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Hi Guys,

A friend at work stupidly went out at the weekend and bought a motherboard bundle consisting of a FX 4170, a really cheap Asus AM3 motherboard and 8GB of 1333mhz unbranded memory for £250. I added these parts up from my supplier and it only comes to £186 so i have told him to take it back and look for a better build for his money.

His budget for motherboard, CPU and 8gb memory is £250ish. In his price range i would say are the following CPU's:

i3 2120
i5 2320
maybe a i5 2400

Which is best value for money and how does it compare to the FX 4170? He will use it for normal computer tasks and casual gaming. He's looking to couple it with a GTX560 or something simular. He's not really into overclocking.

He should also be able to get a budget Z68 board and 8GB of Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz memory

Which CPU would you go for and why? I'd always recommend the i5 2500k as i have one and its fantastic but i dont think his budget will stretch that far.

Cheers guys! thumb.gif
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post #2 of 6
If your friend doesn't mind buying used, i've found a bundle containing a i5 2500k and a Asus P8P67-m PRO motherboard for £200
http://www.hotukdeals.com/for-sale-trade/intel-core-2nd-gen-i5-2500k-bundle-1184385

In terms of RAM you could go for 8GB of Corsair Vengeance memory - http://www.dabs.com/products/corsair-vengeance-8gb--2x4gb--ddr3-1600mhz-cl9-xmp-79V4.html?src=2
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He wants to buy new, thanks for looking though mate! Will probably go for the corsair memory.i have it and its been running great for me.
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post #5 of 6
better solution..moar powah!
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards+-+AMD/Socket+AM3%2B+-+AMD+900+Series/ASUS+M5A97+AMD+970A+%28Socket+AM3%2B%29+DDR3+PCI-Express+ATX+Motherboard+?productId=46138 Mobo

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Processors+-+AMD/AMD+Phenom+II+-+Socket+AM3/AMD+Phenom+II+X4+Quad+Core+960T+Black+Edition+95W+Edition+3.00GHz+%28Socket+AM3%29+Processor+-+Retail+?productId=47177
CPU

and find these RAMS in the UK..I did the other day for someone..but...you have to dig...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Memory+%28Desktop+Memory%29-_-SAMSUNG-_-20147096

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY-017-SA
Even if you go Intel platform..those RAMs are superior..I've had mine up to 2240 9-10-10-28 on Intel

Those dual-core SB chips choke on heavy-duty games. i.e. gta4,bf3..If he's playing WoW or something like that..Intel would be better there.
Edited by Schmuckley - 4/11/12 at 6:24am
 
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post #6 of 6
I have a 2120 with z68 and ddr3 I just picked up and Im quite impressed. I stepped away from a 940be amd with ddr2 overclocked etc. to this for power savings, lower noise etc. So far im quite impressed with it, and it def rips wow a up with no worries but thats not saying much tongue.gif From bench's ive seen the i3 sb chips are quite a nice investment for everyday use and only really see sizable losses in the quad dependent task such as encoding etc when it comes to older intel quads and most non oced amd quads.
    
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