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  • Rodpad 21 Mar 2013 21:40:18 2,848 posts
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    Well you'll notice a difference sure, but for the cost (new motherboard and cpu) you'd get better performance improving your GPU I'd say.
  • morriss 23 Mar 2013 14:43:03 71,298 posts
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    I can get a used Rampage 2 GENE mobo with an i7 940 2.93 ghz with 3*2Gb DDR 3 RAM for around £200 (although I'm still haggling).

    To me this seems like a good deal. amirite?
  • Rodpad 23 Mar 2013 14:46:46 2,848 posts
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    Nope.
  • morriss 23 Mar 2013 14:52:03 71,298 posts
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    Anyone else?

    Edited by morriss at 14:59:57 23-03-2013
  • Futaba 23 Mar 2013 15:10:05 3,613 posts
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    Looks like a good deal to me as long as it's all in working order.
  • morriss 23 Mar 2013 15:16:16 71,298 posts
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    I'm going to offer £150 an see where I get to.
  • FutileResistor 25 Mar 2013 08:26:21 1,243 posts
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    @morriss

    Didn't see this, hope I'm not too late.

    Just about worth it if you can get the price down to £150.

    Otherwise a system with (prices all from Amazon)
    i5-3570K £172
    Z77 motherboard £65
    4GB of Crucial Ballistix Sport 1600MHz RAM £15

    would comfortably outperform the i7 (except in certain productivity apps where the i7-940's hyper-threading comes into play) for a total of £252. That's even before you take overclocking into account.

    In short if you're saving about £100, it may be worth going for the i7-940, if you're only saving £50 quid, I would go for the newer set-up.
  • morriss 25 Mar 2013 14:30:26 71,298 posts
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    Cheers. It was sold anyway. On the same note is this also a "bad deal"?

    Asus Sabertooth X58,
    i7 920
    6Gb 1600MHz Kingston HyperX DDR3 RAM
    Noctua NH-U12 Cooler
    All for around £200 (used)

    Edited by morriss at 14:43:25 25-03-2013
  • Buztafen 25 Mar 2013 14:47:41 17,369 posts
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    That's not bad...anything below £200 would be a good deal. You're looking at:-

    £70 for the 920
    £60 for the mobo
    £30 for the ram
    £20 for the cooler

    ..if you're lucky on eBay etc.
  • morriss 25 Mar 2013 14:57:00 71,298 posts
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    Cheers. I reckon it'll be about £200. Thing is, I've got loads of options, difficult to weigh up:

    Ex:

    A brand new i7 2600k for around £150 then I can try and source a mobo & RAM to go with it.

    or

    Intel Core i5, Intel Core i5 3.1 GHz I5-3350P for £100 then source mobo & RAM

    or

    AMD Phenom II X4 955
    Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4
    Coolermaster v8 for £110 used

    Found a mobo ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 used for £90, then I could get the i5.

    If I knew what was good/what wasn't it'd be easier :)

    Edited by morriss at 15:01:48 25-03-2013
  • morriss 25 Mar 2013 16:19:46 71,298 posts
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    What of the above sounds best, would you think?
  • nickthegun 25 Mar 2013 16:23:00 67,375 posts
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    Depends what youre trying to achieve. If you are planning on gaming, you are probably best spending less on a processor and more on a gfx card.
  • RobTheBuilder 25 Mar 2013 16:25:48 6,521 posts
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    @nickthegun agreed. Although the phenom II is easily the weakest processor, if it allows you to add 60-70 quid to the graphics card budget you'll get more gaming impact
  • THFourteen 25 Mar 2013 16:37:46 40,591 posts
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    morriss wrote:
    Cheers. It was sold anyway. On the same note is this also a "bad deal"?

    Asus Sabertooth X58,
    i7 920
    6Gb 1600MHz Kingston HyperX DDR3 RAM
    Noctua NH-U12 Cooler
    All for around £200 (used)
    Thats almost like you've totally ripped the insides out of my PC, apart from i have a Gigabyte X58 mobo.

    Its a good system, and i haven't noticed stuff being slow on it or anything. Mine is 4 years old now though \o/
  • Deleted user 25 March 2013 16:50:54
    For gaming get the faster i5 than a slower i7. The dual threads of the i7 are great for things like video editing, but if you're mostly gaming you won't see the benefit. Better off with a faster i5 for the money.
  • morriss 25 Mar 2013 17:28:57 71,298 posts
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    So that i5 on its own for £100 is the best processor of the lot?

    I've got a decent gfx card. Just need to the rest of the PC to catch up. :)
  • morriss 25 Mar 2013 17:30:23 71,298 posts
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    THFourteen wrote:
    morriss wrote:
    Cheers. It was sold anyway. On the same note is this also a "bad deal"?

    Asus Sabertooth X58,
    i7 920
    6Gb 1600MHz Kingston HyperX DDR3 RAM
    Noctua NH-U12 Cooler
    All for around £200 (used)
    Thats almost like you've totally ripped the insides out of my PC, apart from i have a Gigabyte X58 mobo.

    Its a good system, and i haven't noticed stuff being slow on it or anything. Mine is 4 years old now though \o/
    The i7 came out two years ago, no?
  • RobTheBuilder 25 Mar 2013 17:37:31 6,521 posts
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    @morriss I thought the first gen of i7's were more than 2 years old.
  • morriss 25 Mar 2013 17:43:29 71,298 posts
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    Ok. I'll bid £80 on that i5, see where I get.
  • FutileResistor 25 Mar 2013 19:20:38 1,243 posts
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    morriss wrote:
    So that i5 on its own for £100 is the best processor of the lot?

    I've got a decent gfx card. Just need to the rest of the PC to catch up. :)
    No. If you can get a brand new i7-2500k for £150, you could immediately Ebay it for £215. I've never seen it for less than £230 new. Typically it should outperform the 3570k when both are overclocked.

    If you're just gaming and you can get the 3350P for £100. Get that, I don't think I've ever seen it for less than £125. That's basically an Ivy-bridge quad-core for £10 more than a dual-core i3.
  • THFourteen 25 Mar 2013 19:31:06 40,591 posts
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    @morriss nope, the 920 came out in Nov 2008 and I got mine a couple of months later.

    Hmmm so not four years old I guess
  • morriss 26 Mar 2013 08:10:50 71,298 posts
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    Plumped for brand new i5 3750k for 150 quid. With the above ASRock mobo and 8 gig GSkill 1866mhz DDR3 RAM which I managed to get for £75.

    Job done.

    Thanks for the help.
  • Rodpad 26 Mar 2013 09:51:54 2,848 posts
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    Much better. That i7-920 deal was worth £100 tops.
  • THFourteen 26 Mar 2013 09:52:44 40,591 posts
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    can't believe he fell for it.

    you guys are mean.
  • morriss 26 Mar 2013 10:20:14 71,298 posts
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    Roddles wrote:
    Much better. That i7-920 deal was worth £100 tops.
    Read up on the K series and figured for around it was the much better deal. Happy with the 150 price too. I checked Amazon and Overclockers and it was 170-200. DK cheaper than UK SHOCKER! :)

    Edited by morriss at 10:21:07 26-03-2013
  • Deleted user 26 March 2013 13:08:04
    Gonna order my monster tomorrow. Can anybody recommend a decent monitor for around £100ish. I've heard that if you're monitor isn't up to scratch your fps is limited regardless of your setup.
  • Rodpad 26 Mar 2013 13:10:38 2,848 posts
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    That's balls. All monitors are 60hz at their highest resolution.
  • Deleted user 26 March 2013 13:15:16
    Oh right, cool. I'm trying to find a 24inch LED. Thinking of going with this: http://www.ebuyer.com/432395-benq-gl2450e-led-monitor-24-1920-x-1080-fullhd-9h-l7ala-fpu
  • Rodpad 26 Mar 2013 13:35:53 2,848 posts
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    Looks good. It's one model up from my current BenQ which quite a few Eurogamers own. Go for it.

    Edited by Roddles at 13:39:27 26-03-2013
  • Deleted user 27 March 2013 13:19:50
    Out of all of these, which one should I get that's around the £800 mark? They all look roughly the same to me.

    http://www.freshtechsolutions.co.uk/custom-built-computers.html?custom_pc_graphicscard=458
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