Budget Build for £300 or less

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by b0dyr0ck2006, Aug 31, 2012.

  1. b0dyr0ck2006 macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys and girls, I'm looking for a little advice. I'll save you the background story but needless to say I wish to upgrade what I have and have a budget of £300 max. Based in the UK.

    MY current specs are:

    CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
    Motherboard: Gigabyte M68M-S2P
    Ram: DDR2 4GB - 2x 2GB Kingston PC2-5300
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTS450 1GB
    PSU: Corsair TX 650w
    HDD: 2x 500GB Seagate SATA

    I'm running windows 7 64bit ultimate and would like to be able to play some of the newer games, which I'm finding my old CPU it's struggling to do. I also play with a bit of video editing and music creation and general basic coding etc. this is not just my gaming/work rig but also my HTPC so need it to run blu-ray smoothly and ideally optical audio to my receiver.

    So with a budget of £300 what would you do?


    I have been looking at two builds:

    • AMD Bulldozer FX-8 Eight Core 8120@8150 Black Edition 3.60Ghz (Socket AM3+) Processor - **£20 Cashback** £134.99
    • Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 8GB 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 Vengeance Memory Two Module Kit £38.65
    • ASUS AM3+ SABERTOOTH 990FX S/L £121.97
    • ​TOTAL £295.61

    OR

    • 1 x Intel Core i5-3570K 3.40GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - Retail £179.99
    • 1 x Gigabyte Z77-D3H Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard £84.98
    • 1 x OcUK Value 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit £26.99
    • Total : £303.36
     
  2. Primus84 macrumors 6502

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    The two CPUs seem much of a muchness. My personal preference would be the Intel.
     
  3. b0dyr0ck2006 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's what I was thinking. I might swap the ram to corsair though.
     
  4. b0dyr0ck2006 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So now a case of finding the deals.

    i5-3570K - Ebay - £156.99

    Z77-D3H - Amazon - £79.06

    GeIL Black Dragon 8GB - Overclockers - £31.19

    TOTAL: £267.24
     
  5. b0dyr0ck2006 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow three years ago I built this, that would explain why it needs an upgrade now. Haha
     
  6. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    8GB of RAM the type isn't that important, a quad core intel chip again anything ivybridge onwards is fine, and the best graphics card you can afford, it's the graphics card that will make all the difference in those AAA games nothing else matter too much
     
  7. b0dyr0ck2006 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    To be fair mate this thread is three years old. Since then I've upgraded to 16gb or corsair ram, 6tb hard drive and a Radeon 7780. Same cpu.
     
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