System Usage from Most to Least Important: Want to play the latest games on decent settings, light video editing, coding/compiling software
Parts Not Required: Speakers, OS, DVD Burner
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: aria.co.uk or amazon.co.uk
Which of these two builds would you recommend? How could I change them to reduce costs? (I know I can remove the SSD from the AMD build...)(Please don't say downgrade to an i3 on the intel build as I have an i3 in my laptop currently and I want to feel like im getting an upgrade...)
If your budget permits a 2500K, that is as good as it gets. Do not discount the value of the option to oc the cpu on a Z68 motherboard. With a simple single bios setting
you transform a 3.3 cpu into a 4.0 or 4.3 cpu. Preserve that option.
I think for gaming, the 550ti is a bit weak. See if you can't find a way to a GTX560ti or stronger. The graphics card is the real engine for gaming, and not so much as the cpu. A better balance of a weaker cpu and a stronger gpu would give you better gaming. The i3 in your laptop is a low power version, and not nearly as strong as a i3-2120. That said, I would stick with the 2500k. One can easier upgrade a graphics card later than a cpu.
The ram you picked is fine. Don't chase faster speeds or fancy heat spreaders. Sandy bridge is insensitive to speed. A two stick(4gb each) gives you dual channel support. Not that it matters much.
Your first list link does not work for me. You reference a SSD in it.
Considering the current high prices of hard drives, might you consider using a small SSD instead of a hard drive for the os and a few games or apps to start with. 60gb would be ok, but 80 gb or more would be better. Later, you could add a hard drive for expansion when you need more room for less active files.
Do not go down the future sli/cf preparedness path. It will cost you more now for what may well be a bad upgrade in the future. Your 500W psu will handle a 7970 that is overkill for a single monitor.
If you ever need more graphics power, just sell your old card and replace it with a stronger one.
Don't want to sound stupid but I've put together 4 different intel builds now and theres always something i'm not getting quite right.
Can anyone put together an i3 and an i5 build for me on aria for £600 or under?
I need a monitor with the build but I don't really need an OS, Optical Drive or a keyboard and mouse.