Solved Help choosing a cpu/motherboard on a budget

July 16, 2013 at 11:08:56
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Need help to choose a cpu/motherboard for home build.. My budget for both is approx £300 ($450).. Would i be right in thinking it would be better to get good quality 3rd gen i5/i7 instead of a cheap gen4??
I was looking at a gen 3 core i5 3570 and Gigabyte GA-Z77X motherboard range..
Gonna get nVidia graphics card later also..

The pc will be used for mostly for movies,photos, music and a little gaming..
Once i get mobo/cpu i will get ram etc to fit..
Many thanks for any hepl.. Dominic


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#1
July 16, 2013 at 16:17:24
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In the US there is little difference between equivalent Gen3 Gen 4 CPU's so under these conditions, I would go with the Gen4. If significantly higher, then your thought may be better for your, but the socket for that CPU is a dead end.

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#2
July 16, 2013 at 18:01:58
"The pc will be used for mostly for movies,photos, music and a little gaming.."

Consider an AMD Trinity or Richland CPU.


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#3
July 17, 2013 at 16:24:51
Thanks for the help.. Lack of a computer shop means means i will have to buy online so it's a balancing act.. For my budget i have gone for Core i5 3570K with GA-Z77-UD4H simply because i got good deal and save on p&p for combo.. Now i need your advice again.. Recommendations for Memory + graphics card(preferably nVidia)?? Simply because they're available from same company as cpu/motherboard..

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#4
July 17, 2013 at 20:34:00
These will depend on your uses.
For most general use a dual channel memory kit 8GB (2X4GB set) 1600MHz DDR3 would be best. For working with very large files, Photoshop, 3D AutoCad, and similar, go with larger like a 16GB (2X8GB set), and for gaming or where speed is more important than amount of memory, 8GB (2X4GB Set) 1866MHz DDR3 or faster.
For the graphics card, it also matters what you are doing.
For general good graphics, you may be fine with a GTX650, but for more graphics intensive work or gaming, you may need to go up to the GTX650 Ti, GTX650 Ti Boost, or GTX660 (possibly higher) depending on use and budget. There is no reason to avoid Radeon cards (though I have for a few years now) so look here for comparisons that are budget based:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

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#5
July 18, 2013 at 02:05:58
That's brilliant.. Just what i needed, i will use GTX650 as baseline to start from and get the best i can afford.. I do use 3d software so will probably go for 16GB (2X8GB set).. I'm not against Radeon but the company supplying CPU/mobo combo only do nvidia.. So am aiming to use discount and p&p saving to get better memory and graphics.. Many thanks again.. Dominic..

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