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November 5, 2013 5:02:11 AM

i am getting a Radeon R9 280x and am looking for a CPU, motherboard and RAM bundle around £400. i already have a GS700 power supply and a Corsair 350D.

I am looking for either a FX 8350 or i5 4670K not sure what's the best, 8gbs of ram 1600mhz plus and just a generally good motherboard.

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November 5, 2013 5:16:34 AM

AMD suggestion:

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/pYdS
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/pYdS/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/pYdS/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£143.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£100.84 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£71.90 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £340.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-05 13:16 GMT+0000)

EDIT: Not sure why the ram is more expensive here, give me a sec to fix it.
EDIT 2: here we go

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/pV7U
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/pV7U/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/pV7U/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor (£143.99 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£100.84 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.99 @ Novatech)
Total: £328.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-05 13:20 GMT+0000)
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November 5, 2013 5:18:55 AM

Intel suggestion:

PCPartPicker part list: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/13uxc
Price breakdown by merchant: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/13uxc/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/13uxc/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£174.69 @ Ebuyer)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£99.29 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.99 @ Novatech)
Total: £357.95
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-05 13:18 GMT+0000)
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November 5, 2013 5:20:38 AM

BTW do you need a copy of windows included in the price?
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November 5, 2013 5:23:07 AM

JOOK-D said:
BTW do you need a copy of windows included in the price?

thanks for that, i have a copy of windows and two hard drives forgot the mention that sorry.
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November 5, 2013 5:26:00 AM

And to decide between AMD and intel, here's a little draft I've had written up. AMD is definitely performing well with the introduction of these newer games btw.

The difference between AMD and intel for gaming.
Firstly, you need to decide what your priorities are, and what you will use the PC for.
Things such as: light gaming, heavy gaming, basic work (e.g. MS Office), heavy work (e.g. video editing, 3d modeling).
For the most part in current games the biggest difference will be made by the selection of the GPU. Get a great GPU + worse CPU rather than worse GPU + great CPU.

The AMD FX CPU's have many cores, which are weaker.
intel i5's have less cores, which are stronger.

The intel's consequently have better performance per core. In older games, the intels perform much better as those games are optimised for good performance with only a few cores (single-threading).
In newer games, the AMD FX's really shine due to the introduction of games using more cores (multi-threading).

The difference comes in depending on what you want to use the PC for. If you're on a tight budget, save some money and go with the AMD and spend the extra money on a better GPU that will give you better performance than any CPU could.

i5: Good for older games (single-threaded), Good for newer games (multi-threaded), Good for general work, great all-round CPU and probably the best around for current games (may change in future).
AMD: Slightly worse for older games (single-threaded), Great for newer games (multi-threaded e.g. BF4, Crysis 3), Good for light/heavy work, extra cores are great for 3d modeling and video editing or rendering, great CPU whilst costing much less than the intel. Even though it's worse in older games it will run them perfectly well and smoothly.

Regardless, both will perform well.
For an i5, I would recommend an i5 3570k or a 4670k. Why? They are king for gaming performance at the moment and since they are the k version they are unlocked and can be overclocked in future for a performance boost.

For an AMD, I would recommend a FX 6300/8320/8350 [Do NOT go with a bulldozer CPU, only piledriver. List here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piledriver_(microarchitecture) <-- That should all be one link, not sure why it splits.]. Why? Great multi-threaded performance for newer games and heavy work, are just fine in older games (not overkill, can deliver smooth frame rates maxed with a good GPU), and are great for productivity with a tame pricetag.

In conclusion, budget gaming/work: AMD. Not on a budget gaming/work: i5. The i5 currently delivers better performance but don't get the impression that the AMD is lagging behind. They are great for gaming and work with a really great pricetag, just not currently up there with intel. In newer games though such as BF4 the AMD's have caught up in performance and in some cases deliver better performance than the intel's for much less money. You will get great, smooth FPS with either.
Either solution will game just fine with a nice GPU, focus mainly on that.

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November 5, 2013 5:29:43 AM
November 5, 2013 5:36:46 AM

JOOK-D said:
And to decide between AMD and intel, here's a little draft I've had written up. AMD is definitely performing well with the introduction of these newer games btw.

The difference between AMD and intel for gaming.
Firstly, you need to decide what your priorities are, and what you will use the PC for.
Things such as: light gaming, heavy gaming, basic work (e.g. MS Office), heavy work (e.g. video editing, 3d modeling).
For the most part in current games the biggest difference will be made by the selection of the GPU. Get a great GPU + worse CPU rather than worse GPU + great CPU.

The AMD FX CPU's have many cores, which are weaker.
intel i5's have less cores, which are stronger.

The intel's consequently have better performance per core. In older games, the intels perform much better as those games are optimised for good performance with only a few cores (single-threading).
In newer games, the AMD FX's really shine due to the introduction of games using more cores (multi-threading).

The difference comes in depending on what you want to use the PC for. If you're on a tight budget, save some money and go with the AMD and spend the extra money on a better GPU that will give you better performance than any CPU could.

i5: Good for older games (single-threaded), Good for newer games (multi-threaded), Good for general work, great all-round CPU and probably the best around for current games (may change in future).
AMD: Slightly worse for older games (single-threaded), Great for newer games (multi-threaded e.g. BF4, Crysis 3), Good for light/heavy work, extra cores are great for 3d modeling and video editing or rendering, great CPU whilst costing much less than the intel. Even though it's worse in older games it will run them perfectly well and smoothly.

Regardless, both will perform well.
For an i5, I would recommend an i5 3570k or a 4670k. Why? They are king for gaming performance at the moment and since they are the k version they are unlocked and can be overclocked in future for a performance boost.

For an AMD, I would recommend a FX 6300/8320/8350 [Do NOT go with a bulldozer CPU, only piledriver. List here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piledriver_(microarchitecture) <-- That should all be one link, not sure why it splits.]. Why? Great multi-threaded performance for newer games and heavy work, are just fine in older games (not overkill, can deliver smooth frame rates maxed with a good GPU), and are great for productivity with a tame pricetag.

In conclusion, budget gaming/work: AMD. Not on a budget gaming/work: i5. The i5 currently delivers better performance but don't get the impression that the AMD is lagging behind. They are great for gaming and work with a really great pricetag, just not currently up there with intel. In newer games though such as BF4 the AMD's have caught up in performance and in some cases deliver better performance than the intel's for much less money. You will get great, smooth FPS with either.
Either solution will game just fine with a nice GPU, focus mainly on that.


I am going to be using the for gaming and my college work so i will probably go the intel route with the i5 4670k for the likes of battlefield 4, AC BF etc.

Thanks for the help
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November 5, 2013 5:38:06 AM



Except in single-threaded (generally older) games where the intel will have the upper hand :)  The AMD is perfectly capable though, delivers great FPS.
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November 5, 2013 7:27:32 AM

Anthonyk96 said:
JOOK-D said:
BTW do you need a copy of windows included in the price?

thanks for that, i have a copy of windows and two hard drives forgot the mention that sorry.


Remember that if it is OEM you need another copy as I'm pretty sure OEM copies can only be registered to one computer.


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November 5, 2013 7:29:50 AM

sora said:
Anthonyk96 said:
JOOK-D said:
BTW do you need a copy of windows included in the price?

thanks for that, i have a copy of windows and two hard drives forgot the mention that sorry.


Remember that if it is OEM you need another copy as I'm pretty sure OEM copies can only be registered to one computer.




Usually tied to the motherboard, correct. Apparently there are workarounds and if you call M$ and tell them your old mobo died then they allow you to reuse the code. Not the most ethical thing to do, but then again neither is charging £70 for an OS you can only use once. :p  Never done it myself, It's just what I've read.
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