So this is my first time posting on a forum, of any sort! I use TH a lot though and its been very useful over the years.
The following build is on a budget, kind of. I want to build the best PC I can for as little money as possible, the total for the following build is £816.94, though components individual prices will be listed. Also, I am in the UK, so the site restrictions are obvious.
You will probably all point out that though the Bulldozer wasn't a failure, it was by no means a success and has been all but beaten by the i5-2500k. I have had a long think about this and will be looking to go down the AMD route long term because of the cost efficiency, also, the Piledriver looks like it could utilize the cores much more, this is on top of Windows 8 optimisation for the existing Bulldozer/Piledriver technology.
One main feature of my PC is to keep it as quiet as possible running at borderline-idle. I would like to leave data transfers and downloads on over night without it disturbing me, as I sleep in the same small room. I realise this is a compromise on cooling efficiency, not so much for the FD R4 as I've read, and will be looking to experiment with overclocking but it s by no means a necessity.
I am very much looking to the future with this build, hence the 8-core (Surely they will be utilised in the near future?) and partcular investment in the quiet and cool-running case. Though I am half expecting/planning to upgrade to Piledriver upon release.
I might note that I already have a Monitor (1920x1080) that will be upgraded but in quite a long time. Also, I have a 1TB Seagate Barracude 7200RPM, I also have a 3TB version of the same type. In addition I already have an optical drive that is sufficient for now.
To be honest... if you want the added cost.. i would suggest an i5 3570k i love the processor to death, and yes Bulldozer is a flop. and i would pair the i5 with a decent Z77 board with OC capabilities
But when the price difference is circa £40, is it really not worth just gettin for the first chip of my new build? When the overall price exceeds £800 I am prepared to make them kind of jumps in performance.