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New £1800 Build (Conflicted :P)

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October 17, 2012 6:40:30 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Next month or two

Budget Range: £1800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Watching Movies, Graphic Design and College Work

Are you buying a monitor: Yes



Do you need to buy OS: No (WIndows 7 Ultimate)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Aria.co.uk ebuyer.com overclockers.co.uk

Location: England

Parts Preferences: No CPU specifics but preferably an Nvidia GPU

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x720+

Additional Comments: None

Right the thing I am conflicted on is whether the GPU heavy AMD FX build will beat the Intel Sandy Bridge E CPU (not so much heavy but the GPU is not as good as the AMD's one)

So here are the specs and the links to both full lists (on aria.co.uk)

Intel Build
Intel Build List @ aria.co.uk

CPU: Intel i7-3930K professionally Overclocked up to 4.60GHz*
*Due to the unpredictability, idiosyncrasies of each specification, and nature of Overclocking, we will provide a stable Overclock from 4.40-4.60GHz.

RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance LP (4x4096) DDR3 1600MHz Quad-Channel Memory

GPU: GIGABYTE WindForce GeForce GTX 670 OC 2048MB

PSU: 1050W Seasonic X-1050 80PLUS Gold Modular Power Supply

CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock PRO 2 Dual Fan Quiet CPU Cooler

Case: Cooler Master 690 II Advanced

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-X79-UP4

SSD: Crucial M4 256GB

HDD: 2TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM

Monitor: 24" HANNS-G HGHL249DPB

Total Price:£1786.94
So as you can see this build has a really good CPU which comes overclocked to 4.40-4.60GHz and with a CPU cooler, Motherboard and 16GB of RAM. However due to the price of this build I managaed a 670 which of course is not bad at all but well here is the AMD build which is £20ish more.

AMD Build

AMD Build List @ aria.co.uk

CPU: AMD FX-8150 3.60GHz (4.20GHz Turbo)

RAM: 16GB (2x8GB) Corsair Vengeance LP

GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 690 4096MB

PSU: 1050W Seasonic X-1050 80PLUS Gold Modular Power Supply

CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock PRO 2 Dual Fan Quiet CPU Cooler

Case: Cooler Master 690 II Advanced

Motherboard: ASUS CROSSHAIR V FORMULA AMD 990FX

SSD: Crucial M4 256GB

HDD: 2TB Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM

Monitor: 24" HANNS-G HGHL249DPB

So this one has the AMD 8 Core CPU as well as a GeForce GTX 690 and other than that (Bar Motherboards as obviously they couldn't be the same) is pretty much the same.

I already have a decent Mouse, Keyboard and Headset so will not be needing to add those to the price :)  any advice is appreciated on making these builds better but please keep around the £1800 mark

More about : 1800 build conflicted

October 17, 2012 6:53:51 PM

I'd get the Intel build, but you;r overkilling the Intel build. You should get:
An i7-3770K
A 650w PSU
LGA 1155 motherboard
October 17, 2012 6:54:14 PM

Then, you would be able to fit in a 690 into that Intel build.
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October 17, 2012 6:59:22 PM

Will a 650w be able to handle a 690?
October 17, 2012 7:16:16 PM

Woops, my mistake. However, for gaming, especially at 720p/1080p, you will not need more than a 670 to max out games.
October 17, 2012 7:34:31 PM

Okay, would you recommend getting a 670 and what size PSU?
October 17, 2012 7:38:32 PM

intel i7 2600k/3770k
1155 board
nvidia 670 or amd 7970(for gpu acceleration for the design work)
650 watts
ssd 128 gb or higher

October 17, 2012 7:41:24 PM

I wouldn't get less than a 850W PSU, ESPECIALLY if powering a GTX 690
October 17, 2012 7:48:59 PM

Depending on your work, you should see which is best. The 670 or the 7970. Both will need a 650w PSU.
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