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Intel alternatives to current build

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July 16, 2012 11:37:56 PM

Hi,

I am building a new gaming system. My current build is below:


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8150 3.6GHz 8-Core Processor (£158.50 @ CCL Computers)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: Asus M5A97 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£63.56 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£46.56 @ Scan.co.uk)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive (£73.91 @ Scan.co.uk)
Hard Drive: Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£113.63 @ CCL Computers)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£251.74 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT LEXA S (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£58.78 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: XFX 550W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£49.99 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer (£12.88 @ CCL Computers)

Total: £856.20


I am satisfied with most of my component choices. However, I was wondering if I could:

1. Change CPU and mobo to a better Intel Cpu
and
2. Possibly get a better gpu

Whilst staying under £930.

Also, if you have any alternative suggestions for the other components, I will be happy to consider them

Thanks in advance

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July 16, 2012 11:39:07 PM

Sorry, i got the price wrong. I meant £930.
July 16, 2012 11:44:25 PM

I really hesitate to recommend the FX-8150 due to all the problems it's been having - and Windows 8 certainly isn't going to fix things.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£176.60 @ Scan.co.uk)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£45.98 @ Dabs)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 EG 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive (£86.40 @ CCL Computers)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£65.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£252.98 @ Dabs)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£79.68 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£69.45 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On DS-8A8SH DVD/CD Writer (£19.46 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £933.18
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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July 16, 2012 11:47:33 PM

sorry for going over by 30 pounds but i made a large increase in graphics, large increase in CPU performance and got a very good case.
July 16, 2012 11:48:50 PM

g-unit1111 said:
I really hesitate to recommend the FX-8150 due to all the problems it's been having - and Windows 8 certainly isn't going to fix things.

Try something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£176.60 @ Scan.co.uk)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£45.98 @ Dabs)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 EG 1TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive (£86.40 @ CCL Computers)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£65.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£252.98 @ Dabs)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£79.68 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£69.45 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On DS-8A8SH DVD/CD Writer (£19.46 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £933.18
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)


im pretty dam sure he wants a SSD not a 5400rpm hard drive and a 7200rpm hard drive
July 16, 2012 11:50:52 PM

TheBigTroll said:
im pretty dam sure he wants a SSD not a 5400rpm hard drive and a 7200rpm hard drive


How did I miss that one? :lol: 

Fixed:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£176.60 @ Scan.co.uk)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£45.98 @ Dabs)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£65.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£84.99 @ Dabs)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card (£252.98 @ Dabs)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£79.68 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£69.45 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On DS-8A8SH DVD/CD Writer (£19.46 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £931.77
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

With this build you could also drop the SSD and get a GTX 670 and it would come out about the same. You could also get this with an SSD and it would still not even top £1000:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£176.60 @ Scan.co.uk)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£26.65 @ Scan.co.uk)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£109.99 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£45.98 @ Dabs)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£65.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£84.99 @ Dabs)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card (£298.40 @ Scan.co.uk)
Case: NZXT Phantom 410 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case (£79.68 @ Scan.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£69.45 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Lite-On DS-8A8SH DVD/CD Writer (£19.46 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £977.19
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
July 16, 2012 11:52:53 PM

dude, samsung 830 is cheaper and is slightly better
July 17, 2012 12:01:01 AM

What 670 manufacturer would you recommend?
July 17, 2012 12:03:37 AM

asus or evga. either one is fine. id go with asus since they have a much better cooling design than evga
July 17, 2012 12:04:40 AM

jf812 said:
What 670 manufacturer would you recommend?


EVGA has the best warranty and support department. I'm not a fan of the monster 3-slot design Asus uses, especially if you plan to SLI / Crossfire.
July 17, 2012 12:06:50 AM

its 2 slot. the 3 slot goes to the 680
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