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Best bang for your buck £550-600 gaming and editing pc

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October 29, 2013 3:19:24 PM


Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week

Budget Range: £550-600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, video editing, photoshop and surfing the internet.

Are you buying a monitor: No




Do you need to buy OS: No


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Websites that ship to England

Location: Essex, England.


Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1080p

Additional Comments: Would like it to run Photoshop and sony vegas pro (video editing software)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Laptop is on it's last legs and I would like to take gaming to the pc revolution. gaming
a b 4 Gaming
October 29, 2013 3:32:32 PM

You can go with something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£107.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£65.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.99 @ Novatech)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£171.83 @ Dabs)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£48.58 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.56 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £591.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-29 22:32 GMT+0000)
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October 29, 2013 3:44:18 PM

PepitoTV said:
You can go with something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£107.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£65.00 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.99 @ Novatech)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£171.83 @ Dabs)
Case: Corsair 300R ATX Mid Tower Case (£59.90 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (£48.58 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.56 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £591.82
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-29 22:32 GMT+0000)


Looks like a really nice build man, might go with AMD as there cheaper and better for my buck, hows the XFX 7950? also there might be ways to make this cheaper
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a b 4 Gaming
October 29, 2013 3:51:15 PM

For budget builds, AMD usually is recommended. XFX is a respectable AMD partner and you can find reviews of their cards over the net.

For making this cheaper, you can downgrade the CPU to an FX-6300 without losing to much performance (although the edition component of the computer can use those 8 cores). Also, you can get rid of the aftermarket CPU Cooler if you won't overclock the CPU (the MoBo will not let you overclock that much in the first place though). And finally, you can get a cheaper GPU, namely a GTX 660 Ti or an HD 7870/R9 270x that should be cheaper while performing slighty lower than the 7950.
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October 29, 2013 4:18:43 PM

PepitoTV said:
For budget builds, AMD usually is recommended. XFX is a respectable AMD partner and you can find reviews of their cards over the net.

For making this cheaper, you can downgrade the CPU to an FX-6300 without losing to much performance (although the edition component of the computer can use those 8 cores). Also, you can get rid of the aftermarket CPU Cooler if you won't overclock the CPU (the MoBo will not let you overclock that much in the first place though). And finally, you can get a cheaper GPU, namely a GTX 660 Ti or an HD 7870/R9 270x that should be cheaper while performing slighty lower than the 7950.


so the cpu recommended is good for this system and will be fully used, and if I downgraded to the 6300 it would be less powerful? also the GPU thinking of sticking to a 7950 purely because there newer and slightly better cards than the 7870, I hear the XFX card has poor cooling and gets very hot and is loud so might take a look at other models. Also I would like to keep a Cpu cooler for overclocking purposes especially forr only £24.
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a b 4 Gaming
October 29, 2013 4:32:08 PM

For gaming purposes you won't notice much difference between the 6300 and the 8320 as their only difference is that the 8320 has 2 more cores which aren't really used by many games. However for other applications such as video editing/rendering those 2 cores will make a noticeable difference.
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October 29, 2013 4:48:32 PM

PepitoTV said:
For gaming purposes you won't notice much difference between the 6300 and the 8320 as their only difference is that the 8320 has 2 more cores which aren't really used by many games. However for other applications such as video editing/rendering those 2 cores will make a noticeable difference.


hmm I suppose in the long run the 8 core would do me more favours, cheers man I'm gunna see what other parts there are I will use this build as a guide cheers :)  will post on here soon

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October 30, 2013 4:49:29 PM

What about this?
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (Purchased For £103.99)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (Purchased For £23.00)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (Purchased For £67.98)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (Purchased For £44.98)
Storage: Western digital 1tb 7200rpm £41
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (Purchased For £160.00)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case (Purchased For £47.98)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply (Purchased For £41.80)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (Purchased For £15.58)
Total: £501.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-30 23:48 GMT+0000)

£550 :o  looks good too
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a b 4 Gaming
October 30, 2013 5:14:01 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£71.99 @ Aria PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.99 @ Novatech)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£163.99 @ Aria PC)
Case: Inwin MANA137 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£24.16 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£48.99 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer (£12.31 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £591.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-31 00:13 GMT+0000)

Better CPU than anything AMD can bring for gaming, with a future to crossfire if you upgrade the PSU, this is what I would take.
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October 30, 2013 5:19:02 PM

spat55 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£167.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£71.99 @ Aria PC)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.99 @ Novatech)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£41.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card (£163.99 @ Aria PC)
Case: Inwin MANA137 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£24.16 @ CCL Computers)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£48.99 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer (£12.31 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £591.41
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-31 00:13 GMT+0000)

Better CPU than anything AMD can bring for gaming, with a future to crossfire if you upgrade the PSU, this is what I would take.


damn it so many choices, I've never really dived into Intel builds, only made AMD builds on partpicker how good is this build compared to the AMD one above?
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October 31, 2013 4:41:08 AM

Think I'm sticking to AMD better for me as my 1st build
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November 1, 2013 5:14:23 AM

please please can someone help me I need to buy a pc asap
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