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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


  • 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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