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September 4, 2013 10:55:01 AM

I am going to be building my own PC soon and I was wondering if the AMD FX6300 Black Edition is a good processor for a £400 budget (Not including monitor or OS) I already have a case and optical drive.
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September 4, 2013 10:59:31 AM

It depends on what you're going to do with it.
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September 4, 2013 11:00:44 AM

Seladon said:
It depends on what you're going to do with it.


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September 4, 2013 11:02:17 AM

For gaming, it is one of the better choices for a budget gaming rig when matched with a good graphic card. What resolution is your monitor?
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September 4, 2013 11:03:52 AM

Willmo said:
I am going to be building my own PC soon and I was wondering if the AMD FX6300 Black Edition is a good processor for a £400 budget (Not including monitor or OS) I already have a case and optical drive.
Thanks!


FX 6300 is a great all around budget chip.
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September 4, 2013 11:06:47 AM

I say that it depends on what he's going to do with it, because of the fact that for £400 he's not going to be able to use it for gaming, because it will eat up too much of the budget, nothing will be left for the GPU.
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September 4, 2013 11:16:06 AM

Seladon said:
I say that it depends on what he's going to do with it, because of the fact that for £400 he's not going to be able to use it for gaming, because it will eat up too much of the budget, nothing will be left for the GPU.


I disagree completely. His budget doesn't include monitor, OS, case, or optical drive. Getting a respectable budget gaming rig wasn't really difficult at all.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£86.39 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£22.85 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£48.29 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.99 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card (£94.90 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£49.98 @ Ebuyer)
Total: £399.39
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-04 19:15 BST+0100)
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September 4, 2013 11:41:04 AM

Willmo said:
Changing the subject a bit now but is this a good Graphics Card? Just found it and doesn't look half bad. http://www.cclonline.com/product/84781/4260183362609/Gr...


No. Not suitable for gaming at high-ish settings and high-ish resolution. What is the resolution of your monitor?
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September 4, 2013 11:46:32 AM

I don't have a monitor at the moment and im prbably going to get a 24 inch. I dont know what resolution
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September 4, 2013 11:51:17 AM

The monitor's resolution will play a large part in the frame rate/frame time you'll get with any card. If you end up with a 1920x1080 monitor, I'd not go less than HD 7850 or GTX 650ti if you want to play at high settings. If you go with a smaller rez monitor, you can drop down in price on the card.
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September 4, 2013 12:00:10 PM

Someone reccommened the AMD 7870HD but that is too expensive for me. I need a cheaper alternative which is almost as good
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September 4, 2013 12:10:13 PM

The above mentioned HD 7790 would be a good alternative. Or the HD 7850 I mentioned. Or would you rather go Nvidia?
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September 4, 2013 12:16:03 PM

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The above mentioned HD 7790 would be a good alternative. Or the HD 7850 I mentioned. Or would you rather go Nvidia?

I honestly don't mind, aslong as I am getting the best I can. Is this a good build for £500? CPU: AMD FX-4130 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor (£71.29 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£52.68 @ Aria PC)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£40.99 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.99 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7790 1GB Video Card (£94.90 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£34.99 @ Maplin Electronics)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£69.96 @ CCL Computers)
Monitor: BenQ GW2255 60Hz 21.5" Monitor (£91.14 @ Dabs)
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September 4, 2013 12:24:51 PM

The older Bulldozers (FX-x1xx) are slightly inferior to the newer (FX-x3xx) Visheras. See what you can get a FX-4300/4350 or 6300/6350 for. Don't forget, there's always Intel too.

Edit: I think I mixed up comments from a different OP I'm working with right now. My apologies.
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September 4, 2013 12:27:30 PM

I was the one to propose him that, and the thing is that the FX-4130 is about £20 cheaper, and the performance difference is honestly not that big. It's there, but well, when you're on that kind of budget, you got to tighten up a bit.
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