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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


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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

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While you are upgrading, avoid AMD if you can.
If you could at all shop around and afford to pay about £30 more, a core i7 would be much better. Example: http://www.amazon.co...2&condition=new

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I went with the stuff in the previous post in the end. I didn't have osx in mind at the time but now I've got intel I decided to go ahead and install ML.





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