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AMD phenom II x4 965 or Intel i5 2500K?

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February 10, 2013 10:51:25 AM

Hello everyone,
I'm planning on upgrading my computer soon by replacing my current AMD athlon II X4 640 CPU and 760GM-P23 (FX) motherboard- father please forgive me of my sins. Anyway as you can see I'm wondering what to upgrade too. AMD appeal to me as it's in my price range (about £100), however I can get an intel i5 2500k if I look around hard enough on ebay. I want this system to last me all through university which I'll be going to in September 2014- provided all goes well. I would prefer a ATX motherboard so if I did ever want to use crossfire/ SLI or overclock I could. I haven't chosen a GPU to upgrade yet but I've got some ideas in mind and I'm not focused on that just yet. I'm going to give myself a budget on £220 at the very very maximum. I use my computer really for games, watching films and listening to music. I don't have many heavy duty programs. I'm hoping you guys can help me out and any ideas would be much appreciated.
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George
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February 10, 2013 11:28:29 AM

If you can spend a maximum if 220 pounds, then going woth an overclockable Core i5 and a decent motherboard will be a challange (if we're talking new).

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (£157.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£62.99 @ Novatech)
Total: £220.98

That's a bit over your budget and it's the absolute cheapest option.

But if you're using your PC for mainly gaming, then your best option is upgrading the graphics card.
I suggest going for a HD 7950.
http://www.aria.co.uk/SuperSpecials/Other+products/XFX+...
Yes it will be bottlenecked by your current CPU, but i'm pretty sure it would still deliver great performance.
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/radeon_hd_7970_cpu...
February 10, 2013 12:14:01 PM

I am happy to buy second hand parts (provided they work and I feel comfortable with them). So should you suggest an AMD setup instead for my budget?
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February 10, 2013 1:35:01 PM

Well, If you're gaming only, your best bet is going for a high end GPU, so you don't really need to upgrade your CPU.
With that said you can always upgrade to something like this.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Intel-Core-i7-950-3-06-GHz-Qu...
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gigabyte-GA-X58-UD5-With-full...

I'm not very familiar with shopping from Ebay, but at 14 pounds, this is an incredible deal. It's actually better than the Intel Combo i listed above.
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