now the best bang for the buck cpu

  • Jozef SK
    Jozef SK

    i play on 10$ used laptop with turion64. play cs 1.6, mafia 1, multiplayer san andreas, minecraft or avorion at 5 fps.

  • Null Null
    Null Null

    I have processor from around 2014 and all new games work superb, ive just been investing on graphics card.

  • That Guy With Email
    That Guy With Email

    My CPU was only $30 and it works damn well with most modern games even while running Shadowplay.

  • Lucas Van Laerhoven
    Lucas Van Laerhoven

    You should do a video comparing if you should buy older, but high end chips, or newer low end chips. (But they cost the same amount.)

  • Terrell Grant
    Terrell Grant

    Does the same hold true the other direction? If I get the best commercial cpu , can you use a budget video card? or Motherboard? or RAM? or storage Drive?

  • Mylo

    Linus , i wish i had that cpu my cpu is currently £36 and i run csgo on lowest settings possible and get 40fps tops

  • B4D-W0LF

    Oh Boy I wouldn't snag your Cashews...

  • Democrab

    Those little Athlons are great. Run it in dual channel and buy some faster RAM (You can absolutely buy DDR4-3000 for relatively little over DDR4-2400 vs the gains) and they make for great systems. I used a 200GE to build my mums PC and threw my old 780Ti in it for shits and giggles, goes like a beast.

  • Michael Strydom
    Michael Strydom

    That’s an expensive movie, damn.


    "Budget system": Has RGB RAM Me: My "high end" system doesn't even have RGB RAM

  • LiamVidya

    What cinema are you going that you dont get 2 tickets, popcorn and a drink each for under $50?

  • John Chronic
    John Chronic

    I used a $50 CPU for like five years no problem back in the day, Pentium E2200, what a budget beast that thing was.

  • TerrariaTutorials

    “Our cheap ram” while using trident z royal.

  • Udalix

    Been awhile since I been to a theater. Does is really cost like 25 bucks a person, wow. I remember going and paying like 8 bucks to get in.

  • Ashraf Mahdy
    Ashraf Mahdy

    Linus..there's a ryzen 5 1600 AF model for 85$ why not mention it?

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