Spec Me A New Build Please....

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Hello All,

I have been out of building my own computers for some time so I really need some help building a new computer for myself. All I need is motherboard, CPU, ram, power supply and graphics card. The machine will be used for photo editing, general use/web surfing and I would like to do some games. I don't need anything else as I have some old stuff I will be recycling into this build. I currently play DC universe and would like to get back into call of duty type games.

My budget is not very high as I have sold all my old bits to pay for this build and I am not allowed to spend anymore than £315 for all bits. My old rig was a dual core lenovo so anything is an upgrade on that. I will be gaming at 1920 x 1080 but I am really not fussed about having settings on high or even using that high of a resolution.

I am happy to consider anything amd, intel or nvidia so please help me build something which will get me back into the custom built pc as I have missed it so much.

Oh and I will be running Windows 8.

Thanks all in advance.
 
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I would go for a trinity build, something like this but you may want to ask about the motherboards as i dont know which are good or bad

YOUR BASKET
1 x AMD A10-5800K Black Edition 3.80GHz (Socket FM2) APU Trinity Quad Core Processor (AD580KWOHJBOX) £95.99
1 x ASRock FM2A75M-DGS AMD A75 Chipset (Socket FM2) DDR3 Micro ATX Motherboard £52.99
1 x Avexir MPower Series 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (AVD3U16000904G-2CM) £29.99
1 x Cooler Master Elite Power 500W Power Supply £29.99
Total : £222.46 (includes shipping : £11.25).



Leaves you with £100 which i would hold on to for a 7850 if your not happy with the gaming performance at the beginning
 
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Thank you. Does anyone know what a Trinity setup is like? Is it any good? I really would prefer a quad core cpu though, what are the AMD Bulldozer chips like as you can buy one for sub £100?

Is this spec anygood.

AMD Bulldozer FX-6 Six Core 6200 Black Edition 3.80Ghz (Socket AM3+) Processor - Retail £99.95
(£83.29) £99.95
(£83.29)
Gigabyte HD 7770 OC 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card w/ FARCRY3 & 20% MOH WarFighter PC Games £95.99
(£79.99) £95.99
(£79.99)
Gigabyte 970A-DS3 AMD 970A (Socket AM3+) DDR3 Motherboard £59.99
(£49.99) £59.99
(£49.99)
Cooler Master Elite Power 500W Power Supply £32.99
(£27.49) £32.99
(£27.49)
Corsair XMS3 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CMX8GX3M2A1600C9)


Also what are the GTX 650's like as these are roughly the same price. Sorry for all the questions it just so confusing to me....
 
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7770's are better than the 650 which is worse than a 550TI. Which the 7770 still beats.

Also are you looking for a CPU upgrade later on? The Pentiums are not as good as the Piledrivers but you can upgrade to a I5 later on which is much better than the Piledriver.

Also don't buy that PSU. Get something like the OCZ Corestream 500W. Or an XFX 450W.
 
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Thank you, I will be looking to keep this system for well over a year minimum. I would prefer amd Radeon cards as I thought my old 4850 was very good at the time. My work laptop is an i3 2310 2.10ghz and I was very dissapointed in it, but I would hope the desktop i3's would be better as I was looking at the ivybridge model... is this correct?

Will something like the XFX 450w power 2 - 3 hdd's 1dvd and the 7770? Seems quite a lower power model.
 
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Right I think I have got it down to these two final choices -

option 1 - Intel -




Intel Core i3-3220 3.30GHz (Ivybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor (77W) - Retail



£99.95
(£83.29)

£99.95
(£83.29)





MSI HD 7770 GHz Edition 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card



£79.99
(£66.66)

£79.99
(£66.66)





Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard with FREE 16GB USB 2.0 PEN



£75.98
(£63.32)

£75.98
(£63.32)





OCZ CoreXtreme 500w '80 Plus' Power Supply



£32.99
(£27.49)

£32.99
(£27.49)





Corsair XMS3 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CMX8GX3M2A1600C9)



£29.99
(£24.99)

£29.99
(£24.99)


option 2 - AMD




AMD Bulldozer FX-8 Eight Core 8120 Black Edition 3.10Ghz (Socket AM3+) Processor - Retail



£109.99
(£91.66)

£109.99
(£91.66)





MSI HD 7770 GHz Edition 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card



£79.99
(£66.66)

£79.99
(£66.66)





ASRock 970 Extreme3 AMD 970 (Socket AM3+) DDR3 ATX Motherboard



£65.99
(£54.99)

£65.99
(£54.99)





OCZ CoreXtreme 500w '80 Plus' Power Supply



£32.99
(£27.49)

£32.99
(£27.49)





Corsair XMS3 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CMX8GX3M2A1600C9)



£29.99
(£24.99)

£29.99
(£24.99

Both come in around the £310 - £315 mark.

Very interested in the AMD system but what would you all choose?
 
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And now a workmate has offered me his i7 d930 x58 board 6gb ram and a 1000watt power supply for £235... what would you guys go for as i wont be able to upgrade the i7 without replacing the board as i would be able to upgrade the i3?
 
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