I'm planning to upgrade my old Athlon X4 system and wanted to know whether I should go for 2600 or 3400G. It's a work computer so there is no gaming involved but I do have a triple monitor setup. Should I go for 3400G with its Vega graphics or should I go for 2600 with 6 core. Would 2600 support a triple monitor setup?
Gigabyte B450M Gaming motherboard (It has 3 monitor outputs)
Cooler Master Thunder 450w PSU
and an older Radeon GPU (Will get rid of this if I go for 3400G)
You can do either. A 2600 has more cores so is likely better for you. You can also get a PCIe USB-C card from www.ebay.com and plug in a Thunderbolt 3 cable and use a Thunderbolt-3 adapter for your screen.
If you already have a GPU I too would say the 2600. The integrated graphics are not that strong on the 3400G but only you can decide what is best for you. If you think you will ever go to a GPU on that board again you will have less potential conflicts avoid the integrated graphics and a GPU, of an APU by sticking with a separate CPU and GPU.
Thanks for the response.
I'm leaning towards 2600 as well but if I go with 2600 and B450M motherboard, would I be able to connect my 3 monitors with the 3 outputs in the motherboard or do I need to use my GPU for that. My current GPU only supports 2 monitors.
The 2600 doesnt have an integrated GPU so you have to use your GPU as the primary display output.
For three displays to work at the same time you either have to use DisplayPort (Most modern GPUs have atleast 3 next to the HDMI these days) or Buy a decent DisplayPort to HDMI splitter.
Most HDMI to HDMI splitters dont support daisy chaining mutliple displays (can only output the same screen from the source) Hence why you may have to either Only use DisplayPort or find a decent DisplayPort to HDMI splitter if you want to use more than 2 monitors for extending your desktop screen, though you Can still use HDMI+DVI (Two monitors) without problems.
OK. In that case, I think I'll go with 3400G. I presume since it has an integrated GPU it should be able to support 3 outputs as long as the motherboard supports it. Is that correct?
No, even if you go with the 3400G your still gonna have to use a DP to HDMI splitter of some kind if you want multi display options to work on more than 2 monitors. Which means you probably will end up buying a GPU in the end anyway cause most AM4 boards dont have a DisplayPort on it, only HDMI.
Here is an example of a DisplayPort to HDMI splitter i was talking about. There are Also allot of DisplayPort to DisplayPort splitters out there but if you have a modern GPU, then that GPU probably has 3 DP ports on it anyway, so you wont be needing a splitter if your using three Monitors that uses DisplayPort cables.
There is also another thing you can do though (Also more expensive) and this is only if you dont plan to do any gaming on all three monitors, and that is to buy a board that has atleast 3 PCI-E slots for a GPU, then buy two of the cheapest small form factor PCI-E graphics card you can get and install driver on them all, Each GPU installed will be recognized by windows as a seprate display out, so each monitor you plug into each GPU can be used by windows for extending your display, dont really reccomend this method, but if you have the extra hardware lying around anyway, this is something that you can do.
While the motherboard has ports the are only active if you have an APU, so yes you are stuck with the limitations of the GPU you have if you don't want to get a different one. Make sure you can't drive more because i think some display ports can be split to drive more than one. Contact your GPU's maker to be sure. They should know the exact specs.