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Build for a freind- cheap r9-290x or 970

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Hey there overclock!
I'm currently building a PC for a friend with an £800 budget, currently sporting an i5-6500 and 16 gb of ddr4
I was thinking of going for a 970 but there is an r9-290x stock AMD going for just under £170.
Now from research this seems like a much better deal and would mean I could push to an i7
They use a lot of CAD and GameDev software and would be gaming current games at 1080p
any thoughts or is there something I have overlooked?
Thanks in advanced - back to my fallout shelter I go biggrin.gif
post #2 of 5
For that price I'd go with the 290X, but a few caveats first:
1. At stock, the card throttles and sounds like a jet engine @ 70% fan speed
2. Needs a good 500W PSU to decently run this card.

These are the only 2 things going against the 290X against the 970 and if it is the case, I'd go 970.
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Awesome thanks for the tips,
yeah I thought it would a pretty loud card I have owned some previous stock AMD cards lol, but apparently sound isn't an issue for them.
The power supply is a good point ill check what they already have I think it was a semi decent 550 Watt
post #4 of 5
why an i5 for CPU demanding task?

800GBP builds (Click to show)
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-6700 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£209.00 @ Amazon UK)
Motherboard: ASRock Z170 Pro4S ATX LGA1151 Motherboard (£82.61 @ Ebuyer)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory (£79.64 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 390 8GB PCS+ Video Card (£247.25 @ More Computers)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£34.98 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX TS 650W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply (£58.26 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £750.73
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-11 18:28 GMT+0000


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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor (£306.90 @ More Computers)
CPU Cooler: RAIJINTEK AIDOS BLACK 48.6 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£14.99 @ Novatech)
Motherboard: ASRock X99 Extreme3 ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard (£165.85 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£41.20 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory (£41.20 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 380 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card (£139.99 @ Novatech)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£34.98 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX TS 650W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply (£58.26 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £842.36
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-11 18:34 GMT+0000

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core Processor (£233.94 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI Z97A GAMING 6 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£103.48 @ Dabs)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2400 Memory (£70.19 @ More Computers)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£38.99 @ Amazon UK)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 390 8GB PCS+ Video Card (£247.25 @ More Computers)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case (£34.98 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: XFX TS 650W 80+ Gold Certified ATX Power Supply (£58.26 @ CCL Computers)
Total: £787.09
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-11 18:37 GMT+0000

Edited by PontiacGTX - 11/11/15 at 10:37am
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post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thankyou very much for the example lists yes I would definitely like to push for the i7, They were quite adamant about an ssd and it will mainly be used for gaming.
However i didn't realize scan's i7-6700 was so incredibly overpriced (£251) but at £209 I should be able to make it work thumb.gif
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