Well, a 16 core might be overkill, yes. Unless he does video editing or 3D rendering or something.
But most games nowadays are optimized to run on 8 threads (since that's what consoles have), so upgrading from a 4 core 4 thread CPU seems like a decent choice. If he doesn't play games, then it doesn't matter which CPU he has at all :-DDDD.
I'd say Ryzen 2600 is about the sweet spot for general desktop use, so you can check out some newer games if there's one in particular that interests you, and you can do a bit of CAD work too.>>33183
I'm not the one upgrading the CPU, look at the flag of the original poster :-DDD. I was just clarifying some information.
I'm still on an ancient i7, and I'm not upgrading yet because I'd have to switch to a new chipset AND to DDR4 RAM, basically throwing away my entire system for a 40% CPU performance upgrade. Doesn't seem worth it yet.
Also, regarding dealing with abject retards, you have to understand that I'm not unlucky, people are just like that here. (Ok, maybe unlucky for being born on the kazakhstan). You have to understand that people outside the Western world do not have the same philosophy and ethics that made the West rule the world in the first place. Sure, we have the same technology and pop culture and stuff due to globalization, but there is no understanding of the NATURE of those technologies or sciences. Everything is done by appearance here. People attempt to copy the appearance of the West without understanding the underlying logic and methodologies behind it all. Kargo cult is the term I think. Due to being essentially raised in the western cultural sphere thanks to early exposure to the internet and fluency in english, I can clearly see the difference. So when I try to explain that what they're doing is totally wrong and if they only did a bit of research they'd be able to create a system that works, rather than copying its superficial qualities, they look at me like some schizo retard talking gibberish.
(Healthy oriental child goes to the western cultural sphere, gets pumped with massive shots of western ethos, doesn't feel good - AUTISM. Many such cases).
So they will hack together some barely working system, knowledge of which they gathered from trivia, hearsay and superstition, and will NEVER let anyone (non-western) ever touch it, because they are afraid that it will break. They do not know how it works, so they are afraid of messing with it.
When it DOES break, they will hire a white man to fix it for many, many dollars.
I've had a lot of experiences like that. For example, I briefly had an internship at an automated diaper production factory built by the Japanese. The whole thing was a huge box of sensors and gizmos controlled by a central computer. Meaning, the thing ran on software, unlike analog (or however you call them) systems left over from soviet times. Well, after the thing was built, they somehow pissed off the Japanese engineers (probably tried to scam them out of pay), so they left and took their software with them, leaving the whole production line as a pile of inanimate metal and plastic. Then they had to hire a wecterners(tm) (a pair of italian PLC programmers) for obscene amounts of money to write the controller software. I asked them if I could work with the Italians to learn and document the software so I could become an in-house programmer for them. The reply I got was "You will not touch that computer, you will not come near that computer, you will not even look at that computer". I'm not sure if they thought I'd steal their "secret", or that it's impossible for a non-westerner to communicate with the holy machine spirits inside the magic box, but clearly they thought that there was some kind of incomprehensible space technology going on there, and only a highly trained western demi-god could ever understand its divine properties.
The Italian programmer, by the way, was a clueless 50 something year old boomer who clearly wasn't any kind of genius, because later I snuck out a copy of the code and the proprietary programming software, and the whole thing was written in some kind of graphical programming language, with variable names in Italian, in an imperative style without any functions. No wonder it took them half a year to get it working. They didn't even speak English well.
Such is life on the third world. It's only recently that I learned to set aside my autism and feelings about ordnung, and just roll with it. Do the bare minimum, show an appearance of work, take my money and fuck off, just like everyone else here does. Russians have a good saying about this: "If you live with wolves, howl like a wolf".