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October 22, 2013 2:10:56 PM

Which of these two PC builds would be best for gaming?

Build 1 (Intel)
CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£140.34 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Asus P8B75-M LX PLUS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£55.17 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£38.20 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB Video Card (£117.38 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case (£29.99 @ Ebuyer)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£55.73 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.38 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £493.18

Build 2 (AMD)
CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£84.65 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: Biostar TA970 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£61.62 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: PNY XLR8 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£37.87 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£43.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti 2GB Video Card (£117.38 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (£46.55 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£55.73 @ Dabs)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.38 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £460.17

One problem is I need to get the Intel build down to £460.
I will be using Windows 7 and my screen resolution is 1366x768. (I dont know if that is relevent).
Any recommended changes are much appreciated.
Thanks a lot.

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a c 387 4 Gaming
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October 22, 2013 2:16:18 PM

They will perform the same. The lower end GPUs will not allow for the i5 to stretch its legs enough to make any difference over the 6300.
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October 22, 2013 2:29:31 PM

tiny voices said:
They will perform the same. The lower end GPUs will not allow for the i5 to stretch its legs enough to make any difference over the 6300.


Should I go for a cheaper i5 then to lower the price or should I just go with the AMD build?
I am trying to keep everything open for upgrades too.
I thought the 650 Ti 2GB was quite good? Is it not? (I know its not unbelievable but I mean for my budget).
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a c 387 4 Gaming
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October 22, 2013 2:35:24 PM

A gtx650ti isn't even powerful enough to use 2gb Vram. It would be better to get a 1gb card and save money. You will not be playing at anything more than medium settings in new games at 1080p.
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October 22, 2013 2:47:41 PM

tiny voices said:
A gtx650ti isn't even powerful enough to use 2gb Vram. It would be better to get a 1gb card and save money. You will not be playing at anything more than medium settings in new games at 1080p.


Really? That's gutting. Would you recommend any other GPU?
I wont be running 1080p though, my screen is only 768p, will that mean I'll get better performance?

Sorry I really dont know much about all of this.
Thanks for the replies.
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a c 387 4 Gaming
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October 22, 2013 4:47:09 PM

Yes you will get better performance. High settings at 60fps in new games? Likely not. I would try to get an hd7850 for high-ish settings at your resolution in new games.
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October 22, 2013 11:03:21 PM

tiny voices said:
Yes you will get better performance. High settings at 60fps in new games? Likely not. I would try to get an hd7850 for high-ish settings at your resolution in new games.


thanks a lot then, i will go for that, just what cpu haha?:) 
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a c 387 4 Gaming
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October 23, 2013 5:27:33 AM

Either will be fine. There will be no major difference at all. YEs, the i5 is better but with a 7850 and your resolution I would just save the money and get the 6300.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 23, 2013 5:48:18 AM

Agree with tiny voices. At that resolution,the 6300 with the 7850 would be best to get better game performance whilst saving money. I'm not sure about power conumption,though.If it's relatively low,a 500W might suffice.That being said,it's always safer to err on the side of having more wattage headroom(not in excessively,though).Don't want your PSU to blow on you.
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a c 387 4 Gaming
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October 23, 2013 7:32:10 AM

500w would be more than enough easily. This computer will suck no more than 250w under FULL load
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a b 4 Gaming
October 23, 2013 7:45:54 AM

Ah, just out of curiosity,would a 6300 and 7870 need a psu higher than 500w? If it didn't then DStewart might be able to use the money he might save from getting a 500w psu and use that to hopefully bump up that 7850 to a 7870.
Good idea?
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a c 387 4 Gaming
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October 23, 2013 7:47:41 AM

As long as it is Antec, XFX, COrsair, Seasonic 500w will be plenty for ANY single GPU and a 6300.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 23, 2013 7:49:52 AM

Good news for DStewart,then. A 6300 with a 7870 is pretty good,given his screen limitation. Not overkill though,is it?
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a c 387 4 Gaming
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October 23, 2013 7:51:50 AM

It will be all he needs to play at ultra settings in most games.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 23, 2013 7:59:06 AM

You sir,tiny voices,have mentioned words that the OP would be most pleased to read
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October 23, 2013 9:32:33 AM

Thanks a lot for all the feedback, really appreciated. I have went for a Corsair CX 500w PSU and an XFX Radeon 7870 XT 2GB (the XT was only a little more expensive than the regular 7870). Thanks a lot to the both of you. :) 
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