Stuck between two builds and a few parts - Gaming PC

Hey there, I'm still trying to decide whether or not to build an AMD Phenom II X4 965 build with a 5870 HD GPU or an i5/i7 build with some of the same things but obviously different motherboards.

I'm thinking of buying off, as it's the only one I really know.
The computer will be for gaming but also for some media based tasks such as recording and mixing audio for Uni.

I came across a bundle offer on the website which is as follows:

Radius Core i5 Bundle Overclocked at 4gHz:
Intel Core i5 750 Quad Core Processor
4GB (2x2) Corsair XMS3 DDR3 Memory
Asus P7P55D LE Intel P55 Express PSS Motherboard
Akasa AK-CC017 Freedom Tower CPU Cooler


I would need a case, possible a HAF 922? a monitor for high resolutions for gaming and Windows 7 64 Bit.

The HAF 922 case is: £107.62

Perhaps a: 650W Corsair Professional CMPSU-650HXUK, Modular PSU with 80PLUS Bronze Certification for £92.40.

The Phenom 965 is fairly cheap at £136.95 but how different is it to the i5? Or even the i7 and would there be a huge difference between them all?

There probably isn't much need to wait for the Fermi cards is there?

My budget would be about £1000 but if I could go much lower I would.

Thanks guys :).
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  1. If you go AMD I would go with the 955 over the 965 no real need for the 965. It is just a slight factor over clock compared to the 955 and you can do that yourself and save the 10 bucks or so.

    Also look for the Hyper 212+ cooler it is only about 30 USD and is possibly the best bang for the buck when it comes to Coolers.

    Lastly I highly recommend the HAF 922 it is a great case with great cooling, and will fit whatever graphics card you buy.

    As far as the 955 compared to the i5-750. The i5-750 is better at gaming however it has little to no upgrade path with the Mother board you will have to get.

    I would say if you are going to be able to get the 5870 with the i5 go that route if not switch to the 955 and get the 5870.

    Assuming the monitor you get is at least 19xx as far as resolution goes.
  2. Thanks for your reply,

    Is that CPU really OC'd to 4gHz as it says on the site? That would be great but the temperatures could be very high.

    I've found the 212+ cooler, it's £20 which is good.

    The 5870 here is £326

    Are there any other builds I could make and maybe OC at a later date as I'm totally new to OC'ing.

  3. I also came across these two monitors:

    Slightly expensive


    Looks simple and more affordable.

    If I do have to go over budget then I'll have to wait a little while longer before I complete the build.
  4. Heres one I came up with:

    I know I'm missing a monitor but that could come later, anything else I'm missing or replacements for these parts?

  5. i would still get the 955 over the 965 but looks good.
  6. Cool, was thinking that I might as well get the 965 for only about 8 quid more. I know I can overclock the 955 and get the same results too.

    Im a bit worried about the quality of some of the components. It's hard to find combo deals here in the UK; or maybe I'm not trying hard enough.

    Thanks again.
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