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May 8, 2013 8:37:03 AM

Hi.

My name is Stephanie and I am planning my first ever gaming PC build so I'm a novice when it comes to picking components. My budget is £2000 ($3000) and I would like to ask would I better selecting an intel processor like an i5 or i7 for gaming or should I buy an AMD? Which is better value for money and which will run better?

Thanks very much! : )

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May 8, 2013 8:42:13 AM

a better value for your money would be amd. a better performer will be intel. thats about as much as it goes on on the CPU side of things. for gaming, a i5 is the way to go. the i7 isnt really for gaming

you will want to go to the new builds section and ask for the rest of the parts list. people like
g-uni11111 and a few others will help you out with that
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May 8, 2013 8:42:42 AM

At that budget you should be looking at at an i5-3570k, i7-3770k, or i7-3930k. AMD can't compete at that budget.
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May 8, 2013 8:47:59 AM

wanderer11 said:
At that budget you should be looking at at an i5-3570k, i7-3770k, or i7-3930k. AMD can't compete at that budget.


That depends on what you're doing with your PC.

@OP:

You should tell us a little more about what you're using the PC for...AMD is better at some things, and intel is better at others.

Are you using this for gaming? Are you using it for graphics designs/rendering? Will you be running many applications at once? Are you simply drawing up documents and websurfing? Some more information would be great. You may not even need to spend that much on a PC to accomplish what you want to effectively do. So let us help you out.
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May 8, 2013 9:00:48 AM

8350rocks said:
wanderer11 said:
At that budget you should be looking at at an i5-3570k, i7-3770k, or i7-3930k. AMD can't compete at that budget.


That depends on what you're doing with your PC.

@OP:

You should tell us a little more about what you're using the PC for...AMD is better at some things, and intel is better at others.

Are you using this for gaming? Are you using it for graphics designs/rendering? Will you be running many applications at once? Are you simply drawing up documents and websurfing? Some more information would be great. You may not even need to spend that much on a PC to accomplish what you want to effectively do. So let us help you out.


Hi there. Thanks everybody for your generous advice : )

I would like to use the computer for a variety of easy and demanding games - from Lego's film series and Championship Manager to Medal of Honour, Call of Duty and Fifa. I've never really had a fast enough computer to play the latter games properly so I'm looking for a computer that will run those sort of games smoothly and quickly.

I would also like to surf the internet, burn and watch blu-ray material, work on my PhD via Word and occasionally download heavy material whilst storing a lot of photographs and music. I probably won't spend my full budget (phew!) but I'm just being careful at the moment. Hopefully I won't have to spend that much.

Thanks again everyone, your help is very much appreciated! : )
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May 8, 2013 9:05:57 AM

you dont need to spend your whole budget to max out games. a i5 3570k + a 7950 or a gtx 670 will be more than enough. but then again the ew stuff is coming in a month so id probaby wait
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May 8, 2013 9:23:23 AM

DharmaRecruit said:


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Hi there. Thanks everybody for your generous advice : )

I would like to use the computer for a variety of easy and demanding games - from Lego's film series and Championship Manager to Medal of Honour, Call of Duty and Fifa. I've never really had a fast enough computer to play the latter games properly so I'm looking for a computer that will run those sort of games smoothly and quickly.

I would also like to surf the internet, burn and watch blu-ray material, work on my PhD via Word and occasionally download heavy material whilst storing a lot of photographs and music. I probably won't spend my full budget (phew!) but I'm just being careful at the moment. Hopefully I won't have to spend that much.

Thanks again everyone, your help is very much appreciated! : )


you dont need to spend your whole budget to max out games. a i5 3570k + a 7950 or a gtx 670 will be more than enough. but then again the ew stuff is coming in a month so id probaby wait



You could go either way, some of things you like to do, like multitasking and ripping DVDs are performed well by AMD, and some of the things like downloading music are good with intel. Gaming should be a negligible difference whichever way you go, and obviously running MS Word is not going to be difficult on either one.

I prefer AMD, because the build saves more money and performance is comparable, however, you could go intel if you wanted.

The one advantage I see for AMD over intel in this scenario is that the AMD will have a direct upgrade path to Steamroller, while Intel will require an overhaul build to go to haswell or the next generation of CPUs after that.

Here in the states you could build a really nice AMD based PC for about $1200 or so to do what you want...while the comparable intel build will likely run about $1500-1600 with similar components.
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May 8, 2013 9:26:29 AM

8350rocks said:
DharmaRecruit said:


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Hi there. Thanks everybody for your generous advice : )

I would like to use the computer for a variety of easy and demanding games - from Lego's film series and Championship Manager to Medal of Honour, Call of Duty and Fifa. I've never really had a fast enough computer to play the latter games properly so I'm looking for a computer that will run those sort of games smoothly and quickly.

I would also like to surf the internet, burn and watch blu-ray material, work on my PhD via Word and occasionally download heavy material whilst storing a lot of photographs and music. I probably won't spend my full budget (phew!) but I'm just being careful at the moment. Hopefully I won't have to spend that much.

Thanks again everyone, your help is very much appreciated! : )


you dont need to spend your whole budget to max out games. a i5 3570k + a 7950 or a gtx 670 will be more than enough. but then again the ew stuff is coming in a month so id probaby wait



You could go either way, some of things you like to do, like multitasking and ripping DVDs are performed well by AMD, and some of the things like downloading music are good with intel. Gaming should be a negligible difference whichever way you go, and obviously running MS Word is not going to be difficult on either one.

I prefer AMD, because the build saves more money and performance is comparable, however, you could go intel if you wanted.

The one advantage I see for AMD over intel in this scenario is that the AMD will have a direct upgrade path to Steamroller, while Intel will require an overhaul build to go to haswell or the next generation of CPUs after that.

Here in the states you could build a really nice AMD based PC for about $1200 or so to do what you want...while the comparable intel build will likely run about $1500-1600 with similar components.


Thanks so much for your advice 8350rocks. I quite like the idea of using an AMD and I did have an AMD computer before. What type of AMD would you advise if you don't mind me asking?
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May 8, 2013 9:28:25 AM

DharmaRecruit said:
8350rocks said:
DharmaRecruit said:


Quote:
Hi there. Thanks everybody for your generous advice : )

I would like to use the computer for a variety of easy and demanding games - from Lego's film series and Championship Manager to Medal of Honour, Call of Duty and Fifa. I've never really had a fast enough computer to play the latter games properly so I'm looking for a computer that will run those sort of games smoothly and quickly.

I would also like to surf the internet, burn and watch blu-ray material, work on my PhD via Word and occasionally download heavy material whilst storing a lot of photographs and music. I probably won't spend my full budget (phew!) but I'm just being careful at the moment. Hopefully I won't have to spend that much.

Thanks again everyone, your help is very much appreciated! : )


you dont need to spend your whole budget to max out games. a i5 3570k + a 7950 or a gtx 670 will be more than enough. but then again the ew stuff is coming in a month so id probaby wait



You could go either way, some of things you like to do, like multitasking and ripping DVDs are performed well by AMD, and some of the things like downloading music are good with intel. Gaming should be a negligible difference whichever way you go, and obviously running MS Word is not going to be difficult on either one.

I prefer AMD, because the build saves more money and performance is comparable, however, you could go intel if you wanted.

The one advantage I see for AMD over intel in this scenario is that the AMD will have a direct upgrade path to Steamroller, while Intel will require an overhaul build to go to haswell or the next generation of CPUs after that.

Here in the states you could build a really nice AMD based PC for about $1200 or so to do what you want...while the comparable intel build will likely run about $1500-1600 with similar components.


Thanks so much for your advice 8350rocks. I quite like the idea of using an AMD and I did have an AMD computer before. What type of AMD would you advise if you don't mind me asking?


FX8350 CPU with a 990FX chipset motherboard from Asus or Gigabyte, the HD 7950 or 7970 should be fine for your needs in a GPU.
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May 8, 2013 12:05:33 PM

DharmaRecruit said:
8350rocks said:
wanderer11 said:
At that budget you should be looking at at an i5-3570k, i7-3770k, or i7-3930k. AMD can't compete at that budget.


That depends on what you're doing with your PC.

@OP:

You should tell us a little more about what you're using the PC for...AMD is better at some things, and intel is better at others.

Are you using this for gaming? Are you using it for graphics designs/rendering? Will you be running many applications at once? Are you simply drawing up documents and websurfing? Some more information would be great. You may not even need to spend that much on a PC to accomplish what you want to effectively do. So let us help you out.


Hi there. Thanks everybody for your generous advice : )

I would like to use the computer for a variety of easy and demanding games - from Lego's film series and Championship Manager to Medal of Honour, Call of Duty and Fifa. I've never really had a fast enough computer to play the latter games properly so I'm looking for a computer that will run those sort of games smoothly and quickly.

I would also like to surf the internet, burn and watch blu-ray material, work on my PhD via Word and occasionally download heavy material whilst storing a lot of photographs and music. I probably won't spend my full budget (phew!) but I'm just being careful at the moment. Hopefully I won't have to spend that much.

Thanks again everyone, your help is very much appreciated! : )


Indie games / javascript/flash games tend to be quite singlethreaded in nature (sometimes quite cpu heavy). Since you are not doing anything really heavy i'd recommend an intel processor (probably the i5-3470 or 3570 non k version since I doubt you will be overclocking it). The 8350 will cost a similar amount and beat the i5 at heavy apps (which none of your listed uses are) but lose in lightly threaded tasks (the majority of what the average person does). The i5 also uses less power which will be important if you want a smaller case.

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