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    Personal PC spec

    I have a budget of about 200 (could stretch to 250 if need be), need a PC with a beefy CPU and MOBO which can handle an ATI 5770 and 8GB DDR3 ram as mine decided to bunk it. Any and all help appreciated.

    Can't look at dabs or ebuyer etc at work so if you have links I can check when at home. I would ideally love an i3 or i5 if feasible.

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    Gigabyte GA-Z87-DS3H Socket 1150 DVI HDMI 7.1 channel.. | Ebuyer.com
    Intel Core i5 4670K 3.40GHz Socket 1150 6MB Cache.. | Ebuyer.com

    Between your base and stretched budgets. Top of the line chipset on the motherboard, and absolute beast of a CPU. Total cost 240.76. You can knock down to a cheaper i5 than this to get closer to the 200 goal without crippling the spec.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    Gigabyte GA-Z87-DS3H Socket 1150 DVI HDMI 7.1 channel.. | Ebuyer.com
    Intel Core i5 4670K 3.40GHz Socket 1150 6MB Cache.. | Ebuyer.com

    Between your base and stretched budgets. Top of the line chipset on the motherboard, and absolute beast of a CPU. Total cost 240.76. You can knock down to a cheaper i5 than this to get closer to the 200 goal without crippling the spec.
    Was about to post exactly the same (I've been obsessing over PC specs for the past few days)

    It's always worth checking out Scan's "Today Only" deals as well as Overclockers bundle deals, when everything lines up just right you can get some very good deals on CPU/Mobo bundles. Neither has anything in your budget at the moment however, just checked; Scan update their deals daily at 3pm, Overclockers seems to be a bit hit and miss.

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    I will go for the 3.2ghz varient of the chip. Will suit ny needs just fine, dont need the extra speed. Plus I can always overclock if need be.

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    Another one for the Core i5, worth it and made a huge boost! Also got an ASUS board o go with it.

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    Do you need case + PSU with that as well, or just the CPU & mobo bundle?

    Quite a few sites will do bundles that can save you a few extra quid e.g. Novatech, Scan, Overclockers.

    You can get an i3 for the money, for 250 you should be able to get an i5 + Z77 mobo, e.g. Core i5-3570K for 168, Gigabyte Z77 board for around 80 (can't be bothered to work out the difference between those three) - and I only used Overclockers there as it was the tab I had left, might be cheaper elsewhere. 3rd Gen i5 is ample and, if anything, better than 4th Gen (Haswell) for desktop, as it will overclock better (so I've read, anyway). Ignore all that, @3s-gtech posted a better option above. CPU cooler, if you're going to overclock?
    Last edited by sonofsanta; 14th January 2014 at 08:24 AM.

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    No need for a case or cpu. I have both :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    I will go for the 3.2ghz varient of the chip. Will suit ny needs just fine, dont need the extra speed. Plus I can always overclock if need be.
    Bare in mind that OC capabilities are extremely limited on locked CPUs - the 'K' on the end of the name means that one above is unlocked and therefore has more potential for OC - just something to consider

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    I rarely overclock above 10% of the CPU base

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    Gigabyte GA-Z87-DS3H Socket 1150 DVI HDMI 7.1 channel.. | Ebuyer.com
    Intel Core i5 4670K 3.40GHz Socket 1150 6MB Cache.. | Ebuyer.com

    Between your base and stretched budgets. Top of the line chipset on the motherboard, and absolute beast of a CPU. Total cost 240.76. You can knock down to a cheaper i5 than this to get closer to the 200 goal without crippling the spec.
    Same motherboard

    Intel Core i5 4570S 2.90GHz Socket 1150 6MB Cache.. | Ebuyer.com

    Not too sure what the P or S stand for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by newpersn View Post
    Same motherboard

    Intel Core i5 4570S 2.90GHz Socket 1150 6MB Cache.. | Ebuyer.com

    Not too sure what the P or S stand for?
    Lower power (lower TDP) - so usually lower clocked to hit the smaller power target (but also cooler/quieter).

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