I have re-done my £400 budget PC build spec to fit the price better. It is now AMD based instead of Intel therefore bringing the price down! Now I am just wondering if all the parts are compatible and good! Here's the spec!
As far as PSUs are concerned, be informed. Before you buy any PSU read accurate, objective PSU reviews at reputable sites such as www.jonnyguru.com or www.hardwaresecrets.com on the EXACT model PSU that you are interested in as some brands have good and poor quality PSUs.
You can also get an accurate rating of how much PSU power is required for your current or future system at the PSU calculator link below. Once you know the total PSU watts required then you need to confirm that the 12v rail has enough amps. to support your Vid card(s) and the rest of the PC system.
There are several websites that show the Vid card power consumption in watts. Divide the watts by 12 to determine the amps. required on the 12v rail(s). Add 15 amps for the rest of the PC on the 12v rail and you now know the Minimum total 12v rail amps required under full load. It's best to have at least 5-10 amps. reserve on the 12v rail available under full load so the PSU is not loaded to 100%.
It's also worth noting that people often misunderstand the 80% power rating. This is a rating of the PSU's energy efficiency not it's output. 80% plus PSUs use less grid power to produce the same PC power. If it's 80% Bronze, Silver or Gold the cost savings on electricity is pretty small between Bronze, Silver and Gold unless you are paying very high rates for electricity so any 80% rated quality PSU is fine even if not Gold. For those who leave their PC on 24/7 a quality 80% PSU is a good investment.
The Intel system will be better even if you overclock the AMD one but whether its £40 better im not sure, if its a purely gaming rig then the 965 will not hold back the 6870 so its not worth £40. If your not overclocking you could get the Intel one with a i3 2100 that would make it a few £s cheaper and slightly better performance than the AMD one. If you are overclocking add this to the AMD build http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Cooling/CPU+C...