spec me a rig!

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I have £500 to spend on: A motherboard, CPU, RAM, GPU and PSU.

-I want to animate, render for uni and in the future with no problems.

-Moderate gaming at high levels (BF 3, skyrim)

-Monitor is currently 1600x900 but will upgrade soon to 1080P.

-I want to give piledriver a chance but would a i5 3750k do the job just fine?

-Im prepared to overclock.

I am not one for updating constantly so would want it to last for 3-4 years?

Many thanks!
 
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wow thankyou for a fast reply.
i have an antec 300 at the moment so so atx will be ok.

Yes they are SATA :)

@Bacon? The programs I use are Autodesk Alias, SolidWorks, Sony Vegas. My current Q6600 gets crushed by a 20 second animation I have produced. mores cores are better? :/
 
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Why an 8150? Piledriver is released now and if the programs are CPU intensive on the thread side over IPC then Piledriver would be better.
 
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To be honest I didn't expect it to be that much of an improvement but it seems to yield Ivy over Sandy advantages which makes it go from "ultra crap" to regular "crap" ;)

If the programs he uses can use all 8 cores then go for it! :) But if they use up to 4 then Intel all the way.
 
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Lets assume an AMD spec is desirable,

YOUR BASKET
1 x MSI HD 7850 Twin Frozr III OC 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Cards w/ FARCRY3, Nexuiz & Sleeping Dogs PC Games £169.99
1 x AMD Piledriver FX-8 Eight Core 8350 Black Edition 4.00GHz (Socket AM3+) Processor - Retail £149.99
1 x Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 AMD 990FX (Socket AM3+) DDR3 Motherboard £105.98
1 x Antec High Current Gamer 400W '80 Plus Bronze' Power Supply £40.00
1 x Corsair XMS3 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CMX8GX3M2A1600C9) £29.99
Total : £507.95 (includes shipping : £10.00).



The CPU is now on offer for the weekend.

The motherboard has support for it (not all boards or indeed revisions of the same board do)

The board supports SLI+Crossfire for the future, the PSU would need changing if you wanted to add dual GFX cards.
 
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Is a 400W PSU really enough stulid?

It may well be as the 7850 does not draw much power, but it just looks a bit fraught thats all :p
 
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Sorry bout pic, I'm on ipad and couldn't work out a better way.

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^

So like this?


YOUR BASKET
1 x Intel Core i7-2700K 3.50GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail £199.99
1 x MSI HD 7850 Twin Frozr III OC 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Cards w/ FARCRY3, Nexuiz & Sleeping Dogs PC Games £169.99
1 x Gigabyte Z77-D3H Intel Z77 (Socket 1155) DDR3 Motherboard £89.99
1 x Antec High Current Gamer 400W '80 Plus Bronze' Power Supply £40.00
1 x Corsair XMS3 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CMX8GX3M2A1600C9) £29.99
Total : £541.96 (includes shipping : £10.00).




The OP now has the links to each item, I swapped the Gigabyte board in as it doesn't suffer from locked/limited Vcore adjustment like the MSI does.

Also he doesnt get free delivery.
 
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hey guys, so I forgot to say that I have a 530W coolermaster PSU. I put the request there in case it was needed for CPU or RAM.
I also have 3 7200RPM HDD's in my current rig too so the money I save from some builds posted here minus the £40.00 PSU could go on a SSD maybe? or a better GPU? I like the 8350 for £150! :D

@ Danewesley nice find mate! Thanks!
 
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Another option is the Bgrade Z68AP-D3 board,


YOUR BASKET
1 x Intel Core i7-2700K 3.50GHz (Sandybridge) Socket LGA1155 Processor - Retail £199.99
1 x MSI HD 7850 Twin Frozr III OC 2048MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Cards w/ FARCRY3, Nexuiz & Sleeping Dogs PC Games £169.99
1 x Antec High Current Gamer 400W '80 Plus Bronze' Power Supply £40.00
1 x **B Grade** Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 Intel Z68 (Socket 1155) DDR3 (MB-364-GI) £35.00
1 x Corsair XMS3 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Dual Channel Kit (CMX8GX3M2A1600C9) £29.99
Total : £486.97 (includes shipping : £10.00).




As its a Sandybridge CPU, the lack of UEFI on the Z68 board wont hinder the overclocking like it does with a Ivybridge based CPU.
 
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wow guys thank you for the help so far! The 7850 I see can be overclocked quite abit! Now I have to think if a 2700k setup is worth £50-60 more than a 8350 setup! XP
 
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why get a 2700K? Go with the 3770K or the 3570K. The 2700K is a Sandybridge chip like my CPU. The 3770K is the replacement.

*edit* I see why now :p
 
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