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January 1, 2014 5:30:57 AM

Hi.

I would like to build a PC for around £700 that I can use mainly for gaming and a small amount of photo-editing. I would like some help deciding on whether to go with Intel or AMD.

I was thinking of doing something like this:

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor or Intel Core i5 4430
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard or Gigabyte H87 GA-H87M-D3H
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Storage: Seagate SV35.5 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card [?]
Case: Zalman Z12 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Seasonic S12II-520 520W ATX12V

Please give me your opinions on which CPU/mobo combination I should go for. I would also like advice on the graphics card.

Thank you very much! :) 

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January 1, 2014 5:37:37 AM

While the i5 is more than capable than everything you have listed as your uses, the 8350 is approximately equal to a i5 4670, so the AMD processor will most likely be your best bet in this situation. I would also suggest trying to get a 760 or a R9=290 as a GPU option, however you will be just fine with that GPU
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January 1, 2014 5:37:44 AM

The question is are you going to overclock? If not go with the Intel but if you are going to then AMD. The GPU is a good mainstream card but either build can handle better GPU no problem GTX760 for example.
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January 1, 2014 5:40:11 AM

Go for an i5 3570k. Also, look at this video- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-x9B_4qBAkk which explains Nvidia's PhysX. If you like it then get a GTX660 or else, get an R9 270X or an HD7870. I suggest you go for a PSU which has upwards of 600W. If you plan on OCing and get an Intel CPU, go for one with a 'k' at the end of the model number. This indicates that it's unlocked and can be OCed.
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January 1, 2014 5:45:14 AM

rolli59 said:
The question is are you going to overclock? If not go with the Intel but if you are going to then AMD. The GPU is a good mainstream card but either build can handle better GPU no problem GTX760 for example.


+1

If you end up with intel, you'll want to use 1600mhz memory.

Also, for your purposes, I would recommend buying a 2 TB hybrid drive (SSHD) instead of an SSD and HDD and putting the saved money towards a stronger video card (The Seagate DX 2TB is about $135). The hybrid drives are strong in read access times, which is what you need for gaming, boot time, opening applications, and the vast majority of things done with a consumer PC.

It's a little weird (but in a pleasant way) watching a drive get faster over time, as it learns which files are most frequently accessed and copies them to the SSD portion of the drive.
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January 1, 2014 6:12:43 AM

rolli59 said:
The question is are you going to overclock? If not go with the Intel but if you are going to then AMD. The GPU is a good mainstream card but either build can handle better GPU no problem GTX760 for example.


I'm new to building PCs, so in the near future, I will probably not overclock. I might do in a couple of years though. Do you recommend it?
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January 1, 2014 6:17:40 AM

jonathan_b said:
rolli59 said:
The question is are you going to overclock? If not go with the Intel but if you are going to then AMD. The GPU is a good mainstream card but either build can handle better GPU no problem GTX760 for example.


I'm new to building PCs, so in the near future, I will probably not overclock. I might do in a couple of years though. Do you recommend it?


In that case I would go with the Intel build since upgrade time would be coming along anyway. Even the 3 gen old I5 2400 is better at many things than the FX8350 at std clocks http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/697?vs=363
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January 1, 2014 6:24:46 AM

quilciri said:
rolli59 said:
The question is are you going to overclock? If not go with the Intel but if you are going to then AMD. The GPU is a good mainstream card but either build can handle better GPU no problem GTX760 for example.


+1

If you end up with intel, you'll want to use 1600mhz memory.

Also, for your purposes, I would recommend buying a 2 TB hybrid drive (SSHD) instead of an SSD and HDD and putting the saved money towards a stronger video card (The Seagate DX 2TB is about $135). The hybrid drives are strong in read access times, which is what you need for gaming, boot time, opening applications, and the vast majority of things done with a consumer PC.

It's a little weird (but in a pleasant way) watching a drive get faster over time, as it learns which files are most frequently accessed and copies them to the SSD portion of the drive.


Thanks for the tip about going with an SSHD, that never occurred to me and I'll do as you suggest . :) 
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January 1, 2014 7:36:26 AM

There's a lot of different suggestions about graphics cards. I want to spend about £150 and I don't really have a preference as to AMD vs Nvidia. I think I'm going to go with the i5 4670K now.
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January 5, 2014 4:59:05 PM

jonathan_b said:
Hi.

I would like to build a PC for around £700 that I can use mainly for gaming and a small amount of photo-editing. I would like some help deciding on whether to go with Intel or AMD.

I was thinking of doing something like this:

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor or Intel Core i5 4430
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard or Gigabyte H87 GA-H87M-D3H
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
Storage: Seagate SV35.5 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card [?]
Case: Zalman Z12 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case
Power Supply: Seasonic S12II-520 520W ATX12V

Please give me your opinions on which CPU/mobo combination I should go for. I would also like advice on the graphics card.

Thank you very much! :) 


If you are going AMD get a better motherboard with a 990fx chipset so you have a top quality power phase (you'll need it for an 8 cores if overclocking) also you will get more PCI express lanes if you decide to crossfire allowing x16 on 2 cards.
Don't waste your money on 1333 memory, the 8350 has an 1866mhz controller. A 6 core version will overcock better, have less heat issues and will perform as well as the 8 core most of the time.
I do a lot of overclocking, in my experience (with older nvidia cards, not tried new) they don't work well with AM3+ cpu's so go AMD to be on the safe side.

If I had 700 bucks to blow at once I'd be tempted to go Intel, I'm only AMD because I build my systems gradually.
If you go with intel prioritise what you consider to be the most important components and upgrade the weaker ones later. The i5 is a dear processor but will hold it's money, AMD stuff is cheap 2nd hand, I got an 8120 for £80 about a year ago and recently picked up a brand new fx 6300 for £66 delivered brand new.

I'm waiting for AMD to come up with something better soon, if not my next rig is going to be Intel, just need to decide on the socket.

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January 5, 2014 6:53:20 PM

jonathan_b said:
There's a lot of different suggestions about graphics cards. I want to spend about £150 and I don't really have a preference as to AMD vs Nvidia. I think I'm going to go with the i5 4670K now.


R9 270X http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/sapphire-video-card-112...
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