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New Year, time to update my gaming rig

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January 6, 2013 12:56:42 PM

Hey Guys

Looking for some advice please.

I have a now elderly gaming setup and am looking to upgrade. I have an Antec 900 Case and a decent PSU which I would like to keep.

On the list for replacement are :


I also plan to buy an SSD, I was considering splitting this between a 60 GB SSD for the OS and another 250gb to run my steam games. Then just using my old HDDs for photos, music, backups, etc

I mainly play at the moment Secret World, EVE, Dishonored, Assasins Creed Family, etc. I do not have widescreen monitors, I have older monitors running standard resolution which I am fine with.

I have spent, as we all do, too much tme searching and changing my mind so I am giving in :) 

My initial choice was the FX6100 s thats about the budget I was looking at for a processor, I did not want to spend more than £500 total..

Anyone have recommendations ?? :) 



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January 6, 2013 1:18:22 PM

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-H77-DS3H
RAM: G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600MHz
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD7870 Hawk

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($95.23 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($239.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $578.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-06 10:32 EST-0500)
January 6, 2013 1:34:12 PM

Well, I think at UK prices that would break the bank

here is what I have so far :

FX6100 - 84 quid
Asus 970 Mobo - 64 quid
Corsair 16GB CL10 Vengeance - 60 quid
Nvidia GT 640 - 73 quid

Disks/mounting kits - 200 quid

So thats within budget, so some critique or alternates in the same price range sphere would be appreciated.
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January 6, 2013 1:45:26 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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January 6, 2013 1:47:46 PM

What are disks/mounting kits and why are they so expensive? If you're talking about 2.5" mounts they are cheap

Anyway, I suggest you change the cpu to an FX-4300, get 8GB of 1600MHz memory and get at least a Radeon HD7770 or 7750 which smokes the GT640 any day
January 6, 2013 1:56:58 PM

ok, thanks, would an intel processor be better, i3220 are same price today on amazon ??
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January 6, 2013 1:59:56 PM

It depends on the usage. For gaming, the i3-3220 is usually faster although the FX-4300 is pretty close as well in certain games. If you want to go Intel, get that cpu, a B75 motherboard, 4-8GB RAM and a GTX650ti/Radeon 7850 1GB(faster, but slightly more expensive)

I honestly think you should go intel because I've seen benchmarks on Assassin's Creed 3 and Intel cpu dominates AMD
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January 6, 2013 2:00:19 PM

Yes an i3 would be better than a 6100. However, a 6300 would be slightly better than an i3.
January 6, 2013 2:01:24 PM

ok, thanks very much, will go the intel route and spend extra on the graphics, apprecaited.