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

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/Graphics-Cards/EVGA-GeForce-GT-640-4GB-Graphics-Card/VGA0994/

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/NE5X66TH1049-1043J/Graphics-Cards/Palit-GeForce-GTX-660-Ti-JETSTREAM-Graphics-Card-2GB-GDDR5-PCI-Express-3-0-DisplayPort-HDMI-2x-DVI-/VGA0709/

All helps and comments are appreciated
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  1. 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)
  2. 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.
  3. Best answer
    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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