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Gaming PC Upgrade (£500) Intel or AMD?

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January 14, 2014 1:47:12 AM

My current build which is coming up to 5 years old (with a few upgrades in between) is really starting to lag behind. I've recently upgraded the PSU, HDDs and GPU, so it's basically just the CPU, MOBO and RAM.

It's primarily used for gaming so I need best performance for the price really. I'd probably do a bit of overclocking as well, so that price would need to include a decent cooler as well.


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a b 4 Gaming
January 14, 2014 1:56:15 AM

I would go with an i5 4670k + asrock z87 extreme3 for cpu + mobo. Noctua NH D14 is a nice cooler for the job too.
a b 4 Gaming
January 14, 2014 2:04:07 AM

i would suggest to go with following options:
Processor: Intel Core i5 4670K
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero
Ram: G Skill Ripjaws F3-10666CL9S-4GBRL (2X4gb)
Cpu Cooler: Cooler Master 212 evo (best for bit of overclocking)

And if you are looking little bit higher with processor, i7 4770k will be all u need.

Good luck :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
January 14, 2014 2:04:41 AM

you get what you pay for.most of the time intel cpu's compared to amd cpu's have the same price to preformance.
you can see intel has better preformance per core.the i5 has 4 core but the fx has 8 cores.
the i5 is better in overall than the fx plus lower power consumption with intergrated graphics.
in games you wont need more than 4 cores 3 cores are having more preformance per core is what you need.
a b 4 Gaming
January 14, 2014 3:04:31 AM

Gaming is less depending on the CPU but more on the GPU, in any case here's a great list of parts:
url=]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor (£239.99 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.90 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Asus Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£149.81 @ Ebuyer)
Memorypc: G.Skill Trident X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory (£79.99 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £493.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-14 11:00 GMT+0000)

I did match the colors as well :p  Enjoy