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i5 3570k w/HD4000 OR i3 3225 w/HD4000 OR FX 6300 w/GT 640 OR FX 8350 w/GT640

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February 4, 2014 11:05:49 AM

I am looking to build my first PC and having read through comments and benchmarks on various forums am even more confused that what I started off with.

My main intention is to use it for: watching dvd / blu ray movies (either from PC or netflix) (60%), watching 3D movies on PC (15%), gaming (10%), editing home made vids and photos in lightroom / photoshop (10%) and general surfing (5%).

I am looking to build a PC that will last for 5-7 years (future proof)

In looking at this from cost perspective, each of the 4 options are very close (approx between £300-£350 which is my budget as well) and hence adding to further confusion - details below.

I already have Silverstone GD05b, 120GB SSD, 3TB HDD and hence will not need to buy these.

Questions:
a) am looking to buy Corsair CX430. Will this be adequate for my requirements?
b) of the 4 options, which one do you think I should go with? personally I am inclined towards option 1 or 4 but that's simply because these are one of the latest processors
c) I intend to use 3 internal fans supplied with GD05b. Will this be adequate for cooling?
d) If Intel option, is HD4000 good enough for my usage or will need to upgrade within a shortwhile (presuming my usage pattern remains same)
e) I will be plugging my HTPC to my 55" TV as well as to another monitor. does this mean I will have to have additional graphic card with my intel options below?

Sorry for the length of my message.


My build info in no order of importance/priority (all prices in GBP):
Option 1 (£343):
i5 3570k - £161
Asus P8Z77-V LX Motherboard - £80
8gb RAM - £65
Corsair CXM430 - £37

Option 2 (£283):
i3 3225 - £98
Asus P8Z77-V - £83
8gb - £65
Corsair CXM430 - £37

Option 3 (£301):
AMD FX6300 - £83
Asus M5A78L - £49
8gb RAM - £65
Corsair CXM430 - £37
GT 640 - £67

Option 4 (£378)
AMD FX8350 - £145
Asus M5A97 - £64
8gb - £65
Corsair CXM430 - £37
GT 640 - £67
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February 4, 2014 11:18:15 AM

Staying to the lower end of your budget, if you plan to game at all, I would go with something like this.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£80.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£35.94 @ CCL Computers)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£58.43 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card (£92.28 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£37.63 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £304.67
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-04 19:17 GMT+0000)

Same build with a better motherboard, if you intend to overclock past 3.9-4.0.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£80.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£65.48 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£58.43 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card (£92.28 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£37.63 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £334.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-04 19:18 GMT+0000)
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February 4, 2014 11:25:03 AM

You come across one of the phrases I hate the most, "future proof". Rewind the clocks back to the early to mid 90's - a 486 with 4MB of RAM was "future proof" - and if you had a CD-ROM....

No one can predict the evolution in operating systems that will be released, unless you are an employee of Microsoft or one of their competitors. Even then - to peer 5 years into the future, you still may not know.

logaino has a decent system within your budget - It is a good middle of the road build...and should give you a good amount of use.
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February 4, 2014 9:43:31 PM

ronintexas said:
You come across one of the phrases I hate the most, "future proof". Rewind the clocks back to the early to mid 90's - a 486 with 4MB of RAM was "future proof" - and if you had a CD-ROM....

No one can predict the evolution in operating systems that will be released, unless you are an employee of Microsoft or one of their competitors. Even then - to peer 5 years into the future, you still may not know.

logaino has a decent system within your budget - It is a good middle of the road build...and should give you a good amount of use.

There's no way any of those builds will last 10 years, especially because of the speed of technology haha

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February 5, 2014 8:24:12 AM

One can't predict the future - all you can do is get a "good build" based on TODAY's standards. Next month may have the same standards - and maybe even next year, or you may be upgrading next year....
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