Intel alternatives to current build

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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  1. Sorry, i got the price wrong. I meant £930.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.)
  6. dude, samsung 830 is cheaper and is slightly better
  7. What 670 manufacturer would you recommend?
  8. asus or evga. either one is fine. id go with asus since they have a much better cooling design than evga
  9. 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.
  10. its 2 slot. the 3 slot goes to the 680
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