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August 31, 2012 1:21:25 PM

So I'm stuck in a corner here. On amd's side they have the fx 4170 for £95 and a £10 cashback offer. this seems a great deal for a 4.3/2 ghz quad core cpu. But on intel's side theres everything, i3 2120, i5 2310, i5 2400, i5 3450 ect.

What im trying to determine is whats the best processor for overall performance, gaming, rendering programs, general browsing, multiple programs open ect. I dont stick to one thing at a time. i could be playing minecraft while a runescape bot is open ect.

The budget i have for the processor is £130, my first thought would be a i3 2120 but the 2 cores and 4 threads make it seem it wont handle alot at a time and play Future games.

Now heres another question, what's the best gpu to pair up with this? I'd want to be playing games without having to limit anything (example closing down other applications, making resolution low) and i would like a minimum of 40 fps average. i have currently been looking at the radeon 6870 but theres a 6950 2gb or an nvidia gtx 560 / 560 ti or the 7850. I just cant decide :o 

My overall budget for the machine is 590 pounds.

How much the intel idea currently costs: £280 (excluding processor and gpu

How much the amd idea currently costs: £383 (including processor excluding gpu)

and I will need to be able to afford the windows7. but i can always get extra cash, so dont worry about that much.

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August 31, 2012 1:37:50 PM

unreal9400 said:
i5 3450


Just over his budget but yes, a good choice.
August 31, 2012 1:38:06 PM

overall the 4170 roughly matches the i3-2100, and because its a 2-module system, in many ways it should be treated as a 2-core, 4 thread system.
August 31, 2012 2:22:23 PM

@Mike, those are best for gaming. im looking to do more productivity aswell as gaming, i checked them out before and the prices vary from england. the two i5's after the 2120 cost around £150 not in my budget. whats the lowest end i5 sandy bridge? i would get the 2120 if it happened to be 4 core and a little more powerfull
August 31, 2012 2:34:13 PM

I guess it really depends on what you're doing - I think Intel has the edge in nearly every category for that price-point. I would go with an i5 and never look back. We just built a few desktops at the office using the i7-3770 - just plain ridiculous performance.

Might be worth it to look at Win8 because they're doing a killer promo for upgrading from most modern OS' (here's a UK friendly link - http://hexus.net/tech/news/software/44489-windows-xp-wi...)
August 31, 2012 2:42:47 PM

striiker said:

What im trying to determine is whats the best processor for overall performance, gaming, rendering programs, general browsing, multiple programs open ect. I dont stick to one thing at a time. i could be playing minecraft while a runescape bot is open ect.


striiker said:
@Mike, those are best for gaming. im looking to do more productivity aswell as gaming, i checked them out before and the prices vary from england. the two i5's after the 2120 cost around £150 not in my budget. whats the lowest end i5 sandy bridge? i would get the 2120 if it happened to be 4 core and a little more powerfull


geekapproved said:
I fail to see how an article called "best gaming cpu's for the money" relates to rendering and multi-tasking...... :lol: 


As you listed gaming first in your list i took that as your highest priority, simple.

If you look around you can find them at £140 and if you look harder you'll eventually come across a deal for one at 130, if not, its only a tenner up on your budget, not a huge splash if your serious about your rendering.
August 31, 2012 2:52:08 PM

And just to make things clear im talking about the i5 3450 at that price.
August 31, 2012 3:29:38 PM

Case - Cit vantage £31.00

Power Supply - Corsair 600W CX Series V2 PSU £53.00

MotherBoard - Asus P8P67 pro £78.99

CPU ?

Memory -Vengeance 1666mhz 2x4gb ram £33.75

GPU?

HDD - SanDisk SDSSDX-120G 120gb ssd £69.99

Optical Drive - Sony DVD±RW £13.68


total price: £280
Budget: £590 for the full build

so what can you suggest i go for, i would prefer it to go under the budget.
August 31, 2012 3:46:54 PM

Case - Cit vantage £31.00

Power Supply - Corsair 600W CX Series V2 PSU £53.00

MotherBoard - Asus P8P67 pro £78.99

CPU - intel i5 3450 £140

Memory -Vengeance 1666mhz 2x4gb ram £33.75

GPU - GeForce GTX 560 Ti £160

HDD - SanDisk SDSSDX-120G 120gb ssd £69.99

Optical Drive - Sony DVD±RW £13.68


total price: £580
Budget: £590 for the full build
August 31, 2012 4:04:48 PM

Thanks man, now to save up for windows 7. One thing though, am i going too overkill for what I need? is one of my parts going too expensive when there is something £20 cheaper but only a 10% dip in performance?
August 31, 2012 6:07:12 PM

No, it's not overkill.
It is a good thing to buy something that is future-proof.
An i7 with tons of memory and quad SLI is what I call overkill.
September 1, 2012 2:01:32 AM

I'd suggest an H77 board instead of the Z68
September 1, 2012 2:08:43 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor (£148.66 @ Ebuyer)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P45 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£48.90 @ Scan.co.uk)
Memory: GeIL EVO Leggara Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£35.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Storage: Sandisk 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£62.96 @ Ebuyer)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB Video Card (£147.04 @ Amazon UK)
Case: Xigmatek Asgard II Black/Silver ATX Mid Tower Case (£29.99 @ Overclockers.co.uk)
Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply (£52.92 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£12.67 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £539.13
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-01 03:08 BST+0100)
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