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April 7, 2014 1:25:02 AM

Hi,

I'm building a new computer with a budget of roughly 600pounds, below you will see 2 specs, one for an AMD build and one for an Intel build. The advice I need is on compatibility, whether everything will fit in each case and whether the PSU is strong enough for the system. Thanks in advance and I am currently buying the parts from Aria.co.uk so if you know anywhere cheaper, that would be appreciated too. P.s I dont need a HDD, but I maybe considering an SSD for my OS.

Intel Core i7-3770
8GB (2x4GB) GeiL EVO CORSA 1866MHz
MSI GeForce GTX 650 OC 2048MB GDDR5
GIGABYTE GA-H77N-WIFI Intel H77 (Socket 1155)
750W ARIAnet ACE Xtreme Series Power Supply
Samsung 224DB 24x DVD Re-Writer
Zalman Z9 Black Midi Tower
120mm Cooler Master SickleFlow

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AMD (Piledriver) FX-8350 4.00GHz
8GB (2x4GB) GeiL EVO CORSA 1866MHz
MSI 970A-G46 AMD 970A
MSI Radeon R9 270X Gaming Edition OC 2048MB
750W ARIAnet ACE Xtreme Series Power Supply
Sharkoon Bulldozer Black/Blue Mid Tower Gaming Case

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April 7, 2014 1:38:27 AM

you could start with this template for intel build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor (£128.39 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: ASRock B85M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£50.38 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£59.26 @ CCL Computers)
Storage: Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£52.98 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card (£189.90 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Cooler Master K380 ATX Mid Tower Case (£37.51 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£11.72 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £577.12
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-07 09:38 BST+0100)
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April 7, 2014 2:17:40 AM

The most important question is what are you doing with it? If you're gaming then AMD Radeon's build is perfect (however putting an mATX mobo in an ATX case is kind of a waste.) The reason I ask is that the difference in GPU tiers between your two builds is enormous; the 270X is significantly more powerful. Also, you've elected two 8 thread processors, which would indicate that you favor content creation. 4 cores is the sweet spot for gaming.
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April 7, 2014 3:29:18 AM

Here is an AMD build you might consider, since Intel build was made by AMD Radeon.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor (£104.00 @ Amazon UK)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 Evo 43.1 CFM CPU Cooler (£15.96 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£64.75 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Kingston Beast 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£53.98 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£47.99 @ Aria PC)
Video Card: MSI Radeon R9 280 3GB Video Card (£203.84 @ Dabs)
Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.68 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply (£46.98 @ Aria PC)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £587.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-07 11:32 BST+0100)
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April 7, 2014 10:11:38 PM

I'd personally go with an Intel build compared to an AMD build.
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