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New components - CPU, GPU, Case, Motherboard (<450 pounds)

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December 26, 2013 1:39:31 PM

Hey guys! Hope you had a great Christmas! Yesterday I was blessed with some money so wanting to spend it on upgrading my PC :)  For a long time now my PC has been having issues, and I am not sure what it is... whether the cpu or gpu is at fault. I can run games on high graphics but as soon as I go into an area where I can see far, or if there is lots of smoke in CS:GO, the fps drops and the game stutters.

I havent recently had time to read about components and see what is the best at the moment. I was wondering if someone could please help me with choosing a new CPU, motherboard, case and GPU all for lower than 450 pounds. The main game I want to play is ARMA 3 (and RO2), so a good CPU is a must! Thing is, I will probably order the CPU, motherboard and case first to see if it is my CPU at fault and not my 5870. If there are still issues afterwards then I will also purchase the GPU.

An intel based system is preferable however if you feel an AMD build will be better than that is great ^^

Many thanks!
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December 26, 2013 4:23:01 PM

What cpu,motherboard and ram do you have now?

The next could be a nice upgrade,

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£143.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£55.80 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Grey 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.95 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£179.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £439.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-27 00:21 GMT+0000)

Oooh....duh,forgot the case. :kaola: 

The next build than,

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£132.08 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£55.80 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Grey 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.95 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£149.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £444.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-27 00:33 GMT+0000)

At least something to chose between.:p 

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December 26, 2013 6:20:14 PM

Vic 40 said:
What cpu,motherboard and ram do you have now?

The next could be a nice upgrade,

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£143.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£55.80 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Grey 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.95 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£179.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £439.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-27 00:21 GMT+0000)

Oooh....duh,forgot the case. :kaola: 

The next build than,

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£132.08 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: ASRock H87 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£55.80 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Grey 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.95 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£149.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £444.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-27 00:33 GMT+0000)

At least something to chose between.:p 



Hey man, thanks so much for your reply ^^

My cpu is an amd x4 965 and I have an asrock motherboard. Luckily I dont have to get ram! I only need a cpu, gpu and case ^^ I already have everything else already... :D  :D  :D 

Between the 1st and the 2nd build which one would you feel would have better performance? As in which has the better GPU :p  I used to know all of this stuff!!! Grrr!! A few years ago I knew which graphics cards were best etc - I havent even heard of a r9 270x ahaha!



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December 27, 2013 2:47:42 AM

jefw123 said:

My cpu is an amd x4 965 and I have an asrock motherboard. Luckily I dont have to get ram!

Kind of why i asked.
Have you tried to overclock the 965 to see if that would give better results?

jefw123 said:

Between the 1st and the 2nd build which one would you feel would have better performance? As in which has the better GPU :p  I used to know all of this stuff!!! Grrr!! A few years ago I knew which graphics cards were best etc - I havent even heard of a r9 270x ahaha!

The gtx 760 is the better gpu.
But sometimes there's just a marginal gap,that depends on the games you play,the more heavy games like crysis3,battlefield3,far cry3 and such favor the gtx 760.
In the next one about bf4 the difference between the two is negligible,
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/battlefield_4_vga_...
The r9 270x iust is cheaper for a still a good performance.If you're games aren't that gpu intensive and more cpu intensive you could choose this one and get a faster cpu.

With the next parts you would have the option to overclock in the future and make yor cpu even faster,

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£173.99 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£77.50 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card (£149.12 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £448.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-27 10:30 GMT+0000)

You could with the right psu still put a second r9 270X in it for crossfire.
Which psu do you have?

With the next parts you already would have a good cooler for overclocking,,

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£173.99 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS10X OPTIMA CPU Cooler (£16.70 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£77.50 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card (£137.35 @ Dabs)
Case: Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£47.98 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £453.52
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-27 10:33 GMT+0000)

I put an amd r9 270 (without the X ) in it,this one,imo,should be able to get overclocked to r9 270X levels.

A probably better cooler for a bit more,but i'm already over your budget,
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/cooler-master-cpu-coole...

Choices choices,it in the end it's up to you,but i would go for at least the first of these two and personally the second.

My advice is to look at the parts and look up some reviews about the different gpu's before making a choice,they're only a few clicks away.

Whether you want to overclock is a big part also,if not the normal 4670 with the ASRock H87 Pro4 board is already good enough.

Another thing,the case is filled with fans,which is a good thing,but there are three or four,i think four,off those that are blue led fans so if you don't like that pick another one.You can edit the list by clicking that on the right top corner of the parts list and look for something else.

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December 28, 2013 10:46:44 PM

If you have an aftermarket CPU cooler try and overclock your AMD x4 965 and tell us the results in some games haha. It might be worth it to keep it!
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