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Best CPU Under £150 For Video Rending/Gaming

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February 8, 2013 10:26:32 PM

Hey I'm looking to start to build my first computer. I know a lot about pc's and building them and I am ready to start building my first custom made computer. The currant system I have is a Dell Inspiron 531 and I have just finished upgrading it so that it is up todays standard (low to mid range pc). I do a lot of HD video rendering for the YouTube channel I have and with the current CPU I have an Athlon 64 X2 6000+ it just doesn't do the job to well as its only a dual core so this is why I want to build a custom pc that I can design for video rendering in specific. I still want it to be able to do normal tasks and work well with games. I don't have a lot of money a would ideally want to pay below £150 so basically I cannot afford to by an i7. I don't mind an AMD or Intel CPU but would i5 still be better than a Phenom II or an FX at video rendering and gaming this is where I would like you to help me out for my budget is it better to go with an i5 or an Phenom II or an FX and also with the budge which would be the best I5, Phenom II or FX I could get?
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February 8, 2013 10:42:09 PM

If you change your CPU to something moder, you'll also have to change your motherboard and RAM. An i5 is totally off the tables if $150 is the combined budget for board, CPU, and memory.
February 8, 2013 10:46:23 PM

blazorthon said:
If you change your CPU to something moder, you'll also have to change your motherboard and RAM. An i5 is totally off the tables if $150 is the combined budget for board, CPU, and memory.

No £150 is my max processor budget so the £150 is for the processor only
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February 8, 2013 10:50:15 PM

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53550
That's the best that £150 will get you for a gaming oriented CPU at stock. FX would be better for some non-gaming workloads (IE getting an eight core FX CPU and using it for work that can make use of all eight threads effectively), but this i5 will do better in gaming at stock until such a time where most games are more well-threaded.
February 8, 2013 11:06:01 PM

blazorthon said:
http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80637i53550
That's the best that £150 will get you for a gaming oriented CPU at stock. FX would be better for some non-gaming workloads (IE getting an eight core FX CPU and using it for work that can make use of all eight threads effectively), but this i5 will do better in gaming at stock until such a time where most games are more well-threaded.

Thanks for the advice I was looking at the FX due to its 8 cores and lower price tag but the I5 runs faster in a lot of tasks from benchmarks I have seen but over all do you think that the FX will run better for programs like Sony Vegas?
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February 9, 2013 12:37:01 AM

IDK, I'm not particularly familiar with Sony Vegas. The FX-8xxx series (especially the FX-8320 and FX-8350) does have an advantage over the i5s in most workloads that can effectively utilize all eight cores.
February 9, 2013 11:37:42 AM

blazorthon said:
IDK, I'm not particularly familiar with Sony Vegas. The FX-8xxx series (especially the FX-8320 and FX-8350) does have an advantage over the i5s in most workloads that can effectively utilize all eight cores.

Thanks will look into that
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