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  • Roddles 21 Mar 2013 21:40:18 1,837 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 70,930 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?
  • Roddles 23 Mar 2013 14:46:46 1,837 posts
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    Nope.
  • morriss 23 Mar 2013 14:52:03 70,930 posts
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    Anyone else?

    Edited by morriss at 14:59:57 23-03-2013
  • Futaba 23 Mar 2013 15:10:05 3,502 posts
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    Looks like a good deal to me as long as it's all in working order.

    As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a ninja.

  • morriss 23 Mar 2013 15:16:16 70,930 posts
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    I'm going to offer 150 an see where I get to.
  • FutileResistor 25 Mar 2013 08:26:21 1,226 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 70,930 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 16,175 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 70,930 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 70,930 posts
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    What of the above sounds best, would you think?
  • nickthegun 25 Mar 2013 16:23:00 59,450 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.

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    He totally called it

  • 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 33,185 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/
  • Maturin 25 Mar 2013 16:50:54 2,957 posts
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    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 70,930 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 70,930 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 70,930 posts
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    Ok. I'll bid 80 on that i5, see where I get.
  • FutileResistor 25 Mar 2013 19:20:38 1,226 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 33,185 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 70,930 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.
  • Roddles 26 Mar 2013 09:51:54 1,837 posts
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    Much better. That i7-920 deal was worth 100 tops.
  • THFourteen 26 Mar 2013 09:52:44 33,185 posts
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    can't believe he fell for it.

    you guys are mean.
  • morriss 26 Mar 2013 10:20:14 70,930 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
  • Physically_Insane 26 Mar 2013 13:08:04 8,757 posts
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    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.
  • Roddles 26 Mar 2013 13:10:38 1,837 posts
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    That's balls. All monitors are 60hz at their highest resolution.
  • Physically_Insane 26 Mar 2013 13:15:16 8,757 posts
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    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
  • Roddles 26 Mar 2013 13:35:53 1,837 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
  • Physically_Insane 27 Mar 2013 13:19:50 8,757 posts
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    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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