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April 16, 2012 10:50:05 PM

I am looking to build a computer as my laptop is on its last legs. I normally use my laptop for 3D modeling, photo/texture editing and some light gaming (assassins creed 1 is probably the newest game I will play as I have just got an xbox). I don't have a huge budget and was thinking along the lines of an a6 3500 and AMD 6670 but am open to other sugestions. I have herd the i3 2120 is supose to be good in graphic intensive programs but and I could stretch to it but would it be worth it? What would be the best set up for my needs?

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April 17, 2012 5:18:34 PM

Hi,
Sorry didn't see that post.

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next month (but may have to put it off for longer if I don't get paid)

Budget Range: £0-£450

System Usage from Most to Least Important: 3D modelling (google sketchup mainly), Photo editing, gaming, internet surfing, watching films.

Parts Not Required: OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon.co.uk

Country: England

Parts Preferences: 16" minimum monitor, prefer AMD but not essential, 512mb graphics card or above prefer 1gb.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

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April 17, 2012 5:44:40 PM

A little bit over budget but here you go - this isn't including monitor, I don't think you can go that low unless you sacrifice the GPU:

Case: Cooler Master Elite 371 - £35.98
PSU: Corsair CX600 - £53.52
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 - £75.22
CPU: 3.1GHz Intel Core i3-2120 - £94.98
RAM: 8GB Corsair Vengeance Low Profile 1600MHz 1.5V - £39.74
HD: 750GB Seagate Barracuda ST - £77.70
Optical: Sony DVD Burner - £15.82
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6850 - £98.02

Total: £500.57

If you can include your peripherals (monitor/keyboard/mouse/speakers) in a separate budget that would be ideal.
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April 17, 2012 9:05:29 PM

Hi,

Sounds good, I might go for a slightly cheaper motherboard and graphics card to bring it on budget.

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April 17, 2012 9:07:48 PM

The i3-2120 does pretty well. Running one right now and I use my computer for performance gaming and some work here and there. Really limited by my GPU and lack of uses ;) 
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April 17, 2012 11:01:20 PM

boiler1990 said:
The i3-2120 does pretty well. Running one right now and I use my computer for performance gaming and some work here and there. Really limited by my GPU and lack of uses ;) 


Yeah that's why I never recommend skimping on the GPU.
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