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£400 Budget build for friend, how does it look?

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February 10, 2014 7:59:46 AM

I'm helping my friend pick parts and hes selling his xbone which he rarely uses to get a PC. The idea is he'll start off with this and then for his birthday in July he'll get a better GPU like an R9 270X and another stick of RAM.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2QKQH

How does it look? He also wants to add an SSD and bigger HDD when he can afford it. My main concern was the motherboard and im wondering if he'd be better off with something like an ASUS M5A97 R2.0 which is what i have. I'm also wondering how it would fair up against an APU build for the same price.

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February 10, 2014 8:28:24 AM

Alright starter build but I've changed the HDD to a 3.5inch HDD(standard PC size instead of 2.5inch which is laptop size) same storage space.

Also put in a CPU cooler because the fx-6300 stock cooler is as good at cooling as a turd and changed to a slightly better motherboard.

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2QLpD

also this gigabyte board is better than the M5A97 R2.0 incase you want to look at it: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-ga... - contains 8+2 Power connectors which draw power to the CPU cleaner and better than the M5A97. Feel free to post feedback/response.
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February 10, 2014 8:35:59 AM

Thanks, he's on a really tight budget and that looks great with the things you changed so i'll show him it. I already own and M5A97 R2.0 with my AMD FX 8350 build so can't really change it, but how much difference would that gigabyte mobo make because it draws power to the CPU cleaner?
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February 10, 2014 8:45:27 AM

I know you own a M5A97 and cannot change, I meant if you were looking at him maybe getting the same 8350 setup in the future. It allows the CPU to draw power cleaner and more efficiently(I'm not a massive experts on the scientifics) but 8+2 power means more overclock headroom for the 8320/50, that I do know.

here's a build I was just playing with that will be a better build than the original one I posted originally(

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/2QMCB this build will game better than the build above though, in the short term.

however it will need a new mobo/cpu if you want to use FX-series. The HDD is of an adequate size and for £10-15more you can have a 1TB.
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February 10, 2014 8:50:39 AM

AshyCFC said:
I know you own a M5A97 and cannot change, I meant if you were looking at him maybe getting the same 8350 setup in the future. It allows the CPU to draw power cleaner and more efficiently(I'm not a massive experts on the scientifics) but 8+2 power means more overclock headroom for the 8320/50, that I do know.


Oh ok, i was never planning to overclock with my current motherboard and would have bought a much more expensive one if i was going to. Would you recommend FX 6300 w/R9 270x or A10 7850K and an R7 card running in dual graphics?
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February 10, 2014 9:07:35 AM

FX-6300 and the R9 270x all day, Dual graphics with APU's are a flop and as for the 7850K I see no reason for its existance other than to make a point/marketing. The standout APU of that generation is the A8-7600(due to it's performance per watt and pricing)

also check post above for an edit with an alternative build.
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February 10, 2014 9:16:12 AM

Thanks the alternative build looks good but he will be upgrading his PC gradually over the next year and i think the other one u listed will offer a better base starting point :) 
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