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£500 for 4 components, need help building budget PC for Gaming and 3D Modelling/animation/Video editing

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August 27, 2013 3:39:03 PM

Hi there,

I have about £500 to upgrade my PC and buy 4 components:

1. CPU
2. GPU
3. RAM
4. Motherboard

Since I am building a budget PC, i thought it would be better to go for the AMD 8350 CPU (Any advice on this?)
and my main concern is the GPU. which GPU should i get to be able to run games smoothly and at the same time have a rig capable of delivering decent 3D/video editing experience?
I'm a game designer and it's important to have a rig which can run both games and 3D/video editing softwares smoothly.
I'm assuming spending about £400 for CPU and GPU.

would I be better of getting a 4g RAM GPU like the EVGA NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 4GB:

http://www.cclonline.com/product/110776/04G-P4-2647-KR/...

or would i be better off getting a 2g RAM GPU like the Palit NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB

http://www.cclonline.com/product/86942/NE5X66TH1049-104...

All helps and comments are appreciated
a b à CPUs
August 28, 2013 1:45:27 AM

What kind of games are we talking?

Currently working on this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£218.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.15 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£50.80 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (£155.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £526.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-28 09:46 BST+0100)
August 28, 2013 4:22:49 AM

X79 said:
What kind of games are we talking?

Currently working on this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£218.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£101.15 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£50.80 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card (£155.99 @ Aria PC)
Total: £526.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-28 09:46 BST+0100)


We're talking about hi-end games. Crysis, BF,COD, etc.

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a b à CPUs
August 28, 2013 5:53:36 AM
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Well I think it would do well.

The CPU certainly won't have a problem with gaming.

The GPU is midrange and you'd want to upgrade it later on if you get problems.

Just tried to change it to a Ti version to see the price. Changed RAM a bit too.

But presuming you won't want SLI:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£218.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£63.53 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£54.98 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£190.97 @ Dabs)
Total: £528.47
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-28 13:54 BST+0100)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-28 13:53 BST+0100)

Then the motherboard can be lowered and you can get a much newer GPU.

Alternatively, if you can go a bit over, you can get a 4GB card:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£218.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£63.53 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£54.98 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 670 4GB Video Card (£209.60 @ Scan.co.uk)
Total: £547.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-08-28 13:56 BST+0100)

But it'll get more expensive if you add SLI, which is a shame, because the 670 scales well.
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